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Old 09-04-2008, 11:14 PM   #1
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After you sanitize your bottles, do you guys rinse? and if you dont have a bottle tree, do you just let them sit out in the open untill they dry, or do you just fill them up still wet inside?

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Old 09-04-2008, 11:16 PM   #2
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Fill 'em wet! Just about every sanitizer useful to us as homebrewers are 'wet' sanitizers. As long as the surface is wet, the bugs are getting zapped.

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Old 09-04-2008, 11:17 PM   #3
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i use starsan so i fill while still wet - i just set upside down on paper towels to drain for a few minutes.

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I don't have a bottle tree, I just open my dishwasher, and pull out the top rack and let them drain there for about 5 minutes or so. I don't bother to let them dry, just drain for a few min.

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Old 09-04-2008, 11:28 PM   #5
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i shouldnt fill them up with sanitizer still in the bottles tho right, like drops of sanitizer?

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i shouldnt fill them up with sanitizer still in the bottles tho right, like drops of sanitizer?
What kind of sanitizer are you using? I'm a StarSan junkie- and a little in the bottle won't harm the beer. In fact, the yeast will consume the sanitizer.
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Old 09-04-2008, 11:32 PM   #7
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its the midwest sanitizer that came with my kit LD carlson Easy clean

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Well, Easy Clean is a cleaner- not a sanitizer. You'll want to get a true no-rinse sanitizer like Iodophor or StarSan. Bleach can work, but you have to rinse the BEJEEZUS out of it....and keep a very dilute concentration.

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I use my bottling tree after using StarSan, but it's mainly for organizational purposes at that point. The bottles are still wet inside when they're filled.

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I use the heat cycle in my dishwasher to sanitize my bottles. Everything else gets soaked in or sprayed down with StarSan and used wet.

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