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Old 07-10-2009, 06:49 PM   #1
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How long can I leave my sanitized bottles out before filling with beer. Would they get nasty if I left them out for like 4 hours.

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Old 07-10-2009, 06:50 PM   #2
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I leave mine out for a few to dry out a bit. I've had no problems at all!!!

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Old 07-10-2009, 07:24 PM   #3
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One thing I've heard recommend done is taking a piece of aluminum foil and covering the top of the unsanitized (but cleaned) bottle. Try to make the aluminum foil seal around the bottle pretty well. Then bake the bottles at 400F for an hour. The baking will sanitize (and perhaps even sterilize) the bottles and the foil. The foil will then keep out any nasties until you're ready to bottle.

One thing to note, if you haven't sanitized glassware by baking before, is to heat the bottles slowly. Put the bottles in the oven, then set the temperature, and then start the countdown from an hour when the oven reaches 400F. If you just throw the bottles in an already preheated oven (particularly if they're wet) you risk them expanding too quickly and breaking.


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Old 07-10-2009, 07:27 PM   #4
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The dishwasher method works as well with a much lower chance of shattering glass.

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My dishwasher has a "sterilize rinse" setting. I've been using that, with a heated dry. Then I put the foil on top.

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Old 07-10-2009, 07:39 PM   #6
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I just soak mine in an iodophor solution on bottling day - use a vinator and a bottling tree and commence bottling

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Old 07-10-2009, 08:52 PM   #7
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I was going to post a similar question as I'm doing my first bottling this evening.

I've seen references to "Don't fear the foam!" With that theme in mind, is there a problem with bottling into a small amount of a mixed Star San solution after a quick air dry? (assuming there is a small amount - say 1/4 oz of water-StarSan solution in the bottom of the bottle). Will there be off-tastes as a result?

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Old 07-10-2009, 09:40 PM   #8
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1/4 oz is a little more than you would want. If you have a bottle tree, I would let it drip dry for at least 10 min or so. Otherwise, shake whatever you can out of it and that would be fine.

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I sanitize, drain & dry and then cover with foil. I have used foil-covered bottles months later with no problems.

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Old 07-10-2009, 09:55 PM   #10
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thanks for the responses my bottles ended up sitting out for like 1 hour before I bottled.

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