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Old 09-07-2006, 12:27 AM   #1
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I just got a good buy on some oxygen absorbing bottle caps. In reading the instructions, I find that the absorbtion properties of the caps are activated when they get wet. How do you sanitize them with out activating the caps?

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Old 09-08-2006, 12:09 AM   #2
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Interesting. The only time that I ever used them, they didnt come with directions. There was a thread a while ago in which I recomended to someone that they sanitize them normally.

No idea what to tell you. I'll ask next time Im at the LHBS

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Old 09-08-2006, 05:44 AM   #3
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I think the absorbing process takes a little time....I'm sure it's not instant.

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I was told to boil them for 10 minutes.

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I'm pretty sure I've read specifically to NOT boil them (I haven't bothered with them myself).

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I'll probably save the caps for a mead or some other long maturing beer. My local home brewer said that an ultraviolet light is the best way but who has an UV lite!

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Haha you can buy them pretty cheap.

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Don't boil and don't use Oxi-Clean or One-Step on them.

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Interesting; I've used oxygen barrier caps before and boiled them to sanitize. No probs here. But to be perfectly honest, I think the oxygen absorption is slight overkill. Once you prime, the yeast will use up any remaining air (small amount overall) anyways. I've always thought that oxygen caps are just one of those things to do just to insure that you relax and don't worry...

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