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Old 11-26-2010, 04:03 AM   #1
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Default Sigh....Bottling question that I wish didn't have to be asked.

I bottled my first brew, an American Lager 2 days ago. I sanitized all of my equipment with a no rinse sanitizer, all the way down to the bottle caps. I kept a small bowl with a shot of vodka in it to dunk my spigot and siphon head in, mostly for the siphon head which I set down and (tried to avoid but) made contact with a *clean* kitchen surface a couple of times during bottling mishaps. Turns out, one of my a**hole roommates drank my 375ml of vodka and replaced it with tap water, I just found this out right now. How likely is it my beer will be contaminated during my bottling process since the only thing I 'sanitized' my spigot and siphon head with is tap water? I'm very angry and hope the answers I get are the ones that don't mean 50 or so beers are ruined

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Old 11-26-2010, 04:09 AM   #2
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First, i am almost positive your beer will be fine. Since it is already alcohol, it should be fine. Also, if you keep your bottle caps ion a sealed container you dont have to sanitize them. Breweries dont sanitize the caps.

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Old 11-26-2010, 04:12 AM   #4
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First, i am almost positive your beer will be fine. Since it is already alcohol, it should be fine. Also, if you keep your bottle caps ion a sealed container you dont have to sanitize them. Breweries dont sanitize the caps.
Thanks for the info on the caps, I was just trying to be better safe than sorry. They were straight from the bag from the LHBS and I soaked them in sanitizer before bottling. I didn't want to mess up my first brew.
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Old 11-26-2010, 04:22 AM   #5
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I always sanatize the caps. Who knows what schmoe was rubbing his crotch while he was filling the bag with caps at the LHBS.

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Old 11-26-2010, 04:32 AM   #6
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I always sanatize the caps. Who knows what schmoe was rubbing his crotch while he was filling the bag with caps at the LHBS.
I lol'd at this. I agree. Also, I sanitized too many and left some out to dry, came back and there was a bit of rust. What is the effect of bottlecap rust on conditioning beer? Should I discard them or name my next brew "Lockjaw Ale"?
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Old 11-26-2010, 04:37 AM   #7
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Yea rust and beer don't mix, I`d toss the rusty ones for sure.

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Old 11-26-2010, 04:42 AM   #8
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Back to the OP's concern...

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You are fine. Your beer is fine. Take a deep breath, drink a beer, and repeat. Beer is really hard to screw up

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You should piss in your next bottle of vodka.

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