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Old 04-18-2009, 03:09 AM   #1
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Do I need to sanitize my caps before putting them on?

I am bottling my first batch tonight!!!


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Old 04-18-2009, 03:14 AM   #2
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Yes, don't take the chance of messing up your beer at this late date. A dip in a bowl of Star San will be good.


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Old 04-18-2009, 03:35 AM   #3
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I hear ya should. Not sure exactly how necessary it is, but since I've heard one should I did it as a precaution. Obviously it wouldn't hurt. Don't want to jeopardize the brew!
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I hear ya should. Not sure exactly how necessary it is, but since I've heard one should I did it as a precaution. Obviously it wouldn't hurt. Don't want to jeopardize the brew!
I don't even know what that means, but I think he was saying to sanitize your caps.

Bottom line: anything that comes in contact with your beer post boil must be sanitized. If you don't sanitize, you're taking a huge unnecessary risk.
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Old 04-18-2009, 03:45 AM   #5
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I don't even know what that means, but I think he was saying to sanitize your caps.

Bottom line: anything that comes in contact with your beer post boil must be sanitized. If you don't sanitize, you're taking a huge unnecessary risk.
Don't know what what means?

Seemed sorta clear to me...then again I'm kinda - uh -

Sorry.

But I do know someone who said they don't sanitize the caps seeing as they don't really come into contact with the brew. But I know what you're saying. He asked a question and I said "i've heard you should, so you probably should" - not sure how I could make that any simpler.

I play things safe, so I would sanitize the caps.
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Don't know what what means?

Seemed sorta clear to me...then again I'm kinda - uh -

Sorry.
Don't even sweat it, I've been drinking since noon.

I think I meant that... something... umm... aww, f*** it.
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hah word, play it safe - sanitize em - or don't. maybe say a little prayer. eh, i'm outta here. hah, too much drink. or not enough?

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Old 04-18-2009, 03:54 AM   #8
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No need.

And if you're using O2 absorbing caps...do not pre-sanitize. The first liquid contact those caps should have is with your bottled beer.

Breweries don't sanitize bottle caps. I never have. Never had an issue.

They come to you sanitized. Now...if you dump the bag into your cats litter box...then yes, go ahead and dunk them in some bleach solution.
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Old 04-18-2009, 04:03 AM   #9
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I've sanitized most of mine and the ones I didn't turned out fine. Sanitizing is not a big deal to me and I like my perfect record. I will continue to sanitize them one way or another. I know I have some nasties living around here.
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Old 04-18-2009, 04:18 AM   #10
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Thanks everybody.

Everything is bottled up....now I wait.....


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