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Old 08-28-2009, 03:06 PM   #1
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Default Out of Star San... Need help quick so I can Bottle!

I use Star San but am all out and forgot to order more so I could bottle my IPA... I need to sanitize my 5 Gal. Bottling bucket as well as my bottles.. What is the best way to do this and how... Bleach or some other form of cleaner.. What would the ratio be for the % gal. Bucket. I usually mix up my star san in the bucket and clean all bottles in that before I start.... Thanks and please comment as Iím looking to bottle tomorrow morning at the latest... Thanks again!


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Old 08-28-2009, 03:20 PM   #2
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Take a look at the sticky about cleaners and sanitizers at the top of this forum.

I have used bleach, before I found Starsan, without problems. I used the unscented stuff. I also probably went overboard with rinsing... I triple rinsed, then a final rinse in water that had been boiled. I also, then baked the bottles @ about 350 for 30 minutes.
Like I said, probably overkill and it took a LONG time... did that twice, now I keg everthing.

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Old 08-28-2009, 03:24 PM   #3
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I used to used bleach for all sanitizing and I don't think I rinsed enough - the beer had some weird, sometimes nasty, off-flavors. Bleach is tough to totally rinse off, so triple-rinsing is probably a good idea.
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Old 08-28-2009, 04:46 PM   #4
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Obviously, urine is the answer.
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Old 08-28-2009, 05:07 PM   #5
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Using CLEAN bottles, bake them in the oven for about an hour at 350F and let them cool slowly. They will be very sanitary.
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they are plastic PET bottles so the baking thing is out of the question... Thanks keep the comments comming!
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Why not just order more Starsan and let the fermentation sit a few more days?
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I agree with the above. Don't screw up all the hard work you have already done because you can't let it sit for a few more days. There is no way around proper sanitation except urine as shortyjacobs pointed out.
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Yeah man. You effed up. Just get some more Star San.
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by the time the star san gets here it might be in the secondary for three weeks or better... Should I be worried??? Ive also been dry hopping this one... Thanks


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