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Old 03-04-2009, 01:09 AM   #11
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If I'm using Star San to sanitize my bottles, is it ok to have some foam still in them when I go to siphon the beer into them?
Yes, it's fine! It seems weird at first, but it really is ok to fill them still wet with foam.
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Old 03-04-2009, 04:58 AM   #12
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I use StarSan and probably go overboard but here is basically what I do. I fill a vessel with StarSan and a gallon of water. I then fill the bottles and empty them, spray some StarSan on the bottling tree drain the bottles hang em and let em sit. I throw all the caps in there as well. I then use my siphon and bottling cane (which both have been soaking in the sanitizing solution as well) to siphon my sanitizing solution into the bottling bucket. Slosh it around in there and all, drain it via the spigot, invert (the bottles have been inverted this whole time) while I prepare my priming sugar and then rack and bottle. The bottles will still have some faint bubbles in em... I just don't worry about em. Hope that helps.
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Old 03-04-2009, 12:16 PM   #13
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Well worth the money
Once its primed a pump or two is all it takes.
Fits right on top of the bottling tree

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Old 03-04-2009, 08:34 PM   #14
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For the longest time, i would fill my bottling bucket 1/2 way with starsan. Dunk all the bottles (straw method), then empty (spin method), and placed on a sanitized dishwasher rack I bought at homedepot. Entire process only takes 10 minutes or so.

Very simple, though it is a bit of a waste to make that much starsan. Last time I did that using distilled water, and then re-jugged it for the next bottling session.

I do risk the chance of scratching my bottling bucket, though the bottles do not touch the sides.

Edit: I was petrified of the foam at first. It still seems so strange. But the owner of starsan had me convinced after I listened to his BN podcast. He says it only kills if at a SPECIFIC solution strength. When diluted (ie beer on foam), it actually acts as a yeast nutrient.

 
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:09 PM   #15
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For what it is worth, I just bottled a wit and used the spray bottle method. Basically I started out by spraying 4 squirts into a bottle and sloshing it all around. Then before putting on the bottling tree I poured the remaining StarSan from that bottle into the next bottle, continued with the process for all the bottles adding a spritz here or there as needed. Beer turned out great )no infection) and I used very little StarSan compared to what I used to. I also got no bubbles this way.
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:21 PM   #16
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So Yoop, guess the leg's all better eh? Was this thread back when you were getting started? (guessing your avatar was an X-ray of the broken leg?)
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:20 AM   #17
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I never mix up more than a gallon of Star San at one time (per directions, at an ounce per 5 gallons H2O). I pour it into my carboys, swish it around to cover the inside, pour out. I use a dedicated sponge to go over the inside of fermenter & bottling buckets & lids. I use the sulfiting pump shown above to do the inside of the bottles, then run the bottles through the dishwasher. I dump my caps into a container with about an inch of the Star San solution in it, and cap directly out of there. In no case do I fear the foam.

Star San is very water-conserving, economical, long-lasting when mixed in solution, and, as has been mentioned, 30 seconds contact for effect. Add that to no-rinse, and I put my Clorox bottle aside and never looked back.
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