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Old 04-21-2013, 01:12 PM   #1
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Bottling my first beer next weekend and I don't know if you sanitize caps. Everything else gets sanitized, but I wondered if it would damage the oxygen absorbing stuff on the cap. Or get sanitizer stuck on it.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:16 PM   #2
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Yes, sanitize the caps. I usually will bring a small pot of water to boil and once it is boiling I will remove from the heat and and add the caps and let sit for a little while.

I have heard others soak their caps in cheap vodka.

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Yes, sanitize them as well. I usually keep them soaking in a bowl or Star-san solution as I bottle.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:17 PM   #4
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yes, just throw them in a small tub of sanitizer.
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Thanks guys. Didn't want To ruin my first batch.
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Some caps don't like being boiled. I put mine in a little dish of starsan and take them out, one at a time, as I cap.
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Yes, sanitize them as well. I usually keep them soaking in a bowl or Star-san solution as I bottle.
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I find this is the quickest way for me. Be sure to toss one or two extra in, just in case you mess one up, the backup is ready.

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Toss them in a bowl of Sar-san. If you're using oxygen absorbing caps, be aware that getting wet is what activates them, so just toss a few in the bowl at a time as you bottle so you don't end up with a bunch left over that are activated.
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Don't boil them,or you can damage the liner in the cap,or even worse. I just dip them in starsan as I need to set them on filled bottles of beer. Wetting the o2 barrier caps activates them,so I prefer to keep exposure to liquids down.
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So I would assume that once the caps got wet... They are no good any more?
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