Stoppers pushing out - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Stoppers pushing out

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-18-2008, 02:24 AM   #1
Beer Dude
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
Woodstock, GA.
Posts: 25


New guy question
I am having problems getting the stopper to seat and stay put.
I am using starsan and when I push the stopper in it will immedietly push itself back up. everything is too slick. One batch that I had trouble with pushed the stopper out over night.
I have been leaving everything soaking untill needed. Maybe I should let them dry?
What should I do?

Thanks

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2008, 02:42 AM   #2
Sir Humpsalot
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Sir Humpsalot's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2006
Posts: 4,005
Liked 87 Times on 69 Posts


Yes. Definitely let the stopper and the neck of the bottle dry before sticking the stopper in.

A little tip: Rub some vodka around the stopper and the bottle. Vodka sanitizes and also evaporates very quickly, leaving a clean, dry, slightly tacky surface on the stopper.
__________________
In Process: Mango Beer, Homebrewers Pale Ale
Bottled/Kegged:Spicy Light Rye, Rice-adjunct Pale Ale, Mild Bourbon Porter, Roasty Stout, Basic Light Mead, Bourbon County Stout Clone
Up Next: Berlinerweiss, Chocolate Raspberry Ale, and American IPA

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2008, 10:27 AM   #3
Beer Dude
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
Woodstock, GA.
Posts: 25

Cool
Thanks for the help

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2008, 10:34 AM   #4
PeteOz77
 
PeteOz77's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Canberra, ACT Australia
Posts: 1,459
Liked 7 Times on 6 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Sir Humpsalot View Post
Yes. Definitely let the stopper and the neck of the bottle dry before sticking the stopper in.

A little tip: Rub some vodka around the stopper and the bottle. Vodka sanitizes and also evaporates very quickly, leaving a clean, dry, slightly tacky surface on the stopper.

I like to rub about 100ml of it on my tongue with a it of vermouth and an olive
when I am having trouble with stoppers. repeat if necessary.. the problem will go away...
__________________
This Isn't Nam Smokey, There Are Rules.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2008, 10:38 AM   #5
Sir Humpsalot
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Sir Humpsalot's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2006
Posts: 4,005
Liked 87 Times on 69 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by PeteOz77 View Post
I like to rub about 100ml of it on my tongue with a it of vermouth and an olive
when I am having trouble with stoppers. repeat if necessary.. the problem will go away...
I prefer martinis.

If it's got vodka, it's just a mixed drink.
__________________
In Process: Mango Beer, Homebrewers Pale Ale
Bottled/Kegged:Spicy Light Rye, Rice-adjunct Pale Ale, Mild Bourbon Porter, Roasty Stout, Basic Light Mead, Bourbon County Stout Clone
Up Next: Berlinerweiss, Chocolate Raspberry Ale, and American IPA

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2008, 03:57 PM   #6
nathan
 
nathan's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2008
NC
Posts: 945
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


or shake off the stopper well and flame the neck with a wand lighter or torch to dry it and viola, sticky.

Those damn erlenmeier flasks will trick you, though. I bought two at the same time and they take different size stoppers, which is annoying, since I seem to have the super power of being able to pick the wrong stopper for the flask invariably.
__________________
______________________________________
beer.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2008, 11:28 PM   #7
fratermus
 
fratermus's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
75081
Posts: 1,188
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts


I use a non-slippery sanitizer (iodophor) for most things, partially for this reason.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2008, 12:50 AM   #8
homebrewer_99
 
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2005
Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,792
Liked 132 Times on 99 Posts


I just dry both the carboy and rubber stopper with a paper towel...
__________________
HB Bill

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2008, 01:16 AM   #9
Beer Dude
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
Woodstock, GA.
Posts: 25

I thought about it..........seemed like I shouldn't touch something I just sanitized.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2008, 01:20 AM   #10
Evan!
 
Evan!'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2006
Charlottesville, VA
Posts: 11,863
Liked 87 Times on 72 Posts


All dems idears are okay, but if you really wanna stop the problem for good without having to go through any rigmarole or risking contamination while the bung dries, then just get yourself a universal stopper (or ten). They won't pop out.
__________________
MOSS HOLLOW BREWING CO.
Aristocratic Ales, Lascivious Lagers


.planned:
•Scottish 80/- •Sweet Stout •Roggenbier
.primary | bright:
98: Moss Hollow Soured '09 72: Oude Kriek 99: B-Weisse 102: Brett'd BDSA 104: Feat of Strength Helles Bock 105: Merkin Brown
.on tap | kegged:
XX: Moss Hollow Springs Sparkling Water 95: Gott Mit Uns German Pils 91b: Brown Willie's Oaked Abbey Ale 103: Merkin Stout
98: Yorkshire Special 100: Maple Porter 89: Cidre Saison 101: Steffiweizen '09 (#3)

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
pushing rum with beer mix. jonp9576 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 12-20-2008 02:07 AM
pushing a month before bottling Gregules Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 06-05-2008 06:49 PM
Pushing the Abv Limit? sak3358 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 03-13-2008 03:17 PM
Leinenkugel's is really pushing the envelope... Dude General Chit Chat 26 04-17-2007 02:27 AM
stopper pushing out or carboy? NEPABREWER General Techniques 7 05-04-2006 04:31 PM


Forum Jump