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Old 06-18-2008, 02:24 AM   #1
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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?

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Old 06-18-2008, 02:42 AM   #2
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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.


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Cool
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:34 AM   #4
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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...
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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.
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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.
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I use a non-slippery sanitizer (iodophor) for most things, partially for this reason.
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I just dry both the carboy and rubber stopper with a paper towel...
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I thought about it..........seemed like I shouldn't touch something I just sanitized.
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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.


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