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Old 10-13-2008, 05:14 PM   #1
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I bought some of these for my latest batch figuring people would be less likely to throw them away, plus I think they look cool.

But, I sanitized them by soaking them in One Step for about 20 minutes and when I started pulling them out to bottle, I noticed the wire assembly had started to corrode (a white corrosion all over).

Anyone else experience this or know of a better way to sanitize these bottles?


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Old 10-13-2008, 05:18 PM   #2
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That will happen. I've had to replace the wire bales on mine.

I now just spray some Starsan on them, wait 30 then seal. I then rinse any extra off the wire bales and dry with a towel. That keeps the bales from corroding or rusting.


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Old 10-14-2008, 12:46 AM   #3
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Now I just have to consider if I want to buy new tops for these.

Considering the extra work in sanitation and the fear I have of these not carbing right, I may just stick with normal bottle capped bottles.
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When I get a batch of these bottle from the distributor I soak them in a solution of bleach for about 24 hours and then scrub them. I then rinse all the bottles and put them on a bottle tree. No corrosion issues. Once clean I just rinse after use and sanitize.
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When I get a batch of these bottle from the distributor I soak them in a solution of bleach for about 24 hours and then scrub them. I then rinse all the bottles and put them on a bottle tree. No corrosion issues. Once clean I just rinse after use and sanitize.
I wonder if it was the cleaner I used or a defect in the cap assembly then.

I have some new ones left over that I'll end up using next bottling. Not sure what I'm going to decide to sanatize with though.
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Old 10-16-2008, 12:54 PM   #6
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Star San seems to work well for me. Rinse them out with it and throw them on a bootling tree. Any foam that remains won't affect your beer so you don't have to rinse. I like easy.
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I bought some of these for my latest batch figuring people would be less likely to throw them away, plus I think they look cool.

But, I sanitized them by soaking them in One Step for about 20 minutes and when I started pulling them out to bottle, I noticed the wire assembly had started to corrode (a white corrosion all over).

Anyone else experience this or know of a better way to sanitize these bottles?
the white crud is an oxidation layer caused by a reaction from the metal and the one-step solution. rinse the tops of the bottles off and next time use starsan or a bleach solution to sanitize(or dishwasher). you don't need to replace the wire frames right away,not until they're to weak to lock the lid down tight
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the white crud is an oxidation layer caused by a reaction from the metal and the one-step solution. rinse the tops of the bottles off and next time use starsan or a bleach solution to sanitize(or dishwasher). you don't need to replace the wire frames right away,not until they're to weak to lock the lid down tight
Thanks, wish I knew that fact before

I'll get some Starsan to try out.
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I scored 46 flip-tops, a bottling bucket, and some other ancillary stuff from CL last week ($20!). Being my first flip-tops, plus the unknown history of these particular samples, I have been soaking them in oxy-clean and water for the last 2 days. (Basically got them soaking b/c I knew I wouldn't have the time to rinse, etc until the weekend.)

They all had the tops clamped tight when I got them, the seals were pretty much flattened out, so I'm planning on replacing them. (Got a bag of replacement seals as part of the deal.)


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