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Old 01-23-2009, 01:51 PM   #1
littlejon326
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Just wondering if anyone out there has had a bag of bad bottling caps - after 3 weeks at 71 degrees in my closet my irish red clone looks like cranberry juice with the same ammount of carb to boot. i used cooper's tabs (yes the right ammount) and literally it looks like it just came from the bottling bucket. i soaked the caps in a solution of star san with warm water for sanitation. bad caps or maybe my bottler isnt sealing them tightly?



 
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Old 01-23-2009, 02:02 PM   #2
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How long has the beer been sitting in the bottles? (if < 3 weeks, you need more time)

The beer you opened, had the tab dissolved?

Try capping a bottle full of water, turn it upside down.....does it leak?


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Old 01-23-2009, 07:13 PM   #3
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they are dissolved, and it's been 2.5 weeks - even if its not PERFECTLY carbed, there should be a huge evidence of carbination, not beer that looks like it belongs in a bottling bucket.

 
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:17 PM   #4
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Could you have done something to kill the yeast?

 
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:09 PM   #5
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Did you use the O2 absorbing caps? I seem to recall that Forrest (austin homebrew supplies) said not to spray those with starsan as it can ruin the little gasket inside the cap. That may be a concern.
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:10 PM   #6
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Did you use the O2 absorbing caps? I seem to recall that Forrest (austin homebrew supplies) said not to spray those with starsan as it can ruin the little gasket inside the cap.
I store mine in vodka before using. So far it's all worked out fine.

 
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:45 PM   #7
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Liquid activates the O2 absorbing seal. You are doing yourself a disservice by soaking them in anything before capping.

Forrest

 
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:53 PM   #8
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Twist offs? How hard do they twist off? If not twist off's, how hard is it to twist a cap? Maybe your capper is not getting them tight enough.

 
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:54 PM   #9
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How would you suggest sanitizing them with out soaking in anything?

 
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Old 01-23-2009, 10:15 PM   #10
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just standard crowns not the oxygen absorbing ones



 
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