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I have a situation where my wife was helping me clean my bottles for my last
batch of beer.

I washed the bottles with hot water, then ran them through the dishwasher
(without the drying cycle) Then I sanitized them using Five Star sanitizer.

I filled my five gallon bottling bag thing with water and added 1oz. of
sanitizer per instructions and filled each bottle with the sanitzer while my
wife poured them out a few minutes later.
I noticed she was letting it glug out of the bottles causing the sanitizer
water to get sudsy inside the bottles so I told her to pour it out slow to
avoid all the suds. She had only done this to 5 or 6 bottles.

Then I drained out the bottling bag thing and noticed there were suds in it
too (not much though) so I went against the sanitizer instructions and
rinsed it out enough to get the suds out.


My problem now is I have been "sampling" a bottle here and there as they are
conditioning. I had two last night the first one was great, this is probably
my best batch yet (it's a McMenamin's Hammerhead Ale Clone (Lotsa Cascade
Hops)).  But the second one had a different taste to it and was a bit foamy.
I think that I must have gotten one of the 5 or 6 bottles that had sanitizer
residue in it, which doesn't make sense to me because we let them dry before
I filled them and it says on the sanitizer bottle not to rinse. I knew that
those few bottles had the suds in them but just assumed that since you are
not supposed to rinse, it would have evaporated or something.

I am alive and well today to tell the story but I don't want to make anybody
sick or wonder why 1 beer is foamy and the next is not. We make this stuff
to share right? :)

I don't plan on doing much more bottling, I want to switch to kegs but I
would like to know if this is something I did wrong or just crappy
sanitizer?

And should I try and weed out those foamy brews? or maybe even scrap the
whole batch? (I don't know if I could bring myself to do that.)

Thanks,

Luke McAllister



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I swirl my bottles and carboys to help drain them without glugging,
but I generally don't worry about the foam.  The main ingredient in
Star San is phosphoric acid, which is found in a lot of soda products
on the market, so I don't worry about ingesting a tiny amount.  Now,
I'm not saying you should rack or bottle into a carboy or bottle thats
FULL of foam, but a little won't hurt.  That foam is what I love and
what I hate about Star San, but it is my sanitizer of choice.

Re: Sanitizer question
I concur, however I use a freshly clean dishwasher for a drying rack!
I take a clean bottle, shoot some sanitizer (I use Idophor) up it with the
upside down shooter thingy, and put it in the open dw to drain.
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Re: Sanitizer question
Where did you get the McMenamin's Hammerhead Ale Clone?   Sounds
interesting... I too like seriously hopped beer... lemme know if it was a
kit or a recipe.

Thanks,

Glen
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Re: Sanitizer question
It was a recipe, I got it @ above the rest homebrewing in Tigard, OR
(don't have the number handy)
I can type up the recipe for you when I get home (yes, I'm busted- reading
brewing newsgroups on the clock)

Luke
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