What's a FABTS?

The FABTS is a club of homebrewers, beer aficionados, and anyone with an appreciation for the quality and diversity of great beer! As such, we are dedicated to the responsible enjoyment of beer as a alcohol containing quality food product, made to be shared with other people and other foods. The club was founded in 1996 by Lyle C. Brown, National Beer Judge.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Club Discussion Spotlight - Sanitizing Brewing Equipment

There was a great discussion on sanitizing brewing equipment and bottles at the club meeting on February 17th. One of our members brought in a couple bottle of homebrew where one of the bottle foamed excessively. He said that this happened on "a number of bottles" in a five gallon batch.

The main theory over the cause of this was a wild yeast somewhere in the fermenting equipment, the transfer tubing or the bottles. The recommended treatment was to throw out all the old tubing and do a thorough cleaning and sanitizing of all the bottles and carboys.

A number of sanitizing products and procedures were discussed. I went out to scour the web for homebrew cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

John Palmer's How to Brew
Steve Bader - Simplifying Cleaning and Sanitizing for Home Brewers
Brew Your Own Mr. Wizard - Hose Longevity Discussion

- James

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