First Brew Woes and Questions in DIY Brewing Blether Posted October 20, 2019 · Edited October 20, 2019 by Journeyman I've been looking. I'll probably go for an eBay controller but the Inkbirds are a bit expensive for now. Once I save some money on the pub beer I'm not buying, maybe. But there's no-name brand STC-1000 dual controllers for like 1/3rd the cost of an Inkbird. Fridge seems relatively easy to pick up when the time comes - they're always on Murray Bridge Buy/Swap/Sell FB site. Next day or so is clean out a barrel for washing the bottles then sanitise and store in the cupboard for bottling day. How effective is the sanitising process? For now I have Sodium metabisulphate. Will it keep the bottles sanitised for a day or so until I start bottling if they are in a cupboard away from food sources? Or should I plan on doing it the morning of bottling and move straight to filling them?