Ok, I am well into bottling a Seirra Madre pale ale last night. Was capping bottle 21 and had 22, 23 and 24 filled and in line to be capped. My wife walked past and asked if I had meant to leave the pan of sugar on the stove top instead of putting it in the bottling bucket (we are already capping bottle 21 at this point don’t forget!). Cursed and fussed and thought for just a moment. I use the following process. Run bottles in washer at high heat, let cool. Dunk them in starsan drain and fill six at a time, then cap. I decided to sanitize a bottle cap remover, popped all the tops, repoured as gently as possible into the bottleing bucket, after adding the sugar solution. stir gently and repeat bottling.
So, wadaya think my odds are of having an infection in the batch after all that handling. I consider the following in my favor. Cleaned, sanitized bottles, finished and therfore alchoholic beer, it is an APA so it has a bit of hops.
But that was a lot of handling.