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#1 porter

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Posted 27 April 2021 - 07:41 PM

I feel committed like never before now.
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#2 Mando

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Posted 27 April 2021 - 07:43 PM

Eh?
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Posted 27 April 2021 - 07:49 PM

Nothing crazy, 5 lbs of PBW and 32 oz of Star San. I've always bought smaller amounts, usually because it's been rather expensive at local stores. I should be set now for 5+ years.

Now of course, I got the 55 gallon drum of that 5.2 pH stabilizer. :P
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Posted 28 April 2021 - 03:39 AM

I have a giant jug of starsan.  must be 2 gallons?  no worries!


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Posted 28 April 2021 - 05:34 AM

Just curious, why Starsan?  Starsan seems to foam up so much, its like brewing in a bubble bath.  LOL.  I have been using Iodophor lately, mostly because that's what I have on hand.   


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Posted 28 April 2021 - 05:46 AM

Habit, mainly. And it works. Never used iodophor. I think the foaming action of star-san is a benefit.
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Posted 28 April 2021 - 06:25 AM

I use both.  Starsan is nice because I can keep a bucket and spray bottle around for a while.  iodophor is to kill the things starsan doesn't on my fermentors and kegs.


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Posted 28 April 2021 - 02:33 PM

50 lb bucket off PBW and about to crack open the second gallon of StarSan.  Never used iodophor


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Posted 28 April 2021 - 02:46 PM

there is a whole thread here about changing up between sanitizers to keep the wee beasties on their toes...


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Posted 01 May 2021 - 03:14 PM

I think homebrewers overlook bleach. Bleach is brutal against all kinds of nasty things.

 

Yes, you have to rinse it. So go ahead and rinse it with tap water. Then all you have to to is treat your tap water with moderate strength Iodophpre or StarSan solution. All you are doing is ensuring that your rinse water is sanitized and to kill what ever might have come along with the tap.

 

ETA, Yes, yes, I know stainless steel. Do not soak your stainless steel in bleach. A bleach exposure of 30 seconds and a rinse, all you need.


Edited by zymot, 01 May 2021 - 03:16 PM.

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Posted 02 May 2021 - 07:23 AM

Certainly a good point. Bleach is cheap, too.


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Posted 09 May 2021 - 11:50 AM

I rotate in bleach when sanitizing fermentors. I'm still using glass so I have no issue letting them sit until I'm ready to rinse.


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Posted 10 May 2021 - 04:10 PM

Back when I used bleach metabisulphite was nice to knock out the chlorine and, at the time, I felt better than rinsing with a bunch of tap water.  That was a really long time ago.


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Posted 13 May 2021 - 01:32 AM

No love for sani clean? StarSan's foamless counter part?
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Posted 13 May 2021 - 05:24 AM

No love for sani clean? StarSan's foamless counter part?

Dose for dose, it costs twice as much to use. Without the foam, SaniClean is more difficult to apply.

 

For some applications, like cleaning by pumping through tubing, the absence of foam is a plus.


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Posted 13 May 2021 - 06:40 AM

Dose for dose, it costs twice as much to use. Without the foam, SaniClean is more difficult to apply.

 

For some applications, like cleaning by pumping through tubing, the absence of foam is a plus.

 

for those situations I'd just use iodophor.  not sure on the cost difference.


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Posted 13 May 2021 - 09:02 AM

Dose for dose, it costs twice as much to use. Without the foam, SaniClean is more difficult to apply.

 

For some applications, like cleaning by pumping through tubing, the absence of foam is a plus.

I pump SS throught all my hoses, plate chiller and post chiller. Foaming isn't much of an issue


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Posted 13 May 2021 - 09:02 AM

Dose for dose, it costs twice as much to use. Without the foam, SaniClean is more difficult to apply.

For some applications, like cleaning by pumping through tubing, the absence of foam is a plus.


Just did the calculation of per gallon of product for each saniclean and Iodphor. The ladder does stretch a little rather. I could never find it, so settled on SaniClean. May try it next time I need to pick up sanitizer.
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Posted 13 May 2021 - 10:10 AM

for those situations I'd just use iodophor.  not sure on the cost difference.

 

Five Star recommended dose:
StarSan = 1 oz / 5 gal

SaniClean = 2 oz / 5 gal

 

Used to be StarSan and SaniClean retailed for the same price.

 

Looking at online prices: SaniClean is now about 20-30% less compared to StarSan. Not exactly twice as expensive per dose. Maybe you can find additional economy by using less SaniClean for a given application.


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