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Old 12-09-2007, 08:42 PM   #11
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If you drank the concentrate you'd be drinking a pretty strong acid. Diluted according to the instructions it is perfectly safe.

The foam is intentional - it coats the surfaces and is a visual sign to you that the surface is covered.

Embrace the foam.



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Old 12-09-2007, 08:43 PM   #12
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yet if its ingested i'm supposed to call poison control...

You can die from drinking too much water as well. In it's diluted form, Starsan poses very little health threat.


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Old 12-09-2007, 08:44 PM   #13
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Then I feel dirty and ashamed for not listening to the experts here.
That's exactly how you should feel after you rinse StarSan foam away! After all, you've just defeated the purpose of sanitizing in the first place.

Let gravity drain away the bulk of the foam, and don't worry about the rest. Really.
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Old 12-09-2007, 08:45 PM   #14
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Foam is your friend. A layer of foam is like a layer of protection against things you REALLY don't want in your beer. There's nothing wrong with dumping most of it out, but it WON'T hurt your beer, even if there's quite a bit remaining.
I agree. I deliberately cause my star san to foam. It really foams like crazy out of a keg with a picnic tap at high air pressure. Pure foam, just what I want. You'd be surprised how a lot of foam is really very little liquid solution.
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Old 12-09-2007, 09:00 PM   #15
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If you really Fear the Foam, you could try SaniClean, also from Five Star. It's basically a no-foam version of StarSan. Due to changes in regulations between the time StarSan was certified and the development of SaniClean, SaniClean isn't labeled as a sanitizer but as an "acid wash." It does the same thing as StarSan; it just doesn't foam.

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Edited to add: If Charlie Talley doesn't come up with a marketing slogan and t-shirt that says "Don't Fear the Foam" soon, he's missing a tremendous opportunity.

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Old 12-09-2007, 09:03 PM   #16
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I was in no way implying that any no-rinse sanitizer should be rinsed. Only agreeing that the foam freaks me out.

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Old 12-09-2007, 09:21 PM   #17
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And as to the question of drinking the diluted solution. I heard an interview with Charlie Talley (one of the chemists who came up with it) and he has drank a glass of the solution! How's that for standing behind your product?

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Old 12-09-2007, 09:30 PM   #18
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Alright, thanks for the flood of responses.

I will take your advice once and for all and stop hating the foam. I was foamerly a foam-hater, but foam now on I will befriend the foam.

Next week when I transfer my Hobgoblin to secondary, it will be foamalicious!

You have all been very infoamative. Eh? eh.

chris.

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I was foamerly a foam-hater

BOOOOOOO!

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Don't fear the foam!!!



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