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Old 11-16-2013, 12:10 AM   #61
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Buy some RO water and use that. You don't want to use distilled because it can also make the product work differently IIRC. RO has a minute enough volume of minerals to buffer the water so you get what the product says you get. I'd buy a 5 gallon water bottle and just go refill it when needed. You don't need much star-san since it foams, and you can always use that until it is used up.
What is the problem with using distilled water? I've never heard this before. I thought the less mineral in the water the more effective and stable the Star San is.

Edit: Also, I'm not sure what "IIRC" stands for so that might be the source of my confusion.
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:12 AM   #62
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What is the problem with using distilled water? I've never heard this before. I thought the less mineral in the water the more effective and stable the Star San is.

Edit: Also, I'm not sure what "IIRC" stands for so that might be the source of my confusion.

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What is the problem with using distilled water? I've never heard this before. I thought the less mineral in the water the more effective and stable the Star San is.
It is claimed that Star San will last for a very long time, practically forever in distilled water, so using distilled water should be fine. I have read that some people experience less foaming when using Star San and distilled water which may be an issue. The foam allows star san to more effectively penetrate an area. I have not used Star San with distilled water myself, so I cannot comment.

Personally, I just use my tap water, or RO water. Even if my tap water solution becomes cloudy, the prouct is still effective for me.
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