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Old 10-18-2006, 07:52 PM   #1
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just wondering what was the easiest way you guys have found to sanitize your carboys/tubing... do you fill up your carboys to the lip with water? or just a little and shake it or what? haha ... I use onestep kind of sanitizer...

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Old 10-18-2006, 08:00 PM   #2
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I put 2.5 gallons of water and onestep in my carboys and shake them for two minutes. Hasn't given me any problems yet!

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Old 10-18-2006, 08:09 PM   #3
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When I empty my carboys I clean them right away then store then full of Star San. I also tend to spray them with Star San and wipe the outside down prior to use . . . my dog sheds and dont want dog hair in my beer.

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Old 10-18-2006, 08:09 PM   #4
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I put about 1 gallon of StarSan in my carboys and plug it with a solid stopper.

I then gently turn it on it's side and rotate it so it coats the side before gently turning it upside down. I do several times in a 15-30 minute time period before gently pouring the StarSan back into my bucket.

This method works great for me and I don't end up with a bunch of foam in the carboy.

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I put about 2 gallons of water and onestep in my carboy and swirl it around for several minutes to make sure the entire surface area comes into contact with the solution. So far so good, although I recently went and bought some iodophor just so I can fill the whole thing up and let it sit as that seems easier than the swirling process.

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Old 10-18-2006, 08:12 PM   #6
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to sanitize; it depends on how long i let them sit and how much crud is pasted to the sides of them... usually i fill them up to the brim with a bit of 'bleach' (!!! shock horror, but i dont' claim to be a real brewer.. ) and let them soak over night... then i clean them with the brush, rinse them out many times (till i can no longer smell bleach)

to sterilize, i use the iodophor, but only use about a gallons worth of water, and only before i'm going to fill the carboy up with fresh wort or racked beer...

tubing i try and rinse immediately so nothing gets gunked up in... then they go in the iodophor before use.

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Old 10-18-2006, 08:19 PM   #7
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to sanitize; it depends on how long i let them sit and how much crud is pasted to the sides of them...
If there is crud in them, you can't sanitize. You've got to clean them first, then sanatize. We don't need to sterilize thankfully.

Sorry to correct, but I don't want new guys getting confused by the terms
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I'm a big fan of the idophor method - I usually fill en antire carboy with cold water / Fightin' I'dey mix and let it sit 5-10 minutes. I then dump that solution into a clean standby non-fermenting 6gal plastic tub just to have it handy during bottling/transfer/wort days. You never know when you are going to drop a stopper or something and having the 5 gal of idophor mix at the ready is a good clean-it/soak-it/let-er-dry system.

On the idophon subject, my brother (my homebrewing conspirator) is convinced that at times we have not let idophor'd bottles sit/dry long enough and that he can occasionally taste 'i'dey contamination' - so I'd say to clean well with hot water/cleaner, soak in idophor, and let dry well.

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i thought sanitize was to clean, sterilize was to kill the microbes...

i use the iodophor to sanitize if i was mistaken then.

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does idophore or onestep type sanitizers lose their power after time or what?

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