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NCBeernut 05-25-2009 04:03 PM

Easy Clean Sanitizer
I settled on the homebrew starter kit at Midwest Supplies. It comes with Easy Clean no rinse sanitizer (see link below, this is not the Lysol one). Does anyone know anything about this stuff? I was thinking about just getting some Star San instead, but if the Easy Clean works just as well, I would like to just use the stuff I have already paid for.

Easy Clean Jar w/screw-off lid- 8 oz. :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies

Rick500 05-25-2009 04:21 PM

It's labeled as a cleanser, not a sanitizer. I wonder if it's the same stuff they used to call sanitizer... I seem to remember "Easy Clean" that was sanitizer.

Anyway, if you're at all worried, I'd get some StarSan and use that to sanitize, and just use the Easy Clean to clean before sanitizing. If it's the stuff I think it is, it's pretty much OxyClean, which does wonders for cleaning carboys and bottles.

NCBeernut 05-25-2009 04:27 PM

I have actually dug up a few other threads on some other sites about this stuff via google searches. It seems that it is similar to oxyclean, and may not be a sanitizer, just like you said. My concern is with my aluminum brew kettle. Oxyclean and other oxidant cleaners should not be used with aluminum pots correct?

Rick500 05-25-2009 04:38 PM

Consensus seems to be that it's okay to use on aluminum for the time it takes to clean, as long as you rinse thoroughly.

Some are of the opinion that OxyClean will increase the passive oxide layer on aluminum (which is good); others say it will remove the passive oxide layer (which means you'd have to boil some water in the pot for a while to build the layer back up).

I've never used it on aluminum myself, so I can't help... but to me it makes sense that it would help build up the passive oxide layer, not break it down.

samc 05-25-2009 06:04 PM

I would guess that it is the same as One Step

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dongemus 10-05-2012 07:57 PM

As far as I am informed Easy Clean does indeed sanitize. It is all I've ever used for sanitation. Oxiclean/PBW is OK for metals, just not for Teflon coatings. I use Easy Clean on everything.

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