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Old 08-26-2011, 02:40 AM   #1
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Default Just how bad ass is Star San?

I was cleaning old bottles last night. I found several unopened beers from 2005 or older. The three beers I've opened and tasted weren't actually all that bad considering they were 6 years or older. There was a Belgian Double which was actually OK (close to style at least), and 2 APAs which were single hop test brews (one with Amarillo and another with Simcoe which were both "new" to the homeberw scene back then). They all had oxidation, but were drinkable.

However, the inside of the bottles is cloudy with what I'm assuming is a very fine layer of yeast that didn't come clean with the typical kitchen sink rinse and shake.

I'm currently cleaning bottles for a bottle day on Saturday and am wondering if the a 2 minute soak in Star San before hanging on the bottle tree is adequate or if I should brush them out. I'm asking as I've noticed a lot of my bottles have this haze at the liquid level that I don't recall from the past....I also haven't bottled in over three years and can't find my bottle brush and my LHBS is not on the way anywhere I'm heading tomorrow.

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Starsan is the Chuck Norris of sanitizers.

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Chuck Norris is the Star San of B movies.

...and you can't really sanitize a dirty bottle. Get it squeaky, sparkling clean, then apply Star San.

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I just read one of those darn "Chuck Norris is so bad he....." websites and couldn't find one that I could easily replace his name with starsan and have it make any sense.

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There is no chin behind star sans beard. There is only another fist.

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Star San is a sanitizer - not a cleaner. You need a cleaner to get out the gunk. PBW, Oxyclean and others

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Soak in Oxyclean or PBW for a few days. That will clear up any gunk. then rinse well and use star-san to sanitize.

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However, the inside of the bottles is cloudy with what I'm assuming is a very fine layer of yeast that didn't come clean with the typical kitchen sink rinse and shake.

I'm currently cleaning bottles for a bottle day on Saturday and am wondering if the a 2 minute soak in Star San before hanging on the bottle tree is adequate or if I should brush them out. I'm asking as I've noticed a lot of my bottles have this haze at the liquid level that I don't recall from the past....I also haven't bottled in over three years and can't find my bottle brush and my LHBS is not on the way anywhere I'm heading tomorrow.
We call it scale, it's really common, it's just residue from the oxyclean as the water it's soaking in evaporates or reacting with minerals in the water. Usually a weak acid solution like vinegar and water, lemon juice and water, even a dillution of starsan and water usually breaks it down. Or lots of rinsing. It's really fine.
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Seems like I'm the only one here who still uses iodophor...is star-san much better than that? I haven't had any sanitization issues to date using the iodine but am always willing to change if it produces better results.

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Seems like I'm the only one here who still uses iodophor...is star-san much better than that? I haven't had any sanitization issues to date using the iodine but am always willing to change if it produces better results.
Not sure if it's better from a sanitization stand point. But super easy to use and won't stain the clothes.
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