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Old 06-12-2009, 02:14 PM   #1
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I know the other cleaners & sanitizers have been out longer.

I started using onestep and PERSONALLY love it. I have been using it as both a cleaner and a sanitizer with NO (knock on wood) infections.

Question is have I been using it correctly as a sanitizer or have I been just lucky? I am loving the no rinse part and no bleach smell.

Now that it can be purchased in larger quantities I am really liking it.

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Old 06-12-2009, 02:39 PM   #2
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It is "technically" not a sanitizer but a cleaning agent. I say technically because I used to use One-Step without any problems in the past regarding infections. That being said, you might as well make the switch over to StarSan. This IS a sanitizing agent and will ensure that your equipment is properly sanitized to reduce the risk of infections. There are tons of posts on here regarding StarSan vs. One-Step, but in general, it is better to play it safe than sorry. StarSan is also a no rinse sanitizer and the foam from the sanitizer is actually able to be used by your yeast as a form of nutrient, so all-in-all, StarSan is an awesome product that I would recommend to all brewers.

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Old 06-12-2009, 02:41 PM   #3
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I also only use OneStep and haven't had any issues (so far). I just make sure to clean everything very thoroughly in the OneStep solution. My only comlaint is that my plastic tubing got a little discolored from cleaning with it.

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My biggest beef with OneStep was the slimyness of the water. It had a very slick feel to it and sometimes left residue in my tubing and buckets. Yes, the proper dillution was used... Not sure why it was like that, but it wasn't a big deal. I just think that if you're going to spend money on a sanitizer, you might as well get one that is actually FDA approved as a sanitizing agent, not just a cleaner. That's what Oxyclean is for! ;-)

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Your are right that it has slippery and leaves that residue. So is Oxyclean considered a sanitizer in the same manner as Starsan? Sorry to change the subject of the thread....

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Old 06-12-2009, 02:51 PM   #6
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I've been using one-step as a sanitizer for three years now, god knows how many batches (probably on the order of 400 gallons) and never had an unintended contamination. I have been using it because it is cheap and easy...that being said, I will probably switch to star-san now that I have a job.

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Nope. Oxyclean is just a cleaning agent just like OneStep. I now use Oxyclean for "cleaning" my equipment and StarSan for sanitizing my equipment.

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noob question...why do you need to use both? Couldn't you just use the sanitizer of choice instead of adding the extra step of the cleaner?

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BTW Rsmith..I noticed that you are from Cleveland...Love that Great Lakes Beer...

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Nope. Oxyclean is just a cleaning agent just like OneStep.
Onestep and oxyclean ARE NOT the same thing.....Oxyclean is sodium percarbonate....though you are right that onestep is NOT a true sanitizer.

if you want some info about Onestep, and why many of us don't recommend it, especially in light of REAL FDA approved sanitizers that are available and reusable, check out this thread....

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/sani...tizer+question
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