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Old 10-02-2007, 02:23 PM   #11
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I use both One Step (argued that it's not a sanitizer) and Iodaphor. I don't have any particular preference but the staining aspect of Iodaphor has pros and cons. The good thing is that you can visibly see that it's still viable. The downside is that it stains plastic in diluted form and stains just about everything in concentrated form (clothes, hands, carpets) but just be careful.

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Old 10-02-2007, 02:53 PM   #13
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What about the slick, filmy residue that reportedly accumulates with prolonged use of Star San? Any experience with that?

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Old 10-02-2007, 02:58 PM   #14
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I actually find that one-step leaves bottles slicker than star-san, so I've stopped using one-step on bottling day.

I think I am gonna use my iodophor for carboys, just to prevent the volcano-foam effect when racking

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Old 10-02-2007, 03:00 PM   #15
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I recently switched to Starsan from onestep and I really don't know why I waited so long....Edwort summed it up & it does rock! (Truth be told I have used diluted bleach, onestep and & Starsan to date and haven't had an infection with any of them...knock on wood).

Though I have only used it for the past two brews and I clean and rinse all of my equipment post-brew, I have not noticed any residue.

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Old 10-02-2007, 03:10 PM   #16
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I have used One Step, diluted bleach and Star san. They all worked for me. I never had any off flavors, or infections. However, pound for pound, star san is the best. Bleach is a PITA because you have to rinse and rinse thoroughly. One Step is a pain because it is so expensive (yes I know a container is cheap, but you go through it so quickly). Starsan is just great. There is nothing that I dislike about it. Even the bubbles are no big deal for me. And as a matter of fact, I believe I heard that a little residual foam will actually benefit your yeast. I have been using my starsan for 6 months or more, and I have only gone through less than a quarter of the bottle. This stuff will last forever. I have never noticed a slick residue. Obviously it is slick when it is wet, but nothing remains.

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Old 10-02-2007, 04:05 PM   #17
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I've had so many infections using one step I think I'll change my name to "Infection". I recently switched to Oxyclean for the big crud followed by Starsan for sanitation. The reason for this is I don't want to rinse as I use well water stored in above ground tank. Everything I do is either boiled or sanitized with Starsan. My last two batches came out good. The previous 4 batches using one step were all bad.

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Old 10-02-2007, 04:43 PM   #18
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What about the slick, filmy residue that reportedly accumulates with prolonged use of Star San? Any experience with that?
I've never seen it.

Iodophor may be a little cheaper, but it needs longer contact time, doesn't keep and stains. I can deal with some bubbles.
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Old 10-02-2007, 04:45 PM   #19
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What's wrong with bleach?

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Old 10-02-2007, 04:49 PM   #20
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What's wrong with bleach?
Because most folks use it in too high a concentration for no-rinse, you can leave plenty behind and get off flavors. If you are rinsing after, you have possibly undone the sanitization that you just performed anyway. Personally, I have a bunch of shirts with bleach stains on them....

I find the advantages of the other products outweigh any of the advantages of bleach (primarily the ready availability).
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