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Old 08-24-2008, 07:02 PM   #1
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i ran out of my no rinse and sanstar, but i have this restaurant grade sanitizer that says "For sanitizing Food Contact Surfaces"...Its Quaternary Sanitizing Tablets. The active ingredients are: Alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride dihydrate. And its made by Sysco.
Should i just this? I don't wanna go the bleach route.

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Old 08-24-2008, 07:03 PM   #2
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Bleach is cheap and easy, I have switched to it entirely.

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ive heard some say not to use bleach

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You might want to avoid bleach for the same reason you might want to avoid the sanitizer you listed - chloride. Chloride causes chloride stress corrosion cracking in stainless steel. So be sure to rinse off this sanitizer or bleach from stainless steel.

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im just going to use it for today to sanitize my autoshipon, some tubing, and a glass carboy. no stainless

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You can use it, but is a chlorine based sanitizer, just like bleach so you would need to go about using it in the same way. That is, rinse rinse rinse, then rinse again. Chlorine can lead so some nasty off flavors in the beer if not removed completely.

That being said, if it is used properly and at the correct amounts, bleach can be a good sanitizer, but it's definitely not preferred. Star-san and iodine are much easier to use, and harder to mess up, and both are no-rinse. Having to rinse off the chlorine from bleach (or your sanitizer) could potentially re-introduce some bacteria.

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