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Old 03-03-2006, 04:01 AM   #1
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Is it possible to keep and reuse Iodophor sanitizing solution? I mixed up 5 gallons of it last Monday and it seems like a shame to throw it out. Right now it is sitting in one of my old plastic fermenters. I would love to be able to re-use it a couple of times.

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Sometimes I'll use my Iodophor a couple of days in a row. But not after it sits for more than about a day. It loses it's effectiveness the longer it sits.

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Old 03-04-2006, 01:07 AM   #3
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Its a different sanitizer but I use one batch of Diversol sanitizer from start to finish for each batch, I keep it stored in a couple 10 litre water jugs with a lid. I do however had a scoop full of diversol each time I use it to make up for it loosing its strength.

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I think Iodophor is only guaranteed to work for something like two hours. It's fairly cheap, and I don't mind mixing freshies up for each beer, sometimes for different steps in the process. Overkill? Maybe, but I do what I do.

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Is it possible to keep and reuse Iodophor sanitizing solution? I mixed up 5 gallons of it last Monday and it seems like a shame to throw it out. Right now it is sitting in one of my old plastic fermenters. I would love to be able to re-use it a couple of times.
As long as it looks amber, it's still an effective sanitizer.

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Old 03-04-2006, 02:25 AM   #6
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As long as it looks amber, it's still an effective sanitizer.

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It's still amber so I'm going to use it to sanitize my corny for tomorrow kegging.
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Along the lines of sanitizers retaining their strength: what about one-step (oxygen cleanser)? I have some in a keg right now and plan on using it wednesday, and it will be a week old. Should I use it or pitch it?

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Nope, not one step. It's only good for a couple hours, then it's used up all of it's oxygen.

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Along the lines of sanitizers retaining their strength: what about one-step (oxygen cleanser)?
One Step is not a sanitizer...it was originally advertised as such, but the company that makes it no longer makes that claim.
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One Step is not a sanitizer...it was originally advertised as such, but the company that makes it no longer makes that claim.
EP--can you elaborate on this? I'm looking at a Northern Brewer catalog right now, that's dated "Spring 2006," and in the blurb for One Step, they say "...One Step is an excellent oxygen based sanitizer."

I had actually been thinking about switching to this, which I suspect is a little greener thing to be dumping down my drains than Iodophor. (And won't stain plastic, etc.)

I'm interested to hear more about this.
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