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Old 08-11-2009, 12:36 AM   #1
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Default Restaurant grade sanitizer?

So, at the restaurant where I work we use a food grade sanitizer called Santimine 150 (chemically it's half dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride monohydrate, and half filler). It is used as a sanitizing bath for equipment, pots, etc after the wash and rinse baths (if you are familiar with a standard three basin restaurant sink, this is what would be in the third basin). No rinsing necessary, instructions just say use one tablet per gallon of water.

Any reason I shouldn't use this to sanitize beer equipment? It'd be a whole lot cheaper to just grab a couple tabs from work occasionally than shell out for Star-San or Idophor.

Googling has led me nowhere. Someone with more experience or chemical knowledge than I care to weigh in?

Thanks!

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Old 08-11-2009, 01:16 AM   #2
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No idea about the active ingredient, but I'd be worried about the contents of the "proprietary" filler.

StarSan is pennies a batch. If this stuff creates some off-flavor in even one batch, you've lost the game already.

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It sounds like quaternary ammonia (sometimes in blue tablet form). It would be fine if you rinsed after sanitizing with pre-boiled water. The compounds in the quat will affect head retention, I believe.

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Quaternary ammonia = true!

http://www.fivestarchemicals.com/tech/quantum.pdf

Five star and Birko both sale quaternary ammonia products

But just buy a big thing of star-san and be happy!

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Old 08-15-2009, 12:22 AM   #5
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Ok, I guess I'll buy the real thing then. Thanks for the replies.

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