Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > rinsing after sanitizing?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-27-2008, 12:18 AM   #1
tranceamerica
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: seattle WA! WA! WA!
Posts: 439
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default rinsing after sanitizing?

Ok, I have always used bleach to sanitize. I've never really known if it's ok to rinse with water after sanitizing.

I don't really want any bleach in my beer, but am not sure it's ok to rinse.

I have city water, and believe it to be clean.

In general, this applies to the equipment I'm using during brewing, but also to my bottles. I usually sanitize the bottles the night before, and simply turn them upside down to dry (but not rinse) them. This has worked fine for me, but not sure if it's the best way.

TIA.

__________________
Zion Nanobrews

Primary: beer, mead, cider

Drinking: beer, mead, cider


Quote:
Originally Posted by GilaMinumBeer View Post
...except for this d@mned tail I am fine.
tranceamerica is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-27-2008, 01:08 AM   #2
RichBrewer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
RichBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 5,756
Liked 80 Times on 37 Posts
Likes Given: 67

Default

The old school of thought was to rinse with tap water but that kind of defeats the purpose of sanitizing in the first place.
The problem with leaving any bleach in the fermenter or on your equipment is that, even with very small amounts, bleach lends nasty flavors to beer.
My recommendation is to rinse with very hot water.
You need to look at getting some no rinse sanitizer in the future. StarSan and Iodaphor are the most popular. I recommend StarSan for it's ease of use. They seem expensive but they are really not that bad. You don't use much so a bottle goes a long way.

__________________

Cheers,
Rich

RichBrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-27-2008, 01:34 AM   #3
tranceamerica
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: seattle WA! WA! WA!
Posts: 439
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

thanks much. how hot is hot? I keep my hot water heater at 120*F - could crank it up though. Probably invest in some sanstar.

__________________
Zion Nanobrews

Primary: beer, mead, cider

Drinking: beer, mead, cider


Quote:
Originally Posted by GilaMinumBeer View Post
...except for this d@mned tail I am fine.
tranceamerica is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-27-2008, 03:23 PM   #4
malkore
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
malkore's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 6,922
Liked 32 Times on 30 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

invest in star san. its no rinse, won't screw up the flavor if you don't get it all drained, and the solution can be reused several times before you have to toss it...so its actually very economical.

__________________
Malkore
Primary: English Mild
On tap: Pale Ale, Lancelot's Wheat, English Brown Ale, Steam Beer, HoovNuts IPA
Bottled: MOAM, Braggot, Raspberry Melomel, Merlot, Apfelwein, Pyment, Sweet mead, Cabernet
Gal in 2009: 27, Gal in 2010: 34, Gal in 2011: 13, Gal in 2012: 10
malkore is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-27-2008, 03:56 PM   #5
|-|edghog
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 22
Default

This is my first post on what seems to be a great forum.

Even though I do not use Star San yet I think it's an eventuality for every serious home brewer.

With that being said bleach with a hot tap water rinse is just as good and actually gives me the warm and fuzzies much more than Star San without a rinse.

If your worried about hot tap water having nasties in it think about what kind of nasties are on your hands.....which are the last point of contact for much of your brewing equipment.

If your worried about chlorine contamination pour a small amount of bleach in a cup, top it off with hot water and let it sit for a bit.....I would be surprised if you could smell much chlorine after a few minutes since hot tap water oxidizes chlorine on contact.

Just my 2 cents

Hedghog

__________________
|-|edghog is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-01-2010, 03:28 AM   #6
virginiawolf
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
virginiawolf's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: South Central Pennsylvania, P.A.
Posts: 173
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 33

Default

I'm with you. I don't want any chemicals at all in my beer.
I use Iodaphor To soak things then blast with hot water thoroughly. Seems to have worked so far. No infections or problems,
I use bleach in the bottles with water before making yeast starters.. Then rinse em out with hot water. Haven't had any issues. I just tried star san and have a tendency to try to wash it all away even though people have said it wont hurt. I like the iodaphor cause you can see it. I love Homebrew Virginia Wolf

__________________
virginiawolf is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-01-2010, 03:45 AM   #7
beninan
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Bangor, Maine
Posts: 995
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts

Default

starsan 10000%. It foams up to get into all the cracks, you can rack into a carboy filled to the top with foam without any problems, it's inexpensive, you can re-use the solution multiple times, hell you can even drink it if you wish (I've heard of some people drinking it).
Even if you leave a 1/2 gallon in the fermenter, the only problem you will have is a watered down beer.

__________________

"Stop giving me credit for those stupid quotes! For that last time it wasn't me! STFU NOOB!" <-- Benjamin Franklin

beninan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-01-2010, 04:07 AM   #8
brewtus_
I say, lookey here son...
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
brewtus_'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 211
Liked 19 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

I used to use bleach as a sanitizer, but found myself rinsing (and rinsing, and rinsing) to get the chlorine smell out. Even if I didn't smell it, I would re-rinse a couple of times "just to be sure". It really took alot of the fun and desire out of brewing that I had. I loathed anytime I had to sanitize anything. I let a batch of oatmeal stout that I spent extra time on slowly fade away in a secondary because of it. Never got around to bottling because I dreaded rinsing the bottles twenty times each!

Then I discovered StarSan. Now I don't worry about sanitizing or rinsing. It completely resparked my brewing emotions.

Bleach = A pain in the butt!
StarSan = Easy, no problems.

__________________
brewtus_ is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rinsing out the LME jug mparmer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 10-07-2009 12:00 AM
Rinsing immobileman Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 01-07-2009 02:11 AM
Water for Rinsing & Sanitizing Hawgbranch Bottling/Kegging 7 05-20-2008 03:18 AM
rinsing sanitizer AFTER sanitizing... BigBam Equipment/Sanitation 6 01-23-2007 05:02 AM
In a Hurry~Rinsing after sanitizing? Lubbock Brew Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 01-30-2006 11:31 AM