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Swifty 02-01-2013 05:12 AM

Sanitizing with houshold "fill in the blank"
This dude at work shot me an email about sanitizing for his first brew. I won't get a chance to share some of my sanitizer with him as this is my Friday, and he's brewing this weekend.

Is there a household something he could use to sanitize his fermenter and I'll get him some starsan or equivalent before he bottles?

Thanks in advance!

Stovetop535 02-01-2013 06:20 AM

What type of primary?

I would say properly diluted bleach.

Swifty 02-01-2013 06:47 AM

He said he got a brew kit for Xmas so I assume it's a bucket. I don't know though.

Thanks for the response. I thought about that too. maybe a 10 % solution and then rinse it well with clean water.

sethlovex 02-01-2013 11:15 AM

The Clorox site lists the proper concentrations for sanitation, I believe it's 1, tablespoon per gallon COLD water as bleach loses effectiveness with hot water. Fill the bucket drop in airlock, tubes anything you won't be boiling and rinse twice or until you can't smell bleach on the equipment. Cheers!

alien 02-01-2013 03:22 PM

Unscented thin bleach and a bit of vinegar. Google for the recipe. The hard bit is knowing how strong your bleach is. It degrades over time so buy a new bottle.

Swifty 02-01-2013 11:00 PM

Very good!

Thank you all!

BradleyBrew 02-01-2013 11:19 PM

I just use windex...never had a problem, but I would probably go with bleach.

Brewskii 02-01-2013 11:22 PM


Originally Posted by BradleyBrew
I just use windex...never had a problem.

sethlovex 02-01-2013 11:24 PM

Not sure if your joking about windex, if so hilarious. If not.....ummm.....

BradleyBrew 02-01-2013 11:28 PM

joking... I'm a starsan man for sure :mug:. I would go with bleach and some drug stores sell iodine if he cant get to a brew store.

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