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Old 10-28-2011, 02:36 PM   #1
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I recently picked up some star san and am overwhelmed when I use the search function to determine the best way to use it!

Can someone give me a quick breakdown on the best method of use to sanitize the buckets, equipment, and bottles?

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Old 10-28-2011, 02:45 PM   #2
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Read the instructions on the bottle. (/sarcasm)

But seriously, use the ratio described on the bottle to guide you. You should clean beforehand with whatever your normal cleaner is, then mix up some starsan solution.

If I'm not mistaken, it says it requires 20 seconds of wet contact to sanitize. So swirl it around and let it sit for a bit, then pour the starsan solution into whatever you need to sanitize next. DO NOT RINSE. The bubbles turn into yeast food.

If the solution becomes milky to the point of translucence rather than transparency, it has lost it's effectiveness and you need to mix up another batch.

I would think that a gallon of solution would get you pretty far in your sanitizing.

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Reuse the gallon of solution?

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Oh and use your bucket to multi-sanitize, like bottling wand/racking cane/auto-siphon/whatever. Also, I put some in a spray bottle, which is insanely handy for sanitizing on-the-fly.

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You can use it until it's milky.
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Awesome. Thanks!

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Use it for the bottles also?

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Use it for the bottles also?
Get a Vinator at your local LHBS and use a small amount of starsan solution (like a quart) in it on bottling day. Spray a few bottles, then fill, then repeat.
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You can use it until it's milky.
Actually it's the ph that matters not the color, as long as it's under 3.5 it's still effective. Some have "nasty" water and it will cloud almost immediately, if you use distilled water it will stay clear forever.

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Actually it's the ph that matters not the color, as long as it's under 3.5 it's still effective. Some have "nasty" water and it will cloud almost immediately, if you use distilled water it will stay clear forever.

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We are on well water with a softener. Do you suggest that I just pick up a couple of gallons of distilled water?
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