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Old 03-21-2010, 10:50 PM   #1
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quick question about star san -

I just used star san today for the first time - I mixed up a 5 gal batch and since it was the first time using it, I used black latex gloves. I cleaned 24 22 ounce bottles, but there seemed to be a sulphur smell emanating from the batch of star san. I read on another forum of some one having the same problem when using dish gloves. Can anyone comment on this, is it a reaction to the gloves? or is this common?

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Old 03-21-2010, 11:01 PM   #2
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Why use gloves? I use it all the time without gloves,and never had a problem.

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Old 03-21-2010, 11:04 PM   #3
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Why use gloves? I use it all the time without gloves,and never had a problem.
Me too, I've been using it for 4 years now and it hasn't affected affected affected me.
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Old 03-21-2010, 11:16 PM   #4
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good to know, I'll keep that in mind

Has anyone experienced this or heard of star san reacting to any surfaces other than metal

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Old 03-22-2010, 12:28 AM   #5
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I know you have to be very careful with un-diluted starsan on formica countertops.
I have heard of people just sitting the lid down and leaving a permanent ring.

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Starsan is harmless as long as it is deluted. You can even drink it.

Concentrated is a different story

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Old 03-22-2010, 02:24 AM   #7
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Mixing a 5g batch is a waste. I only, ever, mix it into my spray bottle. I use that to santize everything, including carboys.

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Mixing a 5g batch is a waste. I only, ever, mix it into my spray bottle. I use that to santize everything, including carboys.
I agree... sorta
I mix 2.5 gallons at a time in a container of distilled water, then fill spray bottles from that.

I do mix 5 gallons with tap water when I am hosting a group brew, and let everyone use it. It gets dumped at the end of the day.
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Old 03-22-2010, 03:11 AM   #9
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If you have any equipment that has previously been sanitized with a concentrated sulfite solution (for instance from wine making) especially plastic tanks, the starsan acidity will knock any residual sulfur out as H2S gas, giving a nice rotten egg smell.

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i had diluted starsan sitting in a bottling bucket for about a week out of laziness. figured what can it hurt. when i went to rinse the bucket, the plastic spigot on the bottling bucket literally fell apart. i am wondering if the starsan somehow reacted with the plastic and deteriorated it. strange...

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