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Old 10-17-2008, 10:39 PM   #1
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Default Storing Star San solution in a plastic bucket?

Is this fine to do for extended periods of time? I want to make 5 gallons of Star San with some distilled water and use it as many times as I can, I'm currently running through it way to fast.

Is it ok to let it set in plastic for extended periods of time? (I seem to remember reading something saying to limit star sans contact time with some material, it may have been stainless now that I think about it...)

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You will want glass or stainless. Plastic will cause it to go white and get slimey looking. Here is a summary of a podcast over Five-Star's chemicals. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/char...ewcasts-58928/

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Old 10-17-2008, 10:47 PM   #3
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I had a bucket of Star-San spring a leak in my laundry room a while back. I don't know if the Star-San weakened the plastic or if it was just a defective bucket but I have since "re-purposed" one of my old bucket fermenters for Star-San storage.

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I have also read that extended (>1 month) storage in a corny keg is bad too.

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I think the clouding is from reaction to minerals in water. Nevertheless, it is an acid based sanitizer and is likely to react with most container materials (except perhaps glass) so keep that in mind...

I do know I have accidentally left rubber stoppers or my turkey baster bulb in there and they do start to break down getting sticky.

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Huh... I had always avoided storing it in stainless because I thought it would etch it. I guess I know what to do with that old banged up keg now!

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Hmm, this is what I was afraid of...guess I'll have to sacrifice a smaller carboy as a sanitation vessel!

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You will want glass or stainless. Plastic will cause it to go white and get slimey looking. Here is a summary of a podcast over Five-Star's chemicals. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/char...ewcasts-58928/
I had discovered this too -- being lazy, I had left my autosiphon parts sitting for most of a week in some cheapo clearplastic bucket I had mixed it up in. There was a definite bit of the white slime there. I guess I should start looking for a glass jug for this or something.
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So, does this white slime thing happen in the plastic spray bottles too? It seems a lot of folks (myself included) use the good spray bottles like you can buy from Lowes or other home improvement store... I haven't notices the slime in there but haven't really looked either.. Can this be a problem, or are those good plastic spray bottles made for this type of thing?

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I have never had an issue with my spray bottle that is always full of StarSan. I think most of those are supposed to be chemical resistant to some degree.

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