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View Poll Results: What Color Is Your Star San?
Red. 4 8.70%
Orange. 0 0%
Yellow. 5 10.87%
Green. 0 0%
Blue. 0 0%
Purple. 0 0%
Brown. 1 2.17%
Clear, because I'm concerned about the health risks of food coloring. 0 0%
Clear, because the idea never occurred to me. 33 71.74%
Clear, because of some other reason which I'll post about in-length. 3 6.52%
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:26 AM   #1
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Default What Color Is Your Star San?

Just searched before posting and saw that PassedPawn posted about this in December. That's right around the time I was piecing together my kegging system, using a keg-to-keg jumper for sanitizer, and dyeing my Star San so I could see it move through the lines when transferring.

It seems like, so far, we're the only two that have posted about doing this. But I'm curious if maybe this is just so basic of an idea that nobody ever posted about it.

So, I ask: What color is your Star San?

(mine's red because that color was cheapest at WinCo Foods, fwiw)

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Old 02-11-2013, 02:42 AM   #2
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I experimented with other colors. Yellow seemed obvious, but it looked like other chemicals that I store in spray bottles.

Blue and Green looked odd, and I was afraid of getting any of those colors in my beer.

I tried a mix of red and yellow (orange), but it looked odd.

So, red it was.

Oh, and I've never heard of anyone else using food coloring in their starsan, though it seems like an obvious thing to do.

I emailed James Spencer and he mentioned it on one of his Basic Brewing Radio shows.

I like how it looks in fermenter airlocks!

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I concur!

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Old 02-11-2013, 03:03 AM   #4
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Nice!

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Never thought to do it. But I like the idea, and the red does look good!

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I will admit that I never thought of doing it, but I don't know why I would. I can see the starsan moving through the tubing without the dye; there is an occasional bubble or two that is readily visible. I can also tell when it's getting to the end, because I tend to get a lot of foam moving through right at the bottom.

That said, if it helps you, by all means, go for it!!!

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I will admit that I never thought of doing it, but I don't know why I would. I can see the starsan moving through the tubing without the dye; there is an occasional bubble or two that is readily visible. I can also tell when it's getting to the end, because I tend to get a lot of foam moving through right at the bottom.

That said, if it helps you, by all means, go for it!!!
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Definitely helps.

Went to put toss a paint strainer bag of dry hops into a keg secondary today. Got about 1" from the water line when I realized I almost tossed them into the Star San keg. o.O Somebody above voted that they dye theirs brown. If it were brown, I wouldn't have noticed it wasn't beer.

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Clear, because I don't have any trouble remembering where my Star San is and what I've applied it to.

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Clear, because I don't have any trouble remembering where my Star San is and what I've applied it to.

I was going to try thinking up an in-depth reason, but this it exactly what I wanted to say.
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