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Old 07-30-2009, 01:32 PM   #131
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Just a quick comment here, I usually find OxyClean generic in the dollar store. I'm not at home right now (posting from work), but I think it is called Amazing Oxygen Cleanser, and from what I remember, I believe it is cut with only a bit of Soda Ash or some other basic chemical.. maybe it is baking soda. So it is just what homebrewers are looking for - no scent, either. And it works just as good as the brand name stuff. I love it, and I'm about out now.
And another FYI - you can check the MSDS on most brewer's products and find cheaper alternatives just like I did with this product. However it seems that the board has done a great job in discussing most alternatives already. So if you are cheap, like me, that can be the way to go.

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Old 08-17-2009, 08:08 AM   #132
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1. Oxyclean (an industrial version)
Sorry, I live in Australia. I've not heard of Oxyclean. From what can tell it's a clothes washing powder??
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:03 PM   #133
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I have a buddy who sells cleaning supplies for a living. After a conversation about homebrewing, and a few pints of said homebrew, he mentioned that he may be able to get me a product equivalent to starsan at a very convincing price(re:free). I don't know enough about cleaning products to know if this is acceptable for the brewing process... can someone more cleaner-savy than me take a look and tell me what you think?

Here is the MSDS: JohnsonDiversey - J-512TM/MC/Final StepTM/MC 512 Sanitizer

And here is the spec sheet: http://tinyurl.com/ns5tkx

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I'd stay away from it, or at least rinse after using, even though it bills itself as a no-rinse sanitizer. From what I remember about quaternary ammonium sanitizers, they are technically only food-safe after the liquid has evaporated from the surface of the object. They are popular for wiping down food-prep areas and as a final rinse for pots and pans in kitchens, but the intention is that most if not all of the product has evaporated away before the sanitized objects come in direct contact with food.
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:33 PM   #134
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I don't recommend oxyclean. Last week I used it to clean a carboy. I had to leave town so I just left the oxyclean and water soaking in the carboy--when I got back a week later it had ETCHED THE GLASS! You can actually see streaks of little etched bubbles in the interior of the carboy. Not sure why this happened but the carboy is completely useless now!

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Old 08-20-2009, 12:18 AM   #135
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I don't recommend oxyclean...
...soaking in a carboy for a week.
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Old 08-20-2009, 02:52 PM   #136
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...soaking in a carboy for a week.
I know, I know. Not my normal procedure, but I had a big conference to attend, a billion things to do and I let it slide
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Old 10-07-2009, 07:38 AM   #137
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Default Everyones preferred sanitizer

What's everyones preferred sanitizer? Ideally I don't want to rinse.

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Old 10-07-2009, 07:50 AM   #138
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I randomly switch between StarSan and Iodophor. Keeps the bugs guessing.

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Old 10-07-2009, 07:53 AM   #139
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I randomly switch between StarSan and Iodophor. Keeps the bugs guessing.
Thanks for that mental image of severely confused bugs!

Starsan all the way for me. It's just so easy.
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:36 AM   #140
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I seem to remember some people using StarSan on carboys and Iodophor on bottles (since StarSan is clear and foamy, Iodophor is not foamy but stains).

I use StarSan, but I'm thinking of getting that non-foamy one for bottles. When I use squishy thing to sanitize bottles, they get too much foam in (which makes for too much liquid residue later on since I don't have a tree)

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