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Old 05-03-2009, 10:59 PM   #1
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Default Dumping old Star San on the lawn?

I know it's expired because it's been sitting in my bucket for weeks--all cloudy. Will it kill all the beneficial soil bacteria or the grass?

For that matter, do you think it's safe to dump Star San that's still good onto living plants?

thanks, from the desert state of California (though we've actually had rain the last 3 days!)

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Old 05-03-2009, 11:08 PM   #2
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Well they say with a septic system, starsan is actually good for the bacteria, it becomes food for them...like it becomes food for the yeast, so I'd say it's fine...

They talk about septic bugs here..

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Old 05-04-2009, 01:16 AM   #3
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Thanks Revvy! I didn't even think to check the site (duh), but I did just now & the closest I came to finding an answer was in a .pdf:

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DISPOSAL: Dispose of in accordance with local, state and federal regulations.
So I sent an email to Jon. Meanwhile, I think I'll dump what I have on some scrubby grass that I'm not too worried about.
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Old 05-04-2009, 01:40 AM   #4
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if its like my lawn that im ready to till up set fire and p-ss on because its all weeds the screw its a good start if it does kill it.

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Old 05-04-2009, 11:45 PM   #5
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Day 1: no reply from Jon @ Five Star Chemicals

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I use Star San HB in 5 gallon batches to sanitize gear for home
brewing. Can I dump the old solution in my garden, or on my lawn? Is
this product harmful to plants, fruits or vegetables?

Many thanks,
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I believe you'd need to dilute it or neutralize it first. Plants don't like a pH of less than 3 which is where starsan is ideally supposed to be. Most plants like a soil pH of 5.5 to 7. After raising the pH, the plants will gladly make use of the phosphate in starsan

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Put it in one of those spray fertilizers and go to town!!

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Hint: Don't dump 180*F water on the lawn by the patio.

SWMBO may kick your ass for killing a large spot of grass!

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I have heard of "some" people who use the stuff as a supplemental feeding at specific dilutions to benifit certain "conditions".

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I have heard of "some" people who use the stuff as a supplemental feeding at specific dilutions to benifit certain "conditions".
Of like when we say "I have this friend...." When we really mean ourselves.....

Kinda reminds me of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."

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