The Great Bottle Opener Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Other uses for StarSan?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-27-2008, 01:30 PM   #1
Jonnio
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Jonnio's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 1,525
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default Other uses for StarSan?

OK - so I have had a couple times over the last few weeks where the directions on something include do XXXX to sanitize. Every time I read that I think, I wonder if I could just spray it with StarSan and be done.

For instance, we just got a new humidifier, and the instructions were to fill it with a weak bleach solution then rinse thoroughly. Do you think that would be just as good to spray down, let dry and go to town?

Anyone ever tried something similar or have other uses for StarSan?

__________________

------------------------------------------------
Official member of HBAMAP (Home Brewers Against Murder and Pedophilia)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Revvy View Post
Then that means dumping your beer because you think it's bad is tantamount to abortion! And as Big Kahuna says, drinking a beer too soon is tatamount to beer pedophilia...
Jonnio is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2008, 01:42 PM   #2
Hugh_Jass
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 1,961
Liked 28 Times on 27 Posts
Likes Given: 15

Default

A sanitizer is a sanitizer. Bleach is cheaper, but if you don't want to deal with bleach, StarSan is a good but expensive alternative.

__________________
Hugh_Jass is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2008, 01:47 PM   #3
Jonnio
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Jonnio's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 1,525
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Yeah, I wouldn't mix StarSan up for just that, but since I always have 2 1/2 gallons on hand it is free to use for these types of little projects.

__________________

------------------------------------------------
Official member of HBAMAP (Home Brewers Against Murder and Pedophilia)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Revvy View Post
Then that means dumping your beer because you think it's bad is tantamount to abortion! And as Big Kahuna says, drinking a beer too soon is tatamount to beer pedophilia...
Jonnio is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2008, 01:50 PM   #4
flyangler18
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Hanover, PA
Posts: 5,679
Liked 25 Times on 25 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Brewing related, a soak in a StarSan solution handles painted beer bottles( like Stone) handily.

__________________
flyangler18 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2008, 02:05 PM   #5
kaptk2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Billings MT
Posts: 42
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by flyangler18 View Post
Brewing related, a soak in a StarSan solution handles painted beer bottles( like Stone) handily.
What concentration do you use? Just the default? How long does it take?
__________________
kaptk2 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2008, 02:58 PM   #6
Pelikan
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: The Q Continuum
Posts: 927
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Star San leaves behind a high TDS film that can mess with things such as humidifiers (ie: that's why they recommend rinsing the bleach). Very generally, 1:10 bleach solution is a better all around sanitizer, and is much less expensive. I'll still always use Star San for brewing as it's ideal for those purposes.

__________________

On a brewing hiatus. Will get back into the fray eventually, methinks...

Pelikan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2008, 05:23 PM   #7
Jonnio
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Jonnio's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 1,525
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

That's interesting Pelikan - does it stay behind after rinsing, or does it just not have the no rinse function that it does when brewing?

__________________

------------------------------------------------
Official member of HBAMAP (Home Brewers Against Murder and Pedophilia)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Revvy View Post
Then that means dumping your beer because you think it's bad is tantamount to abortion! And as Big Kahuna says, drinking a beer too soon is tatamount to beer pedophilia...
Jonnio is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2008, 05:33 PM   #8
Pelikan
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: The Q Continuum
Posts: 927
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jonnio View Post
That's interesting Pelikan - does it stay behind after rinsing, or does it just not have the no rinse function that it does when brewing?
It's no rinse for brewing in the sense that the high TDS/acid film left behind does not impart negative flavors, nor does it negatively impact the brew. But, that same film will mess with sensitive stuff such as humidifiers. Also, if you keep it on your counter top, it can get diluted and actually provide a nutrient for microbial growth (phosphorus from the phosphoric acid).
__________________

On a brewing hiatus. Will get back into the fray eventually, methinks...

Pelikan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2008, 05:56 PM   #9
RCCOLA
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Northwest Arkansas
Posts: 1,061
Liked 68 Times on 44 Posts
Likes Given: 57

Default

It takes carpet stains up real nice.No kidding!

__________________
RCCOLA is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2008, 05:58 PM   #10
Pelikan
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: The Q Continuum
Posts: 927
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

I don't know if the phosphoric acid would have a long term negative impact on the carpet...

__________________

On a brewing hiatus. Will get back into the fray eventually, methinks...

Pelikan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
starsan sketerbuck General Techniques 3 02-14-2009 02:39 AM
What is Starsan? BOBTHEukBREWER General Techniques 4 11-11-2008 08:51 AM
StarSan Distilled Equipment/Sanitation 8 01-27-2008 07:09 PM
Starsan ArroganceFan Equipment/Sanitation 12 07-11-2007 04:19 PM
Starsan badnaam Extract Brewing 20 07-09-2007 04:56 PM