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Old 06-27-2009, 10:38 PM   #101
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Both work; when I started brewing, nearly two years ago, I began by using acidified bleach. When its shortcomings became apparent, I compared Star San and Iodophor, and there was no contest. I went with Star San, and no regrets, dozens of batches later.

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Old 06-28-2009, 01:13 PM   #102
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I have been keeping a 1 quart spray bottle of starsan that I make with Distilled water. It is so convenient to keep on hand and very handy to just be able to spray anything with it. I can't really vouch as to whether one is more effective than the other though.

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Old 06-28-2009, 07:46 PM   #103
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I saved a batch of Star-San made with distilled water, and each time I use it, I dribble a few more drops of concentrate into the solution to keep it acidic. Not sure if my chemistry is correct, but it seems logical to me...

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Old 06-28-2009, 08:50 PM   #104
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I have both and have gone back and forth.

Now, star san 100% for when I'm bottling.

Star san for most other tasks.

Iodophor when I want to bulk clean something. Mix up a big five gallon batch, and soak all my equipment, run tons of other stuff through, etc.

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Old 06-28-2009, 09:03 PM   #105
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I use iodophor once in a while, but every time I do, I wish I had gone with Star-San because it won't stain everything yellow. Once I run out of iodophor, I don't plan on buying any more.

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Old 06-28-2009, 11:27 PM   #106
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If you' re staining stuff yellow with iodofor, you're using WAY too much.

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Old 06-28-2009, 11:33 PM   #107
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If you' re staining stuff yellow with iodofor, you're using WAY too much.
25 ppm, 1oz per 5gal. Pretty sure that's the normal concentration. Mostly just stains the vinyl tubing, but it's still annoying.
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Old 06-28-2009, 11:41 PM   #108
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i use starsan for almost everything but bottling because it foams to much so for bottleing its iodofer

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Old 06-28-2009, 11:49 PM   #109
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I have been using idophor with good results, no infections. I have read that some people prefer starsan so I ponied up the 17 dollars just to try it. Give me some time and this new brewer will give an unbiased opinion on both. And, I have never stained a bucket or tubing using a syringe to measure my idophor. Fingers, yes....plastic no. In addition, I love the smell, it reminds me of being in the hospital where everything has to be clean. I do like the idea of starsan being able to be stored for future brews. We will see and I will post my experiences.

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Old 06-29-2009, 12:15 AM   #110
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Does anyone have any input on the Five Star IO Star Iodine Sanitizer? It's an iodine sanitizer made by the StarSan people (my local brew shop doesn't carry Iodophor).

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