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Old 11-21-2005, 02:59 PM   #11
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Iodophor here. Cost savings my big thing. Everywhere I can save some cash goes right back into the batches made

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Old 11-21-2005, 03:14 PM   #12
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I use Iodophor exclusively.

I have used both, and I hate Star-san because of the foam. It takes forever to get it off (say in a glass carboy) and for the pros already mentioned in Iodophor, that seals the deal for me. I won't use anything else for my brew equipment.
I dont see why everyone hates the foam, it's just foamy star-san bubbles. I rack on top of them all the time.. If you let the foam settle out you'll find less than a tablespoon of star-san liquid remains, which would not impact taste at all.

I've got a 32 oz thing of Iodophor that I'm using now and again for smaller sanitation or when I dont feel like mixing up a whole 5 gallon batch of star-san.

3ml per gallon of water for iodophor gives 12.5ppm. I used this last night to sanitized my carboy so it would be ready for my cider project.. but i got distracted and also didn't have anything to soak my funnel in. I guess I could have used my star-san spray bottle.
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Old 11-21-2005, 04:25 PM   #13
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I used OneStep when I first started brewing because that's what they gave my wife when she bought my kit. That got to be very expensive so I switched to Idophor after reading discussions on it here. Works great, no odors that I can pick up. Contact time is not long, about same as what you say it is for starsan. Stains are ok as far as my bucket goes, I soak everything in Oxyclean after use and that takes off most of the discoloration. And as Orrelse says on glass it is no issue. I like it.

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Old 11-21-2005, 04:44 PM   #14
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I dont see why everyone hates the foam, it's just foamy star-san bubbles. I rack on top of them all the time.. If you let the foam settle out you'll find less than a tablespoon of star-san liquid remains, which would not impact taste at all.
I guess it is a personal thing--but a half carboy full of foam makes me nervous. I can deal with a little foam because I understand the minute amount of sanitizer won't hurt you (or worse yet the beer).

As I said, I've used both, and the Star-san will sit forever if I have Iodophor around.

I get some foam with Iodophor, but not half carboys full.
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Old 11-21-2005, 05:04 PM   #15
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Hrm my post disappeared... or something.

I use 1/2 - 1 gallon of diluted star san in my carboy, i just swirl it around until i get all the surface wet.. give it a minute dump it out and drain my kettle into it. never been a problem, produces so little foam it's no worries.

I've used iodophor as well, great sanitizer.. just prefer the lack of odor, taste and smell of star-san over iodine.

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Old 11-21-2005, 07:53 PM   #16
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Read this very informative article on Iodophor. They did a little taste test as well very interesting results.
http://www.bayareamashers.org/conten...s/iodophor.htm

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Old 11-21-2005, 08:14 PM   #17
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I don't know if we can get either over here.
Do you use VWP orfy?
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I don't know if we can get either over here.
Just found this orfy:-

http://www.the-home-brew-shop.co.uk/item957.htm
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Read this very informative article on Iodophor. They did a little taste test as well very interesting results.
http://www.bayareamashers.org/conten...s/iodophor.htm
nice link! thanks. I plan to start using idophor for bottling (tired of rinsing the beer brite out of my bottles) and this info will remove some of my doubts.

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good read waldo! thanks for the link.

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