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View Poll Results: Which Sanitizer
Star-San 1,055 66.02%
Iodophor 435 27.22%
Other 108 6.76%
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:11 PM   #211
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I use Iodophor

Pros: Cheap, No rinse, 2 min santize, never had issues since using it
Cons: I dont like how it stains my tubing, I also hate the bottle I seem to always get a little solution to run down the bottle causing a simple mess.

I was using a powder no rinse sani, but it was always slippery and felt like soap scum. With Iodophor it comes back clean. I thought about using star san until I looked at the price tag vs Iodophor. Iodophor is really good stuff from what I was using. I think its just a matter of preference.

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Old 10-25-2011, 05:30 PM   #212
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I've had the same jug of starsan concentrate for years. It goes a long way so the cost really isn't that much.

That said, I've also used the bleach and vinegar no rinse successfully when at a friends house.

Bleach will ruin your clothes but it does make an effective no rinse sanitizer.

The danger with bleach is that it will create off flavors at higher than recommended dosages. Mixed correctly it can be used as a no rinse without the risk of off flavors.

Starsan will not give off flavors even when mixed at higher than recommended dosages. Plus it will keep for a long time when mixed with distilled water. I always have a spray bottle of starsan on hand. I would imagine that the bleach based sanitizer would dissipate and become ineffective quite quickly.

I haven't used the iodine based stuff but imagine it would give off flavors at the incorrect dosage, and it too would stain clothes. I don't see much advantage to it over the acidified bleach mixture.

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Old 10-26-2011, 04:58 PM   #213
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Both work fine, but I'd prefer Star San for convenience.
I like the measurement cup that's part of the Star San container. Kinda like a container of oil for a two-stroke engine.

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Old 10-26-2011, 08:02 PM   #214
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I use both, but I prefer Star San for reasons many have mentioned. I will say this though, never let one of those bottles break and spill onto your carpet. What you get is sludge and a hole...

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Old 10-26-2011, 08:55 PM   #215
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I use both, but I prefer Star San for reasons many have mentioned. I will say this though, never let one of those bottles break and spill onto your carpet. What you get is sludge and a hole...
It also stains your nice granite counter tops, fooooooorever.
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:57 PM   #216
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Bleach ruins clothing.

Star San wrecks countertops.

Iodophor turns EVERYTHING brown.

Moral of the story: watch where you're pouring your damn sanitizer.

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Old 10-26-2011, 09:08 PM   #217
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Bleach ruins clothing.

Star San wrecks countertops.

Iodophor turns EVERYTHING brown.

Moral of the story: watch where you're pouring your damn sanitizer.
Once you go brown....
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:11 PM   #218
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Bleach ruins clothing.

Star San wrecks countertops.

Iodophor turns EVERYTHING brown.

Moral of the story: watch where you're pouring your damn sanitizer.
Truth.
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Old 12-24-2011, 10:51 PM   #219
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I voted other... but really I meant 'both'

I use starsan for most of my sanitizing, but keep a full bottle of iodophor around to switch it up from time to time (not to mention starch conversion testing). Iodophor was my standard for years, but I switched to using starsan after one too many times re-mixing a spray bottle of sanitizer solution just to check my gravities...every time...

When I brewed pro for a bit, we'd always alternate our sani buckets between iodophor and peracetic acid, and had something like starsan (might've been starsan, actually) we used sparingly when we wanted/needed the foam. I was told the general idea was that in a production environment bugs could build a tolerance...

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Old 12-28-2011, 04:43 PM   #220
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have used both, like star san for the no stains. but would go back to iodophor if need be.
I like using the spray bottle.

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