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Old 03-01-2013, 06:30 PM   #221
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Starsan is definitely a winner here and is what I'll be picking up. I've been using Easy clean but all my beer has been sub-par and I'm trying to eliminate possibilities and I think the lack of real sanitation is the problems.

Iodophor ultimate con:

It could potentially kill me since it is basically Iodine based from what I have read. I'm allergic to iodine, when they filled my blood with Iodine for a blood test I broke out all over and couldn't breath barely because of internal reactions to it.

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Old 03-02-2013, 12:58 PM   #222
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I use both. I use the idophor to sanitize vessels. Two cap fulls in a bucket that i use to sanitize everything during the brew or bottling days.
I could use starsan but it costs more.

I always have a spray bottle of starsan around for spraying around lids and such. I use distilled water to mix it giving it a very long shelf life.

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Old 03-15-2013, 04:44 AM   #223
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:33 AM   #224
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This is an old thread but screw star san. I have been using iodopher for 23 years and NEVER !!!!! had a problem. When these guys brew in plastic buckets and seach the web to copy everyones recipes and techniques all they know is what they are told. I've been a lager brewer forever and you had better not have sanitation problems. The Germans were always the best brewers IMHO. Six refrigerators in the garage brewing a lot of challenging beers I am not even going to try star san. 150 ribbons I don't see the need for starsan or any more ribbons. Just share with the neighbors and enjoy. I see friends using it but I can stand the foam even if you can't taste it. It doesn't belong in my beers !

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WOOOW!!! Not sure what got you going. I can say that I have used both and don't really have a preference. Right now I'm using starsan but I used iodopher for about 15 years before making the change. They both work, they're both easy, I can go either way.. It's all good bro, have a beer.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:06 AM   #225
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Unless I'm missing something, I don't think Iodophor is cheaper. Its 1.25 ml / liter for iodophor. It's .64 ml / liter for starsan. That puts iodine at 2.3 cents per liter vs 2.1 cents per liter for StarSan. Since the iodophor loses potency within 24 hours, but the StarSan doesn't, you get more use out of a mix. I think at one time, when this thread started, it was cheaper. But the thread dates to 2006.

I even priced Iodophor in bulk at a farm supply store but it wasn't appreciably cheaper and one needed to buy a quart at a minimum.

1 oz / 5 gallon = .64 ml / liter for starsan. I usually make two liters for a 6 gallon carboy, use an insulin syringe or TB syringe which can precisely measure sub-1ml amounts, and put the amount in. The fact that the starsan has a surfactant in it to cling to the crevices, along with a 30 second contact time, saves a lot of time. I also mix it up in a spray bottle with distilled water. Tap water makes it really cloudy in a few hours, but I don't get any cloudiness with distilled.

But to keep the critters on their toes, I will occasionally sanitize with iodine every so often. Might not be any better, but I think of it in a microbiology sense. No starsan resistant microbes then. If that's even possible.

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I use both, it usually comes down to how I feel on a specific day. I like iodophor because I make up a solution on brew day and can spray down small pieces as I need to. Star san I like to use when I'm getting my carboys or kegs ready. I just don't know which I really prefer. They'e both good, and I've never had a problem with either, I also don't get bothered by the fact that iodine stains my equipment.

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I used to use Iodophor, but switched to Star San because it stains everything. Turns out, that is not the worst problem you can have. Star San tends to leave a slimy coating after extended soaking, which I find a wee bit more annoying than the staining.

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WOOOW!!! Not sure what got you going. I can say that I have used both and don't really have a preference. Right now I'm using starsan but I used iodopher for about 15 years before making the change. They both work, they're both easy, I can go either way.. It's all good bro, have a beer.
I fear the foam. I use the iodine, partly because the foam makes corks never stick. Slippery. Also unless mistaken iodine is good for you in minimal amounts. Lately I use bottling trees. I shake out the carboys as well. But a trace of iodine, hell that's a nutritional bonus.

Unlike Star-San and the foam. Which by the way I fear a lot.
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When I use Str-San I fill the carboy about a quarter of the way and gently swirl it around so it doesn't make much foam. Then I gently pour it out in a bucket and reuse it to sanitize other utensils and parts.

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I fear the foam. I use the iodine, partly because the foam makes corks never stick. Slippery. Also unless mistaken iodine is good for you in minimal amounts.
Iodide is beneficial Iodine is not.
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