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jhegende 01-30-2013 01:13 AM

I am just curious about how everyone sanitizes and what methods work and what doesn't.

eric19312 01-30-2013 01:45 AM

I use star-San

Some in a spray bottle, rest in a glass carboy

I make 2 gal at a time and reuse it across multiple brew days and bottling days for about a month or 6 weeks. It gets cloudy right away but I hear that doesn't mean anything.

My favorite trick is for bottling. I clean my bottles by running through the dishwaser (after rinsing out the sediment) but on bottling day I get a funnel and put so star San in a bottle, then dump that bottle to the next bottle, put the now empty bottle on a bottling tree to drain. Fast and seems to work well.

Most important...don't confuse cleaning with sanitizing. You really shouldn't (want to say cant here byut not quite sure) try to clean with sanitizing solution or try to sanitize with cleaning solution. And it is not possible to properly sanitize a dirty container.

moorerm04 01-30-2013 01:48 AM

There is a sub-forum on equipment and sanitation.... Star-San is by far the best... I use a spray bottle as well. Best part is an 8oz bottle of it last me months, and I spray the heck out of everything.

Braufessor 01-30-2013 02:46 AM

PBW/Oxyclean/Easy clean for cleaning and then RINSE.

After, Star San to sanitize and DON'T RINSE.

One of the simplest, best things I ever did in my brewing process.

jhegende 01-30-2013 03:39 AM

So if you use star San don't rinse it out after?

ArtVandelay 01-30-2013 04:00 AM


Hackwood 01-30-2013 04:03 AM

NO RINSE! Don't fear the foam!

Braufessor 01-30-2013 11:44 AM


Remember, however, to have everything CLEAN first. Take things apart (spigots, bottle fillers, keg parts, etc.) You want the sanitizer to be able to get everywhere and you want to make sure there are not any pockets harboring anything. A key to sanitation, in my experience, is to always clean stuff right after using - don't let anything sit around. Once stuff starts to dry on, everything becomes tougher.

abbrews 01-30-2013 07:21 PM

Quick question... I'm a newer brewer and was wondering about cleaning bottles. I've heard many arguments about jet dry or drying agents in the dishwasher. On my dishwasher there is no way to turn it off or wash without it, so I guess my question is will it hurt my beer to wash my bottles in the dishwasher with a drying agent? Also, do you just run the dishwasher with no detergent and let the heat and water do the cleaning work? Advise will be appreciated.

AmandaK 01-30-2013 08:55 PM


Originally Posted by jhegende (Post 4842716)
So if you use star San don't rinse it out after?

Why would you rinse a sanitized surface with an unsanitized liquid??

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