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Old 11-19-2012, 10:34 PM   #1
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Default Sanitizing Solution Sucked Into Carboy During Coldcrash

So I was coldcrashing my 90 minute IPA and I came home today and noticed all of the homemade sanitizing solution got sucked into the carboy, about 1/2 gallon or so.

But the sanitizing solution was originally made of 1/4 cup bleach and 1/4 cup vinegar into 5 gallons. So it was a very weak solution, plus it was already beer colored due to all of the overflow that occurred during fermentation.

Will my beer still be OK to drink? I would think anything bad in the bleach would have evaporated by now, so that just leaves so vinegar. The original solution was made 4+ weeks ago.

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Old 11-19-2012, 11:01 PM   #2
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Id see how it tastes, but bleach makes me very nervous.

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Old 11-19-2012, 11:39 PM   #3
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Tastes fine, I actually was able to siphon off the "top layer" which was basically the sanitizer. I theory I hope the bleach would have evaporated after sitting in an open jug for 4+ weeks.

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Old 11-19-2012, 11:47 PM   #4
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A lot of people can detect the off flavor of bleach water, so it's great that you didn't have an issue here.

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Old 11-20-2012, 12:12 AM   #5
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Oh man, you're lucky. I would never use that mix in an air lock... star san or vodka (or whatever sipping alcohol you may have) is safe and sterile.
Beer plus chlorine = bad juju.

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Old 11-20-2012, 12:17 AM   #6
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i dont understand why people would use something like bleach in an airlock where it could potentially be sucked back into the beer.

i know my first batch i had no rinse sanitizer and it sucked in a few times (me not knowing what i was doing)

but i would go with that and/or alcohol, whatever you wouldn't mind putting into your body...which for sure isn't bleach

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Old 11-20-2012, 01:38 AM   #7
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I did not use an air lock.

I used a separate blow-off container but the lower temp cause a pressure change which forced it up the tube and into the carboy.

The sanitizing solution I am talking about IS A NO RINSE SANITIZER recommended on one of the home brew podcasts. The 1/4 cup vinegar / bleach to 5g solution was recommended by the maker of Starsan...

I use this on all of my equipment, including bottles, caps, etc.

Also, after 4+ weeks in an open bottle all the chlorine would have been gone....

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