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Old 03-14-2014, 06:48 PM   #21
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I have a question. What does your star san look like when you make it up? Is it clear or cloudy? I used to use tap water to make mine up and the water is so hard that the solution would be instantly cloudy (which is less effective than clear). I use RO water now and it makes a huge difference. Also, what contact time are you giving it? The bottle says either 1-2 minutes or more than 1 minute. Some brewers swear that it only takes like 30 seconds, but I always allow plenty of contact time. Two minutes is my norm for most things, but I allow three minutes for fermentors. The more the merrier if you're having infection problems.
To clarify and prevent confusion from others reading, the "if it's cloudy it's no good" theory re: star san is not true. It comes down to what the pH is reading...if above 3-3.5 then u should mix a new batch. Saying cloudy is less effective than clear is simply not true.

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