Originally Posted by twah
Thanks inner10. I'm going to order some starsan.
Lemme tell ya, sanitizing and washing stuff is the worst part of wine making...even worse than paying for ingredients. That being said starsan really cuts the work of sanitizing in half. Just spray it on, let it sit for a minuet and that's it. You get a massive supply for peanuts, I mix up a 5 gallon batch at a time and leave it in a carboy. I typically keep this for 6-8 months and I'm really wasteful with it. Get yourself a spray bottle and use it to hose everything down.
I know there a lot of people that will just rinse everything with warm water and then sanitize and almost never clean...I don't really agree with this practice. Let's say I have multiple wines to rack or bottle I may just give everything a hot water rinse and starsan it...but if I'm waiting any length of time or if I just racked a hoppy stinky IPA you bet I'll be cleaning things thoroughly.
I use to use B-Bright years ago, but I reckon it is the same active ingredient as OxyClean, so for 15 bucks at Costco I have a massive supply of cleaner. One thing about OxyClean is it works far better if you let things soak in it. Got a nasty old pail stained and stinking of hops, fill it up and let it soak for a day or two. Use hot water to get the residue off...it doesn't rinse off too easily with cold water.
Anyway, sanitize before you use and clean right after.