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Old 11-01-2012, 11:46 PM   #11
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Star-San is a strong acid; that's how it sanitizes. Diluted, it can be handled (though for my sensitive skin, rubber gloves are an easy preventative from problems). But full-strength? If you decide to test your theory let us know how that comes out...

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Old 11-02-2012, 12:22 AM   #12
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Star-San is a strong acid; that's how it sanitizes. Diluted, it can be handled (though for my sensitive skin, rubber gloves are an easy preventative from problems). But full-strength? If you decide to test your theory let us know how that comes out...
I have lots of chemicals in my home sold for HOME use. Like, drano. Straight lye. Ammonia. All kinds of stuff.

I agree with Springmom, that while chemicals often are 'dumbed down' (my words, not hers) due to our society, it's not wise to handle them full strength.

Probably your skin won't be off. But that doesn't mean it's healthy. I make soap, so I deal with lye. It's a strong alkali. That means be smart when you use it.

Same with star-san. Be prudent, and you'll be fine.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:39 AM   #13
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Most say it is good as long as it is clear. I change mine every other batch but I'm a little sanitiation paranoid.
I've heard this several times but I've noticed the solution always gets cloudy as soon as you add the starsan to the water (1oz. to 5 gals as directed). How are people getting a clear solution??
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Well, there's always Sparkalloid..... :-D

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Old 11-02-2012, 05:19 AM   #15
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I've heard this several times but I've noticed the solution always gets cloudy as soon as you add the starsan to the water (1oz. to 5 gals as directed). How are people getting a clear solution??
You probably have hard water, then. At least I think that's what does it. If you mix it with distilled or RO water it will stay clear for weeks/months.
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Yes, the best ratio to use is 1oz for 5 gal. Or 1/5 oz in a gallon jug. The best water to use with Star San is distilled water. It can be good for months when used/dilluted with a water that has nothing in it(such as distilled). It can definitly irritate your skin (diluted or not), and I would never reccomend ingesting it in full strength form!

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I agree with inhousebrew that the cloudy result does not mean the StarSan is bad. I have well water and it turns cloudy immediately. I do however, buy distilled water in gallon jugs and mix it and store it in them. It lasts longer this way.

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You probably have hard water, then. At least I think that's what does it. If you mix it with distilled or RO water it will stay clear for weeks/months.
Yep. I had to turn off our water softener a week ago, and brewed last night. I poured out my still-clear bucket of Starsan solution, and made a new batch. I decided since it had been a little more than a month since I bottled my last batch I should just do it again.

When making up my new batch, I instantly noticed it was cloudy, and was that way almost immediately. I didn't know what to do, but figure I'd trust the math with the Starsan and call it good. So, hard water definately makes for cloudy Starsan solution.

I know from this experience that I will certainly be calling the guy to fix the water softner before I brew or bottle next. That cloudy Starsan solution freaks me out!
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