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Old 06-24-2007, 06:06 PM   #11
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Old 06-24-2007, 09:50 PM   #12
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Warning: do not use Starsan on serving lines or tapping parts as it will attack some plastics and inpart chemical flavors. I learned this the hard way! You have to throw away all lines, washers, etc that become tainted as this can not be washed off.
Wow, you've been brewing since I was 1. Kudos.

On the starsan thing, I keep starsan in my serving lines all the time unless i"m actively pouring and I've never had a chemical flavor or problem with it. Are you using distilled water to make starsan? I read that using tap water, because of dissolved minerals, can cause chemical reactions to take place that are bad for these things. Maybe that's what's happening?
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:26 AM   #13
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Wow, you've been brewing since I was 1. Kudos.

On the starsan thing, I keep starsan in my serving lines all the time unless i"m actively pouring and I've never had a chemical flavor or problem with it. Are you using distilled water to make starsan? I read that using tap water, because of dissolved minerals, can cause chemical reactions to take place that are bad for these things. Maybe that's what's happening?
You may have a good point there. I noticed it when I had Vinyl hoses in the Starsan for 2 days. I scrubbed it really good but could not get rid of the odor. It was really a bad odor from the black washer for the tail piece to shank too. I have been using tap water for Starsan. My water is fairly hard so how can I change the PH easily? The best way to describe the odor is Kiwi shoe polish. Definately not desireable! I replaced the line and washer and cleaned the tap and faucet and that did the trick.
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:42 AM   #14
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:52 AM   #15
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Another So Cal brewer! My brother lives in Covina, and I'm currently working not far from there.
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:55 AM   #16
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You may have a good point there. I noticed it when I had Vinyl hoses in the Starsan for 2 days. I scrubbed it really good but could not get rid of the odor. It was really a bad odor from the black washer for the tail piece to shank too. I have been using tap water for Starsan. My water is fairly hard so how can I change the PH easily? The best way to describe the odor is Kiwi shoe polish. Definately not desireable! I replaced the line and washer and cleaned the tap and faucet and that did the trick.
I'm not sure if a pH change is going to work or not. I've been making starsan lately with reverse osmosis water - those 5 gallon carboys full of it you can buy everywhere. It lasts forever that way because there's no minerals in it, and it doesn't react with parts to cause the sort of thing you're describing. My water is really hard too, if I make starsan from tap water, it's no good in a few minutes so I don't even bother.
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I've been alive since '72 and brewing since '07. Was lurking on this board before I bought my first fermenter.
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In '72 I wasn't even a twinkle in my father's eye...but welcome just the same! Always good to have more experience to pull from.

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Thanks to all of you who have replied and I hope that everyones Kegs is are full. I have a recently brewed ale to try today and I let this one condition for a month so it would be very clear and should be very good. I tasted it at 2.5 weeks and it was very good then without any carbonation. I based it on Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. MMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm Good.

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