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Old 06-26-2007, 05:13 PM   #21
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Welcome aboard! We'd love to see photos of your setup too! BTW, I was -3 years old in 1972

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Old 06-26-2007, 05:17 PM   #22
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Wow, 1972, eh? It wasn't even legal for me to drink yet that year. It sounds like you have quite a setup now, but how hard was it to get homebrewing gear/supplies back then?

Ha! My Dad wasn't even old enough to drink yet!
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:32 PM   #23
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I have been using Starsan. 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. I wrote Starsan about this and they knew about it. Use beer line cleaner for serving lines only.
Star san uses a soap for a carrier, this is why it foams. The soap attaches itself to the tiny cracks in vinyl hoses, this is why it turns cloudy. It will eat the plating off of metal also so do not keep Star San in contact with hoses or connectors for more then needed. You only need a 30 second contact time for it to be effective.

Look up the sanitation show on the Brewing Network for great info on PBW and Star San.
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Old 06-26-2007, 08:50 PM   #24
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I called star san, explained that I am using RO water to make it, and told them I leave it in my lines and a keg to fill the lines when I'm done pouring, and they said no problem, you can leave it there indefinitely. I've never had off flavors or any sort of issues. All my stuff is stainless, not plated.

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Old 06-27-2007, 01:29 AM   #25
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what about leaving vinyl hoses in star san for a couple weeks?
Should they be replaced?

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Old 06-27-2007, 01:32 AM   #26
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Depends, I think, on how you made the star san. I make mine with RO water, and have had star san in them far longer than a couple of weeks with no problems.

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Old 06-27-2007, 01:43 AM   #27
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mine's made with filtered water (home depot whole house filter). My water
is middle of the road. Great for pale ales.
I did have one of the hoses cloud up on me. Haven't noticed any off flavors.

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Old 06-28-2007, 02:51 AM   #28
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mine's made with filtered water (home depot whole house filter). My water
is middle of the road. Great for pale ales.
I did have one of the hoses cloud up on me. Haven't noticed any off flavors.
I was refering to serving lines which are vinyl and the washer that is used to seal between the shank and the tailpeice (neoprine) made most of the odor so maybe it was the cause of the hoses (beer line) that I was tasting and smelling. The point here is caution when just soaking things that come in contact with the beer after fermentation is over. Like I said I would stick to BLC beer line cleaner now that I have had a bad experience.
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Old 06-28-2007, 04:13 AM   #29
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Ah! Another old fart on here! I too brewed my first beer in 1972. I started out with a can of Blue Ribbon Malt and bread yeast. Nasty tasting stuff, that first batch, but it was beer and I made it. Homebrewing beer wasn't even legal back then. I did have a license for home winemaking. Still have that one hanging on the wall of the brewery.

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Old 06-28-2007, 03:47 PM   #30
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Yes! Welcome to the forum. I live up in Yucca valley and drive to morebeer in Riverside. nice place and good ppl.

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