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Old 06-26-2007, 05:27 AM   #1
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I noticed bubbles of StarSan and perhaps very small residue in the bottles while I was bottling it, will it result in off taste/bad beer later? Am I supposed to let it compeletely dry?

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Old 06-26-2007, 05:37 AM   #2
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People who've used it a long time will swear that even large amounts (like a quart in your 5-gal batch) will not have any effect.

I've just switched to it in the last two weeks (and thus don't have any finished product to test this theory), but I'm hoping they're right!

In short, a few bubbles won;t make a difference. RDWHAHB

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Old 06-26-2007, 05:47 AM   #3
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I love this stuff. I have not noticed any off flavors. Just have to get over the fact you are pouring beer into bubbles.

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No off flavours. No worries. Love the foam!

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I love this stuff. I have not noticed any off flavors. Just have to get over the fact you are pouring beer into bubbles.
It's a psychological thing for me, I just can't do it. I still meticulously rinse all my equipment after a StarSan bath. After reading Palmer's style (started with Papazian's book) I guess I should be more careful with tap water on sanitized equipment...
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No off flavours. No worries. Love the foam!
Interesting, yesterday was my first time using starsan and I was pretty freaked out by the bubbles. I guess next time I won't rinse with hot water. Dang.
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It's a psychological thing for me, I just can't do it. I still meticulously rinse all my equipment after a StarSan bath. After reading Palmer's style (started with Papazian's book) I guess I should be more careful with tap water on sanitized equipment...
Definitely. If you're rinsing after using StarSan, you're just wasting your money by undoing the sanitization and adding back waterborne bacteria.

badnaam, listen to this interview The Brewing Network did with Charley Talley of Five Star Chemical (makers of StarSan), it'll answer a lot of your questions and give you some confidence in its use.

DON'T FEAR THE FOAM!
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yeah seriously - don't rinse the starsan off!
My keg is usually FULL of starsan bubbles when I am racking to it... In a dozen batches never noticed any off flavors.

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yeah seriously - don't rinse the starsan off!
My keg is usually FULL of starsan bubbles when I am racking to it... In a dozen batches never noticed any off flavors.
Easier said than done. When you have 8-12" of foam at the bottom of a 5 gallon carboy, what happens when you rack 5 gallons of beer on top of it? It foams everywhere, coming out of the top like a volcano.
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Old 06-26-2007, 03:31 PM   #10
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I was a little concerned when Charlie said the reason that pvc tubing becomes 'slimey' is the detergents in StarSan are attracted to it so presumably if you transfer with tubing soaked in StarSan that has attracted the detergent from a few liters of the stuff a significant dose of the detergent will rinse off into your beer.
Personally I prefer iodophor, it's cheap and equally as no rinse and doesn't leave any foam.
Any staining can be removed (for example in a fermenter) by pouring a kettle of boiling water over the effected area although you can leave it in contact for a lot longer than it requires to sanitise before you get any staining.

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