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Old 11-08-2012, 12:19 AM   #1
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Reading threads about carboy cleaning/storage, I've read people who store unused carboys with starsan solution soaking inside. But I also read something somewhere that says that after a few days sanitizer solution can deactivate and basically become a haven for bacteria. Is that true?

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Old 11-08-2012, 12:22 AM   #2
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There is heavy debate on the life of mixed Star San, but I certainly would not store a carboy filled with it. I store mine dry.

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Old 11-08-2012, 12:24 AM   #3
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I don't know about it being any haven but after the solution dries it is no longer effective in sanitizing, so there is no need to keep Starsan in a carboy unless just for storage.

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Old 11-08-2012, 01:15 AM   #4
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I also keep it mixed in a spray bottle for quick use. It easily keeps for a month or so. If I remember right the PH is supposed to be somewhere around 3 and stays pretty clear. After that it begins to degrade. I easily get several brew sessions out of each batch made

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I will probably get "hated" on for this but I store my carboys full of water with a little bleach.

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I don't think there's any reason to store anything in your carboy. Clean it well, rinse it well, sanitize it as usual if you feel the need, drain it and store it open. Before you use it again, rinse it and resanitize.

Unless you are leaving gunk in there, nothing is going to grow, so you really only need to worry about stuff settling on the surface.

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Old 11-08-2012, 02:24 AM   #7
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I will probably get "hated" on for this but I store my carboys full of water with a little bleach.
Bleach, chlorine, what's the difference? eventually it evaporates and you'll have to re-sanitize anyway.
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If you mix the star san with distilled water it can last a long time. No reason to it in a carboy. Use a bucket so you can dip stuff in it to sanitize it.

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If you mix the star san with distilled water it can last a long time. No reason to it in a carboy. Use a bucket so you can dip stuff in it to sanitize it.
Keeping it in a closed vessel will let it keep longer.

I make a batch of star San and put it in an empty keg, then I use that for the next month or two. A bottle of star San can easily last you quite a long time, there is no need to make a new batch for every brew session or transfer that you do, that is just throwing money down the drain.
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Right, a bucket that has a lid. You put the lid on when just storing it. As long as the Ph is @ 3 your good to go.

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