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Old 01-04-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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i know that star san is a no rinse sanitiser....with that said i tasted a small bit on my tougue and it taste bitter and nasty.. wont that make my beer taste the same way when i dont rinse frementer,secoundary ferm,thermomiter, the keg ,siphone hose,etc, and all that....when you add all that up you probably get a couple of oz. of star san directly in the beer from the bigining to end of beer the makeing process.

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Old 01-04-2012, 04:51 PM   #2
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a small amount of star san won't hurt the flavor of your beer.... if it did, we'd all be in trouble.
there's actually some thought that a small amount of star san in a fermenter/bottle will break down and the yeast will use it as nutrient. don't know if that's true, but i do know not to fear the foam.

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did you taste it at full strength right out of the bottle? or diluted per the directions?

I've been using StarSan forever and have never had any ill effects to my beers. Don't fear the foam..

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Star san when diluted with water will not contribute any off flavors to beer at all.

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diluted when i tasted it......i say this because i brewed an american amber ale and its a little on the bitter side and i dont know why... i make i from one of those morebeer kits also this is my first brew im not sure if its sopposed to be this bitter but that bitter after taste kind of taste like the starsan bitter after taste

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diluted when i tasted it......i say this because i brewed an american amber ale and its a little on the bitter side and i dont know why... i make i from one of those morebeer kits also this is my first brew im not sure if its sopposed to be this bitter but that bitter after taste kind of taste like the starsan bitter after taste
Buy a comparable commercial brew. That'll give you a good reference point to what yours should taste like.
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diluted when i tasted it......i say this because i brewed an american amber ale and its a little on the bitter side and i dont know why... i make i from one of those morebeer kits also this is my first brew im not sure if its sopposed to be this bitter but that bitter after taste kind of taste like the starsan bitter after taste
the bitterness isn't from star san.
how long is the beer that tasted bitter been in bottles?
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don't fear the foam dude. i think if anything it will make your beer taste better by keeping anything nasty out. unless you pour a couple oz's of undiluted star san directly into your beer it shouldn't produce any funky flavors. maybe the beer just needs to condition longer to get the flavor where you want it.

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Diluted Star San is a phoshoric acid solution at a pH of less than 3. When the small amount of acid is diluted by the beer it will be tasteless. Remember Coca-cola uses a fair amount of phosphoric acid to add tartness.

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