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Old 05-13-2011, 01:09 PM   #1
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Before I ever used Starsan -- but after I'd decided I was going to make the switch once I used up the rest of my old sanitizer -- I was puzzled at how many people insisted on rinsing it, even though the instructions and the most knowledgeable people on HBT said otherwise. Well last week I picked up some Starsan, and brewed my first batch using it on Wednesday...

...Okay, yeah, that's disturbing. If I hadn't read all the exhortations on HBT, I absolutely positively would have rinsed the carboy. It's hard to believe that's not going to screw up my beer. It's awesome not having to rinse, but it's going to be a few batches I think before I trust it.

Gotta say, though, a spray bottle full of Starsan has got to be the most awesome thing EVAR!!!11!!!1

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Old 05-13-2011, 01:30 PM   #2
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I just wish it didn't foam up so much or so easily. Foam everywhere that doesn't run off,it just sits there.
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Foam is a little annoying when in the carboy. Stuff spews out while filling. Anyway to prevent this?

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I just wish it didn't foam up so much or so easily. Foam everywhere that doesn't run off,it just sits there.
The foam actually sanitizes also. It keeps an air block in the area so unclean air can't come in. so the foaming is actually a great thing
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Yeah,I sorta figured it does. Just thinkin about when I sanitize the bottles,it sits,& sits. Guess I'll just have to give it time to turn back to liquid.?
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I just got star san, haven't used it yet, glad I read this, lol. I would have not believed leaving the foam in

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Yeah,I sorta figured it does. Just thinkin about when I sanitize the bottles,it sits,& sits. Guess I'll just have to give it time to turn back to liquid.?
No need to wait.rack right on top of it.

the star san actually breaks down into a yeast nutrient.
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I've heard of that reaction. I read stories on here of foam at the fluid line in bottles of beer,& thought...but I guess not. Good.
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yup... totally fine... just be sure to mix to the proper solution and it's fine to rack right onto the foam. best part is that you can reuse the starsan time and time again (as long as it's stored well and holds its pH level). I just store it in a plastic container and use it for several brews.

Oh, and according to the guy that makes starsan, they have to print something about it needing a couple minutes to be effective, but that it actually achieves the desired kill level in about 30 seconds. I still wait the total time, but it's good to know it has done its job in 30 seconds.

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