Do you need to wash your brewing equipment the first time you use it after purchasing it brand new? I know the equipment will need to be sanitized, but I don't see any instructions about washing it pre-use. My kit came with a cleaning packet for post-use, but that is all.
I would at least sanitize, for sure. There may not be visible signs of dirt/grime but there is definitely room for micro-bacteria or wild yeast to hide. One spritz of sanitizer will kill everything that could possibly harm your first use.
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One other quick question. In the video I'm watching they fill up the bottling bucket with sanitizer solution and then use that to sanitize equipment. They also put the 5 gal of sanitizer into the carboy to sanitize that.
Can I make the solution in the carboy and after I let it soak for a bit transfer the sanitizer back to the bottling bucket to soak my other parts? Or should I make up two batches of sanitized water?
P.S. Thanks for the fast responses. It really helps -- especially for the newbie
Don't make 2 batches. In fact, I'd only make about a gallon worth. You can pour some in your carboy and swirl it around, and if you put some in a spray bottle you can spray the bucket down and not use nearly as much sanitizer. In fact, a spray bottle is fairly common practice for all brewday sanitation. I don't see a reason to make that much sanitizer. It is essentailly reuseable, and I am told you can save it for as long as it foams when you shake it in the bottle.