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Old 04-20-2010, 10:09 PM   #1
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Default How to properly use StarSan?

Do I need to mix up a 5 gallon batch of the stuff in my fermenter and let it soak for a couple of minutes?

Or can I make about 1 gallon worth and throw it in the fermenter and put the lid on and shake the hell out of it for a 30 seconds or so, then pour it into another bucket and wash all the stuff in the same gallon and then dump it?

Is swishing it around good enough? Or do you have to let it soak? Thanks!

Making 5 gallons of it everytime to wash my fermenter seems so wasteful!

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Old 04-20-2010, 10:12 PM   #2
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I don't know about the options, but I do fill it and let it soak and then I dump the Sani into a Homer bucket and save it for next time.

I say this as I dumped a lot of sani solution out prior to realizing that I could simply save it and use it again.

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I just do a gallon or two in the carboy and swish/shake well every 30 seconds or so for a few minutes, and then leave it in there until I'm ready to use the carboy. Then I swish it again right before I use the carboy, and pour the sanitizer into a bucket to use while brewing.

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I make about a gallon at a time and put the extra in old PET screw top bottles. If it clouds, I pitch it. Otherwise, I have a spray bottle of StarSan on hand all the time and refills ready when needed. Since it's a contact sanitizer, a good spray is enough to sanitize almost anything I use.

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Mixing up a gallon and shaking it up is fine, if you use distilled water it's good "forever". It's a contact/no rinse sanitizer so if you get the surface wet and let it stand for a minute you're golden.

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I mix up a gallon, then put a quart each in a few big spray bottles. As I need it, I dump out a bottle into whatever needs sanitizing. I like to use a quart or so in my bottle squirter (you know, that Italian spray thing which fits on the top of the bottle tree), and I put my bottle caps in that thing to soak the caps at the same time I'm rinsing. I grab the caps right from that rinse liquid. When I'm done, I pour the StarSan mix back into the spray bottle. If it's cloudy, it's dumped. However, with softened well water, I've yet to see any of the liquid cloud up, as I end up dumping or spraying about a quart every time I brew and bottle. It just goes forever!

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What does the cloudiness indicate?

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What does the cloudiness indicate?
the chemicals in the Star San is combining with the minerals in the water.It still may be working as long as the PH is lower than 3 but I wouldn't chance using cloudy sanitizer

I mix up a gallon at a time using distilled water a quart in a hand sprayer the rest into a small garden sprayer . Star San is a contact sanitizer as long as the surface is wet it will sanitize . I just spray everything down with it no soaking , the garden sprayer is great for carboys spray all the sides have some on the bottom invert to wet the top and its good to go, no waste
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What does the cloudiness indicate?
It's an indicator which shows that the mixture has lost its magic powers. Dump it and refill with fresh.
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I do the spray bottle method. Starsan just has to touch the surface to work, so if you have 5 gallons of it, then 4.99 gallons are being wasted since only what's up against the fermenter is doing anything. 16 oz spray bottle lasts me for weeks. I just spray down everything I use.

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