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Old 07-12-2007, 10:22 PM   #1
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Default How to sanitize a siphon hose

I'm a few days away from bottling my beer and I need to clean my siphon hose in order to transfer my brew from the fermenter to the bottles in a sanitary fashion. What is the best way to clean the siphon hose?



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Old 07-12-2007, 10:42 PM   #2
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Your subject line says "sanitize", your post says "clean"... so which is it?

To clean a siphon hose that has anything nasty in it, I let it soak in oxy-clean solution.

To sanitize a siphon hose, I hook it up to my autosiphon, pump starsan through it so it's full, and let it sit for a few minutes.

If you're using a different sanitizer (one that needs longer contact time) you may want to just drop the hose into a bucket of sanitizer, taking care to get all the air bubbles out of it, and let it soak for a while.



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Old 07-12-2007, 10:52 PM   #3
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I echo what evandude said. cleaning is one step...the first step...then you sanitize before it comes in contact with the beer/wort.

I use my auto-siphon to start a siphon from my sanitizing bucket back into itself, so the sanitizer can contact the hose walls and remove any bugs.

+1 for star-san as a sanitizer...its the bomb.

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Wallpaper tray...I fill it with sanitizer and soak all my hoses, racking canes, spoons and such.

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I don't have an autosiphon (haven't found that I really need one), but I do have a dedicated turkey baster that I will use to shoot sanitizer through my hoses, racking canes, etc. when it's time to sanitize.

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I echo what evandude said. cleaning is one step...the first step...then you sanitize before it comes in contact with the beer/wort.

I use my auto-siphon to start a siphon from my sanitizing bucket back into itself, so the sanitizer can contact the hose walls and remove any bugs.

+1 for star-san as a sanitizer...its the bomb.
I do the same. Place it all in the bucket, 1 pump to fill up the hose then let sit.

I also have a small brush on a nylon "rope" that I can use to pull through a length of hose if I need to.
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I keep my hoses clean from the get go. I also use all silicone hoses cause they don't have a memory and stay coiled up. To sanitize, I stick it in the bucket of Starsan, and use a cup to pour it in one end. It will fill it up and come out the other end. I do this a few times, but once it is full I drop the end in the bucket and forget about it till I need to rack.



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