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Old 08-04-2008, 11:39 PM   #1
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I've always used Iodophor and really like it. No rinsing...I have Star San that came with a kit a while ago. I want to use it up and get rid of it so I can go back to Iodophor.

Do you use Star San the same way? Soak and let drip dry? It says 1 oz. per 5 gal. of water. Do you weigh 1 oz. or is it about a tablespoon per 5 gal. like Iodophor?

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Old 08-04-2008, 11:41 PM   #2
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I've always used Iodophor and really like it. No rinsing...I have Star San that came with a kit a while ago. I want to use it up and get rid of it so I can go back to Iodophor.

Do you use Star San the same way? Soak and let drip dry? It says 1 oz. per 5 gal. of water. Do you weigh 1 oz. or is it about a tablespoon per 5 gal. like Iodophor?

Thanks for any help...
Both are a wet contact sanitizer, which means that for the sanitizer to work, you shouldn't let them get dry. they do work the same way though.

I would measure out a liquid ounce rather than using a tablespoon. I guess an ounce would be two tbsp when it comes down to it.
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:28 AM   #3
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hehehehe, it will probably take you numerous number of brews for you to use up all that Star San. I am up to my 4th or 5th brews and it is not even 1/3 of the little bottle.

Anyways, I think Star San is a very good no-rinse sanitizier. Both should work very well for you. Just that Star San tends to foam a bit too muchh.

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Anyways, I think Star San is a very good no-rinse sanitizier. Both should work very well for you. Just that Star San tends to foam a bit too muchh.
The StarSan foam is good stuff! Rack your beer right on top of it. It won't hurt a thing.
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I buy bulk Dairy Iodophor Sanitizer, a gallon for 20 bucks...I'll never run out.

BTW, you don't let EITHER starsan or iodophor dry, They are "wet contact" sanitizers, meaning as long as the surface is wet with sanitizer, it kills anything that comes in contact with it...if you allow it to dry, you may have sanitized the surface, but the minute something lands on it (or in it in the case of bottles) then you are no longer sanitized.

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where can u buy iodophor in bulk?

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where can u buy iodophor in bulk?

Farm and feed stores like Tractor Supply...Like I said it is Dairy sanitizer.
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Farm and feed stores like Tractor Supply...Like I said it is Dairy sanitizer.
Duly noted. Thanks.
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Evidently in some states there is difficulty in buying it without proof that you are a rancher. Supposedly bulk iodine can be used in the making of metamphetamines, so some members of this here community have reported not being able to purchase it. I have had no trouble here in Michigan though.
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Evidently in some states there is difficulty in buying it without proof that you are a rancher. Supposedly bulk iodine can be used in the making of metamphetamines, so some members of this here community have reported not being able to purchase it. I have had no trouble here in Michigan though.
Damn, that's what I was buying it for too. The local high school is just around the corner and I was looking to make some extra cash.

I know a guy in the upstate that has some farmland and shops at Tractor Supply all the time. I'll have him pick it up for me. Then I'm laughing all the way to the bank....er....brew house.
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