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Old 04-22-2010, 07:56 PM   #1
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I was brewing a batch this weekend and was multi tasking and may have poured starsan directly into my wort. I had the wort boiling on the stove and had a bucket of water next to it on the counter. I was planning on pouring the starsan into the water and sanitizing. Just as I was doing this an important phone call came in.
About 15 minutes later I went to put my tubing into the water and noticed there were no bubbles bringing me to the conclusion that I may have poured the starsan directly into the wort. I remembered measuring out enough for 4 gallons of water and could not remember pouring out.
I know it was a stupid mistake, but I was very distracted. I did not dump the batch and it is fermenting now. I am wondering if it is safe to drink or should I just dump it?

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Old 04-22-2010, 08:00 PM   #2
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This happened to a guy in my homebrew club. There was a few inches of Starsan in the carboy when he poured the wort in. I tasted the beer a few weeks later. Surprisingly it didn't hurt the beer at all. I don't know about the amount you used, but Starsan breaks down in the wort. If it ferments it should be fine.

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I may be wrong, but I think I recall reading other posts where it was said that your yeasties will actually happily gobble up starsan

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I had quite a bit of starsan in my last IPA, best beer I have brewed to date!

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Was that full strength acid, or a dilution? (of course, even full strength, the beer would dilute it, but you'd be drinking a pH3 beer). I'd try to find some pH test strips and check out the end result. Apple Juice and Orange Juice are in the 3-4 range, so the acidity won't kill you, but it might have some slightly perceptible pucker-effect.

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I once racked 10G of Blonde Ale onto 2-3 gallons of starsan solution. Beer was great.

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I once racked 10G of Blonde Ale onto 2-3 gallons of starsan solution. Beer was great.
Makes me feel better about the two cups of Star San in my upcoming keg.

Also, who are you and what have you done with RevIP?
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would this help sanitize your carboy?

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Thanks for the replys. The brew has been fermenting just fine so I think I will let it go and maybe ph test it when I rack it.

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I just racked the cream ale/starsan brew from the secondary to the keg. I am drinking a chilled uncarbonated glass of it right now. It definetly has a sour taste when it first hits my tounge. But it is really not all that bad otherwise. Damn, it was my first light flavored summer beer. Oh well I got two more brews fermenting now. ( I am up to 25 gallons for the year!)

Should I continue drinking the rest or am I playing with fire?

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