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Old 01-31-2011, 03:10 PM   #1
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Default San Star Question....am I sanitizing wrong???

OK so I am new at all this so let me just ask one quick question.

I have been reading about sanitization for a little bit and just realized that I might be either using the wrong sanitizer or doing it wrong. Here is the San Star I am using.



I am sanitizing my equipment in a mixture of San Star and water for 5-10 minutes then rinsing off before use. For my bottles I made a mixture in a squeeze bottle and spray each one on the inside individually then i rinse them off.

My question is this. With the San Star pictured should I NOT be rinsing of the bubbles and residue before using my equipment or bottles? I worried about it since it has a poison warning on the back so I thought I should be rinsing!

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Old 01-31-2011, 03:13 PM   #2
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Nope, no need to rinse. Don't fear the foam

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Old 01-31-2011, 03:14 PM   #3
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i usually use the dry salt sanatizer and according to Northern Brewer, the equipment does not need to be rinsed after soaking. I would assume it is the same for liquid star san.

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Nope, no need to rinse. Don't fear the foam
I am assuming that I don't need to "Fear the foam" as long as I am using the correct water/sanitizer mixture right? I am now assuming the poison label is only for if someone would consume the sanitizer straight form the bottle right?
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You are correct, as long as you follow the proper dilution procedure there is no need to worry about the risk of poison. I believe the dilution i use i 1.25 gallons for every quarter of an oz of starsan or 5 gals for 1 oz starsan. Don't be afraid to mix up a 5 gal batch, it keeps for a long time and it never hurts to take some off into spray bottles to keep in a pinch.

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You are correct, as long as you follow the proper dilution procedure there is no need to worry about the risk of poison. I believe the dilution i use i 1.25 gallons for every quarter of an oz of starsan or 5 gals for 1 oz starsan. Don't be afraid to mix up a 5 gal batch, it keeps for a long time and it never hurts to take some off into spray bottles to keep in a pinch.
Awesome, thanks for the help!! I just knocked off about 30 minutes of work for not having to rinse out each bottle one by one Thanks!!!!
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+1. Don't rinse any of the items. Leave them covered in foam. The resultant concentration within your beer is far below the level that will cause any harm.

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Awesome, thanks for the help!! I just knocked off about 30 minutes of work for not having to rinse out each bottle one by one Thanks!!!!
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I am assuming that I don't need to "Fear the foam" as long as I am using the correct water/sanitizer mixture right? I am now assuming the poison label is only for if someone would consume the sanitizer straight form the bottle right?
I've had some interesting experiences with Star San so far. For the record, the concentrated form (what's in the bottle) will eat through coloring and paint. It's very caustic. I used my wife's Pampered Chef measuring cup, and now we have no numbers or lettering on the sides :-\

It's 1 liquid oz to 5 gallons. I usually pour the 1 liquid ounce in to my bottling bucket or carboy first, and let it sit (it only needs 30 seconds), and then stick the rest of my equiment in the bucket. If you're going to be brewing your first batch, what I do is fill my carboy with it first, then dump that amount into my bottling bucket (where I store my equipment) and soak my brewing equipment.

I then pour most of that off, reserving some for my spray bottle, and enough to sanitize equipment if I need to.

I rack right underneath the foam, or pour right onto it. There are no off flavors at all!
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Wanna save even more time get a bottle tree and a Vinator. I got both for under $40 (shipping additional of course):

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I AM SOO BUYING THIS RIGHT NOW!!! LOL I love gadgets!! Thank you!
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