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Old 03-14-2006, 07:43 PM   #1
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My very first brew (APA, OG 1.054) will have been in the bottle for two weeks this coming Sunday. I can't wait to try one.

Thinking ahead to the next batch, I'd appreciate your opinions on sanitation. I found that I was not very efficient my first time around. It seemed like I was always waiting for things to dry.

I use Iodophor, which I've read only requires a one-minute contact time to sanitize, at the proper dilution of 25 ppm. I was thinking for the next batch I would fill my primary (a bucket with spigot) with solution when I put my kettle into the ice water to cool. After swishing it around for a few minutes, I'd empty it out and rinse with bottled distilled water (which should theoretically be sterile). Then I'd put the sanitized cover on the bucket, with a piece of sanitized foil over the airlock hole.

If I was to leave the bucket like this for 30 or 40 minutes (hopefully less) while my wort cooled, do you think it'd be safe?

I guess my question boils down to how long does the sanitized condition last? I know it's not possible to give a definite answer here, but any insight is appreciated.

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Old 03-14-2006, 07:46 PM   #2
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I thought you don't rinse Iodaphor? Do you need to let it dry?

I use Starsan and neither rinse nor dry. Just dump it out and fill it up.

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you don't have to rinse iodophor. I guess there is no harm if you are using sterile water, but I would never consider bottled water to be sterile. It might be pretry clean, but definately not STERILE.

The iodpohor just needs a drip-dry and it's good to go. I know it smells a little like a hospital at first, but as it dries the iodine sublimates and none is left behind in the vessel.

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Just use idophor as a 12.5 ppm solution. You neither have to rinse it nor do you have to dry it.

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Interesting - I always took "no-rinse" to imply that it should be air dried. Perhaps I'll skip the bottled water.

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you don't have to rinse iodophor. I guess there is no harm if you are using sterile water, but I would never consider bottled water to be sterile. It might be pretry clean, but definately not STERILE.

The iodpohor just needs a drip-dry and it's good to go. I know it smells a little like a hospital at first, but as it dries the iodine sublimates and none is left behind in the vessel.

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Just to clarify, a 25 ppm solution needs to be rinsed, 12.5ppm does not, as Kaiser said.........
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Does the 12.5 ppm sanitize with the same short contact time? Is there any benefit to using 25?

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I just use bleech and make sure that i rinse the crap out of it.

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StarSan 1oz per 5G- I mix up a batch and put a bunch in a spray bottle. I use that to do my bottles prior to filling. It works great. With a good spray bottle, you can get a good even coat, and with that mixture, no rinsing is needed. For my lines and canes, I just spray right into it and let it run around and cover everything. No issues at all since I started using it, and I don't have to use bleach anymore, which is nice. I use bleach to clean carboys and buckets AFTER use, but that is about it.

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Does the 12.5 ppm sanitize with the same short contact time? Is there any benefit to using 25?
This should answer many questions:
http://kotmf.com/articles/iodophor.php

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