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Old 01-19-2013, 09:52 PM   #1
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Default Star San is making me think twice about home brewing

Today is bottling day. Or it was until I used star san and realized all of the warning associated with using it. Apparently if you touch the stuff you need to wash your hands for 20 minutes and call poison control. I'm not sure how you guys do it (gloves and protected clothing while sanitizing?). I thought this was the safer and easier solution!

Needless to say I stopped there and have not gone back to my original sanitizing stuff (beer brite I think it's called) due to frustration from using star san. At this point I'm thinking about just dumping the whole first batch so I don't need to handle this dangerous of a chemical . Heck, what happens if some gets into the brew during bottling?!

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Old 01-19-2013, 09:56 PM   #2
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I think there may be some concerns with extended exposure with the undiluted liquid, but I come into contact with the diluted liquid all the time, and so does my beer, and I don't feel as though either of us have been harmed. Don't fear the foam!

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Chill out Steve... that warning applies if you get the *concentrated solution* on your skin. It's 50% phosphoric acid, which ain't the worst mineral acid to come into contact with, but it is still a pretty strong one.

When diluted at the recommended rate Star San is about as dangerous as a newborn kitten.

Don't Fear The Foam, is what I see bandied about here often.

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In all fairness, that doesn't alleviate all concerns. When my cat was a little kitten, she was the devil incarnate!

[When diluted at the recommended rate Star San is about as dangerous as a newborn kitten..[/QUOTE]

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Wow.....yeah just dump it all and quit brewing........what kind of chemicals do you think are used in commercial breweries and food processing plants???

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Then just use a bleach and water solution as a santizer.

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Then just use a bleach and water solution as a santizer.
Good point. I may go down this road since bleach/water parts are a known quantity to me.
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Wow.....yeah just dump it all and quit brewing........what kind of chemicals do you think are used in commercial breweries and food processing plants???
Probably more dangerous ones but that doesn't make me feel better about a chemical stating it can't touch me and has dangerous vapors.

After some research it seems like many people do touch the diluted mixture (as I did) and are totally fine. I'm starting to think (as someone pointed out above) the warnings are meant for the concentrated, in bottle version only and not the product in use (diluted 1oz in 5g) ....
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I use it all the time and don't even think twice about getting the diluted solution on my skin. Heck I put my hands all in a bucket of the stuff. I have gotten the concentrated solution on my hands before and just washed it off and did not call a poison center and I'm still around or so I think I am.

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