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Old 08-29-2012, 04:59 AM   #1
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Default Star San turns cloudy immediately

My metro Phoenix-area water chemistry seems to turn Star San cloudy pretty much instantly after mixing. Initially I assumed it was still fine, but looking at posts it seems it may not be. What do you think?

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Old 08-29-2012, 05:12 AM   #2
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If you are just making enough for a spray bottle, just use bottled water for it.

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Old 08-29-2012, 05:17 AM   #3
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i make all my starsan with distilled to avoid any issues with tap water chemistry. If you have a pH meter, check the pH, its the only way to be sure.

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Old 08-29-2012, 05:54 AM   #4
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Mine does the same thing, I'm not about to go drive 5 miles to get bottled water to make my sanitizing solution. I have found that when used in an airlock it turns back to crystal clear after a couple days.
I'm in Escondido San Diego.

I have not had any issues yet but maybe I should be concerned?

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Old 08-29-2012, 06:12 AM   #5
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put a ph strip in it and if its < 3 your good. you might have to up the concentration a bit.

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Old 08-29-2012, 07:04 AM   #6
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Do what the manufacturer says to do in order to keep it effective: use distilled water. Do this and it won't turn cloudy.

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Old 08-29-2012, 07:25 AM   #7
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I had that problem with my exceptionally hard water out here in vegas. I just started using the soft water from the house and it's still clear about two weeks later.

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Old 08-29-2012, 07:34 AM   #8
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It will still be effective as long as you properly follow the directions.

Going cloudy can be a sign that it's lost effectiveness, but when it does it pretty much immediately, it only means two things. One, that you have hard water, and two, that you can't use clarity/cloudiness to gauge effectiveness with that water. It'll still be good to use though, end of story.

If you're still concerned, then test it with a pH meter. If you're an all-grain brewer, it's really something you should have anyways.

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Old 08-29-2012, 03:11 PM   #9
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I buy 5 gal of RO water and make a batch of StarSan solution in a 5 gal pail which last close to a year. Don't mix it with your tap water, there is too many chemicals in there

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I buy 5 gal of RO water and make a batch of StarSan solution in a 5 gal pail which last close to a year. Don't mix it with your tap water, there is too many chemicals in there
This is what I do as well.
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