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Old 09-06-2012, 11:46 PM   #1
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I just had a couple of questions regarding StarSan. Everywhere on the bottle says its toxic and don't get in contact with your skin, don't ingest it, etc. But then in all the videos online people are just spraying it on everything, cleaning out their carboys with it, then siphoning their wort right into it. When it is so diluted is it not toxic and not affect the taste of the final product?

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Old 09-06-2012, 11:49 PM   #2
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When diluted at the proper rate, its fine. A concentrated dose could be an irritant. Most cleaning products (for beer or otherwise) work the same way. Bleach comes to mind, chlorine too.

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Old 09-06-2012, 11:56 PM   #3
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It's because lawyers like to make sure that their client's asses are covered so they insist on warning labels to make sure that noone sues....That doesn't necessarily mean that things are as uber dangerous as those labels lead us to believe.....

It's even the same way with Government labelling. Starsan actually kills faster than the contact time on the label states.....but because of FDA mandates they have to state the contact time they do....

Rather than speculate or operate from ignorance and fear, why don't you just go straight to the horses mouse. This is a great podcast with Chuck Talley, the creator of it. Explaning everything you could conceive about it....


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March 29, 2007 - Sanitizing with Bleach and Star San
Charlie Talley from Five Star Chemicals tells us best practices in using household bleach and Star San in sanitizing equipment.

http://media.libsyn.com/media/basicb...br03-29-07.mp3
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:19 AM   #4
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Great link Revvy. I've heard that podcast before but forgot a lot of it. Thanks for posting!

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Old 09-13-2012, 01:41 AM   #5
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When diluted at the proper rate, its fine. A concentrated dose could be an irritant. Most cleaning products (for beer or otherwise) work the same way. Bleach comes to mind, chlorine too.
It might be fine for you, but that does not mean that it is fine for everybody.

If I touch Starsan diluted to the proper rate, I get a severe skin burns.

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Old 09-13-2012, 01:57 AM   #6
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It might be fine for you, but that does not mean that it is fine for everybody.

If I touch Starsan diluted to the proper rate, I get a severe skin burns.

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Each person is different. Properly diluted Star San is completely safe for MOST people. I actually wash my hands with it while brewing. If it causes skin irritation for you, then be careful, but MOST people will have no problems at all.
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:58 AM   #7
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When I handle the proper diluted mix of starsan on brew day, it really dries my hands out, to the point of mild pain. Back to normal in 2-3 days.

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Old 09-13-2012, 02:14 AM   #8
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I have no problems at all with it when diluted properly but I will say that I always get dry skin on my hands after a brew day. I suspect the star san.

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When I handle the proper diluted mix of starsan on brew day, it really dries my hands out, to the point of mild pain. Back to normal in 2-3 days.
I bought a pair of the blichmann gloves and that solved the dry hands problem.
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I've had it strip some skin off my hands, but its no big deal.

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