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Old 03-14-2014, 05:22 PM   #141
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Originally Posted by kombat View Post
Yes, you're right, it's really a "pay me now or pay me later" type of situation. You're not actually saving any time, you're just moving around WHEN you spend the time.

In my case, however, the reason I sanitize before storing is because I give the carboy a good shake with the Star-San to make sure the entire inside is coated in bubbles. Then I pour out the excess. But there are still quite a few bubbles in the carboy. When I seal it up and leave it for several days, eventually the bubbles all go away and I'm left with a small puddle at the bottom of the carboy that I can pour out right before filling it with wort.

If I instead sanitized on brew day, those bubbles would still be in the carboy, meaning an amount of StarSan equal to what I would normally be able to pour out will instead remain in the carboy and mix with my beer. I know they say "don't fear the foam," and I don't - it's not like I rinse it out or anything. But if I can keep an extra 2-3 ounces of StarSan from polluting my beer, without sacrificing any degree of sanitization, why not do it?
Except that the time I'm using to sanitize is while I'm boiling and/or chilling, rather than at the end of the day while cleaning up. I usually do my brewing in the evening and by the time I'm cleaning up it's late and I just want to be done. Also, sanitizing before using gives me the piece of mind knowing it was done and not worrying about what it was exposed to since then. I do try to give it a few minutes for the excess sanitizer to collect in the bottom of the fermentor so I can poor it out before filling.

What is really unnecessary it changing your process just because someone else does it differently.
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Old 03-14-2014, 06:41 PM   #142
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Tally's podcast promoted clean well, sanitize just before brewing; that makes sense to me and I've followed it. I may go overboard StarSan soaking/spraying anything that touches anything after the boil cools, but it makes sense, the results are good, and I'm happy. "Brew Beer, Ponder Life, Meet Good Friends, Love Life, and for god's sake, Have fun doing it!"

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Old 03-14-2014, 06:52 PM   #143
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The dance for Invoking the Beer Gods is totally unnecessary. It has never worked for me. And the feathers are scratchy.

OTOH, record keeping is not "necessary" but it sure helps me improve the beers' consistency and quality.

Whether beer is made in waders or in a toilet tank, as long as it is fun and the brewer likes how it tastes, who cares how it is brewed?
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:03 PM   #144
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Can I store my sanitizing solution made from Iodophor? I thought once it was no longer brackish/brown - it was ineffectual?. Anyone?

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