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Old 02-25-2009, 05:57 PM   #1
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I'm finding myself making a Gallon of BrewVent Cleanitizer quite often. Making beer, checking FG, racking, etc. Would it be safe to make a 5 gallon batch in a bucket and just keep it in the garage? Could I just store my thief hydrometer etc in the solution full time to make this easier?

SWMBO is tired of brew equipment piling up by the sink.
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:40 PM   #2
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BTT - any advice?
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:41 PM   #3
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Sorry, don't know much about BrewVent Cleaner... Maybe invest in some starsan? Use it, love it, plenty of threads about it...

Hope someone chimes in and good luck!
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:52 PM   #4
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BrewVent is a perchlorate, in the same vein as OxiClean/PBW/etc. That means it's only good for a few hours after mixing.

It's also not a sanitizer; places like AHS are careful to use wording like "BrewVint Cleanitizer is an oxygen-based cleaner". Some people use perchlorates in lieu of sanitizers, and there are endless arguments about whether they're as effective (ie it's just a labelling law issue) or not and exactly how long you have to soak things in them to get full effectiveness. Personally I'd go with a true sanitizer (StarSan, Iodophor, heat).

StarSan will maintain effectiveness for a long time (as long as pH is below 3, usually over a month).
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:42 PM   #5
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having sanitizer to keep around is one of the big reasons that people like star san. among others.
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:15 AM   #6
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Yep - another vote for StarSan - it lasts a looooong time. I keep it in an old keg all the time.
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