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Old 04-01-2009, 04:26 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by HairyDogBrewing View Post
Speaking of bromine:
Does it have any advantages for homebrewing?
I think it's used in pools, hot tubs, etc. so it should be readily available.
Why not use it for cleaning and/or sanitizing?
Bromine and Chlorine are both used for aquatic sanitizers, as well as ozone and UV light. The main difference between the two as far as sanitizing goes is that chlorine doesn't stick around very long in hot conditions (i.e. hot tubs). Bromine is used as a substitute because it can withstand hotter conditions better. And I would be hard-pressed to believe a bromine sanitizer is more readily available than bleach, which is the same chemical most pools use as a sanitizer (sodium hypochlorite)

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