Stuff growing in my water - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Stuff growing in my water
Cool Brewing Corny 5G & Mini Giveaway

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-17-2009, 08:17 PM   #1
taylornate
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Springfield, IL
Posts: 223
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


To control the temperature of my last brew, I stuck the carboy in my brew kettle, added water, and changed out bottles of ice. Problem is, some slimy stuff grew on the carboy and kettle. What is the most sensible way of preventing this? I thought about using Star-San, but I didn't want to waste it or damage my kettle.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2009, 08:18 PM   #2
chumprock
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 1,033
Liked 35 Times on 24 Posts
Likes Given: 6


I put a dash of bleach in the water-bath. A very little goes a long way.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2009, 08:19 PM   #3
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 68,389
Liked 7309 Times on 5169 Posts
Likes Given: 2072


Quote:
Originally Posted by taylornate View Post
To control the temperature of my last brew, I stuck the carboy in my brew kettle, added water, and changed out bottles of ice. Problem is, some slimy stuff grew on the carboy and kettle. What is the most sensible way of preventing this? I thought about using Star-San, but I didn't want to waste it or damage my kettle.
I stick my carboy/fermenter in a cooler and put a splash of bleach into the water. You wouldn't do that with a brew kettle, though, so I'm not sure what the answer would be here, except not to use the kettle but a garbage can/trash bin/cooler, etc, that wouldn't be damaged by sanitizer.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2009, 08:20 PM   #4
uechikid
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
uechikid's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Antioch Ca.
Posts: 626
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by chumprock View Post
I put a dash of bleach in the water-bath. A very little goes a long way.
Yep, a little bleach will do the trick.
__________________
"Carpe Diem"

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2009, 08:23 PM   #5
taylornate
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Springfield, IL
Posts: 223
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Thanks, guys. Looks like the answer is to buy a plastic tub and use bleach. So bleach is safe on the plastics?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2009, 08:33 PM   #6
ChshreCat
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 11,524
Liked 535 Times on 428 Posts
Likes Given: 21


Should be. You only need about a capful of bleach in the tub to stop things from growing.
I actually just give it about a dozen sprays with my starsan bottle into the water. It's highly diluted at that point, but I've never had anything start growing yet.


__________________
"Science + beer = good!"
-Adam Savage

 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What is the white stuff growing in secondary pherball General Beer Discussion 15 01-06-2012 03:47 PM
Free beer stuff (no actual stuff here) Donthoseme General Beer Discussion 47 02-14-2011 04:35 PM
Hop growing schedule and year-round growing in CA? tekhna Hops Growing 8 11-23-2009 01:40 AM
Water. It Cleans Stuff. Zul'jin Equipment/Sanitation 1 01-13-2009 03:44 AM
Boil & Cool my water, strange stuff in the bottom! Mike-H General Techniques 14 12-01-2006 11:46 PM


Forum Jump