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Old 11-01-2009, 08:01 PM   #1
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Is there a problem using isopropyl alcohol to sterilize things like hydrometers and wine thieves before immersing them in the must? This seems it would be more effective and faster than dissolving k-meta and waiting a few minutes for it to dry. Or maybe there are other proprietary sanitizers that people swear by?


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Old 11-01-2009, 08:03 PM   #2
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:05 PM   #3
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I wouldnt use isopropyl . Im sure its fine, but they add a denaturing agent to it so alcoholics dont drink it and it doesnt have to be taxed as alcohol.

For quick santitization, I have a 1.75L bottle of super super cheap Vodka. I think it costs me about $8, and you can re-use it for a time. I make absolutely sure before I use it though that the equipment is squeeky clean. alcohol wont kill everything ... acetobacter can survive an alcohol dunk...
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Steam or hot water is a good way to sterilise small things. Leaves no residue.
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... acetobacter can survive an alcohol dunk...
Really? Didn't know that. Hrm.
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I use isopropyl wipes on my wine thief, no problems yet.
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Really? Didn't know that. Hrm.
Acetobacter EATS alcohol - you're just feeding them.
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I'm an acetobacterium.


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