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Old 10-22-2010, 03:17 PM   #1
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I didnt know if anybody else has been getting away with this? I have never used any kind on cleaner or soap with any of my brewing equipment. I usually rinse everything when Im done with it like I have OCD, or maybe I have OCD I havent run into any issues yet... I have been brewing for a couple of years now. Am I asking for disaster?

Another subject - I need some sanitation ideas. Since I most likely have some form of OCD haha I usually fill carboys to the brim as well and buckets and soak everthing in the sanitizer. As you can imagine I go through alot. Am I going to far? Should I just make one gallon batches and spray everything done? What kind techniques does everybody else use? Thanks Cheers!

 
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Old 10-22-2010, 03:39 PM   #2
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I usually just rinse or at least a quick dunk in oxyclean. For sanitizer, I make a 1 gallon batch, dump in my carboy and shake. Star San is a contact Sanitizer so no worries here.

 
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Old 10-22-2010, 03:50 PM   #3
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I don't use soap on my equipment. Its either oxiclean or bar keepers friend.

 
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Old 10-22-2010, 03:52 PM   #4
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i wash fermenter bucket and carboy with a little bit of soap, not tons just a little after every use and store until next time. Last thing before putting the wort in the fermenter is that it gets dosed with star san, i don't fill it up full, but use 5 gallons of water with one oz of star san and shake it around for a few minutes.

I use a similar process with bottles.

 
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Old 10-22-2010, 03:52 PM   #5
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PBW for those stubborn deposits
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Old 10-22-2010, 03:53 PM   #6
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I never use soap either.

I use it on my brewing stuff sometimes though.

 
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Old 10-22-2010, 04:10 PM   #7
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I didnt know if anybody else has been getting away with this? I have never used any kind on cleaner or soap with any of my brewing equipment.
How do you get krausen rings off your carboys/buckets?
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Old 10-22-2010, 04:12 PM   #8
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Yep, im all PBW for my kettles and Oxiclean for the carboys and buckets

 
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Old 10-22-2010, 04:17 PM   #9
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How do you get krausen rings off your carboys/buckets?
Oxyclean makes it into goo, and a quick scrub with a carboy brush finishes it off.

 
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Old 10-22-2010, 04:32 PM   #10

What I read dhoyt to say was that he doesn't use any kind of cleaner - soap, oxiclean, pbw - on his equipment. Am I understanding correctly?

I think if you immediately rinse and rinse really really well, it should be fine. As mentioned above, the krausen rings in the carboys/buckets would be the big issue for me, but I suspect intensive rinsing and swirling would work for that, too.

As for your sanitation question, dhoyt, I use idophor and usually fill the vessel i'm sanitizing to three gallons. I use the three gallons to sanitize everything I need for that day, including the vessel - by swirling, pouring, or wiping the portions that are not underwater. Haven't had any problems.

 
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