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Old 04-22-2011, 07:53 PM   #1
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Is it ok to use Star San in kegs? At the normal ratio of 1 ounce per 5 gallons of water? Then can I siphon it out of the keg (to sanitize my siphon) into a plastic bottle for storage and later use?


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Old 04-22-2011, 08:24 PM   #2
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Yup. It's what a lt of folks use to sanitize their corneys.

And you can totally reuse it as long at it doesn't get too funky. Clean the keg with PBW or OxyClean first and you should be good.

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Old 04-22-2011, 10:35 PM   #3
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I've heard of some people that even store their starsan in a keg and keep a full one around for brew day. Haven't done it myself so I don't want to convince you that its safe, but if someone else out there has I'll let them speak up. I like to toss a gal of starsan in my kegs, shake it for a good 30 sec or so, then hit it with a little CO2 and pump it out through the serving tubes to give them a quick sanitization as well.
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I have read in a number of places that once Star San gets milky/cloudy it's no longer good. I have also heard that bad water PH can cause this. The Star San I mixed today is already cloudy?!? Do I have ****ty PH?
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I run some through my lines as well.
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I have read in a number of places that once Star San gets milky/cloudy it's no longer good. I have also heard that bad water PH can cause this. The Star San I mixed today is already cloudy?!? Do I have ****ty PH?
Cloudy is a good visual sign that it is no longer viable. I think the true test is checking that the pH is at least around 3.

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Mine is cloudy as soon as I mix it up. PH is good though.
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Mine is cloudy as soon as I mix it up. PH is good though.
Same here, unless I use distilled water. Star San keeps for much longer with lower mineral content water.
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I mix my Star San with RO (reverse osmosis) water from the grocery store. Goes the distance, never gets milky. I minimize use of Star San by using a spray bottle on buckets, carboys, and bottling bucket, and soaking all small parts in a wallpaper tray.


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