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Old 08-16-2011, 03:16 PM   #1
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I'm a newbie brewer. On brewing/bottling day, what do you guys do with your equipment (racking cane, hoses, airlock, stopper, etc.) after you sanitize it?

I use StarSan and you are supposed to let it dry before you use it. Are you supposed to let it dry on a clean counter, clean bath towel, clean paper towel?
Are you supposed to sanitize the counter you are placing it on to dry?

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Old 08-16-2011, 03:26 PM   #2
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Letting the star-san dry before using it is counter productive. It has to be wet to sanitize.


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I use StarSan and I never let it dry before using it. Everything I've read on using it properly says it should be drained, but not dried. I read that to mean you don't want a visible volume of it in your fermenter when you rack wort onto it, but foam and wet surfaces are fine. In fact, if something does get completely dry, I'll usually spray it again. And I've been very happy with the results.

The wet film it leaves is actually supposed to form a protective barrier on equipment to protect it from wild contaminants in the air. I also find that the StarSan film is an excellent lubricant for getting airlocks into bungs, racking canes into hoses, etc. And if the reports are to be believed, diluted StarSan breaks down into yeast nutrient, so having some of it in your wort/beer is not a bad thing.

However, if I need to take something out of StarSan for a minute or two before using it, or spray it and let it sit for a minute to sanitize, I will put it on a sanitized plate, paper towel, or piece of foil.

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Star San is most effective when left wet on the equipment. So you'll want to spray it down (or dunk it), wait at least 1 minute, then use the equipment while still wet. Since I use a spray bottle, I'll just give an extra spritz if it looks like it was drying before I had a chance to use it.

As for where I put my stuff: I usually leave it all in a bucket--either the bucket I'm going to use for my primary, or the bottling bucket, or an extra bucket if need be. That way all the extra star san collects at the bottom, and I can switch it around in the bucket to resanitize before putting my wort in.

Here's another option (that's not me):

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Here's another option (that's not me):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC7o7Au_vnY
Not sure about the tubes, won't the air inside make it impossible for the sanitizer to get in?

Just like when you put a bowl upside down into a sink will with water, the air won't be able to escape from it until you turn it the other side.

This would most likely keep all the unwanted bacteria inside the tubes.
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Not sure about the tubes, won't the air inside make it impossible for the sanitizer to get in?

Just like when you put a bowl upside down into a sink will with water, the air won't be able to escape from it until you turn it the other side.

This would most likely keep all the unwanted bacteria inside the tubes.
I don't know, I've never used the thing in the video. Just something I found a while back while watching brewing stuff on youtube.

As for myself, I usually siphon star san *through* the tubes to sanitize the insides, so once that's done it doesn't matter where I place it to hold for use. But as I said earlier, I put my stuff in a bucket. From what i can tell that's how the guy in the video uses that trough, just a place to put the already sanitized stuff (I think?).

EDIT: also for other tubes (that aren't attached to the auto-siphon) I just spray star san right in with my spray bottle. Works perfect.
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Not sure about the tubes, won't the air inside make it impossible for the sanitizer to get in?

Just like when you put a bowl upside down into a sink will with water, the air won't be able to escape from it until you turn it the other side.

This would most likely keep all the unwanted bacteria inside the tubes.
For tubes, I stick them in my bucket of sanitizer and then hold one end near the to and pull the rest of the tubing through my hand near the bottom of the bucket to push the air out. My other method is to suck the sanitizer through with my mouth and then be sure to sanitize that end well. Just don't spit any liquid that might end up back into your bucket
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I rinse the off with tap water,then put one end in my homer cheapo bucket,& the other in the stream of tap water. Blow out the inside. When all that's done,if it's dirty,I'll get my cheapy store funnel & stick one end of the tube on it. Pour PBW into the hose (again,the rest coiled up in the bottom of a home cheapo bucket) till it's full. Pop the funnel off,& lay it in the bucket covered with PBW.
Then just rinse'em in the sink & put them away.
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StarSan says "For all applications, allow to air dry, however surfaces must remain wet for at least one minute".

It says this on the back of the bottle. So why in the world would you leave it wet?


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