Star San? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Star San?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-16-2011, 12:23 AM   #1
DoubleAught
Recipes 
 
May 2011
Seymour, Indiana
Posts: 1,249
Liked 106 Times on 81 Posts



I've read that it's not always good to rinse the residue after sanitizing with star san. I've wanted to try it but there's always lots of bubbles still left in the bottles or whatever I've used it on. Is it common practice to leave the residue and either bottle or rack the beer on top of it? Does it effect the finished product any. Any clarification will be helpful, it's a pain to rinse all the residue, would save me tons of time on bottling day. Thanks!
__________________
In their efforts to regulate beer quality, the ancient Babylonians, who were among history's earliest brewers, decreed that any commercial beermaker who sold unfit beer would be drowned in their own libation.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2011, 12:25 AM   #2
Mongrel
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
Sisters, Oregon
Posts: 1,745
Liked 238 Times on 149 Posts


Don't fear the foam.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2011, 12:27 AM   #3
makomachine
Recipes 
 
Jun 2011
Tuttle, OK
Posts: 970
Liked 18 Times on 16 Posts


That foam is yeast food - no worries!
__________________
Kegged: Waldo Lake Amber, Notty as Helles, Vanilla Porter, Sweet Stout (nitro), NB Surly Furious Clone, Petite Saison D'ete, Le Seigle Belge Saison, BM Cream of 3 Crops, Edworts Apfelwein
Bottled: Nada!
In Process: Braggot
Upcoming Brews: Surley Furious Clone, Uintah Wyld

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2011, 12:27 AM   #4
kh54s10
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
kh54s10's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2011
Tiverton, Rhode Island
Posts: 10,631
Liked 1583 Times on 1302 Posts


Do not rinse Starsan... It says that in the directions on the bottle. You lose the sanitization if you rinse.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2011, 12:27 AM   #5
SouthernCross
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Cedar Key and Trenton, Florida
Posts: 169
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


I only use Star San, and have never rinsed. I always rack and bottle right into the foam. For many moons now...
__________________
Si vis pacem, para bellum


Primary 1 - Pale Ale - Hoggetown Ale Works recipe
Primary 2 -

Secondary -

Bottled - Pumpkin Ale bottled and in T-A-D
Kegged & Tapped - Over-hopped Honey Wheat, Christmas Wit
Kegged & Carbing - Steam Clone

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2011, 12:28 AM   #6
rycov
Recipes 
 
Feb 2010
conway SC., South Carolina
Posts: 1,941
Liked 24 Times on 24 Posts


+1
don't fear the foam. rack right on top of it. at first i thought everyone was crazy or didn't get as much foam as i was getting, but sure enough you can rack right on top of the foam. from what i've read it actually breaks down into yeast nutrient. if it does affect your beer it would only be a positive thing
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrk00k View Post
I'm getting ingredients in the mail today, and I can't even taste my beer yet. What should I do?
Quote:
Originally Posted by jsweet View Post
I would make a yeast starter, and pitch it into your mailbox.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2011, 12:33 AM   #7
slothorentropy
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Oxford, OH
Posts: 136
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Wow, I'd never heard that about the yeast... That's pretty wild! Makes me wanna reconsider my switch back to iodophor. The sliminess that came from the StarSan kind of turned me off.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2011, 12:36 AM   #8
rycov
Recipes 
 
Feb 2010
conway SC., South Carolina
Posts: 1,941
Liked 24 Times on 24 Posts


never used iodophor, but i like the way star san smells. plus you can make a bubble beard
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrk00k View Post
I'm getting ingredients in the mail today, and I can't even taste my beer yet. What should I do?
Quote:
Originally Posted by jsweet View Post
I would make a yeast starter, and pitch it into your mailbox.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2011, 12:37 AM   #9
DoubleAught
Recipes 
 
May 2011
Seymour, Indiana
Posts: 1,249
Liked 106 Times on 81 Posts


awesome guys, thanks! I guess I had that pre-determined notion (from dish soap) that foam = bad. I'll be racking on top of it from now on!
__________________
In their efforts to regulate beer quality, the ancient Babylonians, who were among history's earliest brewers, decreed that any commercial beermaker who sold unfit beer would be drowned in their own libation.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2011, 12:40 AM   #10
Revvy
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Revvy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
"Detroitish" Michigan
Posts: 40,921
Liked 3184 Times on 1883 Posts


You WANT trace amounts of sanitizer in whatever you are using. If using a no-rinse/wet contact sanitizer like iodophor or starsan you should always sanitize fresh, and leave things wet. You should sanitize on bottling day (or brew day if you are brewing.) It only takes a few minutes. If you let a no-rinse, wet contact sanitizer like starsan or iodophor, dry your are reducing it's efficacy by half. If it is dry, any micro organisms that touch the surface render it no longer sanitized. If the walls are wet with sanitizer, that organism would be toast. But dry it would still be alive.

In fact because of that, the inventor of starsan worked it out so that starsan breaks down into "yeast food" in fact many of the compounds are found in most softdrinks, so they are perfectly safe when at the correct dillution.

There's a lot of great info in this thread, including the links to podcasts about the two most effective sanitizers we use, iodophor and starsan.

Sanitizer Question.
__________________
Like my snazzy new avatar? Get Sons of Zymurgy swag, here, and brew with the best.

Revvy's one of the cool reverends. He has a Harley and a t-shirt that says on the back "If you can read this, the bitch was Raptured. - Madman

I gotta tell ya, just between us girls, that Revvy is HOT. Very tall, gorgeous grey hair and a terrific smile. He's very good looking in person, with a charismatic personality... he drives like a ****ing maniac! - YooperBrew

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I may have dry hopped my star san bsdx General Beer Discussion 6 09-15-2010 03:04 PM
star san storage? bushmanj General Beer Discussion 4 03-15-2010 10:59 PM
five star bjscguard32 General Beer Discussion 5 02-20-2010 05:44 PM
Out of Star San... Tsuyako General Beer Discussion 7 09-04-2009 03:26 AM
Star San in keg j_oracle General Beer Discussion 4 10-21-2005 02:44 PM


Forum Jump