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Old 11-01-2011, 04:10 PM   #1
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Just switched from isophor to Sarsan and I'm noticing the stuff sanitized in the Sarsan seems to have a slimely texture. Is this normal?


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Old 11-01-2011, 04:16 PM   #2
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Did you use the proper dilution? Maybe you added too much? Star-san & PBW in the proper dilution,are no more slippery than dish soap to me....


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Yeah I used 1oz to 5 gal. Maybe even a but too little. I believe Sarsan is no rinse that was my only concern about said slimeyness. It is comparable to dish soap but I never had any feeling like that with isophor. Is that feeling normal for Sarsan?
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How long are you soaking them? I also noticed that if you let something soak overnight in Starsan it has a slimy coating. But just doing a soak for a few minutes I donít have any issues besides the normal film. Starsan is supposed to leave a protecting film behind but it seems that too long of a soak turns it slimy. I never tried using distilled water with it and I wonder if that would maybe help?
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Distilled water makes it clearer & last longer. But I use it for only a minute or so,leaving a film on whatever I use it on,including bottles. But I use star-san in a vinator atop my bottle tree. Or swish a gallon of it around the inside of my fermenter.
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Remember, with Star-San.....DON'T FEAR THE FOAM!!!!
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That was my other concern. It looks like dishsoap and the bubbles concern me. They make no difference in leaving behind?
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No difference at all,ime. It's said to break down into yeast nutrient anyway.
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Yup- the foam is your friend. There's so little liquid in the phome, you could fill a bottle with foam, then rack your beer into it, and not have it affect the beer (ask me how I know).

I get the slimy texture too. Star san is an extremely powerful acid cleaner- my guess is that the acid is dissolving the dead skin on my hands and making them feel slimy, because I can still feel it after rinsing for minutes and minutes with water, plus my hands are dry and scaled for days after a bottle washing day.
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star-san does have a mild detergent (hence the foam), and due to molecular charges, it gets attracted to certain surfaces like plastics and vinyl tubing.

if you give it the 1-2 mins soak, it shouldn't really build up. but if you let it soak over night, or leave a bucket of mixed star san, you will notice it building up a little.

hitting the build up with warm/hot water gets it out pretty quick since it dilutes the concentration.


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