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Old 12-01-2011, 10:50 PM   #1
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Do you fill a bucket with 5 gallons of water and StarSan each time you brew? Do you usually use just a spray bottle of StarSan and fill a 5 gallon bucket when that spray bottle is close to being empty?

If you always fill up a 5 gallon bucket, do you throw the StarSan away after each use or do you keep it in a bucket for later use?

Really I'm just curious. I usually just use a spray bottle and maybe every 4th batch I will make up a new 5 gallon mix of StarSan to use and then refill my bottle.


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Old 12-01-2011, 10:56 PM   #2
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I only make 1 gallon of starsan at a time,don't need more than that. I can clean my FV's,then on brew day swish that 1G of sanitizer around in it & dump it back in it's jug right before filling with wort. I use the 1G Sunny D jugs. They're heavier than milk jugs which tend to start leaking at the bottom seams.
Being a wet contact sanitizer,you just have to wet the surface with it for it to do it's job.


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Old 12-01-2011, 11:09 PM   #3
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I have a rectangular cooler which I mix my star san/water solution into and I throw in anything that I will be using that day along with a rag or some paper towels. If my FVs, kegs, or bottling bucket need any I just open the spigot and pour some into them. I use the soaked rags to wet anything like my carboy bungs or my long stirring spoon.

 
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:15 PM   #4
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Something I've found helpful for tubing/keg parts is using a long narrow plastic planter box (without the holes of course). I fill that up with some sanitizer and then can lay my autosiphon/whatever down in there to wait submerged and sanitized for me. Makes transfer days a lot easier and gives me a place to set things down in.

 
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:23 PM   #5
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i'll do 5 gal in my fermenter pour out 4 in a plastice storage container. I throw anything that will touch the wort in that, and swirl and dump my carboy right before transfer. I keep my spray bottle handy but i use r/o or distilled water for that mix of starsan. it stays perfectly clear forever. A clear starsan solution is a working star san solution. one spray bottle will easily last me more than one brew and bottle session

 
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:25 PM   #6
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I have a bottling bucket which I never use to bottle as I use Kegs. So, I keep it full (and covered) with Star San solution and use it to sanitize things I use on brew day (primary, utensils, turkey gravy siphon, ...) I also have a dedicated keg with Star San for sanitizing kegs when I'm about to transfer from primary to the keg to secondary and to force through bev line, shank, taps, etc. Since both are sealed/covered, the Star San keeps pretty well.

I bought a GALLON of Star San in the last group buy I participated in, so when in doubt mix up some new stuff.

Given 1 oz mixes with 5 gallons of water, that's 640 gallons of solution! I might just sanitize my whole house! Foam, anyone?
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I like the gallon jug idea. Spraying is nice for smaller items. I like to swish around some StarSan in the bucket just to cover everything so keeping a gallon premade on hand is good.
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:31 PM   #8
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the kit im using came with C-bright...but it doesn't say if it is no rinse or not....

color me confused.
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I make a quart at a time. Whenever the spray bottle gets low.

 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BristolStBrewing View Post
the kit im using came with C-bright...but it doesn't say if it is no rinse or not....

color me confused.
Rinse


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I make a quart at a time. Whenever the spray bottle gets low.
The spray bottle is just so easy to use


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