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Old 01-19-2012, 04:23 AM   #1
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Just got a 5 gal. Cornelius Keg setup. I've been watching YouTube videos on cleaning and force carbing the keg. My question, is it really safe to clean w/ StarSan then rack without rinsing?

I always sanitize and rinse all my equipment and bottles and never had an off flavor brew. I see people use StarSan and rack to keg with soapy StarSan foam in it as well as their siphon and tubing with StarSan not rinsed. No off flavors or other issues. I'm kegging a Saison for my friend's bachelor party tomorrow and want to make sure it has a nice Belgian yeast flavor and not a sudsy soaping flavor.

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Old 01-19-2012, 04:34 AM   #2
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Yep it's safe - it is a no rinse sanitizer. Once the keg has been sanitized, dump the StarSan liquid out of the keg. The foam that is left behind is perfectly fine to rack on. There won't be any sudsy soapy flavor.

 
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Old 01-19-2012, 04:42 AM   #3
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It isn't soap. It is acidic, and at high concentrations lethal to microbes. Once diluted (as it will be once you rack onto the foam), it is harmless and non-toxic.

It doesn't taste soapy at all, it tastes acidic like lemon juice. But at the amounts you'll get from foam in a 5 gal batch, you won't be able to detect any flavor at all.

"How I learned to stop worrying and love the foam."

 
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Old 01-19-2012, 04:58 AM   #4
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...it tastes acidic like lemon juice...
Or like the tingle in coke

 
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:02 AM   #5
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Do not fear the foam! Love the foam!
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:37 AM   #6
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I racked right on top of this:


 
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:56 AM   #7
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I racked right on top of this:

Ay carumba, derte! I don't fear the foam, it took a while, but all is good with me and the SS foam. But, your picture I fear! Looks like your corny is pushing out a foamy turd!
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:12 PM   #8
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Ok fellas, I trust your experience on this. Thank you very much!

 
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:08 PM   #9
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they had soda in them (soda is acid based).

So it won't hurt the kegs if you clean and star san the kegs for storage too.

But I am a newbie, don't do it until someone else agrees with me.

 
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:24 PM   #10
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Derte, that is some fearless foam!
But seriously, Lynn, I hope you changed your O-rings. Because they will pass on their soda flavor.
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