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Old 08-26-2012, 05:55 AM   #1
dallasdb
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I don't know if anyone else has experience this but everytime I store One step cleaner sanitizer in my plastic fermentation bucket or my plastic better bottle carboy white stuff always appears.

I never use to have this issue with my glass carboys.

It Clumps together and looks like a cloud of goop. It sinks to the bottom and stays together pretty well.

I decanted the extra sanitizer and have it in a Mason jar but it's pretty cloudy right now I can post a pic when it clears.

Does anybody know what it might be?



 
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Old 08-26-2012, 04:23 PM   #2
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I use starsan and if I let it sit or if anything sits in it too long there is a film that develops. I have no idea if this is a bad thing or not but I try to avoid if at all possible.



 
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:23 PM   #3
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Here are some pics. It looks granular but clumps together and is pretty gooey.

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Old 09-02-2012, 03:47 AM   #4
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Nobody knows what this is? Is it bacteria or clumped together OneStep cleaner?

 
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:27 PM   #5
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How much did you use? Recommendation is 1 tbsp/gallon. It looks like you have a couple of cups there.

OneStep, I believe is sodium percarbonate, which yields oxygen and sodium carbonate in water. Same stuff as OxiClean.

The stuff is highly soluble up to a point, then it just stops. The attendant at the laundromat complains that OxiClean sets up in the cups of the washers and he has to scrape it out. I use a small amount with no problem.

My guess is that you are using a bunch of it in hot water and it precipitates out when it cools.

Also why store it? The oxygen goes out of solution in a few hours. Mix it fresh each time.

 
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:06 AM   #6
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Wynne-r,
I only used 1 tbs per gallon with hot water. The picture may look like a lot but it was from 5 gallons and I decanted the rest until it fit into the mason jar pictured. It could definitely be OneStep that fell out of solution but it looks coagulated more than grainy.

I had no idea the cleaner lost it's power after only a few hours! The reason I store it is because OneStep isn't cheap and if I need cleaner/sanitizer a couple days or 1 week after I mix it I didn't see the point in tossing it out.

Thanks for replying! If OneStep isn't good after being stored I may just have to give in to PBW and StarSan. It's just so convenient to have an all in one solution.

 
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:12 AM   #7
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I recommend oxiclean free for cleaning (much cheaper than PBW) and starsan for sanitizing.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:15 PM   #8
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Quote:
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I recommend oxiclean free for cleaning (much cheaper than PBW) and starsan for sanitizing.
Do you mix the Oxyclean with TSP-90?

I've seen threads of guys doing that and saying it is almost identical to PBW or comparable cleaner.

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Old 09-05-2012, 07:28 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dallasdb

Do you mix the Oxyclean with TSP-90?

I've seen threads of guys doing that and saying it is almost identical to PBW or comparable cleaner.

Thanks
Nope. I don't mix the oxiclean with anything else. I measure to the one mark in the included measuring cup then mix with 5 gal of warm to hot water, soak the container, dump the solution, then rinse container with hot water. There's tons of info on this site regarding oxiclean. I started with PBW then switched to oxiclean and I haven't noticed any difference between the two.


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