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Old 09-21-2012, 02:03 PM   #1
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I was told that Starsan was a good sanitizer to use because it is a no rinse product, so you avoid some of the chlorine issues associated with rinsing. My problem though is that using the concentrations on the bottle the resulting solution is still really foamy. I feel like I have to rinse because of all the foam. Am I doing something wrong or is the foam not a problem? Thanks for your help

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Old 09-21-2012, 02:04 PM   #2
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Don't fear the Foam!!!
Primary- AHS our special holiday ale mini mash
Secondary- Northern brewer oatmeal stout mini mash
On tap- Redhook Esb clone
Bottled-Shining star pale ale

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Old 09-21-2012, 02:06 PM   #3
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I was weary of it at first too, but many many people told me "don't fear the foam". So I took their advice, racked right into a carboy filled with foam, and 1 month later drank the best beer I've ever made. Been using star San and not " fearing the foam" ever since.

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Old 09-21-2012, 02:06 PM   #4
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The foam can't hurt you or the beer. I know aesthetically it's not as pleasing but it dissipates in a short amount of time.

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Old 09-21-2012, 02:12 PM   #5
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X2 to all of the above. Also had a fear of foam, but it won't hurt you or your brew.

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Old 09-21-2012, 02:16 PM   #6
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I recently just read that the foam can actually help because it provides nutrients for the yeast. If there is one thing that this NOOB has ingrained into his head, it is "DONT FEAR THE FOAM!"

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Old 09-21-2012, 02:17 PM   #7
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^ Correct... DFTF
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Galactic Black IPA, Miller Clone, Coffee Stout, Yoopers Pale Ale, Two Hearted Clone

20 gal Galactic Black IPA, 10 gal Ypers Pale Ale,
10 gal Belgian WitX2, 10 Gal 2 Hearted Clone,10 gal Samhain Pumpkin, 10 gal Green Flash West Coast IPA
10 gal Coffee Stout,10 Gal Raging Beeatch, 10 Gal Hop Head IPA

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Old 09-21-2012, 02:21 PM   #8
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The foam is a good thing. That helps it maintain contact with surfaces. Love the foam, enjoy the foam, expect the foam.

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Old 09-22-2012, 09:55 PM   #9
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Ok, thanks, everyone! I will learn to love the foam.

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Old 09-22-2012, 10:47 PM   #10
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Also, useful tip. Fill an empty spray bottle with your diluted starsan water.

Spraying makes for an excellent way of sanitizing some things without having to keep an entire 5 gallon batch around.

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