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Old 08-05-2007, 12:29 AM   #1
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I just bought some Star San. I did not see how long you are supposed to let it soak, but once you clean your carboy and/or bottles, do you have to let it air dry before you use it? I put some in my carboy today and when I drained the stuff out, I had a ton of foam. I did not put my beer into the foam. Would it have been safe to do so?
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Old 08-05-2007, 12:38 AM   #2
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Dont fear the foam, its your friend. You can rack your beer right onto the foam, because it breaks down and provides nutrients for your yeast. No, you dont have to let it dry before you use it. Most just get as much of the liquid out as possible and the proceed.

I believe they say that you only need 30 seconds of contact time, but it could be as long as 1 min. I dont remember for sure. I am sure someone will chime in how long you need for sure.


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i just bought a batch of star san too, but i made the mistake of reading the bottle. whoever wrote the label made this stuff seem like the sanitizer of the apocalypse. is it really that dangerous?
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Old 08-05-2007, 01:17 AM   #4
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Its an acid based sanitizer and does a wonderful job. It makes me feel much safer keeping all surfaces wet with StarSan that comes in contact with the wort or fermented beer.
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Old 08-05-2007, 01:24 AM   #5
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Listen to this. Star san is amazing stuff. Listen to the whole broadcast, it's definitely worth it even though it is rather long. Charlie Talley, one of the founders of Five Star Chemical Company is the guest and clears up a lot of the rumors and myths surrounding the chemical.

http://www.thebrewingnetwork.com/arc...r&dosearch=yes
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Listen to this. Star san is amazing stuff. Listen to the whole broadcast, it's definitely worth it even though it is rather long. Charlie Talley, one of the founders of Five Star Chemical Company is the guest and clears up a lot of the rumors and myths surrounding the chemical.

http://www.thebrewingnetwork.com/arc...r&dosearch=yes
I'll have to listen to that monday at work.
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that broadcast is not only informative...its pretty damned funny too. they drink their brew during the shows, and by the end they are pretty happy
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30 seconds is adequate, although it is rated at 2 or 3 minutes because that is the minimum test the EPA preforms.

I second the podcast, very helpful.
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Yeah....you should probably give it at least a few minutes to soak...unless you're in a pinch. 30 secs is probably okay in a hurry. Don't worry about the foam; just turn your carboy upside down about 30 mins before flame out and let it drain......then when you transfer from your kettle most of it will have disspiated. Don't worry about the rest.
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Listen to this. Star san is amazing stuff. Listen to the whole broadcast, it's definitely worth it even though it is rather long. Charlie Talley, one of the founders of Five Star Chemical Company is the guest and clears up a lot of the rumors and myths surrounding the chemical.

http://www.thebrewingnetwork.com/arc...r&dosearch=yes

I just listened to this. Can you reuse the Star San like you can with PBW? I mean, if you can reuse it and save some money without taking a chance of contamination, I am all for it, that way I can put my money towards other things, like ingredients to make more beer.


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