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Old 12-17-2012, 03:44 AM   #21
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When using star San does it have to dry completely before coming in contact with beer or wort?
It's a 'wet contact' sanitizer. Meaning, it's effective protection while WET. Letting it dry negates it's protection layer.

Having a layer on your fermenting vessel is a good thing. Letting it dry before moving the beer/wort into the vessel is a bad thing. If you're bottling, get a bottle tree so that they're inverted while you fill (you pull one down, fill it up, then grab another from the tree, should be a song) another. I use that for my mead bottles. Since things won't fall up into the bottles, you're good there. Besides, I spray the tree with Star San before putting bottles on it (I keep spraying the empty spikes to make sure they're safe). Never had any issue with this method.

I know of other brewers that just dunk, fill, empty the bottles in the Star San bucket before bottling. Most haven't have any issue that way either. I just see the tree as extra insurance for the bottles I do use. Although when filling them with ~14%+ fluids, chances are nothing bad will happen.


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Old 12-17-2012, 04:32 AM   #22
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It's a 'wet contact' sanitizer. Meaning, it's effective protection while WET. Letting it dry negates it's protection layer.
Thanks. That is what I thought. I was confused because the bottle says to let it dry.


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Old 12-17-2012, 04:39 AM   #23
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Agreed. The foam is also an active sanitizer, so even a little foam in the bottles won't hurt anything. There is less phosphoric acid in Star San than a can of Coke, but it has worked great for me for years.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:41 AM   #24
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Thanks. That is what I thought. I was confused because the bottle says to let it dry.
Well whattaya know... Just checked the new bottle I got (finally ran out of my old one, after over a year)... It does say to have at least a full minute of wet time. So, you're call. But, IMO, a bottle tree makes it easier to keep bottles 'safe'. For other applications, a spray bottle of solution is a cheap, and easy, way to make sure things are kosher.
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I use a spray bottle with a mix of distilled water and StarSan. It wouldn't work well for carboys or better bottles but it's great for practically everything else.
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Brewed a batch with Star San and I have to say it is now my go to sanitizer. Much easier and more economical than one step.
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Also save your starsan. Get a 5 gallon bucket and mix up a batch, when you're done sanitizing everything pop it back in the bucket and store in the garage. I've been using the same starsan for 3 months and it still works great.
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Also save your starsan. Get a 5 gallon bucket and mix up a batch, when you're done sanitizing everything pop it back in the bucket and store in the garage. I've been using the same starsan for 3 months and it still works great.
I saved my batch of star San. That definitely helps. Do you check the PH? I heard if the PH is less than 3.5 it is still usable.
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I saved my batch of star San. That definitely helps. Do you check the PH? I heard if the PH is less than 3.5 it is still usable.
Below 3.0 is the previously noted range. If yours has a PH above 3.0, toss it and make fresh before you use it again.
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The batch will keep longer with RO and distilled water than it will with most tap water.


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