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View Poll Results: Which Sanitizer
Star-San 1,072 66.01%
Iodophor 444 27.34%
Other 108 6.65%
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:42 PM   #81
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I use bleach exclusively.

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Old 01-29-2009, 09:28 PM   #82
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Originally Posted by drayman86 View Post
I use bleach exclusively.

If you're confident about your tap water not having to be boiled in order to call it 'sanitary' then bleach is effective and practically free. If you follow the 'boil all water that touches the beer/wort' ideology, it's probably not as appealing. Some people are forced to follow this ideology, but I think the water here's as good as it can be and that's enough for me.

I find that knowing that my sanitizer is dirt cheap makes me more inclined to, say, fill my bottling bucket with bleach water to sanitize it instead of running a sanitizer rag over it to save on cleaner. That's probably not a common tendency that you guys will share, but it definitely makes a difference for me. I'm not going to be happy about using 5 gallons worth of a cleaner that costs money to sanitize a 5 gallon bucket once.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:45 PM   #83
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OK, Here's another vote for both, with some Saniclean thrown in for grins.

For most jobs, carboy(BB), hoses, airlocks, fittings etc., I use Starsan. I make it with DI water and store it for re-use. I like the fact that it will clean as well. The spray bottle gets a lot of use as well. I use it a lot for spot cleaning and to mist the air and take down as much dust as possible, prior to cracking anything open. I took the "don't fear the foam" saying to heart. For a while. I work very hard at not just limiting, but eliminating oxygen exposure during transfers. (CO2 purge of everything) It struck me that all of that foam was full of air. Foam on all the little stuff is easy to get rid of. For the BB, I let it sit over night and then carefully drain so as to eliminate the foam.

On brewday though, I make up a bucket of Iodophor. In goes the plate chiller and everything else. I don't worry about keeping it clean or uncontaminated. I just dump it at the end of the day.

I ended up having one piece of plastic craze and crack from the Saniclean, but not from Starsan. I thought that the acid santizer was the same in both. I use the Saniclean in my tub of water that I use to hold the BB's during secondary. (I was getting mold.)
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Old 01-30-2009, 06:33 PM   #84
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I use both Star-San and Iodophor.

I am under the impression Star-San cleans solids better, so I use it to clean the primary immediately after using - to clean and kill any remaining stuck on solids. But I find Star-San stinks ... smells mediciney, so I use Iodophor on brew day to sanitize.

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Old 01-30-2009, 09:05 PM   #85
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I actually kind of like the smell of Star San. I wouldn't drink it or anything, but the smell doesn't bother me.
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:11 PM   #86
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Star-San all the way.
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Old 01-31-2009, 05:36 PM   #87
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I use both Star San and Iodophor, depending on what I'm doing. I keep Star San in a spray bottle and use it to spray down stirrers, hydrometer, thermometer, test jar, thief, and so forth. I won't use it in my cornies or conical or carboys because of the foam, which I don't like. For those items, I use Iodophor.
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:12 PM   #88
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Star san. There is no fight. Don't fear the foam.
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Old 01-31-2009, 08:06 PM   #89
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Originally Posted by drayman86 View Post
I use bleach exclusively.
I did, too, for many years. And it does work well, and is cheap. Why did I switch to Star-san?? I got sick of rinsing, and mixing up a new batch every time I brewed and bottled. Star-San is no rinse, and it lasts for months in a closed container. Iodophor is no good after around 12 hours.

And I ruined too many articles of clothing when the bleach solution spilled on them. I like Star-San now, even though it took me forever to get used to the foam........
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Old 01-31-2009, 08:59 PM   #90
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Bleach, 1 tbs per gallon with 10-15 min contact time...

Boiling water with 10 min contact time.

Both are cheap and easily found.
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