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Old 12-13-2012, 02:50 PM   #1
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Just bought into the hype and purchased some StarSan. I've used it before with friends during brew sessions at their insistence, but I'm having some reservations... anyone ever get off-flavors that could possibly come from these no-rinse sanitizers? I don't like pouring wort onto bubbles, it makes me nervous.



 
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:52 PM   #2
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widely discuss donīt fear the foam star san itīs agreat product.



 
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:53 PM   #3
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NO. Relax. Spend 15 minutes reading through the abundance of threads showing it's not a problem and you'll never worry about it again.

StarSan kills via pH, not some nasty chemical.
When concentrated, pH is low and kills bugs.
When you add beer, it dilutes, pH rises, no longer harmful. Residual ions actually helpful to the yeast.


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Old 12-13-2012, 02:57 PM   #4
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It's all lies. I racked onto foam and went blind.

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Old 12-13-2012, 02:57 PM   #5
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It's absolutely for real, don't fear the foam, transfer your wort onto it at will.

I regularly transfer my chilled wort directly into a fermenter half filled with StarSan foam, and then once it's fermented out, I transfer the fermented beer into a keg half filled with StarSan foam, and have never had a problem with off-flavors. My beer has placed highly (though not actually won) in a couple of competitions, with no comments from BJCP certified judges about any off-flavors attributable to StarSan (oxidation in one case, on the other hand... ).

Use it, love it, and most importantly, don't worry about it!

 
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:05 PM   #6
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To avoid excessive foam don't shake it around as mush, do more of a swirling and mild sloshing action. If you have excessive foam then give it 20-30 minutes to die-down some and pour out the excess. I don't mind a little bit of foam but don't like the excessive amounts, so I'm gentle with it. Works for me.

 
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:41 PM   #7
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i accidentally racked 5 gallons of beer onto an ounce of undiluted starsan in a keg, freaked out and emailed starsan. The chemist there told me there are no issues with it and to just relax and have a homebrew. Beer tastes great, no blindness so far.

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Old 12-13-2012, 03:50 PM   #8
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i accidentally racked 5 gallons of beer onto an ounce of undiluted starsan in a keg, freaked out and emailed starsan. The chemist there told me there are no issues with it and to just relax and have a homebrew. Beer tastes great, no blindness so far.
Surely your palms grew hair?

 
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:16 PM   #9
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Surely your palms grew hair?
That probably didn't have anything to do with the StarSan though.

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Old 12-13-2012, 04:20 PM   #10
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I never rinse. Star San is the best, and a VERY important part of my brewing routine.


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