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Old 01-12-2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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Default Is StarSan foam in carboy bad?

I've never had a problem with starsan ruining mg beer but 2 of my friends that I brew with think that the foam in the Carboy is going to ruin the beer when you rack it into the fermenter. Who's right?


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Old 01-12-2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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Don't Fear the Foam!

87,000 people use it every brew day with no problems

as long as it's mixed and used properly, it's actually good for the yeast.

just don't dump it undiluted into your primary


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Old 01-12-2013, 05:53 PM   #3
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I try to get the majority of the foam out by swinging the carboy, but i know the foam is good for the beer. Just let it be.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:56 PM   #4
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Another vote for "don't fear the foam".


Same goes when you're transferring to your secondary (if applicable) or bottling or kegging...
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I try to get the majority of the foam out by swinging the carboy, but i know the foam is good for the beer. Just let it be.
"swinging" and "carboy" just doesn't sound good in the same sentence. Sounds like flying glass shards to me.
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Nope. in fact, it's good.
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If you are scared of the foam try
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As a follow-on question about StarSan, how bad is it if 1.5 cups of diluted StarSan made it into my 6 gallon primary? Is this a dump and re-start or???

My first batch of homebrew ever, long story about how this happened, but appreciate any advice.
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As a follow-on question about StarSan, how bad is it if 1.5 cups of diluted StarSan made it into my 6 gallon primary? Is this a dump and re-start or???

My first batch of homebrew ever, long story about how this happened, but appreciate any advice.
As long as the 1.5 cups was properly diluted to suggested concentration the 5 gallons of wort should have disabled the sanitizing ability of the star San. A quick pH test can confirm this; star San is only effective if the pH is below 3.
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So this may be salvageable...great!

How would I measure the pH?


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