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Old 03-07-2013, 01:41 AM   #1
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i tend to rinse star san. do i have to?


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Old 03-07-2013, 01:43 AM   #2
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No need to rinse... better if you don't...


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Old 03-07-2013, 01:50 AM   #3
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If you rinse Starsan you are reducing it's efficacy by half.....

When we use a wet contact/no rinse sanitizer the way God and Charlie Talley intended (Not rinsing OR letting the sanitizer dry on the surface of the object) we are also creating a protective barrier on the object which prevents and subsequent micro organisms from rendering it unsanitized. It's like a double edge sword...it kills whatever's on there, but also kills anything that comes into contact with it after the initial kill, for as long as the surface is wet.

When you rinse off your starsan, you have elected to give up HALF of it's sanitization power, AND by rinsing it off with water, you also MAY be opening yourself up to infection from the very material you've used to rinse away the sanitizer.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:02 AM   #4
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Star San is a no rinse sanitizer. Don't fear the foam! Rinsing just introduces contaminants again.
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yeah i definitely fear the foam. i'll try not rinsing on the next batches.
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DON'T FEAR THE FOAM LOL. Cheers.
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The purpose of the foam is to reach into every nook and cranny of your system, to sanitize everything. Why would any be scared of that? Seriously? It's probably the best thing we have to keep the nasties at bay, BECAUSE of the foam.
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REV is exactly right. The idea of the foam is that it expands and is also thinner and more cohesive than water. This means that as it expands it will fit into cracks so small that water will not fit into it them, and as it expands it pulls along more sanitizer. If StarSan does dry out it will reactivate when it becomes wet again so I don't worry to much about that but I would agree the "best" answer is to not let it dry
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:22 PM   #10
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I blame Star-San. They should have called it 'Don't-Rinse' Sanitizer instead of 'No-Rinse' Sanitizer.

It's very confusing.


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