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Old 11-06-2011, 10:27 PM   #1191
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Maybe I missed this, but can you just sanitize the mason jars with Star San or Iodophor instead of going through the whole boiling process?


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Old 11-06-2011, 11:23 PM   #1192
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Maybe I missed this, but can you just sanitize the mason jars with Star San or Iodophor instead of going through the whole boiling process?
Boiling/pressure cooking takes the dissolved oxygen out of the water, helping the yeasties go to sleep. It also sanitizes the water and goes one step better than sanitizing with starsan or idophor.


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Old 11-07-2011, 04:03 AM   #1193
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Boiling/pressure cooking takes the dissolved oxygen out of the water, helping the yeasties go to sleep. It also sanitizes the water and goes one step better than sanitizing with starsan or idophor.
Exactly. What are you going to do, wash your yeast with starsan? You need sterile low-oxygan water in which to "can" the yeast, after all.
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Old 11-07-2011, 04:24 AM   #1194
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Exactly. What are you going to do, wash your yeast with starsan? You need sterile low-oxygan water in which to "can" the yeast, after all.
From what Gingerdawg was asking, yes you can sanitize your mason jars with StarSan. You still need boiled water for the washing part.
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:52 AM   #1195
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From what Gingerdawg was asking, yes you can sanitize your mason jars with StarSan. You still need boiled water for the washing part.
...and since you're boiling water to wash the yeast, you might as well sanitize your jars with it and save your starsan. Canning the water in the jars and cooling it overnight in the fridge makes too much sense to not do it.
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Old 11-07-2011, 11:47 AM   #1196
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In a pinch I've used bottled water and sanitizer for the jars with no problems. I don't know if the yeast would have been viable as long but at 8wks it was great.

I find it unlikely the difference in oxygenation would have been much. Having worked in a water bottling plant I got to see that they boil then quick cool the water to low enough not to damage the bottles. Then the bottles are uv treated. I should note that this was purified vs spring tho. Not sure how those are done. It is certainly not an economical option tho.
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:19 PM   #1197
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From what Gingerdawg was asking, yes you can sanitize your mason jars with StarSan. You still need boiled water for the washing part.
Cept Gingerdawg wasn't asking, he was answering...
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Cept Gingerdawg wasn't asking, he was answering...
Sorry.!!! Too many quotes going on and using the iPhone app means I can't scroll up while writing. =)
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...and since you're boiling water to wash the yeast, you might as well sanitize your jars with it and save your starsan. Canning the water in the jars and cooling it overnight in the fridge makes too much sense to not do it.
To each there own!

It's harder for me to boil everything, but that's my personal experience.
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...and since you're boiling water to wash the yeast, you might as well sanitize your jars with it and save your starsan. Canning the water in the jars and cooling it overnight in the fridge makes too much sense to not do it.
I had some yeast in half gallon growlers, already washed, so I was just doing a transfer of two those two, then doing a third from a fermenter. I did end up bringing out the brew kettle to boil some jars, and rewashed the yeast since I went through all the effort. To me it seems easier to just boil a quart of water and then cool it for 10 min., swirl in the fermenter and toss into the "Iodophored" jars to reclaim one batch of yeast. YMMV.



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