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Old 07-21-2013, 05:39 PM   #11
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I just read thread from a guy who did the same (1/2 gal starsan solution in a 5 gal porter) and apparently scored a 38 with it in competition.
Is this the point where you split the batch for judging and enjoyable consumption?


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Old 07-21-2013, 05:56 PM   #12
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As long as it was diluted per the instructions (1 oz per 5g water) it'll be fine. Perfectly safe to consume at that strength, esp. Since it was only about a qt. In a 5g batch of beer. I seriously wouldn't worry about it.


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Old 07-21-2013, 06:47 PM   #13
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Find someone you don't like- maybe your boss- and give them a six pack. If they get sick then dump otherwise bottoms up!
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:50 PM   #14
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Someone else might have a link or more attributable version of the story, but apparently some of the higher-ups at 5-star drank something like a 50% solution of it at a conference to demonstrate its safety.

I don't think there are any known health concerns, especially at the level you're describing...
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:59 AM   #15
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Someone else might have a link or more attributable version of the story, but apparently some of the higher-ups at 5-star drank something like a 50% solution of it at a conference to demonstrate its safety.

I don't think there are any known health concerns, especially at the level you're describing...
+1 there is a video (can't remember where) of the owner drinking a glass. I'd think about letting it sit a couple weeks to break down, and so the beer doesn't taste funny, but your safe as far as drinking it goes.

I did this once with about a pint left in my ferm bucket. I drained my chilled keggle right on top of it before I remembered it was still in there. It fermented fine, and tasted great. Never even lagged the start of the ferment.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:05 PM   #16
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I did a bunch of research last night, but couldn't really find 100% reliable evidence. Lots of information, but nothing I found was specifically from 5star. Mostly he/she said material. I did read that the threshold defined by the government for human consumption and to be considered a "no-rinse" solution was a 1oz per 3 gallon. Therefore operating at the specified dilution ratio of 1oz per 5 gallon was defined as safe, in moderation obviously. Not to mention, the small quantity I had was then diluted with an additional 5 gallons of beer. The more I read about it the less I think it is a problem.

It seems like many people have done this and have not had problems with taste or health. Unfortunately all the quantities I read about were less than my mishap.

I called 5star this morning, but there chemist is out until next Monday and whoever I was speaking too did not feel comfortable enough with the quantity to give me an answer. I'm not in too much a rush though, so no big deal.

In the mean time I did call my brother, a chemical engineer who regularly deals with different acids and said there is nothing to worry about at that level. I ran through the numbers too and it is a very very low percentage when you combine proper dilution ratio with 5 additional gallons of beer. However, I'd still like to hear it straight from the horses mouth.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:42 PM   #17
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Let us know what you find out!! I'd like to know with certainty as well.
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Food grade sanitizer at that concentration?

I think you'll be aight. Beer might taste watered down though.
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:00 AM   #19
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I think its safe to drink.
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:50 AM   #20
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I'd drink it. It's was diluted to a safe level with water, and then you further diluted it beer.


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