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Old 08-06-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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Is it common for your hands to start flaking the week after using Star San? Should I be wearing gloves? It's gross, it's like my hands have dandruff!


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Old 08-06-2013, 06:38 PM   #2
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Nah, it can dry off your skin a li'l but it sounds more like you may have a sensitivity to acids or something. Most people would be fine to just rinse it off, or not, but in your case you may want to get a pair of dishwashing gloves or something.


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Old 08-06-2013, 07:21 PM   #3
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I actually had the same problem at first (maybe quite a bit more severe). Now I am just a little more careful with long-ish exposures to star san. If I am going to be working with it in direct contact with my skin, I just do what I need to do and then wash/rinse afterwards and seems to have solved the problem.

Initially, I had a real issue after bottling and dunking my hand into a little bucket where the caps were soaking in it. After doing that 50-ish times, I noticed about an hour after I was done, I was shedding the skin on my hand. It was pretty insane. Freaked me out for a second because all the skin on my thumb basically peeled away all at the same time.

My brother-in-law can't even use the stuff because it is so irritating to his skin specifically, his nose/sinuses, that he swore the stuff off. The one time he used it he started to get headaches, eye irritation, and stuffed up. Pretty nasty. As far as I know he wasn't snorting the stuff or using it as an aftershave either... so he claims...

So yeah, some folks are definitely more sensitive to it than others - lol. I think my brother-in-law is the extreme example.

It sounds like if you invest in some good brew gloves you should be all good though. Definitely worth it.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:22 PM   #4
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are you using per carb too? usually using percarb and star san wrecks my hands for a few days
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:24 PM   #5
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I always wear gloves.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:41 PM   #6
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Good to know. Thanks everyone, I wasn't sure if the RDWHAHB applied here or not.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:43 PM   #7
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Are you mixing it correctly?? I think its .5 oz for 2.5 gallons of water (it doesn't take much)
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:52 PM   #8
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Yup. I mixed 1oz. with 5 gallons so I can submerge all my weapons of mass home brewing! Muwahahahaha!
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Yeah it sounds like a bad reaction, but another thing to keep in mind, to everyone, is to remember what happens if you hang out in the pool too long. Your skin will absorb a little bit of this stuff and I can't imagine there's any benefit. I almost always use gloves, even when I just have one small thing to quickly dunk in it and do it without gloves, I think it was a bad idea right after and I don't even get those reactions. Definitely get some good long gloves to keep your arms protected too.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:58 AM   #10
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I bathe in it. But then I'm an armadillo.
Interesting that some people have such a sensitivity to it. But then there are plenty of people with peanut allergies (sitting here eating peanut butter crackers)
Maybe I'll be a little more careful in the future.


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