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Old 12-12-2007, 08:01 AM   #1
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I don't know if anyone here is a germaphobe, like myself. I'm trying to break the habit, and was wondering if just a good "once over" with sanitation solution would make sure bacteria doesn't spoil the beer. When I start brewing I have an impulse to santize the whole cooking area, is that over board?



 
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:03 AM   #2
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I sanitize the INSIDE of my carboys, my racking canes, my tubes, my carboy caps, and my airlocks. That is all.


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Old 12-12-2007, 12:50 PM   #3
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You just need to sanitize the wort's contact surfaces, and keep your hands clean with sanitizer to avoid cross-contamination. No need to overcomplicate it.
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Old 12-12-2007, 03:01 PM   #4
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I don't know if anyone here is a germaphobe, like myself. I'm trying to break the habit, and was wondering if just a good "once over" with sanitation solution would make sure bacteria doesn't spoil the beer. When I start brewing I have an impulse to santize the whole cooking area, is that over board?
Cleaning is the most important step in sanitizing. Using a sanitizer on dirty equipment does no good. So the first step is to clean well.

Lucky for us its as easy as washing dishes. I wash my equipment at the kitchen sink with some OxyClean solution and rinse well. Then I dunk it in some StarSan for a minute or two and I'm ready to go. That is really all there is to it.

Sanitizing your whole cooking area is a little overboard in my opinion. I just wash down the surfaces where I am going to put anything and put down a clean towel so I have someplace to put clean/sanitized items.

The Homebrewing Wiki on cleaning and sanitation is a good read (here)


 
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Old 12-12-2007, 03:30 PM   #5
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I often sanitize a drying rack for other santized stuff. Other time, I just rely on the sanitizer contact to take care of business on that rack. I might wipe down the counter with sanitizer, but that's just because I have it around, so I figure "what the heck."

I do wipe down the outside of my fermenters and the inside of my fermentation deep-freeze with sanitizer to keep down any mold problems. I'm not so worried about that stuff contaminating my beer, but it's nasty.


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Old 12-12-2007, 06:31 PM   #6
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I crush, mash, boil, cool, ferment, secondary, and serve all from my garage. I just make sure everything that touches post-boil wort has either been boiled, or is cleaned and sanitized.

When everything is working (pumps and such), the only thing i sanitize on brew day is the inside of the carboy, and the airlock.

It's worked out pretty good for me so far

 
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Old 12-12-2007, 06:40 PM   #7
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When I start brewing I have an impulse to santize the whole cooking area, is that over board?
The only real benefit to that is that it pleases your wife if you're lucky enough to have one.
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Old 12-12-2007, 06:57 PM   #8
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I do wipe down the outside of my fermenters and the inside of my fermentation deep-freeze with sanitizer to keep down any mold problems. I'm not so worried about that stuff contaminating my beer, but it's nasty.
I do that occasionally too. Its a good practice.

 
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:04 PM   #9
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The only real benefit to that is that it pleases your wife , unless your lucky enough to be single


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Old 12-13-2007, 06:24 AM   #10
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Yes, I do have a wife, and she loves it when I get in a "Clean Mode"...I guess it can be one way to kill two birds with one stone, and keep her from complaining about my brewing.



 
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