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Old 03-11-2008, 10:53 PM   #1
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I picked up a few of the small packets of c-brite to use a no rinse sanitizer for my glass secondary and lines for racking so that I could put the amber (that is now boiling) onto the cake in the primary. Well, I just made solution in my carboy and man it smells bleach. Is this stuff safe for contact with beer? Please help quickly!!
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:13 PM   #2
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Well, yes. Rinse it off first though. c-brite is a chlorine based cleaner.
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:28 PM   #3
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Good to know now that my secondary holds 5 gallons of the stuff. Sent someone to the store for a "no rinse sanitizer". It says no rinse, but my nose knows better. Star-san is in my future, but now I have a batch to worry about. I'll rinse the crap out of it with my bottle jet and tap water. Cross your fingers for me.

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keep in mind that just because tap water isn't sterilzed by boiling, its not a guaranteed way to infect beer. it does increase the risk, but the odds are still in your favor, especially if you pitch a good quantity of healthy yeast at the optimal pitching temp.

this helps it get a foothold and out compete any wild spores.
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The primary wasn't my concern, as I'm pitching onto a cake. The beer transferred off through tubes cleaned with the bleach solution into a carboy with the same stuff is . I rinsed it all with water so hot it burned my hands, but it was still from my well. I'm sure I've done worse stuff before I knew better, and it was too late because once I realized the c-brite contained bleach I'd already started a boil with no yeast in my house, and nothing to sanitize the lines. I settled down after I rinsed everything in really hot water and got the primary transferred. If nothing else, I got to taste a hydrometer sample. I really hope that it doesn't get ruined, because it fermented completely before going to secondary, and the green apple taste, which i know will go away, was accomonpanied by a slight sweetness, alcohol, and the bitterness I love in an APA. I'm feeling better already
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I used to use bleach years ago. I wouldn't worry to much.
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