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Old 03-31-2008, 02:10 PM   #1
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Default Tried it, not so impressed.

Many brewers on this forum rave about Starsan, so I gave it a try. Not sure what all the fuss is about. Been using Iodophor for quite some time, so the contact requirements weren't a change for me. I specifically don't care for how slippery it makes my equipment. My airlock bung won't stay down. I know I'll get blasted for this, and I'll try it again, but so far, I prefer Iodophor. It's about 40% of the cost, and thanks to the National Chemical test strips I have, I know it lasts at least two weeks in a sealed bucket in my garage!

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Old 03-31-2008, 02:21 PM   #2
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I use Starsan and I like it.

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Old 03-31-2008, 02:22 PM   #3
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There are advantages to both produts. I like Starsan because it keeps for a long time, doesn't stain, and has the shortest contact time. Other people like other products for various. That's probably why there ARE various products.
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Old 03-31-2008, 02:24 PM   #4
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most of us like it because it'll last for 2-4months before the ph drops above working levels
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I pay $24/gal for Starsan, show me a gallon of Iodophor for $9.50 and I might (1 in 10 chance) consider switching.

And to my knowledge Iodophor isn't a nutrient that your yeast can eat, unlike Starsan.

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Old 03-31-2008, 02:37 PM   #6
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I have never noticed it making things slippery. I just mix 5 gallon of RO water with an ounce of Star San and keep it in a priming bucket. I use this for everything and it lasts months.
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Old 03-31-2008, 02:42 PM   #7
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That is my main reason for loving starsan as well. As long as you take care of it, it will last a very long time. It may even end up being cheaper in the long run.
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I like star san because when I spill it everywhere..and trust me I do...swmbo cannot tell like she could if it were iodiphor.
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I love Starsan because it loves me.

Actually since I'm on a septic system, I would rather have use a septic friendly sanitizer than one that could potentially harm my enzyme levels.
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Iodophor only lasts 2 weeks? That sux. *-San lasts for a few months before I need to add more concentrate to my solution. I get Star San for pretty cheap, and it's non-staining, and it turns into yeast food, and...well, I could go on. If you're not impressed by *-San, you're not paying attention.

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