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Old 11-04-2004, 05:45 PM   #1
UdderJuice
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I only ask because the one-step cleanser Mr Beer sells and which seems to work very well is described as "oxygen entrained within a mineral crystal. When added to water, this crystal dissolves and releases the oxygen in such a way to form hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide does its work and degrades into oxygen and water" which leads me to believe that I could use a water and hydrogen peroxide solution to clean/sanitize my equipment.

I'm asking because damn UPS won't deliver my next order (which includes my one-step) till Monday and I wanted to start my Nut Brown Ale this Saturday.



 
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Old 11-05-2004, 05:27 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by UdderJuice
I only ask because the one-step cleanser Mr Beer sells and which seems to work very well is described as "oxygen entrained within a mineral crystal. When added to water, this crystal dissolves and releases the oxygen in such a way to form hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide does its work and degrades into oxygen and water" which leads me to believe that I could use a water and hydrogen peroxide solution to clean/sanitize my equipment.

I'm asking because damn UPS won't deliver my next order (which includes my one-step) till Monday and I wanted to start my Nut Brown Ale this Saturday.
I have done quite a bit of research on this because I too use One Step and Mr. Beer only sells the small packets. My research has led me to believe that Clorox Oxi Magic is the same thing and a 2 lb tub of that stuff from WalMart costs less than a similar amount of One Step. Clorox (or Oxi Clean for that matter) both break down to oxygen and soda ash in water so there is nothing harmful. I have been doing this for a few batches with no issues. I use it as a no rinse sanitizer with no problems. Just avoid the Oxi Clean with the blue crystals..I hear it leaves a residue over time. Any other input out there?



 
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Old 11-05-2004, 02:17 PM   #3
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I have done quite a bit of research on this because I too use One Step and Mr. Beer only sells the small packets. My research has led me to believe that Clorox Oxi Magic is the same thing and a 2 lb tub of that stuff from WalMart costs less than a similar amount of One Step. Clorox (or Oxi Clean for that matter) both break down to oxygen and soda ash in water so there is nothing harmful. I have been doing this for a few batches with no issues. I use it as a no rinse sanitizer with no problems. Just avoid the Oxi Clean with the blue crystals..I hear it leaves a residue over time. Any other input out there?
Thanks for your response, I also found this article that among other things says you can use plain old hydrogen peroxide as a sanitizing solution. It says to just pour or wipe onto surfaces with a cotton ball. They also say that is does not need to be rinsed.

Interesting. I guess I'll give it a try. I really wish there was a local retailer in Gainesville who sold Mr Beer supplies as their turn around when ordering from their website is more than a week.

 
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Old 11-18-2004, 08:14 PM   #4
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sweepking, you have used the oxyclean and it has worked, just making sure because i need to bottle this weekend and i dont have any one step, but i do have a wal mart down the street!! thanks in advance for the reply.

 
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Old 11-18-2004, 10:03 PM   #5
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sweepking, you have used the oxyclean and it has worked, just making sure because i need to bottle this weekend and i dont have any one step, but i do have a wal mart down the street!! thanks in advance for the reply.
I use Clorox Oxi Magic....if you can get the Oxi Clean without the blue crystals it is the same stuff. The blue crystals leave a residue from what I have heard. I have not had any problems with the plain stuff.

 
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Old 12-02-2004, 10:33 PM   #6
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using 2 oz of household bleach in 1 gallon of water will do the job just make sure you rinse afterwards. thats what i used in my first brew and had no problems.

 
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Old 12-03-2004, 02:55 PM   #7
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I have used the 2 oz. bleach and water method before and it worked fine for me. After rinsing the bottles in the dilluted bleach I put them all into the dishwasher (no soap) and ran through a normal cycle. I believe the heat of the dishwasher also helps to sterilize. Then I bottled right over the door of the open dishwasher so all my waste/accidental overflows stayed in the basin of the open dishwasher door. When I was done I just shut the dishwasher and no mess to clean up. I read this on another site and I will never bottle a different way again.

 
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Old 12-03-2004, 09:04 PM   #8
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I have used straight hydrogen peroxide on several occasions when I ran out of sanitizer, it worked well and is dirt cheap. I always keep a couple of gallons around the house for other purposes. Just see your friendly pharmacist and ask him to order you some in bulk, or a surgical supply.

When I use it to sterilize the bottles I save what was in the pan and use it after I wash the fermenter out as a final step. That puppy is clean after that.

 
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Old 12-06-2004, 04:10 PM   #9
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I found these pages on the subject, and I think the conclusion is clear: Go right ahead!

Personally I'd go for one or two teaspoons 35% hydrogen peroxide per five gallons of water.

Please be careful with the perxoide, wear safety glasses and rubber gloves if at all possible. If you feel your skin going slippery like with soap, rinse immediatly with generous amounts of water. I'm sure that it will be safe to use as a no-rinse disinfectant, just let it drip off.

You can check these links for more information:

http://www.lenntech.com/water-disinf...n-peroxide.htm

http://www.ozoneservices.com/articles/008.htm

Best regards and happy homebrewing!

Christian Rahbek

 
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Old 06-25-2011, 12:44 PM   #10
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I found these pages on the subject, and I think the conclusion is clear: Go right ahead!

Personally I'd go for one or two teaspoons 35% hydrogen peroxide per five gallons of water.

Please be careful with the perxoide, wear safety glasses and rubber gloves if at all possible. If you feel your skin going slippery like with soap, rinse immediatly with generous amounts of water. I'm sure that it will be safe to use as a no-rinse disinfectant, just let it drip off.

You can check these links for more information:

http://www.lenntech.com/water-disinf...n-peroxide.htm

http://www.ozoneservices.com/articles/008.htm

Best regards and happy homebrewing!

Christian Rahbek
Good Read!
But before you go ahead. read this:

Second link is especially good but there is some questions i still have about 3% to disinfect. Is the 3% you can get in the drug store a diluted version of "Technical Grade Hydrogen Peroxide" or is it something else? Based I this link http://www.h2o2-4u.com/grades.html
I believe it is something else.

Top of page it says:Hydrogen peroxide is produced and distributed in number of different grades and concentrations. Commonly known 3% and 6% H2O2 which can be found in almost every drug store has its place in your medicine cabinet, however it is not considered to be suitable for any applications outlined in this text.

Bottom of page it says:Additional Uses For 35% Technical Grade Hydrogen Peroxide
(To dilute to 3% solution - Mix 11 parts of distilled water with 1 part 35% H2O2 )
To freshen kitchen: Keep a spray bottle of 3% H2O2 in the kitchen. Use to wipe off counter tops and appliances, it will disinfect and give the kitchen a fresh smell.

In the dishwasher: Add 50 ml (2 oz.) of 3% H2O2 to your regular washing formula.
House plants: Add 30 ml (1oz.) of 3% H2O2 in liter of water. Use to mist plants.
Laundry: Add 250 ml (1 cup) of 3% H2O2 in place of bleach.
Humidifiers and Steamers: Mix 500 ml of 3% H2O2 to 4 liters of water.
Facial: Use 3% H2O2 on a cotton ball after washing. Avoid eyebrows and eyes.
Detox Bath: Use 250 ml (1cup) of 35% H2O2 to a tub. Soak at least for 30 minutes

Question is, can you get 35% food grade peroxide in small enough quantities that dont have other chemical stabilizers added?

Just throwing this out there.



 
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