Originally Posted by Elfmaze
About to start my runs of cider and working on the sanatization method and solution. For my carboys i was going to soak in a light bleach solution Overnight, pour out and let dry upside down before adding juice. Do i need to rinse or can that introduce bacteria from tap water? The stopper and airlock will get the same treatment in a light bleach solution. letting them airdry before going into use.
The equipment, being the autosiphon(racking cane), Hydrometer, wine thief. Can they be treated the same way? I have seen people pull the hydrometer and wine thief out of a bucket of sanatizer and go straight to the carboy. will the little bit of sanatizer left on the instruments effect the must? What type and method would you(as an experienced master of the fermenter) use?
Most of us use a branded no-rinse sanitizer such as Star-san or Iodophor. I've used one-step in the past, also with good results. Another good sanitizer for wine and cider equipment is potassium metabisulfite, too. (Also known as campden tablets, or k-meta). I wouldn't use bleach, but I know some others do. If you're using bleach, you have to rinse super, super well so that absolutely no odor of bleach remains on the equipment. That might be tough for plastic, but it works ok for glass.
When you've seen people pull stuff out of the sanitizer and use immediately, it's because they are using a no-rinse sanitizer.