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Old 11-10-2008, 04:10 PM   #1
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so using star san. i can make a five gallon batch of sanatizer to fit my entire racking cane in. BUT that seems a waist.

Anyone use like a 3 inch diameter PVC colum to steep you're racking cane in steralizer when you are taking samples etc?


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Old 11-10-2008, 04:15 PM   #2
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Generally I just pump the autosyphon to recirc the star san and liberally splash the tube by hand to sanitize it. That would be really cool though and might be worth it.


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Old 11-10-2008, 04:20 PM   #3
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First to nitpick: you're not "sterilizing", you're sanitizing. And no, I haven't, but I'm sure it'd work. Just glue (meaning, using PVC primer & cement) a PVC cap on one end. Me, I keep a standing 17 gallon tub of starsan and use it to sanitize most everything. I add more starsan concentrate when it gets cloudy, and replace it when it gets too much debris in the solution.
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3 steps to care free sanitizer use:
Step #1: Go to Wal Mart & Get a Weed Sprayer for $8.00
Step #2: Use weed sprayer to sanatize EVERYTHING with just a quick spray.
Step #3: Trust that if it's wet, it's good, You don't need to SOAK in starsan.
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Old 11-10-2008, 04:30 PM   #5
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so using star san. i can make a five gallon batch of sanatizer to fit my entire racking cane in. BUT that seems a waist.

Anyone use like a 3 inch diameter PVC colum to steep you're racking cane in steralizer when you are taking samples etc?
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Wallpaper tray works well also.

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I sanitize mine in the carboy that's filled with star san. 2 birds one stone...Just flip it once to get it fully treated. with a better bottle you can sanitize the bottle, the cane, the auto siphon, and hose at the same time.
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that looks like my potato gun
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Wallpaper tray works well also.

I use a wallpaper tray as well. Works great except for last weekend when I was carrying a partially full tray out to the garage and ended up sanitizing part of my living room floor.

At least when my daughter eats cheerios off the floor they will be a bit cleaner now.
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My version! BTW Lustreking you basically nailed my idea. Kinda how my last three inventions went when i hit the patent office . But i used three inch pipe with a four inch top section so i can fully immerse my auto sipons cane. could have used the four inch pipe but i couldn't find an easy way to attach a flat base cap(all of depots were rounded). the three inch i could put a four inch screw fixture around the rounded cap for a sturdy base.

I am waiting for the smell of the acitone based glue to disipate now and thinking of a paint job.





Also for spraying starsan. Do i use a normal concentration or make it stronger?


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