The practice of removing the majority of microorganisms from equipment, utentils, fermentors, bottles etc. that comes into contact with the cooled wort. Poor sanitation can contaminate the wort, producing off-flavors.

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Consequences of infection in a beer?

Everyone learns during their first brewing experience that you have to carefully sanitize anything that touches your wort after the boil to avoid infection. What happens when wort gets infected? How ...
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cleaning vs. sanitizing

I have made over 50 batches of homebrew, and I have a confession: I rarely CLEAN my equipment. I take a quick look to see if there is any visible debris/dust, etc., and if so, I will spot clean it or ...
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Consecutive (lacto?) contamination('infection') with different fermenters

My two last batches got a sour/white wine taste to them (prior to bottling). The first one was a Hefeweizen fermented in my bucket. The taste was present from day 4 up to bottling a month later. In ...
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Off flavours from unsanitized priming sugar

Quick question for the group: Will unsanitized priming tablets/sugar likely/surely cause off flavours after bottle conditioning - especially, a wet/slightly moldy towel aroma? I've been experiencing ...
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Cleaning/Prepping frozen strawberries for a strawberry blonde

A simple enough question for thoughtful answers. Some good recipes out there for Strawberry Blondes. All the normal tips are understood, i.e., 1#/gal, strawberries will likely kickstart fermentation ...
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Is it okay to clean/sanitize brewing/bottling equipment the day before I plan to use it?

I'm curious to know if it is safe to clean and sanitize equipment the day before using it, particularly bottles and bottling gear. If I clean and sasnitize the night before using it, will it still ...
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How to sanitize aluminium?

I use an aluminium counterflow wort chiller. To sanitize this I circulate the boiling wort through the chiller to clean and sanitize the inside ┬┐Do you recommend any acid or alkaline product for ...
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Contamination concerns when removing stopper?

This might seem dumb to most, but it's only my third batch and I just need some reassurance. So, I occasionally pop out the rubber stopper on my carboy to smell the brew and see if anything funky ...
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How (and how soon) can I determine if my primary is contaminated?

My brew day ran long and by the end of the process I was tired and ready to be done. Due to this lapse in concentration I had a major failure in my sanitation process - I forgot to sanitize my better ...
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Cleaning out beer lines

How often do you need to clean out your beer lines when using a home draft system? What type of cleaner do you use? Can I leave sanitizer in the tubing when a line isn't in use?
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How difficult are the plate-based wort chiilers to clean? Do they require filtration before the wort goes through them?

I'm considering getting one of those "Therminator" style wort chillers as an upgrade to the coil. I plan on gravity feeding the wort through and pumping back into the kettle until my wort is nice and ...
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Tips on Using Easy Clean

I got a beer kit and it came with Easy Clean from LD Carlson. At first I was under the impression that I could use it to clean and sanitize. But now I'm not so sure. It looks like it was good for ...
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How to clean little bottler

I'm about to buy a secondary fermenter (generic plastic bucket and drill a hole to fit in a plastic bottle filler) for the usual reasons. I'm, however, curious how would I go about and clean the ...
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Do I really need to sanitise my equipment for 10 minutes?

My sanitiser/cleanser (VWP) says that I need to leave it submersed for at least 5-10 minutes. Is this the case for it? I've seen in a few videos people just swirl the sanitiser around the fermenting ...
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Adding cold water to malt extract brew

I've recently tried extract brewing after all grain brewing. Strange I know, but I wanted to eliminate the mash part of the process to see if it help get rid of a off flavour (it did but that will be ...
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Suckback and sampling from conical fermenters

How do people with conical (or other sealed) fermenters avoid sucking liquid from the airlock into the vessel when they take samples or remove trub through the bottom valve? Do they just remove a ...
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Do I need to sanitize my cacao nibs?

I will be adding half a pound of cacao nibs to my stout here in a few days. Since the beer will be almost fully fermented at that point is it necessary for me to sanitize the nibs before adding them? ...
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Why is my wine cloudy now?

This bottle of Mint wine was super clear when bottled. I use Sparkolloid. Six months later it looks like a snow globe. This is happening to several of my batches but not all. Whats going on here ? ...
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Is it acceptable to use a UV sanitizer light on a finished product?

With all the talk about how important it is to sanitize your equipment when brewing, is it acceptable to use a UV sanitizer light on a finished product just to make sure there is no harmful bacteria ...
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How Long to Dry Tubing After Sanitizing?

I use Five Star's iodophor sanitizer. The instructions say to let equipment fully dry before using. This seems almost impossible for plastic tubing. Even after a couple of hours there is still ...
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Sanitizing bottles with StarSan

I just brewed a trappist style ale and I am ready to bottle it. I am a meticulous sanitizer. Just a question though. I have always filled my buckets/carboys with 5 gallons of star sans solution to ...
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Keeping the keg lines and fittings clean

I recently purchased a keg, and I've got a couple questions about keeping the lines clean. Specifically when the keg isn't finished, as the lines are simple enough to clean along with the keg when ...
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How long do sanitized bottles keep?

If you sanitize a bunch of bottles and store them upside down on a tree or in a box (still upside down); how long can you store them like that before you feel the need to resanitize them? Is there a ...
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Best way to clean moldy fermentation bucket

I've just had a major house move. During the move, I noticed my fermentation bucket had developed mold. Quite large mounds (to me anyway) of perhaps 0.25in diameter, in the corner of the base. Clearly ...
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Can I assume that an unopened glass jug containing the juice I want to ferment is sanitary?

I am making cider for the first time. I purchased a gallon of organic apple juice with no other ingredients besides the apples. I sort of saw it as a two-for-one, I got the apple juice I needed as ...
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Steam sanitation of a stainless steel fermenter and bottles

Premise As a chemical engineering student, I tried my best to avoid any chemical at all (When they say trust me, you should never do so). As such, I resorted to steam to sanitize my fermenter and ...
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Sanitizing the wort pot

Should i sanitize the pot that i will be using the prepare the wort before i use it? I will be using one of Mr. Beer hopped malt extracts and this is my first brew. The manual does not say anything ...
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The effect of hydrogen peroxide on yeast

I did search, but didn't get any proper answer. I have access to bleach and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and silver (Ag) ions (no star-san nor Iodophor). I need to go with a no-rinse sanitizer. I've ...
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No-rinse acid sanitizer - is there a risk?

My homebrewer friends recommend the StarSan acid sanitizer, hands-down. I tried it once and it foamed everywhere and left a bunch of rings in the carboy and the bottles. It made me paranoid that it ...
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what have i made and is it safe to drink?

I made a DIY CO2 system for my fish tank. I use fermentation for the CO2. 2 and a half weeks ago I filled a 2ltr soda bottle with water, 2 cups of demerara sugar and a tsp of bakers yeast. This wasnt ...
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Sanitizing with bleach without rinsing

What concentration of bleach (or Sodium hypochlorite) diluted in water is necessary to sanitize bottles? How much time is necessary to keep the bottles immersed in the solution, or is sufficient to ...
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Erlenmeyer flask rinsed in StarSan

For the first time I'm making a starter in my Erlenmeyer flask. I soaked, emptied, and drained the flask pretty good save the foam that is normal. The funnel, bung and blowoff tube were also soaked. ...
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How long can bottles be considered sanitized?

At the moment I'm sanitizing bottles by submerging them in sanitizing solutions (and letting them fill of course), and then running them through the dishwasher with no detergent/etc. The dishwasher ...
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It is necessary to sanitize my wine thief after primary fermentation

I have made several batches of wine from kits and a few batches of mead. One of the things that must be done after primary fermentation is to test the specific gravity. The wine kits I have used ...
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Which is the superior air-lock liquid: Vodka or Star-San?

I've had a life-long fancy for using vodka to clean sanitize and naturally use it in my air-lock. Given that it is only 40%, however, and I live in California where pure grain alcohol is illegal, ...
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Chemicals of PBW and StarSan - DIY solutions?

Ok, i've see so much people here advising the use of PBW - Powdered Brewery Washer. I've seen some videos, and it seems to be a very good thing for cleaning everything in homebrew stuff. But I live ...
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Homebrew sanitisation in a Pinch

So it's that time of year where none of the local shops are open (at least in my area) and I am itching to put on a new brew but haven't got any sanitiser. I thought some Napisan (I believe AKA ...
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Contact time required for sanitation with sodium metabisulphite?

My starter brewing kit came with 100g of Sodium Metabisulphite for sanitation. It advises to dissolve 1 tsp per pint of water. However there are no futher instructions. I don't know how long I need ...
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Can I get away with not rinsing Potassium Metabisulphite when I'm bottling?

So I was reading some posts here on the homebrew stack exchange, like I do, and I came across this question. I always use K-meta when bottling because I keep my bottles clean and all I need is to ...
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[WIKI] Bottle Sanitizing Techniques - Pros & Cons

What are the pros and cons of each bottle sanitizing method? Let's look at time, equipment, quality of sanitation, and other factors. Post one answer for each method. Edit the answers if you have ...
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Bucket of sanitising fluid, kept for future use, is it effective, how long will it last?

Whenever I sanitise ( with VWP ) I don't just chuck it away, I put it into a fermentation bucket outside my house. I stick all my bits n bobs - stainless beer paddle, syphon and bits in there, and ...
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Yeast Starter Stopper & Sanitization

I'm going to be making my first yeast starter, for a higher gravity beer. While reading starter guides, and watching videos, I've noticed that there are several different techniques and opinions for ...
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Should I sanitize my keg posts every time I attach a quick disconnect?

Whenever I need to attach a disconnect to my kegs to take a sample I first spray the disconnect and post down with star san. After I have taken a sample and removed the disconnect I spray the post ...
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Extract brew, sanitizing hop strainer and tap? First brew day!

Last night I made my first ever extract brew. The brew day went pretty well. As I have a 32 litre brupak boiler with a hop strainer and tap I cooled the wort with cold bottled water straight in the ...
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Critique my Cleaning Regime

I have one batch of home brew under my belt, and I am preparing for my 2nd and 3rd batches (going to get a second primary fermenter so I can have two batches going at once) so I have spent a few hours ...
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How screwed am I (sanitation)?

I just started my first cider homebrew, and broke a cardinal rule. I made the mistake of thinking that BSG B-Brite cleanser was also a sanitizer. I made two batches from pasteurized juice without ...
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Sanitizing and septic tanks

The last time I did much home brewing I was on a municipal sewer system. A little bleach or sulphite (spent hops & grain, whatever) down the toilet couldn't affect it. Now that I live in the ...
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Homebrewing and Cats

I am somewhat interested in obtaining 2 kittens. My 1 bedroom apartment already isn't the cleanest. I spray 409 and Windex on all my surfaces before I brew or bottle and call it clean. I'm not going ...
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How long do you boil liquid to be used in a beer?

I believe this is perhaps only one question, but there are a few different situations, namely to make a water/DME mixture for a starter, how long? to prime with a sugar water mixture, how long? to ...