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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[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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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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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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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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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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What is the difference between Clean, Sanitized and Sterilized?

What is the difference between Clean, Sanitized and Sterilized?
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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 ...
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Is Star San sanitizer worth the cost?

I am a college student brewing in my apartment and while I am pretty dirty on occasion, when it comes to brewing beer I try to be on top of it. While I have not had a bad batch thus far, but the home ...
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Would placing the fermenter tank in a tub of water be a good way to handle hot environments?

Summers where I live typically have 80F nights and it can easily pick up to 95 degrees during the day. I have a plastic trash can (which I bought for this purpose) that I have filled up with water. ...
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No rinse sanitisor available in the UK?

Looking a good, no rinse sanitisor readily available in the UK Something like the highly recommended Star San
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What is the correct way to sanatise plastic pet bottles?

I just bought a couple of boxes of plastic bottles for my first home brew. I assume that they are clean being new, but I need to sanatise them. I have a no rinse sanatise solution, should I use that? ...
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Sanitizing oak chips

Going to try using dry oak chips in my secondary fermenter. How do you recommend sanitizing the chips before adding them?
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Can you use sodium metabisulphite that is hard

I have a container of sodium metabisulphite for sterilizing my fermenter and bottles that has gone hard. It is about 1 year old. Can I still use this effectively or should I use another container ...
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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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What are some effective, cheap, easy ways to clean and re-use bottles?

After a couple year hiatus from home brewing, I'm ready to get back into it and I have been diligently consuming some local microbrews and saving the bottles in preparation. When I brewed before, for ...
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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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Sanitizing with a spray bottle of StarSan

Can I sanitize all my large fermentation equipment (buckets, lids, tubes...) by spraying it down with a spray bottle of starsan? Just wondering, because so far I have just been filling the 5+ gallon ...
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How can I use my oven to sanitize equipment

I want to sanitize and dry off my plate chiller using my oven. What temperature do I need to set the oven to, and how long do I need to hold that temperatures for?
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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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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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For a Swamp Cooler, what alternatives are there to Bleach, Vodka, and Star San?

I use a swamp cooler to keep my fermentation cool: a bucket full of water where my carboy or bucket goes in, and a t-shirt draped over the carboy/bucket with a fan pointed at it. One room has two ...
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How big of a Noob am I? Or, What to Do when You spill a stir-bar in your 5-gallon bucket

So 24 hours ago I made my first yeast starter, ever. I built a homemade stir plate. Today I was feeling like a boss because of this and simply dumped the 2L flask into the 5gallon wort I spent all ...
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Sanitize the bottle capper?

When bottling, is it wise to dunk the bottle capper in sanitizing solution or is that overkill?
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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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sanitation during mash and sparge

I've been brewing extract batches for a couple of months, and have never lost a batch to poor sanitation. I lost my first all grain batch of beer, and I think that I am sanitizing my brew kettle and ...
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Bottle drying after sanitisation?

When sanitising and using a bottle tree, should I wait for bottles to dry completely or can I use them just rinsed? The Youngs sanitiser I'm using says items should be used within 1 hour of being ...
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Necessary to clean bottle tree?

So I recently purchased a bottle tree (not sure how I went so long without one) for drying/storing my sanitized bottles. Is it is overkill to sanitize the bottle tree in sanitizing solution as well? ...
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Contact time for sanitizing bottles with diversol

To sanitize bottles with diversol can I simply put the solution in a vinator, pump it into the bottle a couple of times and rinse? Or does it require to soak in the bottles for 20 minutes?
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Is Videne effective as a non-rinse santizer?

In nearly all the online videos from experienced homebrewers, they use Star San as a non-rinse sanitizer. However in the UK it is not widely available (only one site has it online and it is not ...
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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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Using StarSan in Airlock

Just getting started on home brewing and I used boiled water in my airlock. I've seen that some places recommend using sanitizer as the airlock "fill". Is it ok to use straight up StarSan in there or ...
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How to clean the inside of a blowoff hose

I soaked my blowoff hose in PBW for an hour or so, then rinsed and let dry. There is still light amounts of residue visible. The only brush I own is a carboy brush which I don't think will fit ...
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vanilla beans in a porter

Just brewed up a porter and going to be transfering into secondary tonight, I also want to put vanilla beans into the secondary. The question I have is how to make sure that the beans are sanitized ...
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How can I tell there is mold in my bottles?

I just got my kit and am about to brew for the first time. I was warned to not use bottles that have sat out uncleaned because there can be mold in them. How can I tell if there is mold in my ...
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Deep cleaning equipment after “brett” contamination

A Few Contaminated Batches Although most of my beers have been coming out 'clean', I've had a couple of my beers show up with what I think might be bretanomyaces or some other 'bug'. The ...
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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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harmful mold growing in fermentation freezer?

I have a freezer that I use for temp control. However, it's been unplugged all summer and its growing mold. Is this going to be harmful to my respiratory system for me to open and clean it? What ...
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Cleaning & sanitizing NPT and weldless fittings

I just got a new boil kettle with a stainless ball valve attached with a weldless bulkhead fitting, and a stainless barb connected to the NPT outlet of the ball valve. What's the cleaning procedure ...
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What is the best way to sanitize vanilla pods?

I Am planning on adding a vanilla pod to secondary in my next brew. What is the best way to sanitize it before it goes in?
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Recycling/Reusing Bottles?

Are Glass Beer Bottles safe to recycle/reuse? Since I can't know who drank out of it and what could be in it, I want to be sure that this is safe to do. What type of disinfection reagent would I use, ...
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What amounts and times should I use to clean/sterilize my brewing equipment?

There are actually 2 questions here. The first one is more of an opinion (although I would like to know), but the correct answer will only be awarded for the second question. I have been researching ...
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How Do You Sanitize Your Carboys?

When sanitizing your carboys, do you fill them all the way up (6+ gallons) with sanitizer or do you put in less and swirl it around? This may depend on what type of sanitizer is being used. I'm using ...
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What's the minimum safe immersion time to sanitize something with StarSan?

How long should I keep something immersed in StarSan/swish it around for to ensure that it's as sanitized as I could reasonably hope it'll be? I know everyone has a rule of thumb for this (I use 1min ...
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Brett, Pedio, Lacto. Reuse and kegging

I have 6 gallons of a bretted whit that has been sitting in the basement for 8 months and a Pedio/Lacto/Brett Dubbel that has been working for about 7 months. If I wanted to reuse these cultures ...
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Sanitization practices when dry hopping in a muslin bag

I've had good results, have always done it the same way in recent years, but always question myself when I dry hop. Weigh-out my pellet hops Scrub my hands with soap an water Drop a weight, a muslin ...
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Is iodophor ideal for rinse-less sanitization before bottling?

I was talking to a friend today and complainIng about the clean/bleach/sanitize/rinse process I undergo when bottling. He dug a bottle of iodophor out of a back shelf and asked me to try it out. He ...
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What will happen to this un-sanitized batch of Wheat beer?

So my brother-in-law (great guy, btw) sent me a brew kit, ingredients, and instructions. Except the instructions never went over the whole "sanitation thing"... So, uh oh... I didn't sanitize the ...
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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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How to sanitize a 10" cylindrical beer filter?

Do you soak it in sanitizer? Boil it? Do nothing? I saw one on Amazon last week for like $30 and I figured what the heck, pick it up and I'll try it out, but now I'm not sure how I'd go about doing ...
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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 ...