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Don't worry about the foam, as far as I remember Charlie Tally, Head Chemist at 5 Star, has said that the starsan is broken down by the yeast. Also, when you fill the bottle most of the foam comes out as a "StarSan Worm", so there's relatively little left in the bottle. If you've not had any problems with head in your beer then your existing methods are ...


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You don't need to do 90% of that. Surfaces need to be clean of matter before they can be sanitized. Things that are visibly dirty should be cleaned, but you don't need to – for example – scrub and soak your brew kettle before you use it … anything you add to it is going to be boiled, which will kill everything. The same goes for your rinsing bowl and ...


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You should probably just rack to a second sanitary bucket, especially if you plan to add additional sugar to the cider for carbonation. Ideally, you use a separate bucket with a spigot to which you can then attach a "bottling wand". This allows you to fill the bottle from the bottom upwards, which significantly reduces the amount of oxygen that is absorbed ...


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This page from the Celiac Disease Foundation may be helpful; scroll down to Cross Contamination. I doubt you will have any issues with metal or glass vessels or tools (especially if they are properly cleaned), but porous items may be suspect? It sounds like the note about airborne wheat flour may be the biggest issue (depending on if you are doing another ...


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On the whole this the kind of process you need if you're starting with fairly dirty bottles that have been left to dry with residue in them. Naturally, once you've used the bottles and then you rinse them immediately, then they will be much cleaner after second use, and you don't need the sodium percarbonate soak - a rinse (for dust etc.) and then soak in ...


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I have an HDPE (food-grade) bucket I bought at a home improvement store that I keep filled with an Oxy-Clean solution. Whenever I pour a beer, I rinse out the bottle in the sink then stick it in the bucket. When the bucket gets full (every couple of weeks), I spend maybe ten minutes rinsing the bottles and sticking them on a bottle tree (the labels usually ...


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You can do a pretty good job with soap and a high-pressure water, as long as you rinse it right away. As I mentioned in a comment on @BrianV's answer, Percarbonate dissolves best when the water is 140°F or higher, but the plastic they use in a lot of racking canes (esp. the auto-siphon) will begin to get cracks in it very quickly if you clean it with hot ...


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I'd be wary of using 409 or Windex for brewing purposes; find some proper homebrew-friendly cleaners and sanitizers (oxiclean free and star-san are awesome). There's no inherent incompatibility between homebrewing and pets. You might have to keep curious cats away from some brewing processes/steps, but if you're keeping proper sanitation and your head ...


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To use your template as a guide, here is how I handle each step. For the most part, "cleaning" is important prior to the boil, "sanitizing" is important for all post boil processes with the wort. For sanitizing, keep a pre-filled bucket of Star-San solution on hand. You can reuse Star-San as long as the ph remains at the correct level. UNIT CLEANING Brew ...


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Well the active ingredient in PBW is 30% Sodium Metasilicate and the rest composed primarily of percarbonate (Oxyclean) and sodium bicarbonate. So the recipe you link to directly is not the same (which isn't to say it isn't a good cleaner). No access to iodophor? As to sanitizer. My suggestion and goto when I don't have starsan is to use a 2 tbsp Bleach, ...


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I've bottled my beer doing simply A quick rinse after drinking A quick rinse before sanitizing A quick rinse with star san, simply getting already diluted and prepared star san from a sealed vessel and soaking the bottles for a few seconds and then draining them. This has worked out well for me. If you can, I would highly recommend getting one of ...


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As others have said, wood and plastic may stain. That doesn't mean they are not clean. But to put your mind at ease a bit: You don't need to worry much about sanitation until your wort is cooling after your boil. Yes, you want things to be clean -- but the boil will generally take care of any bacteria that is introduced into a mash or extract before the boil ...


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Anything somewhat porous and light colored can stain. White/light plastic often stains. White fermenting buckets often get hop stains. Wood spoons can stain also. Steel, glass and aluminum generally will not stain, although metals can get discolored for various reasons, usually having to do with oxidation. It will not affect the beer. For plastics, a good ...


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The spoon is wood or plastic? stirring your wort or sweet liquor while boiling with a somewhat residual stain of some sort, within reason I suppose, will have no effect on the finished product. If you are worried, use a stainless spoon, great investment. Or just buy another plastic spoon, 2 bucks tops.


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I quit using spigots because of the difficulty in cleaning them and the lack of necessity. You can use a wine thief for samples, and an auto-siphon works great for bottling (with the cane mdma mentioned). Also, spigots are too high, especially if the trub is low. I've seen all kinds of crazy bent tubes, etc, or tipping buckets to get at the wort, but an ...


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If you don't want to rack to another vessel, then you can spray with warm OxiClean (or similar oxygen-based cleaner) or PBW (Powdered Brewery Wash - an alkali cleaner). Leave for a couple of hours and then spray with water. This will take away the residue. You can then spray with more OxiClean - in the recommended dosage it does in fact sanitize - I used to ...


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If all you are using the keg for is dispensing, and the keg is not sitting somewhere room temp for a while in-between filling, what you are doing will most likely not impact you negatively. Leaving the keg with only a rinse style cleaning at room temperature is asking for bacterial growth. The poppets in the posts tend to build up gunk in the springs that ...


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I know a lot of people that are in the same boat as you, only cleaning them thoroughly every several batches without issue. I personally disassemble my kegs every time, giving them a good oxi-clean/PBW soak, using my carboy cleaner to ensure it gets a good thorough scrub. I use a brush to get into the dip tube, soak the posts, and then do a thorough rinse ...


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My take is mostly a combination of a few of the above answers, but I'll mention it anyway: Collect bottles from friends. I don't always have enough empties on hand to rely on having washed them just after drinking, so I often end up with quite a few that have been sitting in someone's garage for a while. A day or two before bottling day, rinse them all ...


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The technical definitions are as follows: A sanitizing agent removes 99.999% of organisms a sterilization process removes 99.99999999% of organisms. Seems like a small difference but I'd rather have that extra 0.00099999% if they are going to perform surgery or something. Also In the United States, items labeled as sanitizers are agents that destroy ...



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