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A lot depends on how clean your equipment is when you store and how clean the storing environment is. I often will just give something a spritz of star-san if I know it was kept clean and closed up in storage, because I have an all-indoor environment. If I kept my equipment in the garage, I would always use full submersion and full contact time. what's ...
I would always recommend following the labeled instructions. Most sanitizers work by oxidizing or rupturing the cell walls of microbes. This doesn't happen instantly.
Before I write my answer, let me say that I'm not sure what's available in the UK. Here in the US, many of us use a product called StarSan, a no rinse sanitizer. However, you can't sanitize a surface until you've removed all of the organic material from in, so many brewers use a product with the brand name "OxyClean" - the generic version works as well - to ...
Note that this product is both a cleaner and sterilizer. The contact times on the label seem to be more directed at cleaning so it's difficult to figure how much time is required for sterilization of a surface that is already clean. Lacking any better information, you must trust the manufacturer's instructions. The sanitizer that you see people swishing ...
Sanitation is paramount. That said, these are normal instructions for most early brewers. Mostly its because when people get started its assumed they don't make an investment in 8 gallon pots (probably because most stovetops will never boil a full 5 gallons). Most municipal water supplies have very low microbial contamination. When coupled with an ...
While they say to add cold water, this is water that han been boiled and chilled. The dilution method does two things, allows a larger batch size than your boil pot capacity and helps cool the wort for pitching.
An s-type airlock allows air in, but the liquid remains in the airlock rather than getting sucked in
There is a trick to pulling a small sample or drawing yeast. Use a 1" blow off tube of ample length to reach the bottom of a bubbler jar on the floor. The volume in the tube is enough to draw a small sample, as you draw the sample you will see the sanitizer suck up in the tube, don't let it crest the arch and you're ok. For a large draw you can use a ...
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