I'm a new home brewer. I only have a few batches under my belt -- one partial extract and two all grain. Like most, I've read multiple books and watched videos on the brewing process. Cleaning and Sanitization are talked about in depth. In fact, it's talked about so much so that it has made me a bit paranoid.
On brew day, for example, I clean my equipment with PBW or Oxyclean, then sanitize. I'm good with that, as I understand that this is best practices, and it doesn't take too long. But, after I do that, say with a hydrometer, spoon, pitchers, etc. Do I have to sanitize again every time I put it down?
I'm attempting to find a balance between doing the right thing for my beer but not obsessing about it where cleaning and sanitizing is something I dread, keeping me from brewing. I find a lot of video on the right way to clean and sanitize, but none that actually talk about HOW careful you have to be.
After reviewing these boards, even on a single question about cleaning and sanitizing you get three different answers -- Is it okay to clean/sanitize brewing/bottling equipment the day before I plan to use it?. I'd like to get the opinion on some home brewers that have more experience to see exactly how careful I have to be.