Some sanitisers, like star-san, chemipro oxi and betadine are no-rinse in certain dilutions. Star-san can additionaly be kept diluted in a bottle for months and used whenever one wishes. Can the same be done with the other two?

  • This is a great question. Too bad there's nobody out there to answer it.
    – brewchez
    Jun 10, 2010 at 12:14
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    Oh, c'mon brewchez, there are at least four of us!
    – markskar
    Jun 15, 2010 at 21:19
  • Make that five! :)
    – Jim
    Jun 16, 2010 at 16:39
  • The OP doesn't mention it; Idophor can not be kept indefinitely. Jun 18, 2010 at 14:34

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Well, Chemipro Oxi I would not consider a sanitizer...cleaner, sure, but it is essentially sodium percarbonate - it technically CAN be used to sanitize, but the amount needed makes it pretty uneconomical.

Betadine, on the other hand, can be used for years...bottles may have an expiration date (typically required on medical-type solutions), but it can be ignored. The rules for use would be the same as StarSan, which is:

Diluted StarSan or Betadine cannot be used indefinitely - it depends on the pH of the solution. For effective sanitizing, you want the pH to be below 5. Homebrew and aquarium stores sell disposable pH test strips, or you can buy a pH meter.

I usually just refill my spray bottle of sanitizer whenever I make up a new batch. If it has been awhile, I test the pH or just make up a fresh bottle. Better safe than sorry.

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    You can also just add a few drops of StarSan concentrate to your spray bottle to restore the pH of the entire bottle from time to time.
    – brewchez
    Jun 17, 2010 at 16:51

Chemipro Oxi can be used as a sanitiser, however it is not listed as one (as far as I have heard) because in Belgium you have to pay special taxes for sanitisers, while cleaners don't have that problem. I contacted brouwland for the above matter, and their response was the following:

As the Chemipro oxi exists out of peroxides, these would react with impurities but also turn into water and oxygen as a normal chemical reaction, if diluted and stored in water.

So your idea is not bad, but will not work well for longer periods up to more than 1 day.

I think this, along with Jim's post, concludes it all.

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