I want to begin my first batch but I know sanitizing is really important and I don't want to make mistake about it, so I read How to brew - Everything you need to know to brew great beer every time and it is written about sanitizing with Star San:

No-rinse. Can be used via immersion or spraying. Will sanitize clean surfaces with 30 sec. contact time.

So, I went on Brouwland to make my order and I saw about the product:

Prepare a solution of 15 - 25 ml Star San HB™ per 10 L of water. Apply on surface with a cloth, mop, sponge, spray or by immersion. Spray 15-20 cm from surface and rub with a brush, cloth or sponge. The surface must remain wet for at least 1 minute. Rinse with water of the same temperature.

There are differences about time and rince. About the time, I guess it is not really important and I can wait 60 seconds without risks. But about rince: should I do it or not?

To finish and add some confusion, Five Star edits a cleaning guide who says:

Your equipment is ready for use immediately after removing the solution.

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No rinse needed, if you follow the description on the bottle for the proper mix. If I remember correctly, the sanitization compound gets deactivated at a pH that's normal for brewing.

There is a nice podcast with the inventor of starsan, where he explains that even the 30 secs are not needed. I'll post a link for you.


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