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The removal of soils from the surface of equipment left behind by the brewing/fermentation process. A vital prerequisite for good sanitation.

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How to use sodium percarbonate

I have read that when mixed in water, sodium percarbonate gradually dissolves, leaving behind only water. However, I have recently come across this video which says that pre-used sodium percarbonate ...
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Carboys and dishwashers

I have this 15 Gallon stainless steel carboy, and cleaning it is always an adventure before I start my next fermentation. As luck would have it, removing the to rack means my carboy fits EXACTLY in my ...
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Hydrometer reading - should I discard or reintroduce the sample?

I'm new to brewing beer and want to keep a close eye on SG, but I'm mindful of the potential cost when taking several hydrometer readings. Assuming all my equipment is sterilised, is it OK to return ...
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How do I clean the hose attached to my auto-siphon?

I let it soak in hot water solution overnight with LD Carlson Easy Rinse Cleaning Powder (I don't know what the actual ingredients are). I let it soak in StarSan solution overnight also. However, the ...
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Fermenter bucket still a bit rank after several cleanings

Brewed my first two batches this month and still trying to figure this process out. I'm using a couple (similar to this, but maybe not the same material) buckets (with spigots) for fermenting. They ...
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Wall sockets for Cornelius kegs line cleaning

I'm looking for a line cleaning socket for a Cornelius keg fitting. I've worked in the pub trade (UK) for more years than I care to remember so know how bars are set up and I am familiar with line ...
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Can I reuse a bottle that had a sour lactobacillus beer in it?

I had a very nice sour beer that had lactobacillus in it and was wondering if I can clean and reuse the bottle? I have not made any sour beers yet but I've read you should keep separate brewing ...
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Peroxyacetic Acid availability

tl;dr Do you know where to buy, food contact PAA in packaging ≤5kg and concentration ≤5% ? I was going to buy Peroxyacetic Acid that already have long history of use has been approved by EU, but it ...
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Need to use TSP for a New Keg?

I just got a brand new keg. The keg isn't just new to me but totally unused. Do I need to use TSP to clean it prior to my first use? I'm worried about industrial residues that might be left on the ...
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Star-San and Aluminum Issues

Have used Star-San for years in my home brewing, I recently saw some information on the web that it should not be used on aluminum substances, i.e. pots, kegs, etc. Reviewing the pdf about Star-San I ...
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Brewing using Lambic yeast: can't reuse the vessel for something else?

One of my friends told me that if you brew a lambic with lambic yeast (e.g. the WLP one) you shouldn't be re-using that carboy for anything else. I thought the whole purpose of cleaning was no yeast ...
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Sodium Percarbonate safety

Suppose I did not adequately rinse the sodium percarbonate solution from my fermenter/bottles. Could this a) make somebody ill or b) affect the flavour of the beer? When I left sodium percarbonate ...
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How clean does your equipment really need to be?

For example has anyone done an experiment where they either didn't wash/sterilise any equipment including the fermenter, spoon, jugs, other etc or at most they just rinsed out the equipment with water....
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Can I use Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate ('Sterilising Tablets') to clean vessel/equipment?

I have some old tablets what say Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate and 'Sterilising Tablets' on them and am wondering if these when diluted will be suitable to clean vessel/equipment before brewing?
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Does bentonite kill yeast in wine?

I don’t want to use potassium sorbate or sulfite to kill the yeast in wine. Does bentonite help with killing the yeast in wine?
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How to clean krausen off of ceilings?

Woke up this morning to an unhappy surprise: Getting the ceiling clean has proven to be quite the challenge, since the krausen had dried off before I got to it. Can anyone share techniques that have ...
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Sanitizing: Does the same standard apply for "DIY Juice alcohol"

I'm new to the home-brewing process and I am attempting an experiment in which brewing yeast is added directly into juice for a period no longer than a week so that the yeast converts glucose into ...
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Brew Flooring Systems

I had a few friends use Brewfloors.com flooring systems and they were pretty happy with the results. I'm considering Brewfloors or something else. Do you have other recommendations? If so why? ...
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Fat residues on bottles or glasses, causing bad head retension: how to dissolve and remove it?

I have a rather concrete issue for those of you well versed in the chemical sciences: The situation I know for a fact that most of the bottles I am using have been contaminated on the inside with ...
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PBW, or Oxyclean Free, that is the question

Ok so it gone like this : Me : I red on some forums that I could save a lot of money by switching from PBW to Oxyclean Free. Do you want to go to Walmart tonight? Him : You mean the cloth cleaner? ...
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Bubbles within glass

Hello. I have been brewing for a few months and your advice has been extremely valuable. Thanks. I have a question about glass bottles such as this one in the photo. I bleach them between use and ...
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What are best practices for cleaning and passivating stainless steel pot/fermenter?

What are the recommended ways to (a) clean/sanitize stainless steel and (b) if necessarry passivize the stainless steel after the treatment? While there is a question asking about "Cleaning stainless ...
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Safe but effective cleaning solvent for copper

I'm looking for a better solution for cleaning. Some of my equipment is home from copper which limits agents I can use. Currently my strategy is using barkeepers friend on all external surfaces such ...
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How paranoid about cleaning & sanitization?

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 ...
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How to clean bottles used for homebrewing few times?

I've used bottles few times to bottle home beer. Recently I've found that inside them there are small spots that remain there even if I rinse them with water. Should I worry about them? It's safe to ...
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Safe/practical to leave brew equipment in no-rinse sanitation tub throughout the whole brew?

I'm brand new to brewing and am just using extract kits. I got my haircut recently, and it gave me an idea for brewing (!). The barber keeps his scissors in a little trough full of that blue ...
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How to clean a cotton grain bag for reuse

I recently got into brewing (well, extract brewing) and all the kits I use come with a grain bag. I've since learned that it is perfectly fine to reuse these bags, so long as you clean + dry them ...
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Can I clean and reuse a grain bag?

Brand. Spanking. New. To brewing. Just bought an Amber Ale extract kit (don't judge!) and equipment set from Brewer's Best. I read the "Brew Day" instructions and they included a grain bag that they ...
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Cleaning Many PET Bottles

How do I clean my set (>30) of PET bottles? I'm dealing with dried beer and yeast residue from my previous batch. I doubt I can use hot water, since it would deform the plastic. Do I need to scrub ...
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Is it okay to clean/sanitize brewing/bottling equipment the day before I plan to use it?

I'm curious to know if it is safe to clean and sanitize equipment the day before using it, particularly bottles and bottling gear. If I clean and sasnitize the night before using it, will it still ...
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How to sanitize aluminium?

I use an aluminium counterflow wort chiller. To sanitize this I circulate the boiling wort through the chiller to clean and sanitize the inside ¿Do you recommend any acid or alkaline product for ...
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Is submerging bottles in boiling water a good method of sanitization?

Is submerging bottles in boiling water (assuming they've been rinsed out) for a few minutes a good method of sterilization? I'm still planning on spraying some metabisulphite afterwards, and then ...
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How to clean little bottler

I'm about to buy a secondary fermenter (generic plastic bucket and drill a hole to fit in a plastic bottle filler) for the usual reasons. I'm, however, curious how would I go about and clean the ...
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Brewing in former lotion pot

Some relatives recently gave me a 6-gallon aluminum pot that they no longer wanted. The pot was used to make homemade lotion. I've been needing a bigger brew pot, but money has been tight. I'm excited ...
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Using a bottle rinser with 500ml PET bottles

just a quick question regarding the use of bottle rinsers to clean out 500ml PET bottles. I'm looking at this bottle rinser here: http://www.the-home-brew-shop.co.uk/acatalog/Bottle-Rinser-AVVINATORE....
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Stubborn residue in my bottles

I've been brewing for a couple years now, and lately my bottle collection has been more and more difficult to keep clean. I've always been thorough about rinsing the bottles with hot water ...
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Kegerator taps stick when inactive

So I've noticed with my kegerator, if I don't pour a beer for a few days, the taps can get very sticky. So sticky sometimes that it actually takes a scary amount of force to pull the tap open to ...
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Why did PBW strip my gold colored faucets?

I soaked my gold colored Perlick beer faucets in Powdered Brewery Wash (PBW) overnight and it stripped the gold coloring off and revealed the stainless steel underneath. PBW is non-reactive to most ...
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Specific and generic questions from a first timer - size of fermenter, flavoring, gravity, sanitation

I just brewed my first ever German Weizen (using True Brew kit) on Saturday (today is Monday) and it's sitting in a plastic 6 gallon bucket (but there's only 5 gallons of it). I have some questions ...
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Mold in S-Shaped Airlock

I'm new to homebrewing, and I've recently encountered a problem with an s-shaped airlock. I clean it out with water after use, but it takes forever to dry on its own. This time, it's started growing ...
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How to clean the inside of a refrigerator?

I bought a large chest freezer that I use to brew all my beer. It was always difficult for me to clean it because my brewing schedule did not allow for less than 3/4 of the freezer to be empty at any ...
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Should I clean plastic fermenters wth PBW

I'm concerned about cleaning my fermenter with PBW. The crystals seem hard & sharp and take a while to dissolve. I don't want to scratch the bucket. Am I doing it wrong?
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Beer stone: what works?

After some investigating, I've discovered that beer stone (calcium oxalate, mostly) doesn't just taste vile, it's highly toxic. Plus it's ugly. As if that wasn't bad enough, it's also incredibly ...
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How to clean an old oak barrel

I have a very old oak barrel that was given to me that used to have rum in it. It has been empty for about 10 years but I would like to clean it to store cider. What is the best way to clean it so ...
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Critique my Cleaning Regime

I have one batch of home brew under my belt, and I am preparing for my 2nd and 3rd batches (going to get a second primary fermenter so I can have two batches going at once) so I have spent a few hours ...
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Cleaning Inside of Racking Cane

I've noticed a little build up of gunk (for lack of a better term) in the curve of my racking cane. I can use a cleaning brush to get most of the cane but I don't have anything on hand to get into the ...
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Homebrewing and Cats

I am somewhat interested in obtaining 2 kittens. My 1 bedroom apartment already isn't the cleanest. I spray 409 and Windex on all my surfaces before I brew or bottle and call it clean. I'm not going ...
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Cleaning, sanitizing

I have been cleaning all of my equipment with vinegar and this has always worked well. However recently i have had several brews that have been flat after the relevant brewing period and I have ...
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Stirring Spoon Hop Stained

So... I will just start with sharing that "Hop Stained" has a nice ring to it for an IPA name, but I digress to my question. During my first batch, I am becoming paranoid I did not pay enough ...
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Cleaning the fermenter spigot before bottling

I have a cider in the fermenter that has been there for almost two months. I am ready to bottle it now but during the half way point I took a sample out of the spigot to check the FG reading. My ...
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