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Is submerging bottles in boiling water a good method of sanitization?

It should work fine for sanitation, as long as the bottles have been cleaned in advance. If you were planning on using some star-san later though, why bother with the boiling water (or even the ...
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How clean does your equipment really need to be?

TL; DR; You need to clean! You do this for safety, repeatability, and to avoid wasting your effort. I have cleaned poorly before and wasted brews of both wine and beer, since I took a more rigorous ...
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Can I clean and reuse a grain bag?

Absolutely! I rinse after use then throw them in with my laundry whites. Couple tips. These don't have to be sterile or even sanitized. A good rinse is really the only functional need they have. ...
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How paranoid about cleaning & sanitization?

The other advice looks good so far. Having a generally clean work space and equipment is very important, and the fully sanitizing equipment only really matters for things that will come in contact ...
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How to clean krausen off of ceilings?

All humor aside it should clean easily with mild soap and water. I've found that dish soap 1:20 ratio in a spray bottle does well on latex paint for all kinds of mishaps. Don't use soaps with bleach. ...
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Does bentonite kill yeast in wine?

No, it doesn't. Bentonite is a clarifying agent, similar to Gelatin. It helps settle the yeast and other haze causing elements, but it does not kill the yeast. Sulfites don't actually kill yeast ...
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Can I reuse a bottle that had a sour lactobacillus beer in it?

Bacteria like to hang out in soft surfaces like rubber and plastic, which for us usually includes things like buckets, hoses, and o-rings. Also any metal fittings for your valves, etc. Glass bottles ...
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Sodium Percarbonate safety

Sodium percarbonate forms hydrogen peroxide which eventually breaks down into oxygen and water. 1a. I think you'd have to leave a lot in. Apparently hydrogen peroxide is used as an antiseptic ...
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What are best practices for cleaning and passivating stainless steel pot/fermenter?

Last thing first. There is no need to worry about passivating the stainless steel. Once cleaned it will re-passivate when in contact with air and the residual moisture from cleaning. Its almost ...
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Safe but effective cleaning solvent for copper

PBW was originally designed to clean a copper "waterfall" chiller device at Coors. It is more safe than caustics and other harsher chemicals both for the copper and you. Also I believe starsan ...
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How paranoid about cleaning & sanitization?

When I first started, I figured I needed to sanitize the living hell out of everything all throughout the brew process. As I've done more and more recipes without incident, I've realized that one need ...
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How paranoid about cleaning & sanitization?

The concept of sanitation itself implies that you have a significant tolerance for undesired microbes, as opposed to sterility where you have to be more careful. If you think that some of your ...
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Safe/practical to leave brew equipment in no-rinse sanitation tub throughout the whole brew?

In short, No. Easy clean is not a sanitizer. After cleaning with easy clean, a no rinse sanitizer needs to be used like starsan. I often soak beer equipment for hours in oxyclean, very similar to ...
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Recycling/Reusing Bottles?

If you thoroughly rinse and dry your bottles after use and store them in a dust free place, all you need to do before reusing is sanitize them. The sanitation methods above are good, and you can also ...
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Methods for cleaning and drying tubing

I take a sponge and cut a 1.5 inch long and width is approximately the ID of my hose. I stuff this into my hose (wet it first) then stick it in my faucet and let the water pressure push the sponge ...
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How clean does your equipment really need to be?

Unfortunately, yes, it is needed. When I was starting, in my first year, I lost a lot of batches, I could say 2 from 3 batches were lost due to bad cleaning, I never figured exactly what I was not ...
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Fermenter bucket still a bit rank after several cleanings

I get a similar issue with the bucket I use for bottling (I use a glass carboy for fermenting). I am still using the bucket with the usual cleaning straight after use and sanitizing prior to use with ...
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How to sanitize aluminium?

Chlorine or Caustic/Alkaline will corrode the oxide layer on aluminium; don't use them. You could use a sanitizer that is based on Phosphoric acid or similar and another option would be an iodine ...
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Is submerging bottles in boiling water a good method of sanitization?

Just a note of caution. Bottles are not tempered glass. Dropping cool bottles in boiling water may break them or make micro fractures that will fail under carbonation pressure. Always do temperature ...
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Is submerging bottles in boiling water a good method of sanitization?

Simply washing with dish soap to remove residual beer and dirt from outside (lipstick) is fine. I then rinse with sani solution before storing. When I am ready to use a bottle, I rinse again with ...
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Cleaning Many PET Bottles

Warm water from the tap will not deform the bottles. If you are worried about it you can temper the water with cooler tap water. Use hot water to dissolve some oxyclean or PBW. Temper it with the ...
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How to clean a cotton grain bag for reuse

For the sake of convenience I would replace them with nylon bags either from your LHBS or nylon paint strainer bags from your hardware store. The nylon bags clean very easily and have a very fine ...
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How to clean bottles used for homebrewing few times?

An overnight soak in PBW or oxyclean always works well for freeing up beerstone and other deposits for me. The soak should start with the warmest tap water you can get. PBW is more expensive but I ...
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Bubbles within glass

When I cleaned demi-johns and glass bottles by soaking in a solution of PBW and hypochlorite bleach I noticed a build up of some insoluble compound on the surface of the glass that looked similar to ...
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Fat residues on bottles or glasses, causing bad head retension: how to dissolve and remove it?

What not use a commercial brewing steriliser/cleaner like VWP? Soak in a solution made with very hot water overnight. One might find that all that is needed thereafter is a rinse with fresh water and ...
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Fat residues on bottles or glasses, causing bad head retension: how to dissolve and remove it?

I would start with a mild dish washing soap with warm water, it usually gets rid of grease and oils. If you have a bottle brush, use it, if not shake the bottles well. Then rince the bottles well. ...
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Brew Flooring Systems

I'd go with epoxy as well, the sky is the limit. I wouldn't include a toilet in my brew room if I had a choice tho.
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Sanitizing: Does the same standard apply for "DIY Juice alcohol"

There is always the risk of an infection. You need to sanitize any equipment that comes in contact with the juice with starsan or another sanitizer. I would not use dish soap. I would even spray the ...
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Sanitizing: Does the same standard apply for "DIY Juice alcohol"

Sanitation can be important, more so if one runs a factory that must hit output targets and timetables. But sanitation can be over emphasized. One wonders how the ancients struggled to make wine ...
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Sanitizing: Does the same standard apply for "DIY Juice alcohol"

One reason why you can generally brew without sanitizing equipment is that you are deliberately putting a lot of yeast cells into the brew. So they start with a high population advantage and that ...
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