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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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Kegerator taps stick when inactive

The issue with this kind of faucet is that the seal is at the rear of the assembly (see 10 below). After dispensing, everything post-seal (pretty much all of 9, parts of 6, and the inside of the tap ...
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Why did PBW strip my gold colored faucets?

PBW should be completely safe and effective, at recommended concentrations, for cleaning those. I think the reason you're seeing fading of the gold is that the contact time is too long. Next time a 5 ...
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Critique my Cleaning Regime

You don't need to do 90% of that. Surfaces need to be clean of matter before they can be sanitized. Things that are visibly dirty should be cleaned, but you don't need to – for example – scrub and ...
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Specific and generic questions from a first timer - size of fermenter, flavoring, gravity, sanitation

Yes, a lower original gravity will result in a lower-alcohol final product. However, if this was an extract kit and if you added the correct amount of water, the discrepancy is almost certainly a ...
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How to clean little bottler

I would advise popping it out and cleaning it every time, cleanliness is next to godliness or at least next to not having contaminated beer.
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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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Should I clean plastic fermenters wth PBW

As long as you do not begin abrasive scrubbing until the PBW crystals are dissolved, PBW should not be a problem. Let me differentiate between HDPE plastic bucket fermenters and PET carboys (like ...
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How to clean little bottler

Yes, if it can be taken apart and reassembled without damaging it. I would disassemble clean and store. Then sanitize and reassemble the valve and sanitize the bucket as a whole before use. A clean ...
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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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Using a bottle rinser with 500ml PET bottles

I have the same bottle rinser as well as those bottles. The neck is indeed too large and you will not be able to directly position the bottle over the rinser as you would a 12 oz glass bottle. ...
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Stubborn residue in my bottles

I fill each empty with a 20/80 bleach/water solution and allow to soak for a few hours (usually overnight). Come bottling day, I rinse each bottle with cold water before sanitising. Works like a charm....
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Stubborn residue in my bottles

I get to do more bottle cleaning than I'd prefer these days, here are my favorite cleaners: Percarbonate (oxyclean) + trisodium phosphate (mix at 2:1 ratio, 100g per 20L water). Dissolves label glue ...
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How to clean the inside of a refrigerator?

John Palmer says that Cleaning Plastics should be done with Percarbonates. A good application of elbow grease also works. :)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 difficult are the plate-based wort chiilers to clean? Do they require filtration before the wort goes through them?

I've seen pros store sanitizer in the plate chiller, just pump it in and cap it. Then when you push wort through, you simply wait for it to push the sanitizer out, as far as gross debris, PBW and some ...
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Can I use a dishwasher that has rinse agent to sanitize my bottles?

You really don't want rinse aid on your bottles. My dishwasher rinse aid reservoir has a little dial (meant to control level of rinse aid being dispensed) that I can turn off for sanitizing bottles. ...
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