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What are the most crucial moments for beer contamination?

Just before you add yeast. Your wort will not be heated again Wort is full of nutrients, fullest it was or will be Temperature is optimal for microbiological growth No competition with other microbes ...
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Consecutive (lacto?) contamination with different fermenters

I'd put my money on the wooden spoon. Legend is that in days of yore, brewers used to stir the wort with a "magic stick". If they didn't, it wouldn't ferment. The reason was the yeast imbedded in ...
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How screwed am I (sanitation)?

B-Brite is an active-oxygen-based cleaner, and these do a good job of making the item sanitary. While they are not classified as sanitizers, that is mainly because of the formal requirements and ...
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Sanitizing with bleach without rinsing

According to this page, which was linked to recently on Basic Brewing Radio's facebook page, you can make no-rinse sanitizer with: bleach diluted to 80 ppm an equivalent amount of white vinegar to ...
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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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Should I sanitize my keg posts every time I attach a quick disconnect?

Short answer, yes you should. Longer answer, I often don't and haven't had any problems. Like many things in brewing, there's best practice and then there's what you can get away with.
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Can I assume that an unopened glass jug containing the juice I want to ferment is sanitary?

Unless you were planning on heating the juice itself to a high enough temperature to kill anything in it, it's not really going to matter. Any bacteria or wild yeasts present on the inside of the ...
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Should I rinse my equipment after sanitizing with Star San HB Five Star?

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 ...
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How do you let water sit until the chlorine vapours off without any contamination?

Chlorine you can boil off before use, usually a hard boil for 20 minutes will get rid of Chlorine. Unless your water district uses a binder which is rare. Chloramine cannot be boiled off and needs to ...
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Accidentally used 100% unsanitized gear for brew - should I toss it?

Your brew is fine. If there's a problem it will be obvious when you taste it. Relax.
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Steam sanitation of a stainless steel fermenter and bottles

"How safe would that beer be?" If it's steam coming from a commercial appliance (presumably a dish-washer or some other such food-grade device) it wouldn't be any less safe than eating off a dish ...
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Contamination concerns when removing stopper?

As jsled says you have no worries. You are doing the right things, not touching it or putting it down. If just for a few seconds to check on the brew you'll be fine, also you will gain experience ...
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Is it acceptable to use a UV sanitizer light on a finished product?

I don't think it's a good idea, but might depend on product. You know why brown bottles are more popular than green or clear? Because light creates bad flavor and aroma in most beers. In my country it'...
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Risks of Iodophor

Iodophor's active ingredient is iodine, which is toxic to humans in sufficient doses. The recommended dilutions of iodophor are sufficient to sanitize surfaces and assume that all but a trace of the ...
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Will this spoil?

Since it's on secondary, contamination risk is low, but for contaminants that have contact with the drink from now on. If the hair is there since the beginning of the fermentation, any possible ...
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Can I Use My Sanitizers(PBW, Starsan) For Personal Hygiene?-CORONAVIRUS RELATED

No. Use soap and water. Wash your hands for 20-30 seconds and make sure you wash your whole hand. I have no idea what dilution you would have to use to maintain efficacy or what dilution you would ...
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what have i made and is it safe to drink?

You've made sugar wine, called kilju in Finland. It's also the precursor to rum, which is distilled from a wine made from sugar cane juice or molasses. It's safe to drink, but to everyone's taste.
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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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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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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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Consecutive (lacto?) contamination with different fermenters

Another thing to consider along with the wooden spoon is if you grind your grains in the same room as you brew. Lactobacillus comes from the grains and while grinding or even pouring out of the bag,...
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Should I sanitize my keg posts every time I attach a quick disconnect?

It's not a bad idea. When flowing, the post is pushed down, then liquid covers the whole head of the post. If that head was previously exposed to the world, and/or has dried-up beer on it from ...
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Sanitizing and septic tanks

Use any sanitizer you like...in the amounts you use it won't hurt the septic system. Thfink about the hundreds of gallons of your septic tank vs. an oz. or so of sanitizer. I've brewed 455 batches, ...
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Sanitizing the wort pot

Boiling water (or wort in this case) will sanitize the pot and anything in the pot. No need to pre-sanitize. By the way, make sure the pot is clean of any physical matter or the wort will pick up ...
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Contamination concerns when removing stopper?

No, you don't need to worry about contamination based on what you describe.
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Adding cold water to malt extract brew

Sanitation is paramount. That said, these are normal instructions for most early brewers. Mostly its because when people get started its assumed they don't make an investment in 8 gallon pots (...
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Do I really need to sanitise my equipment for 10 minutes?

Before I write my answer, let me say that I'm not sure what's available in the UK. Here in the US, many of us use a product called StarSan, a no rinse sanitizer. However, you can't sanitize a surface ...
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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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Are there levels of contamination in a beer or is it a case that it's either "contaminated" or "not contaminated"?

First, technically all beer is contaminated, since you pitch yeast. And yes, I'd say pretty much all homebrew (and even commercial beer) is contaminated to some extent. The type and severity of ...
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Can a bad odor from an empty fermenter be a sign of contamination?

I have had a few 'smelly' plastic fermenters in my time, never has greatly impacted the beer coming out of them. If you are concerned then letting a bicarbonate of soda solution sit in them overnight ...
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