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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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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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First batch, to dump or not to dump

Sorry, beer that tastes like chlorine doesn't get better. Been there, dumped that. Green beer flavors tend to be excessive amounts of the expected flavors (sweet, bitter, hop aroma, yeastyness) and ...
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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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What are the other good santizers when StarSan is not available?

I've brewed for years without starsan. Bleach, as mentioned in the above link, is good for fermenters and bottles. Extra contact time (a few hours if possible) doesn't hurt. Keep away from metals, ...
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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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Chemipro Oxi Solution sucked in to beer during transfer

About Sodium Percarbonate (2 Na2CO3 + 3 H2O2) on wikipedia: Dissolved in water, it yields a mixture of hydrogen peroxide (which eventually decomposes to water and oxygen) and sodium carbonate ("...
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I got some sanitiser in brew now I am not sure if its fermenting

VWP appears to be a sterilizer that requires a sanitary rinse after use. http://www.vwpcleanersteriliser.co.uk/faq.htm If 5ml of concentrated VWP powder went into 5 liters of wort, I would say it's ...
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First batch, to dump or not to dump

Dump it. I can't find information about the active ingredients in Young's Sterilizer and Cleaner, but if it requires rinsing it's very likely a bromine or chlorine based cleaner. Bromine and chlorine ...
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Star San ate my spoon - can it still be used?

It will function fine as is. You just have a thick oxide layer there. If you want to restore, you can polish it using 0000 steel wool. Once to the polish you want passify the stainless steel by ...
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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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Can I Use My Sanitizers(PBW, Starsan) For Personal Hygiene?-CORONAVIRUS RELATED

No. Not because they might not be effective, but because they are not made with your skin in mind. Their pH values, either acid or alkaline, are not compatible with your skin, and products for ...
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How Long to Dry Tubing After Sanitizing?

Will this small amount of iodophor liquid affect taste? Not if it was properly diluted Should I rinse with hot water before using? Arguably, your materials will be less sanitized if you do. If ...
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Did One Step kill my batch?

I can't think of any way One Step could have caused that. I have used it and similar products many times without problems.
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does starsan kill yeast

Star San will not kill wild yeast. I rotate the use of StarSan and iodophor, since iodophor kills wild yeast. Here's the reply I got from a chemist when I asked about it... Broad-spectrum ...
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Bucket of sanitising fluid, kept for future use, is it effective, how long will it last?

I have never worked with VWP. But it appears to be a chlorine based agent. Chlorine based agents lose their potency quickly after dilution (regardless of solution clarity or pH). In general, there ...
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I got some sanitiser in brew now I am not sure if its fermenting

If found this interesting FAQ in the link EZ provided: I forgot to rinse out the equipment. Will my beer/wine be OK? All equipment should be rinsed before use. Anything left in a fermenting ...
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I got some sanitiser in brew now I am not sure if its fermenting

Drink it. At least do not discard a brew before completion and without subsequent taste testing. A few drops of made up VPW solution in a 25 ltr batch "is nothing to really worry about". I doubt it ...
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Got major contamination in my brew

Time for a good sterilizing. Break all your equipment down that comes in contact with cooled wort, and use a sterilizing cleaner or boil the parts if they can handle the temperature. Dismantle all ...
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Beer with Metabisulphite rinse

An interesting question. 1- metabisulphite is usually regarded as an oxygen scavenger and thus a preservative by virtue of inhibiting bacterial (and yeast) growth (but not so much the metabolism). ...
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Why were we able to make alcohol with little cleanliness and no sanitizer?

Turbo yeast is faster than beer yeast, so no bacteriae have much chances to proliferate. Even if there is a bacterial or wild yeast infection no one cares, as that fermented stuff is distilled. For ...
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Sanitizer sucked back into beer, dangerous?

I use gin as it is fine to drink if you accidentally suck it back through the airlock.
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How Long to Dry Tubing After Sanitizing?

I always just rinse it out after i clean it... no problems
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Steramine sanitizer in beer, safe to drink?

I've never encountered Steramine before. According the the manufacturer's safety data sheet, it's harmful if swallowed. The Wikipedia article on the active ingredient, quaternary ammonium cations, ...
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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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Beer with Metabisulphite rinse

1) Yes, it's true. It's not a sanitizer. 2) This is dry sodium or potassium as a by product after absorbing oxygen. Can give off flavors. 3) NO Metabisulfites (potassium and sodium) are not ...
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Effectiveness of Neale's Brewing Supplies no rinse sanitizer

pH below 3.0 is a recognized threshold condition needed to rupture cell walls of most bacteria. Regardless of the product brand 3.0 pH would be the number to keep it below.
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Sanitizer life expectancy

Depending on what kind of sanatiser it is, many will keep thier sanitising properties indefinitely and through many uses. Acid based sanitisers like StarSan are effective as long as thier pH is below ...
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Sodium Percarbonate safety

1 - It will leave extra salt in your beer and raise the pH, which won't make anyone sick at reasonable levels. 2 - Lower the pH of the solution, like you did with vinegar, so that carbonate doesn't ...
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