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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Peroxyacetic Acid availability

I don't know where you're located, but speaking as a professional brewer, I'm willing to bet if you asked your local brewery (especially one you frequent!) for a pint Mason jar of peracetic and ...
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How to use sodium percarbonate

Does sodium percarbonate really leave behind only water? No! Sodium percarbonate rapidly dissolves in water and dissociates into sodium, carbonate and hydrogen peroxide. 1 So no- not just water. But ...
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Is a teaspoon of no-rinse sanitizer (diluted) per pint toxic?

That sucks. I'd probably try contacting the Chemsan manufacturer (https://chemisphereuk.com/) while things are fermenting. Or, just dump it and brew another batch.
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Peroxyacetic Acid availability

I have never seen this in less than 25L containers. This is widely used in professional breweries, we buy it in 30kg containers from Murphy & Son. https://www.murphyandson.co.uk/product/peracetic-...
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Accidently added One Step sanitizer to my brew batch! Am I good or will I die?

So I just looked up the SDS sheet on it, and the ECOCleansers website. https://www.ecologiccleansers.com/products/one-step/ It seems that the principle sanitizing function is to create hydrogen ...
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I got some sanitiser in brew now I am not sure if its fermenting

Wow! This is some pretty serious stuff. While I agree with Evil that the batch should be dumped, I would take another step... look for a no rinse solution. Here in the US, many homebrewers use a ...
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Beer with Metabisulphite rinse

It's kind of a poor sanitizer in general with that concentration. It's not that it is bad for beer, it takes 5 minutes to sanitize. It will work, but you're going to have to be extra patient and ...
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Beer with Metabisulphite rinse

Let me answer your questions... metabisulfites (potassium and sodium) in strong enough concentrations can be a very effective sanitizer. In stronger doses, potassium metabisulfite works well to ...
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Milton / Baby bottle sanitiser?

I have used Milton a lot in the past because I had it lying about the house already (from baby duty) when I started brewing. It seems fine, I think once I've had a beer that was a bit sour. Current ...
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Milton / Baby bottle sanitiser?

Go to Lidl get their Oxy powder in tub, non scented and cheap, makes vast quantities. Use hot water as well, use small soft sponge on you FV, Steep your plastic barrels. Rinse out twice inc' sponge....
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Peracetic acid as a sanitizer?

Not an answer to the question but an important safety comment, to the chap who adds vinegar to bleach. That is how chlorine is made. Chlorine is the first gas used as a poison gas in WW1. Please dont ...
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