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Cleaning and sanitizing airstones
« on: June 12, 2012, 10:30:30 AM »
What is the best way too clean and sanitize an airstone?  I got a cheapie blue aquarium bubbler that is 4" long.  Is it enough to leave it in sanitizer overnight?
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Re: Cleaning and sanitizing airstones
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2012, 10:36:50 AM »
I typically soak mine in StarSan for several minutes until the solution enters the tubing. Then force the StarSan out prior to aerating.  I'll boil the stone and the clamp every 4-5 sessions or so. No problems so far.
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Re: Cleaning and sanitizing airstones
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2012, 12:14:46 PM »
I also run mine in the star San for 30 seconds prior to aeration. Then again after without turning it off.  I figure that won't allow any nasty stuff to take hold.  But boiling it every few batches is a good idea.

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Re: Cleaning and sanitizing airstones
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2012, 02:57:14 PM »
I boil mine every two batches or so and store it in Starsan.
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Re: Cleaning and sanitizing airstones
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2012, 05:41:39 PM »
I boil mine for 10 minutes before each use; never had an issue.  Don't know if the blue aquarium store stones will stand up to that though. 
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Re: Cleaning and sanitizing airstones
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2012, 08:34:09 AM »
When I checked my cheapie blue air stone, it was disintegrating.  So I never tried boiling it.  I bought a stainless steel one at my LBHS that I can also use to carbonate kegs.
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Re: Cleaning and sanitizing airstones
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2012, 08:35:18 AM »
When I checked my cheapie blue air stone, it was disintegrating.  So I never tried boiling it.  I bought a stainless steel one at my LBHS that I can also use to carbonate kegs.  I'll try boiling it in the future.
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