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Sanitizer in the Fermenter
« on: February 09, 2013, 02:55:26 PM »
Ok, so I was racking to my secondary for the first time, and I primed my racking cane with sanitizer.  When I moved it into the fermenter, the siphon broke, releasing about a racking cane worth of sanitizer into the brew.  I went ahead and racked it anyhow, but has anyone had any issues with this? :-\
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Re: Sanitizer in the Fermenter
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2013, 03:36:29 PM »
What sanitizer were you using?  I'd bet that you got such a small amount in there you'll be fine.
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Re: Sanitizer in the Fermenter
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2013, 06:55:27 AM »
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Re: Sanitizer in the Fermenter
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2013, 08:14:44 AM »
I'd say there was a lesson learned there. Look into getting an autosiphon if you must siphon.

Based on scale I'd say you will probably be ok flavor-wise. That kind of sanitizer can seriously jack up any living organisms in a solution, but again probably dilute enough not to have a large effect. If you have carbing problems then you'll know what the reason is.
 

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Re: Sanitizer in the Fermenter
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2013, 11:36:41 AM »
I have put 10 gallons of fresh wort onto 2 gallons of star-san, and it came out fine. The iodine in the sanitizer will evaporate fairly quick, especially if there's any significant CO2 generation. If you're really worried about it add some fresh yeast a day before bottling.
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Re: Sanitizer in the Fermenter
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2013, 01:02:03 AM »
I have put 10 gallons of fresh wort onto 2 gallons of star-san, and it came out fine. The iodine in the sanitizer will evaporate fairly quick, especially if there's any significant CO2 generation. If you're really worried about it add some fresh yeast a day before bottling.

StarSan and iodine sanitizers are two different animals, with iodine being a poison. 2 gallons of any sanitizer, or anything other than the beer into a 5 gallon batch would be a drain pour in my book. I don't think you'd want more than a trace residual of even the iodine sanitizer remaining, never mind ounces of it.

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Re: Sanitizer in the Fermenter
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2013, 05:22:46 AM »
I actually have an autosiphon, but it keeps losing the seal at the neck (the hose doesn't seal well to the cane).  Guess I need a new hose.  I did discover that it doesn't reach the bottom of my carboy, so that sort of sucks too.

@Moose - If I add yeast prior to bottling, won't I have problems blowing up the bottles?
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Re: Sanitizer in the Fermenter
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2013, 05:54:48 AM »
No problems as long as it is fully fermented.  Then the yeast only have the priming sugar available to ferment.  But I agree that a racking cane worth should not cause much problem, if it was a fairly diluted solution to start with.
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