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Can fellow extract brewers share best practices and order of the following with me?

-During wort chilling I will mix up starsan in my bottling bucket and add any equipment to this
-I then hook up a hose and let this sanitizer flow into my 6.5 gallon carboy
-I normally then dump this out and begin to fill the cooled wort into the carboy

Anyway to do this quicker or easier? I tend to use my hand to cover the carboy opening while swishing sanitizer around, is this bad?

I keep a bucket of premixed Star San around (can generally get 3-5 batches out of it). I use this to sanitize my spoons/thieves/funnels/paint strainer bags/etc. I just rack a gallon or so into my bucket or carboy, shake well to coat the inside, then dump it back into the bucket. Using your hand is probably fine to cover the opening (I've done this on many occasions with no issues). Better would to be wearing gloves when you do that (disposable vinyl exam gloves are what I use). Or you could put your bung and airlock in to cover the hole so they get sanitized as well.

I think these questions pertain to all brewers, not just extract brewers.  My sanitation process is just about the exact same as an all grain brewer as it was when I was doing extract.  I don't see anything wrong with your process, especially if its working for you.

I mix up Star San in a bucket and usually only mix up 2.5 gallons just after the boil has started.  As mentioned above, I then pour about a gallon in a carboy, shake it up and lay it on its side.  Every 10 minutes or so, I'll rotate the carboy to ensure the entire inside surface gets a few minutes of contact w/ Star San.  When I'm ready for the carboy, I pour the sanitizer back into the bucket through my strainer to sanitize the strainer. 

Also, get a spray bottle and put some sanitizing solution in there.  This can come in very handy for many uses.

I can't remember who it was on this board, but I went to Home Depot and picked up a dry wall mud tray.  This tray is perfect to keep utensils in sanitizer while you work. 

I usually have a 6.5 gallon bucket full of star San mix on hand and lasts 3-4 batches easily. On brew day, I too use this to keep utensils and such on had and ready.

When I'm ready to transfer from kettle i pour the mix into the primary, swirl it around and then pour it back into the first bucket to save for the next session.

Always have a spray bottle of sanitizer on hand as well, comes in handy many times. Don't fear the foam! It's harmless:)

+1 to the spray bottle suggestion. Either fill it from a batch you made, or just make it in the bottle. 1.5 mL of Star San concentrate makes a 1 quart batch of spray.


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