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Star-San in beer. How much is too much?
« on: May 09, 2014, 02:08:58 PM »
Being a moron, I started to keg a beer from a conical and forgot to remove the blow off tube. I may have sucked up some sanitizer. Not sure and if so, not more than 1/4 cup in 13 gallons.
Anything to worry about?  Beer tastes fine.

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Re: Star-San in beer. How much is too much?
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2014, 02:18:53 PM »
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Re: Star-San in beer. How much is too much?
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2014, 02:20:29 PM »
This has been covered a few times before. The makers of StarSan have be quoted saying you could drink it straight. I wouldn't worry if it is that small of an amount.

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Re: Star-San in beer. How much is too much?
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2014, 05:37:40 AM »
Being a moron, I started to keg a beer from a conical and forgot to remove the blow off tube. I may have sucked up some sanitizer. Not sure and if so, not more than 1/4 cup in 13 gallons.
Anything to worry about?  Beer tastes fine.

It's perfectly safe to consume, so the only concern is the flavor aspect. If your beer tastes good, then no problem. I easily get a tablespoon in a 3-gallon batch just from what's left in the fermenter/bottling bucket/keg/etc. during transfers. That would scale up to 1/4 cup in 12 gallons. I've never noticed an issue.
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Re: Star-San in beer. How much is too much?
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2014, 05:53:59 AM »
Charlie Tally from Five Star Chemicals was on the Brewing Network once and they were talking about Justin's "Star San" beer where he forgot to empty the sanitizer before racking the beer over.  His carboy was close to half full of sanitizer.  He dumped it but Charlie said he could have fermented it out and drank it without any problem.

I won't try to replicate this but 1/4 cup in 13 gallons is nothing.
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Re: Star-San in beer. How much is too much?
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2014, 05:55:24 AM »


 1/4 cup in 13 gallons is nothing.


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Re: Star-San in beer. How much is too much?
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2014, 08:20:57 PM »
Well, I took 5 gallons to a party and it disappeared so I guess it was ok. Thanks all.

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Re: Star-San in beer. How much is too much?
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2014, 05:27:45 AM »
Charlie Tally from Five Star Chemicals was on the Brewing Network once and they were talking about Justin's "Star San" beer where he forgot to empty the sanitizer before racking the beer over.  His carboy was close to half full of sanitizer.  He dumped it but Charlie said he could have fermented it out and drank it without any problem.

I won't try to replicate this but 1/4 cup in 13 gallons is nothing.
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Re: Star-San in beer. How much is too much?
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2014, 05:48:35 AM »
Charlie Tally from Five Star Chemicals was on the Brewing Network once and they were talking about Justin's "Star San" beer where he forgot to empty the sanitizer before racking the beer over.  His carboy was close to half full of sanitizer.  He dumped it but Charlie said he could have fermented it out and drank it without any problem.

I won't try to replicate this but 1/4 cup in 13 gallons is nothing.
...That's why I don't drink while I brew... lol
I usually brew in the early morning, so by the time it's "socially acceptable" to drink, I'm on the cold side anyways.
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Re: Star-San in beer. How much is too much?
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2014, 06:33:29 AM »
Charlie Tally from Five Star Chemicals was on the Brewing Network once and they were talking about Justin's "Star San" beer where he forgot to empty the sanitizer before racking the beer over.  His carboy was close to half full of sanitizer.  He dumped it but Charlie said he could have fermented it out and drank it without any problem.

I won't try to replicate this but 1/4 cup in 13 gallons is nothing.
...That's why I don't drink while I brew... lol
I usually brew in the early morning, so by the time it's "socially acceptable" to drink, I'm on the cold side anyways.
But the cold side is exactly where he apparently ran beer into half a bucket of sanitizer ;-)
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Re: Star-San in beer. How much is too much?
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2014, 06:45:44 AM »
But the cold side is exactly where he apparently ran beer into half a bucket of sanitizer ;-)
Better that than burning off 20 layers of skin.  :o
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Re: Star-San in beer. How much is too much?
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2014, 06:47:13 AM »
I guess I put myself firmly in the 'do neither' camp ;-) I'll wait to have my beers until after I'm done ;D
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Re: Star-San in beer. How much is too much?
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2014, 07:40:19 AM »
I'll wait to have my beers until after I'm done ;D

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Re: Star-San in beer. How much is too much?
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2014, 05:28:54 AM »
I guess I put myself firmly in the 'do neither' camp ;-) I'll wait to have my beers until after I'm done ;D

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