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Sanitizing buckets
« on: March 17, 2014, 11:04:10 PM »
I saw a video recently where the brewer was simply spraying a sanitizing solution from a spray bottle and coating the fermenting bucket. Does anyone do this instead of filling the bucket with solution? This seems to be a lot less time consuming and a water saver.

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Re: Sanitizing buckets
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2014, 11:22:37 PM »
I pour a couple cups of sanitizer in the bucket and use a clean rag dedicated to sanitizing to wipe down the inside of the bucket with the sanitizer that I just dumped in. I usually use vertices swipes around the bucket about four times around... Seems to work well for me.
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Re: Sanitizing buckets
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2014, 11:34:48 PM »
I add about a gallon and shake. I use RO and save my sanitizer across multiple batches.

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Re: Sanitizing buckets
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2014, 12:21:28 AM »
I add about a gallon and shake. I use RO and save my sanitizer across multiple batches.

RO?

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Re: Sanitizing buckets
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2014, 12:25:12 AM »
I add about a gallon and shake. I use RO and save my sanitizer across multiple batches.

RO?

Reverse Osmosis water; distilled would work too.

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Re: Sanitizing buckets
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2014, 12:36:05 AM »
It's about contact. Spritzing works fine. I fill, but I use it for other things like refreshing my spritzer etc.

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Re: Sanitizing buckets
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2014, 12:49:56 AM »

I add about a gallon and shake. I use RO and save my sanitizer across multiple batches.

RO?

Reverse Osmosis water; distilled would work too.

Are you saying you mix your sanitizer with RO? Any advantage in doing so over tap water?


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Re: Sanitizing buckets
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2014, 01:04:07 AM »
It lasts much longer when mixed with water that doesn't have minerals.  At least that's what I've been told. 

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Re: Sanitizing buckets
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2014, 01:05:48 AM »
I stretch my RO based starsan out for 3 or so months. I dump it when it gets too low to be useful for bottles and racking canes.

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Re: Sanitizing buckets
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2014, 01:06:47 AM »
I always have a 5 gal bucket full of starsan mix. On brew day I use it to keep stuff on hand and when im ready to go to primary I just pour one into another and then rack. Cover up the second one and store till next bree day. I can usually get about a month with tap water.

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Re: Sanitizing buckets
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2014, 01:58:53 AM »
Is there a need to cover up or seal mixed star san solution?


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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2014, 02:14:10 AM »

Is there a need to cover up or seal mixed star san solution?


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From what I have been told, yes. I keep mine in a spare "ale pail" with the lid on.

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Re: Sanitizing buckets
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2014, 10:24:16 PM »
Is there a need to cover up or seal mixed star san solution?


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When I forget to cover the star-san in my garage I often find some well sanitized flies in it so I cover. 

I did measure the pH of some older cloudy star-san once and it was still below 3 so I used it with no problems.  Ultimately the pH is what drives the effectiveness from what I've read so if you wanted to measure all the time, I think you'd be OK but most of us assume cloudy means it's not worth using.  My tap water is very hard and I get cloudy immediately and it always works when I've forgotten to bring home some distilled.

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Re: Sanitizing buckets
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2014, 11:06:09 PM »
I saw a video recently where the brewer was simply spraying a sanitizing solution from a spray bottle and coating the fermenting bucket. Does anyone do this instead of filling the bucket with solution? This seems to be a lot less time consuming and a water saver.

Get it clean. Really clean. Spray it down. Repeat the spray if think it makes you feel better. This is what I do for my conical fermenter. For buckets I dump star san in and make sure it hits all of the surface by rolling/shaking. Can't pick up or roll the conical.
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Re: Sanitizing buckets
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2014, 03:01:27 PM »
I saw a video recently where the brewer was simply spraying a sanitizing solution from a spray bottle and coating the fermenting bucket. Does anyone do this instead of filling the bucket with solution? This seems to be a lot less time consuming and a water saver.

When I used buckets, this is exactly what I did.  Even today with my conicals, I spray them down pretty good.