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Rubbing Alcohol
« on: May 16, 2015, 09:21:45 PM »
Why not use rubbing alcohol for spot spraying of equipment? Seems cheaper and there is no need to mix a specific ratio for a spray bottle. 

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Re: Rubbing Alcohol
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2015, 09:26:37 PM »
Because isopropyl alcohol isn't for human consumption, you could use some Vodka. I think StarSan would prove to be one of the least expensive solutions.
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Re: Rubbing Alcohol
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2015, 10:25:55 PM »
I use SS, just asking.

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Re: Rubbing Alcohol
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2015, 11:59:47 PM »
While it's an excellent sanitizer, regardless if it's denatured ethyl or isopropyl alcohol, it's very toxic to drink.   However, when applied topically (i.e. on skin before a shot, or as an equipment sanitizer...), it evaporates.  Unfortunately, what is used to denature it does leave behind some undesirable residue in very minute amounts.   

I use it to sanitize the mouth of a flask for yeast starters, cleaning surfaces where I do yeast work, and such, not with with anything that contacts my beer.
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Re: Rubbing Alcohol
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2015, 03:45:06 AM »
If you wanted to use alcohol, 151 proof spirits would be the ideal choice. Cheap vodka is only 40% alcohol and isn't effective as 70%.
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Re: Rubbing Alcohol
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2015, 09:55:28 AM »
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Re: Rubbing Alcohol
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2015, 05:46:13 PM »
Isopropyl alcohol and a flame is what I use to sanitize all my brewing/lab equipment. Cheaper and more effective than chemical sanitizers. The flame is key, though.
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