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Offline rebelbaserec

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I forgot to switch out my blow off tube with an S lock and, while cold crashing, 1/2 gallon of star san solution (which comes out to .1oz of star san) got sucked into 13 gallons of beer.  Is that enough to ruin the batch?

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Re: Cold Crash sucked all of my star san solution into the fermenter...
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2016, 10:36:29 PM »
Probably.  But I've also had some that were just fine.  Did you change the solution for cold crash or use the same solution that was used for fermentation blow-off? If the former you have a chance if the latter you are probably screwed.....sorry.

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Re: Cold Crash sucked all of my star san solution into the fermenter...
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2016, 12:01:41 AM »
Bummer.  There is no reason to use more than just enough to cover the very tip of the blowoff hose.  Some would drink it.  I would dump it.
Edit: if you're going to keep it, please be ethical and let people know it is 4% sanitizer solution before serving it to them.  Having to state that would be enough for me to dump it. 
« Last Edit: January 16, 2016, 12:20:46 AM by JT »

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Re: Cold Crash sucked all of my star san solution into the fermenter...
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2016, 01:33:09 AM »
I think that your beer is probably okay. If you do the math, .1 oz. of Starsan in 5 1/2 gallons of beer is a negligible amount. RDWHAHB!
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Re: Cold Crash sucked all of my star san solution into the fermenter...
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2016, 04:33:07 AM »
This has come up before so you're not the only one.

I'd be more concerned about the nasty blow off water than the star San. Especially after a week or so sitting in a blow off bucket.


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Re: Cold Crash sucked all of my star san solution into the fermenter...
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2016, 08:36:56 AM »
When it happened to me, there was a layer of the starsan on top and the beer below. I carefully racked the lower beer to a keg. It won a medal at a competition.
So just wait and see. It might be fine.


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Re: Cold Crash sucked all of my star san solution into the fermenter...
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2016, 01:25:31 PM »
This has come up before so you're not the only one.

I'd be more concerned about the nasty blow off water than the star San. Especially after a week or so sitting in a blow off bucket.


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This is what I was trying to say.  The StarSan is inactive at this point and week old blow off water will have some bacteria for sure. 
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Re: Cold Crash sucked all of my star san solution into the fermenter...
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2016, 11:07:32 PM »
When it happened to me, there was a layer of the starsan on top and the beer below. I carefully racked the lower beer to a keg. It won a medal at a competition.
So just wait and see. It might be fine.


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+1
This also is my experience. I racked from underneath the StarSan and it was delicious.

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Re: Cold Crash sucked all of my star san solution into the fermenter...
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2016, 02:31:56 AM »
I use vodka or whisky in my airlocks...booze does not go inactive...and suck back, while undesirable is not gonna kill you...
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