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Anyone use Iodophor for cleaning?
« on: January 25, 2016, 07:07:28 PM »
Any special precautions needed with Iodinne based cleaners?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Re: Anyone use Iodophor for cleaning?
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2016, 07:17:14 PM »
Idophor is not a cleaner it is a sanitizer. you should use a good cleaner first to remove all dirt. I like PBW or oxiclean (Unscented). I use a nylon hop bag if scrubbing is needed on plastic.

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Re: Anyone use Iodophor for cleaning?
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2016, 07:17:26 PM »
Iodophor is for sanitizing, not cleaning.
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Re: Anyone use Iodophor for cleaning?
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2016, 07:50:11 PM »
I used the wrong term.  Are there any special concerns with using Iodophor for sanitizing?

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Re: Anyone use Iodophor for cleaning?
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2016, 08:06:49 PM »
Mix it to the proper concentration and there are no concerns.  Mixed too strong it can stain and I suppose it is possible it could impact flavor.
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Re: Anyone use Iodophor for cleaning?
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2016, 08:26:42 PM »
Don't get your face to close to the bucket when diluting as the vapors will sting your eyes.

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Re: Anyone use Iodophor for cleaning?
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2016, 09:06:28 PM »
Mix it to the proper concentration and there are no concerns.  Mixed too strong it can stain and I suppose it is possible it could impact flavor.

1/2oz per 2.5 gallons (25ppm) is the proper concentration for sanitizing. 1oz per 2.5 gallons (50ppm - "sterilizing") has been working for me to kill a particularly aggressive strain of Brett (at least I think it's working - so far so good, knock on wood!) in the basement.

For the 50ppm solution, I rinse it out with tap water and then use a 25ppm solution to follow it with. Staining is an issue with the higher concentration, as well as flavor carryover. Don't wear nice clothes around it.
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Re: Anyone use Iodophor for cleaning?
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2016, 09:32:26 PM »
I use 12.5 ppm for sanitizing.

Are there any special concerns with using Iodophor for sanitizing?

Also, you are not supposed to use hot water.
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Re: Anyone use Iodophor for cleaning?
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2016, 10:03:37 PM »
60 second contact time at 12.5 ppm according to this.
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Re: Anyone use Iodophor for cleaning?
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2016, 10:42:10 PM »
I used to use it and was constantly getting an iodine odor from my equipment so I switched to Star San.
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Re: Anyone use Iodophor for cleaning?
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2016, 12:34:29 PM »
Back in the day, all my buddies used it. I did not. I used One Step and/or bleach. I swore I could always taste the iodophor in their beers, and for all I know they might have tasted bleach in mine although no one ever said so. Things have come a long way today with PBW/Starsan, and unless you have a compelling reason to go back to the old ways, I'd recommend sticking with them. I think the risk of off-flavors is too great.

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Re: Anyone use Iodophor for cleaning?
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2016, 01:12:30 PM »
60 second contact time at 12.5 ppm according to this.
http://www.franklinbrew.org/wp/?page_id=384

Looks like I need to read the side of my gallon's label again...  ;D
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Re: Anyone use Iodophor for cleaning?
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2016, 01:54:52 PM »
I researched it way back in the day for a homebrew club newsletter article and what I came up with was:
1 teaspoon per gallon water (25 ppm) – 60 second contact time – Rinse recommended at 25 ppm.
At 12.5 ppm (1/2 tsp/gal), 5 minute contact time, no rinse required


Dunno if I got that from the bottle or more likely the manufacturer's website.

Personally I like to change sanitizers from time to time. My favorite is StarSan which needs a 2 min contact time, but the foam is contact so it takes very little. Just shake and drain out.

My MO if I thought something was amiss after cleaning was a heavy bleach solution followed by a through hot water rinse followed by some drying time and finally a StarSan foam session of a couple of minutes. I figured it whatever it was could make it through that it wasn't going away anyhow. ;)
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Re: Anyone use Iodophor for cleaning?
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2016, 02:19:06 PM »
Star San does not kill Brett and Mold according to post from S. Cerv. not too long ago. Iodophor is a broad spectrum sanitizer and will kill those.

I have been using Iodophor in my kegs. Then I do a rinse with SS and flush it out through the liquid out post too insure no iodine flavor carryover.
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Re: Anyone use Iodophor for cleaning?
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2016, 02:43:44 PM »
Guess it's a good thing I change sanitizers from time to time. Of course I don't remember doing a Brett beer, but I have done some buggy ones.
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