Author Topic: Do I need separate equipment for "funky" beers?  (Read 1258 times)

Offline ANDREW.GROGAN1

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Do I need separate equipment for "funky" beers?
« on: March 08, 2016, 11:58:27 am »
I’m not sure if this is the right section to post this on.  I have seen varying opinions on this.  Can I use the same equipment for regular beers and “funky” beers?  I want to do my first beer with Lacto but I’ve read conflicting reports on sharing the equipment.  Will Star San/Saniclean kill Lacto or do I need to find another method to kill it or do I need to use separate equipment?   

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Re: Do I need separate equipment for "funky" beers?
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2016, 12:31:34 pm »
You will get varied responses. Essentially, proper cleaning, sanitation and equipment maintenance should be enough. I personally would play it safe and use separate gear.

StarSan is of a sanitizer class that cannot kill yeast. Iodophor is better at killing yeast and mold. I use starsan, but have used iodophor from time to time.

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Re: Do I need separate equipment for "funky" beers?
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2016, 12:52:00 pm »
I have only done funky stuff a couple times and just was super careful about cleaning and sanitizing. There was no problem.
If I got into doing it regularly I would use separate equipment, at least plastic stuff like fermenters, racking can, auto siphon, tubing etc. I would have no worries about glass carboys, bottles etc except of course to clean and sanitize well. Also, no worries on the hot side.
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Re: Do I need separate equipment for "funky" beers?
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2016, 04:36:33 am »
You may be better off using separate plastic parts but glass and stainless you should be fine.