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Today Only: Easy Clean One Step – Cleaner and Sanitizer – $2.49/lb w/stacking deals

1 lb Easy Clean/One Step via Austin Homebrew Supply.  About, from AHS: “1 Lb Easy Clean, Cleanser and Sanitizer. The recommended dosage is one tablespoon per gallon of water. Oxygen based with a favorable cleaning power and sanitizes on contact. No rinsing required.”

As of this posting, this marked down to just $2.99 per lb.  That’s a bargain.  Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

Stacks With: As of this posting AHS is discounting most things by a whopping 16.59%.  That’s the largest % off sale we’ve seen and matches Black Friday 2018.  That makes this just $2.40 per lb.  This ends today.

Easy Clean 1 lb

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(6) 20 mL Syringes – $2.35 + Free Shipping + Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines

6 Plastic Syringe Liquid Lubricant Measuring Tool 20 ml

Why would these have anything to do with homebrewing, you ask?  Great question.  These are an easy way to measure 6 mL of Star San.  Put 6 mL of Star San in 1 gallon of distilled water and you’ve got sanitizing solution.  Fill up a spray bottle and you’re ready to sanitize for pennies a batch.  See: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines

12/12/18 7:30 AM Central: These are selling for just $2.35. Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

6 Plastic Syringe Liquid Lubricant Measuring Tool 20 ml


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Rubbermaid Professional Heavy-Duty Spray Bottle – $4.99 + Sanitizing for Pennies Per Batch

Rubbermaid Professional Plus Heavy-Duty Spray Bottle by Rubbermaid


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Durable spray bottle has heavy-duty sprayer with adjustable nozzle.
  • Measurements included on side of bottle for chemical portioning in fluid ounces and milliliters.
  • Trigger sprays 3.3 ml per spray.
  • High density polyethylene bottle construction is tough to last a long time.
  • Made in the USA.

Use for cleaning and sanitizing solutions around your home brewery and beyond.  Check out Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – Using Star San In a Spray Bottle – that details the “spray bottle technique” of easily and effectively sanitizing for pennies a batch.

12/12/18 2 AM Central: This is selling for $4.99. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.  Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Rubbermaid Professional Plus Heavy-Duty Spray Bottle,32 fl OZ (946ml), (FG6C13PR06)


Also: Star San on Amazon | Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines

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12″ x 12″ Interlocking NSF Certified Drying Mats – lots of uses – $4.41 + free add on shipping

San Jamar VM5280 Versa-Mat Interlocking Bar Mat, 12" Length x 12" Width, Clear

12″ by 12″ interlocking bar mat by San Jamar.  These interlocking mats are versatile.  Multiple mats can be joined for larger areas and they are flexible and easy to cut to shape.  Allows for airflow under glassware.  NSF certified.

I purchased a number of these in 2015 and have since found them very handy.  I use them for drying brew day gear and glassware and also underneath my fermenter in my fermentation deep freeze to improve airflow and keep the fermenter out of any condensation that might show up).  I also use this in bottom of my kegerator.  More info on that here – Upgrade Your Kegerator – 6 Improvements

12/10/18/18 7 PM Central: These have dropped to $4.41. Shipping is also free to many US addresses, with a qualifying order, as part of the Amazon’s Add On promotion. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

San Jamar VM5280 Versa-Mat Interlocking Bar Mat, 12″ Length x 12″ Width, Clear


Also available in different colors and quantities – search san jamar interlocking bar bat on Amazon

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32 Oz Star San Homebrew Sanitizer – $22.54 + free shipping & Star San Tips & Tricks

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Star San Acid Sanitizer.  32 oz size.  No rinse when mixed properly.  Container includes built in measure.

Star San is my sanitizer of choice.  It is effective, food safe and no-rinse.  It is also very cost effective if you use the spray bottle method.  See: Tip: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – Using Star San In a Spray Bottle

12/9/18 12:30 PM Central: This is selling for just $22.54. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Star San- 32 oz


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My Favorite Size of Star San & Why

Star San – via Amazon

Star San Acid Sanitizer.  8 oz size.  No rinse when mixed properly.  Container includes built in measure.


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Self-foaming acid sanitizer ideal for brewing, dairy and other food and beverage equipment
  • Extremely effective bactericide and fungicide and is not affected by excessive organic soils
  • Reduces water spotting and can be used without rinsing under the proper concentrations
  • Volume: 8 fluid ounces

Star San is my sanitizer of choice.  It is effective, food safe and no-rinse.  It is also very cost effective if you use the spray bottle method.

My Favorite Size and Why: Considering the shelf life of Star San concentrate is 1 to 2 years, If you’re using the Spray Bottle Method [See: Tip: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – Using Star San In a Spray Bottle], I generally recommend purchasing the 8 ounce size.  8 ounces of concentrate yields about 39 gallons of mixed solution.  The spray bottle method is very efficient, so you don’t end up using much sanitizer per batch.  Let’s say you use 1/4 gallon (which I personally think is high) for each batch, the 8 ounces size yields enough mixed solution for around 157 batches.  That figures to about 13 batches per month over a 1 year period.  If you use 1/8 gallon (which I think is more realistic) that equates to about 26 batches per month over a 1 year period.  The larger 16 and 32 ounces sizes may be a lower cost per ounce, but if you’re unable to use it within Star San’s shelf life, you’ll just be throwing sanitizer away or using less effective past date sanitizer.  Getting a smaller bottle more often means your Star San is fresher.

Star San – 8 oz


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Using a 30″ Planter Box for cleaning, sanitizing and storing longer items

Bloem 20-52430 Fiskars TerraBox Planter, Thyme Green, 30"

Bloem 20-52430 Fiskars TerraBox Planter, Thyme Green, 30″


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Length of planter is 29.80 inch
  • Deck and Patio Collection, perfect for herb gardens or window displays
  • All-weather resin durability with UV protection
  • Textured finish looks like natural clay
  • Product Dimensions: 29.80 x 7.32 x 5.24

For a long time, I have use a wallpaper prep tray to help clean and sanitize longer items like racking canes, auto-siphons, spoons, tubing and beverage out dip tubes.  It works great.  These also work well for storing longer items.

One downside of those is that they are a bit on the flimsy side.  I generally recommend stacking a couple together to give them some extra strength.

These planter boxes are another option.  They are generally sturdier than wallpaper prep trays and they’re about the same length.  Since you can get away with one your total cost may end up being less.

Bloem 20-52430 Fiskars TerraBox Planter, Thyme Green, 30″


Also Consider: Zinsser 98030 30-Inch Wallpaper Prep Tray

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Easy Clean One Step – Cleaner and Sanitizer – $2.99/lb

1 lb Easy Clean/One Step via Austin Homebrew Supply.  About, from AHS: “1 Lb Easy Clean, Cleanser and Sanitizer. The recommended dosage is one tablespoon per gallon of water. Oxygen based with a favorable cleaning power and sanitizes on contact. No rinsing required.”

As of this posting, this marked down to just $2.99 per lb.  That’s a bargain.  Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

Easy Clean 1 lb

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Chemical Resistant Heavy Duty Sprayer – $5.59, w/20% Off Coupon + Hands on Review & Star San Tips

cln_img_005732 Ounce Chemical Resistant Bottle and Sprayer from Chemical Guys – photo via my Hands on Review

Chemical resistant, Adjustable nozzle, professional grade.


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Chemical resistant bottle and sprayer
  • Adjustable nozzle sprays from a fine mist to a jet stream
  • Professional grade
  • Long lasting
  • 32 ounce bottle

Use to spray things 🙂 around your brewery and more.  See: Star San Spray Bottle Method of Sanitizing.  Check out my Hands on Review of this spray bottle.

Chemical resistant plastic is a good thing when dealing with Sar San.  I used to store diluted Star San in a distilled water gallon jug.  When it eventually ate through the plastic and leaked all over… I realized that was a bad idea.

Feedback from HBF Reader Da Kine: “This is a great product. I had some bottles from Ace Hardware that lasted maybe 2 brews. Based on HBF’s hands-on review, I got some of these and they’ve lasted great over dozens of brews.”

What are others saying? Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “homebrew”

11/29/18 9 AM Central: This is selling for $6.99. Click on “Save an extra 20% when you apply this coupon” and the price drops to $5.59. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Chemical Guys ACC_130 Professional Chemical Resistant Heavy Duty Bottle and Sprayer (32 oz)


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12″ x 12″ Interlocking Drying Mats – lots of uses

Update International BMI-12CL Interlocking bar Mat Square, 12" x 12", Clear

Update International BMI-12CL Interlocking bar Mat Square, 12″ x 12″, Clear


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Interlocking bar mat perfect for lining shelves and counters to protect glassware and china
  • Interlocking design system snaps together to fit most places
  • Made of non-skid pvc and is lightweight
  • Diamond-shape cutouts allow for even airflow and sanitary drying
  • Each square measures 12″ x 12″; dishwasher safe

I use similar mats (different model and manufacturer) and find them very handy.  I use them for drying brew day gear and glassware and also underneath my fermenter in my fermentation deep freeze to improve airflow and keep the fermenter out of any condensation that might show up).  I also use this in bottom of my kegerator.  More info on that here – Upgrade Your Kegerator – 6 Improvements

Update International BMI-12CL Interlocking bar Mat Square, 12″ x 12″, Clear


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