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100 x Micro Essential Labs Hydrion Pro Ph Strips (Ph 0.0 To 6.0) – $16.99 + What’s the Shelf Life of Star San

Micro Essential Labs Hydrion Pro Ph Strips (Ph 0.0 To 6.0) Item 9200 100 Strips

Micro Essential Labs Hydrion Pro Ph Strips (Ph 0.0 To 6.0) Item 9200 100 Strips


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

  • Conveniently packed in flip-top vials, these premium quality, wide-range plastic strips offer clear, bright single color matches at every 0.5 interval from pH 0.0-6.0.
  • The color chart has pH matches at [0.0][0.5][1.0][1.5][2.0][2.5][3.0][3.5][4.0][4.5][5.0][5.5][6.0]
  • Each vial contains 100 strips Dip the strip into the test solution, then instantly compare the resulting color with the matching pH color chart.

pH range: 0.0 to 6.0; sensitivity: 0.5. Plastic pH strips indicate pH with unique colors for exact matches of pH. Colors align easily for matching. Flexible, easy-to-handle plastic strips are more durable than paper strips if needed for later reference. Conveniently packaged in flip-top vial of 100 strips.


I find these particularly useful for testing diluted Star San mixture.  See: What’s the Shelf Life of Star San? – Testing Star San’s Effectiveness

9/19/18 8 PM Central: These are selling for $16.99.  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.

Micro Essential Labs Hydrion Pro Ph Strips (Ph 0.0 To 6.0) Item 9200 100 Strips


Also: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines

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Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizer – $9.49, Limited Supply + Deals on Fermonsters, Kegs, Kits and Hops

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Alpet D2 Sanitizer via MoreBeer

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

Spray it and you’re done! This spray is useful for sanitizing ball valves on conical fermenters, and anything else you can’t easily soak in sanitizer.

Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizer kills bacteria and wild yeast after a 60 second contact period! It contains isopropyl alcohol, water, and a residual bacterial killer called QUAT. No rinse, just allow to air dry.

Manufacturer Specifications:

  • Safe for food contact surfaces
  • Highly evaporative/no rinsing required
  • Excellent for packaging areas, scales, display cases
  • Will not impart taste onto food
  • Ready-To-Use – no dilution/no mistakes
  • Consistent measurable results
  • Non corrosive to tools and metals
  • Works where normal sanitizers cannot
  • 60 second contact time
  • 2 year shelf life

 

Also: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines

Product Description – Here. Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day. Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section – Here – to see if this is still available.

Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizer (1 qt) CL60 – $12.99 $9.49 + Free Shipping with $59 Order

MoreDeals! at MoreBeer:
Note: MoreBeer’s cart accepts multiple coupon codes. get in on multiple deals on the same order and maximize free shipping.

  1. Project Extreme Brewing: 20% Off Kits
  2. MoreBeer’s Kit of the Week: Kit of the Week – 20% off!
  3. Fermonsters: Save on Fermonsters and PET Carboys – 20% off all models
  4. Hops! While you’re placing an order, check out MoreBeer’s Hop Market.  That features rotating deep discounts on hops.  Maximize free shipping and grab a deal on hops.
  5. Stainless Steel QDs: Torpedo Ball Lock QDs – just $14.99 and back in stock

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(6) 20 mL Syringes – $2.32 + 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

9/17/18 4 PM Central: These are selling for just $2.32. 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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Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – Using Star San In a Spray Bottle – Updated & Expanded

Star SanPictured: 8 Oz Star San – via Amazon

Star San is my homebrew sanitizer of choice.  When mixed properly, it’s food safe and no rinse.  Required contact time is one minute.  It has worked very well for me for quite some time and I’m convinced that it’s one of the most economical solutions available if you’re using the “Spray Bottle Method” outlined here.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and… Sterilizing

The first step in sanitizing is cleaning.  Cleaning and sanitizing are two separate steps.  Cleaning physically removes dirt and large contaminants.  After your item is physically clean it can be microscopically sanitized.  Sanitization kills many (but not all) germs, bacteria and microorganisms on an already clean surface.  I typically use a mixture of PBW (Powdered Brewery Wash) for cleaning.  Sanitizing and Sterilizing are different.  Sterilizing is killing every living thing.  In home brewing typically, we’re not interested in sterilizing, we’re only interested in sanitizing.

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Update: What’s the Shelf Life of Star San? – Testing Star San’s Effectiveness – new info regarding clarity

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Star San is my sanitizer of choice.  It’s food safe and no rinse.  Required contact time is one minute.  It has worked very well for me for quite some time and I’m convinced that it’s one of the most economical solutions available if you use the spray bottle method [See: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines]

What’s the Shelf Life of Star San?

With regards to mixed Star San Solution: The official answer is probably… you should mix a fresh batch each time you use it.  To really test the effectiveness, you need to titrate the solution and test the PPM.

Practically speaking, many homebrewers use and re-use Star San.  If you’re going to do that, the solution should be relatively clear and the mixture should have a pH of under 3.5.  Previously the recommendation I received from Five Star Chemicals was that the solution should by crystal clear, however, for bottles of Star San not older than 1 year (check the manufacture date on the bottle) crystal clarity isn’t necessarily a requirement.

From “Better Safe Than Sorry” Department: If you doubt a mixture it’s better to be safe, dump it and make a fresh batch

More About Clarity

Years ago, I received this information from Five Star Chemicals:  “The cloudy solution could be okay, but it could be bad. The cloudiness is the surfactant coming out of solution. It has reacted, or is reacting with the metals in the water. I don’t know if it is still good, because I don’t know how much surfactant has reacted. I error on the side of caution and suggest that you don’t even mess with it. Use DI water.

Previously testing the effectiveness of diluted Star San involved two things… Crystal clear solution and pH under 3.5.

As of this update on 9/2018, clarity is not considered an issue – via Emily Lovato at Five Star Chemicals

My personal opinion (not official) is that crystal clear Star San is preferable to cloudy Star San.  If you have hard water and your diluted Star San mixture immediately turns cloudy, and you want it to be clear, you can use RO or distilled water.

 

With regards to Star San concentrate: Five Star Chemicals recommends replacing bottles of Star San concentrate that are over 2 years old.  – via Emily Lovato at Five Star Chemicals.

What size to buy?  Because of the 1 or 2 year freshness recommendation via Five Star, my recommendation to most homebrewers is to purchase the smaller 8 oz bottle of Star San.  If you’re using the spray bottle method [See: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines] 8 ounces of Star San should last many homebrewers for at least a year.  My reasoning on the 8 oz recommendation is… why buy a larger bottle that you won’t be able to get through before it needs to be replaced?  There’s a calculator in my tips post to help you estimate your usage.

Testing pH of your diluted Star San Mixture…

Testing pH question involves using either a pH meter or strips.  The pH meter option is straightforward [See: Amazon’s Best Sellers in Lab pH Meters].  pH Meters can be costly and do require calibration, maintenance and, eventually, replacement.  Because of that, I wanted to find pH strips that work well for this task.  I ended up trying a few different styles and manufacturers before finding strips that I think work well.

cln_img_0509I settled on Hydrion Pro 9200 (0.0 to 6) pH Indicator Strips – via Amazon

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Zinsser 30″ Wallpaper Prep Tray [cleaning, sanitizing and storage]

Zinsser 98030 30-Inch Wallpaper Prep Tray


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

  • Tip resistant
  • Sturdy with crush resistant corners

What are Others Saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “homebrew”

I use a wallpaper tray to 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.  If you’re going to store things in these, I would recommend stacking a couple together to give them some extra strength.

Zinsser 98030 30-Inch Wallpaper Prep Tray


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

Star San Amazon

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

9/1/18 9 PM Central: This is selling for $22.54.  Shipping to most US addresses is also free 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.

Star San- 32 oz


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16 Oz Star San – $11.99, Limited Supply + Star San Tips & Tricks

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16 Oz Star San via MoreBeer.  Star San is my sanitizer of choice.  It is effective, food safe and no-rinse.  It is also easy to use and extremely cost effective if you use the spray bottle method.

Also: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines

Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day. Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section Here to see if this is still available.

Star San – 16 oz CL26E – $15.99 $11.99 + Free Shipping with a $59 order

MoreDeals! at MoreBeer:
Note: MoreBeer’s cart accepts multiple coupon codes. get in on multiple deals on the same order and maximize free shipping.

  1. Project Extreme Brewing: 20% Off Kits
  2. MoreBeer’s Kit of the Week: Kit of the Week – 20% off!
  3. Fermonsters: Save on Fermonsters and PET Carboys – 20% off all models
  4. Hops! While you’re placing an order, check out MoreBeer’s Hop Market.  That features rotating deep discounts on hops.  Maximize free shipping and grab a deal on hops.
  5. Stainless Steel QDs: Torpedo Ball Lock QDs – just $14.99 and back in stock

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(6) 20 mL Syringes + 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

6 Plastic Syringe Liquid Lubricant Measuring Tool 20 ml


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Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

recirculating draft line cleaner

The directions on most line cleaners call for recirculating the cleaner for some period of time.  Most affordable cleaning setups that are out there include a hand pump.  Operating one of those for 15 to 30 minutes, for each faucet, doesn’t sound fun.

To really clean your draft lines, you need to keep solution flowing for a length of time, not just fill and wait.  Initially I tried to clean my system by pushing line cleaner out of a keg.  This was a waste of CO2.  I also found it tough to keep solution running slowly enough to get the required amount of contact time.  It’s easy to quickly push a cleaning or sanitizing solution through your system under CO2 pressure, but I found it to be a pain to try to do so slowly.  This also requires quite a bit of cleaning solution versus a recirculating pump.

I decided to put together a recirculating draft line cleaning pump setup.

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