Category Archives: Sanitation

Rubbermaid Professional Heavy-Duty Spray Bottle – $4.99 + free add on shipping & 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.

1/13/19 12 PM Central: This is selling for $4.99. 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 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

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


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Our Top Posts of 2018 #2… Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines!

Star SanPictured: 8 Oz Star San – via Amazon

To celebrate a great year, we’re going through some of our top content of 2018.  This was our #2 most visited post…

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 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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Winco 12″ x 12″ Interlocking Drying Mats – lots of uses – $3.39 + free shipping on Gold Box Deals

Winco BML-12K Interlocking Bar Mat, 12 by 12-Inch, Dark Smoke

Winco BML-12K Interlocking Bar Mat, 12 by 12-Inch, Dark Smoke


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

1/6/18 2:30 PM Central: This is discounted to just $3.39 as an Amazon Gold Box Deal.  That’s a 43% discount and the best historical direct from Amazon price I found.  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 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.

Winco BML-12K Interlocking Bar Mat, 12 by 12-Inch, Dark Smoke


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Our Top Posts of 2018 #6… Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump!

recirculating draft line cleaner

To celebrate a great year, we’re going through some of our top content of 2018.  This was our #6 most visited post…

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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Zinsser 30″ Wallpaper Prep Tray [cleaning, sanitizing and storage] – $10.88 + free shipping

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.

1/4/18 5 AM Central: This is selling for $10.88.   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 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.

Zinsser 98030 30-Inch Wallpaper Prep Tray


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Chemical Resistant Heavy Duty Sprayer – $6.99 + free shipping + 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”

1/2/19 4 PM Central: This is selling for $6.99. 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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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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12″ x 12″ Interlocking Drying Mats – lots of uses – $3.99 + free shipping

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

12/29/18 1 PM Central: These are selling for just $3.99. 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.

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


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

12/23/18 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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32 Oz Star San…. $19.99 + free ship eligible & tips and tricks

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 – includes information on Star San’s shelf life.

As of this posting, CRAFT’R has the 32 ounce size Star San marked down to just $19.99.  That’s a bargain.  Shipping is also free to addresses in the lower 48 states with a $49 order.  Check out CRAFT’R’s Best Sellers to help you put together and order that qualifies for free shipping.  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

Star San (8 oz,16 oz ,32 oz)

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