Category Archives: Sanitation

100 x 10 mL Syringes – $16.99, 17 cents each + Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines

10ml Syringe Sterile with Luer Lock Tip, BH SUPPLIES - (No Needle) Individually Sealed - 100 Syringes - FDA Approved

10ml Syringe Sterile with Luer Lock Tip, BH SUPPLIES – (No Needle) Individually Sealed – 100 Syringes – FDA Approved

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

  • Luer lock Sterile Syringes are individually sealed with a total of 100 syringes per box
  • 10 ML Size – Individually Sealed
  • SYRINGE ONLY – These syringes are with a luer lock tip, it does NOT HAVE A NEEDLE
  • General Purpose Syringe

 

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

4/13/21 1 PM Central: These are selling for just $16.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

10ml Syringe Sterile with Luer Lock Tip, BH SUPPLIES – (No Needle) Individually Sealed – 100 Syringes – FDA Approved – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

20 x 10 mL Syringes – $9.99 + free prime ship & Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines

20 Packs Plastic Syringe with Measurement, Suitable for Measuring, Watering, Refilling (10 ml)

20 x 10 mL Syringes

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

  • Easy to observe: the corresponding calibration is engraved on the syringe tube to facilitate users to view or measure the residual amount of the solution
  • Range of application: each syringe is individually sealed, clean, safe and sterile, and can be applied for storage of essential oil, perfume, lubricants, sealants, etc.; And it’s also suitable for the storage industrial inks, or as a tool for feeding animals
  • Package contents: you will receive 20 packs 10 ml plastic syringe with measurement, enough for use or replacement
  • Quality material: made of good quality material, durable, waterproof and reusable
  • Note: syringe is for industrial use only

 

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

4/8/21 11 AM Central: This is selling for just $9.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

20 Packs Plastic Syringe with Measurement, Suitable for Measuring, Watering, Refilling (10 ml) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

Update International 12″ x 12″ Interlocking Drying Mats – Lots of Uses – now $2.99 + free prime ship

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.  Lots more info here – Not Just for Bars Anymore… Using Interlocking Bar Mats Around Your Home Brewery!

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THREE x 32 Oz Commercial Grade Spray Bottles, Made in the US – $6.95… $2.32 each + Star San Tips

32 oz All-Purpose Spray Bottles - Natural HDPE Plastic w/Trigger Sprayer - Commercial Grade, Industrial or Home Use for Cleaning, Chemicals, Garden - Made in USA (3 Pack, Green)

32 oz All-Purpose Spray Bottles – Natural HDPE Plastic w/Trigger Sprayer – Commercial Grade, Industrial or Home Use for Cleaning, Chemicals, Garden – Made in USA (3 Pack, Green)

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

  • Made and Shipped in the USA: Our spray bottles are 100% USA made. Thank you for supporting American jobs and businesses.
  • Heavy Duty Commercial Grade: 32 oz empty natural HDPE plastic carafe bottles. Perfect for Industrial, Commercial or Home Use
  • Adjustable Colored Trigger Sprayers: Turn nozzle to Jet Stream or Fine Mist. Comfortable, ergonomic grip with spring action trigger. Red, Green, or Blue label for easy organization
  • Leak Proof Technology: Constructed entirely of HDPE plastic, the caps tightly seal on the bottles, ensuring no leakage
  • Reliable & Eco-friendly: Our spray bottles are easy to clean! They can easily be reused for a variety of household or industrial uses, making them an eco-friendly choice

 

Also: Star San Tips & Tricks – includes Spray Bottle Method of Sanitizing

4/5/21 11 PM Central: These are selling for just $6.95. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

32 oz All-Purpose Spray Bottles – Natural HDPE Plastic w/Trigger Sprayer – Commercial Grade, Industrial or Home Use for Cleaning, Chemicals, Garden – Made in USA (3 Pack, Green)  – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

Not Just for Bars Anymore… Using Interlocking Bar Mats Around Your Home Brewery + Limited Time Deal

In spite of not actually having a formal home bar, I’m a big fan of… bar mats.  Generally speaking these are made for food-related uses and  they’re designed to be wet from time to time.  They provide a nice surface to set things on all the while increasing air flow.  That increased air flow helps get and keep things dry.  Better airflow can also help regulate temperature better.


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

These (similar, but not identical) mats are selling for just $2.99 (clear version only) via Amazon. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Update International BMI-12CL Interlocking bar Mat Square, 12″ x 12″, Clear – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Personally, I’ve used San Jamar’s Versa Mat, but many other similar products are available.  Mine are 12″ x 12″, lock together for use in larger areas and can be trimmed when needed.

On the shelf of my brewing area work table – TRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Table, 48-Inch – Hands on Review – helps things dry.

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THREE x 32 Oz Commercial Grade Spray Bottles, Made in the US – $8.95, $2.98 each + Star San Tips

32 oz All-Purpose Spray Bottles - Natural HDPE Plastic w/Trigger Sprayer - Commercial Grade, Industrial or Home Use for Cleaning, Chemicals, Garden - Made in USA (3 Pack, Red)

32 oz All-Purpose Spray Bottles – Natural HDPE Plastic w/Trigger Sprayer – Commercial Grade, Industrial or Home Use for Cleaning, Chemicals, Garden – Made in USA (3 Pack, Red)

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

  • Made and Shipped in the USA: Our spray bottles are 100% USA made. Thank you for supporting American jobs and businesses.
  • Heavy Duty Commercial Grade: 32 oz empty natural HDPE plastic carafe bottles. Perfect for Industrial, Commercial or Home Use
  • Adjustable Colored Trigger Sprayers: Turn nozzle to Jet Stream or Fine Mist. Comfortable, ergonomic grip with spring action trigger. Red, Green, or Blue label for easy organization
  • Leak Proof Technology: Constructed entirely of HDPE plastic, the caps tightly seal on the bottles, ensuring no leakage
  • Reliable & Eco-friendly: Our spray bottles are easy to clean! They can easily be reused for a variety of household or industrial uses, making them an eco-friendly choice

 

Also: Star San Tips & Tricks – includes Spray Bottle Method of Sanitizing

4/3/21 4 PM Central: These are selling for just $8.95. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

32 oz All-Purpose Spray Bottles – Natural HDPE Plastic w/Trigger Sprayer – Commercial Grade, Industrial or Home Use for Cleaning, Chemicals, Garden – Made in USA (3 Pack, Red)  – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

30″ Planter Box [cleaning, sanitizing and storing longer items]

Novelty Poly-Pro Plastic Flower Box Planter, Black, 30-Inch

Novelty Poly-Pro Plastic Flower Box Planter, Black, 30-Inch

 

For a long time, I have used 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.

Novelty Poly-Pro Plastic Flower Box Planter, Black, 30-Inch – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

8 Oz Star San – $14.01 + free shipping & Why is this my favorite size of Star San?

Star San Acid Sanitizer.  8 oz size.  No rinse when mixed properly.

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

Why is this my favorite size of Star San?  It all has to do with shelf life.  See: My Favorite Size of Star San & Why

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Star San – 8 oz – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

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.

Building a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

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Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – Using Star San In a Spray Bottle

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Ball Lock Kegs vs Pin Lock Kegs – What’s the Difference?

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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