Category Archives: Sanitation

Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – Updated, More Info Regarding Shelf Life

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 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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TWO x Bar5F Food Grade Spray Bottles, 32oz – $9.97, $4.99 each + free prime ship & Star San Tips and Tricks

Empty Plastic Spray Bottles 32 oz, Crystal-Clear, PETE1 BPA-Free Food Grade, Red/White N8 Fully Adjustable Sprayer, Pack of 2 by Bar5F

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

  • Adjustable nozzle – from a fine mist to a jet stream
  • Chemical resistant bottle and sprayer
  • All Purpose
  • Clear Body
  • Hold up against harsh chemicals and any cleaning solutions

 

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

11/18/19 6 AM Central: These are selling for $9.97. 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 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 

Empty Plastic Spray Bottles 32 oz, Crystal-Clear, PETE1 BPA-Free Food Grade, Red/White N8 Fully Adjustable Sprayer, Pack of 2


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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.

Ends Soon: 5 lbs Easy Clean No Rinse, One Step Cleaner & Sanitizer – from $14.23… $2.85 per lb AND stacking free ship promo

Easy Clean Cleanser 5 LB

Easy Clean Cleanser 5 LB from Adventures in Homebrewing

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

5 Lb tub of Easy Clean Cleanser (use one tablespoon per gallon of water)

Oxygen based with a favorable cleaning power and sanitizes on contact. No rinsing required.

 

As of this posting, AIH has this for just $15.99.  That’s a bargain in and of itself.  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 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

Save Another 11%!  Adventures in Homebrewing is discounting order of $55 or more by 11%.  No coupon code is necessary.  Nearly everything, including many items that are already on sale work with this sale.   A few exceptions apply.  See Terms and Conditions for complete details.  That brings this down to $14.23 or just $2.85 per lb when you place a qualifying order.

Easy Clean Cleanser 5 LB

Stacks With Free Shipping!  As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing is offering free shipping on most orders of $55 or more with a few exclusions.  See AIH’s terms and conditions for full details, but this does bundle with many of their existing sale items!  No promo code is needed.  Applies to lower 48 US states.

Since you’ll use this anyway, stock up and buy four of these.  Your order total will be $56.92  and you’ll qualify for both the 11% off and the free shipping.

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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3 x Harris Professional Spray Bottles, 32oz – $11.99, $3 each, w/coupon + free prime ship & Star San Tips and Tricks

Harris Professional Spray Bottle 32oz (3-Pack), All-Purpose with Clear Finish, Pressurized Sprayer, Adjustable Nozzle and Measurements

Harris Professional Spray Bottle 32oz (3-Pack), All-Purpose with Clear Finish, Pressurized Sprayer, Adjustable Nozzle and Measurements

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

  • Adjustable Nozzle – From a fine mist to a solid stream, the sprayer can be easily adjusted to suit your needs
  • Chemically Resistant – The heavy duty 32oz bottle is chemically resistant to hold up against harsh chemicals and solvents
  • 4 Finger Sprayer – The extended spray trigger allows for a better grip during extended periods of use
  • Pressurized – The sprayer automatically reloads after every use, preventing you from having to squeeze multiple times to prime
  • Includes Measurements – Ounce measurements are listed on the bottle for your convenience

 

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

11/14/19 10:30 PM Central: These are selling for $12.99.  Click on “Save another $1.00 when you apply this coupon” and the price drops to $11.99.  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 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 

Harris Professional Spray Bottle 32oz (3-Pack), All-Purpose with Clear Finish, Pressurized Sprayer, Adjustable Nozzle and Measurements


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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.

5 lbs Easy Clean No Rinse, One Step Cleaner & Sanitizer – from $14.23… $2.85 per lb AND stacking free ship promo

Easy Clean Cleanser 5 LB

Easy Clean Cleanser 5 LB from Adventures in Homebrewing

More Info

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

5 Lb tub of Easy Clean Cleanser (use one tablespoon per gallon of water)

Oxygen based with a favorable cleaning power and sanitizes on contact. No rinsing required.

 

As of this posting, AIH has this for just $15.99.  That’s a bargain in and of itself.  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 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

Save Another 11%!  Adventures in Homebrewing is discounting order of $55 or more by 11%.  No coupon code is necessary.  Nearly everything, including many items that are already on sale work with this sale.   A few exceptions apply.  See Terms and Conditions for complete details.  That brings this down to $14.23 or just $2.85 per lb when you place a qualifying order.

Easy Clean Cleanser 5 LB

Stacks With Free Shipping!  As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing is offering free shipping on most orders of $55 or more with a few exclusions.  See AIH’s terms and conditions for full details, but this does bundle with many of their existing sale items!  No promo code is needed.  Applies to lower 48 US states.

Since you’ll use this anyway, stock up and buy four of these.  Your order total will be $56.92  and you’ll qualify for both the 11% off and the free shipping.

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

More: Recent AIH Finds

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5 lbs Easy Clean No Rinse, One Step Cleaner & Sanitizer – from $14.34… $2.87 per lb AND stacking free ship promo

Easy Clean Cleanser 5 LB

Easy Clean Cleanser 5 LB from Adventures in Homebrewing

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

5 Lb tub of Easy Clean Cleanser (use one tablespoon per gallon of water)

Oxygen based with a favorable cleaning power and sanitizes on contact. No rinsing required.

 

As of this posting, AIH has this for just $15.99.  That’s a bargain in and of itself.  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 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

Save Another 10.31%!  Adventures in Homebrewing is discounting order of $55 or more by 11%.  No coupon code is necessary.  Nearly everything, including many items that are already on sale work with this sale.   A few exceptions apply.  See Terms and Conditions for complete details.  That brings this down to $14.34 or just $2.87 per lb when you place a qualifying order.

Easy Clean Cleanser 5 LB

Stacks With Free Shipping!  As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing is offering free shipping on most orders of $55 or more with a few exclusions.  See AIH’s terms and conditions for full details, but this does bundle with many of their existing sale items!  No promo code is needed.  Applies to lower 48 US states.

Since you’ll use this anyway, stock up and buy four of these.  Your order total will be $57.37 and you’ll qualify for both the 10.31% off and the free shipping.

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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12″ x 12″ Interlocking NSF Certified Drying Mats – lots of uses – $5.19 + free prime ship

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.

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

  • Raised design provides a sanitary surface for your glassware, and allows for better air circulation and faster drying
  • Durable, non-slip material prevents marring and breaking of glassware
  • Interlocking design allows you to connect multiple mats, and the lightweight material can be easily cut to fit into any shape or size needed for your shelves, bar or sink
  • Always lays flat for a neat, clean appearance
  • Dishwasher safe and NSF approved

 

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

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brew” and “kegerator” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

10/29/19 3 PM Central: These are selling for $5.19. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, 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 

San Jamar VM5280 Versa-Mat Interlocking Bar Mat, 12″ Length x 12″ Width – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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

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(6) 20 mL Syringes – $3.58 + 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

10/23/19 5:30 AM Central: These are selling for just $3.58. 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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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 – $12.23 + free prime ship + Why is this my favorite size of Star San?

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.  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

10/11/19 12 AM Central: This is selling for $12.23. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, 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.

Star San – 8 oz


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THREE x 16 Oz Chemical Resistant Heavy Duty Bottle & Sprayer by Chemical Guys + Star San Tips

Chemical Guys Acc_121.16HD3 Acc_121.16HD-3PK Chemical Resistant Heavy Duty Bottle and Sprayer (16 oz) (Pack of 3)

Chemical Guys Acc_121.16HD3 Acc_121.16HD-3PK Chemical Resistant Heavy Duty Bottle and Sprayer (16 oz) (Pack of 3)

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

  • Professional grade, long lasting durability coupled with premium chemical resistance and ultrafine mist; 3 sprayers and 3 bottles
  • 1.3 milliliter per stroke, 30-40 percent greater than standard trigger sprayers; nozzle O-ring and piston cup are made of chemical resistant Viton
  • Adjustable tip allows sprayer to deliver superior sprays or ultrafine mist sprays; excellent for water-based and oil-based chemicals
  • Superior results when used with spray waxes, carpet cleaners, dressings, window cleaners and even thicker water based dressings; 9-3/4 inch stem allows sprayer to be sized for 32 ounce and 12 ounce bottles
  • End sprayer comes complete with light filter to assure maximum passage of chemicals; designed to be an effective cleaning tool under all conditions

 

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

Chemical Guys Acc_121.16HD3 Acc_121.16HD-3PK Chemical Resistant Heavy Duty Bottle and Sprayer (16 oz) (Pack of 3) – 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.