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QA Concentrated Sanitizing Solution… $3.33 or less

QA Concentrated Sanitizing Solution

QA Concentrated Sanitizing Solution

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Q.A.® Concentrated Sanitizing Solution

This highly-concentrated solution is designed for use on most hard, nonporous surfaces: floors, walls, bathrooms, cabinets, plastic, stainless steel, porcelain, metal, and ceramic.

We don’t suggest using Q.A. Sanitizer as a brewing or winemaking sanitizer. It is best for sanitizing and disinfecting hard, non-porous surfaces around the home or business. After the QA solution dries, it leaves behind a long-acting residual film that can have downstream impacts on beer, especially creating a keeping foam.

One bottle makes 21 gallons of disinfectant.

Q.A. Concentrated Solution from National Chemicals, Inc. has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) on hard, non-porous surfaces. Therefore, Q.A. Concentrated Solution can be used against the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) when used in accordance with the directions for use against Human Coronavirus on hard, non-porous surfaces. Refer to the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus for additional information.

This is an economical, all-purpose sanitizer, disinfectant, and deodorizer. It is a concentrated quaternary ammonium formula for use on most hard, nonporous surfaces including stainless steel, porcelain, metal, and ceramics. You can also use it in your kitchens and bathrooms – on your cabinets, floors, and walls! It’s great for use in any public space – restaurants, schools, hospitals, hotels and more. You can also use it to sanitize ice machines!

Highly concentrated. Use only 1/4 oz per gallon to sanitize surfaces that will come in contact with food. Disinfect and deodorize other hard surfaces with 3/4 oz per gallon.

All-purpose QA sanitizer, disinfectant, and deodorizer
Effective against Hepatitis B Virus and HIV-1 Virus
Use on food contact surfaces, floor, bathrooms and more.

Household Measure Mixing Instructions for Disinfectant (>625 PPM)
1 teaspoon of Q.A. Concentrate in 26 fluid ounces = 641 PPM
0.5 Tablespoon of Q.A. Concentrate in 32 fluid ounces = 781 PPM
1 Tablespoon of Q.A. Concentrate in 64 fluid ounces (half-gallon) = 781 PPM
2 Tablespoons of Q.A. Concentrate in 128 fluid ounces (1 gallon) = 781 PPM


 

  • These is on sale for $3.33 at AHS. AIH had the same deal a while back but QA sanitizer has been completely removed from that site as of this posting.
  • Save Another 15%. AHS is discounting most orders of $55 or more by an additional 15% when you use coupon code meltybunny. Applies to most item, with some exclusions.
  • Shipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US with a $55 order
  • Need a Filler to get to $55?  Sale Items – sorted high to low AND sorted most popular first, Yeast and Cleaning/Sanitizing Supplies

This is an outstanding deal!

QA Concentrated Sanitizing Solution – remember coupon code meltybunny to save even more with a $55 order

For Some pricing clarity compare…

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100 x 10 mL Syringes + Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines

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

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  • Luer Slip 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 slip tip, it does NOT HAVE A NEEDLE
  • General Purpose Syringe

From HBF: 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.

 

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

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

How Long Does Star San Last?

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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

How Long Does Star San Last?

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.

More! Star San’s Shelf Life, Age & pH

THREE x Chemical Guys 16 Oz Chemical Resistant Spray Bottles + Star San Tips

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

3 x Chemical Resistant Sprayers

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  • Chemical-resistant detailing product bottle
  • This bottle comes with a heavy duty, high output sprayer head
  • Pumps out 1.3 ml of product per stroke; 40% more than standard sprayers
  • 16 oz. bottle capacity for professional detailing in any situation
  • Printed labels for easy product dilution, hazard identification, and precaution statements

From HBF: 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.

 

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


5 lbs Easy Clean – No Rinse, One Step Cleaner & Sanitizer – from $16.52, $3.30 per lb

Easy Clean Cleanser 5 LB

Easy Clean Cleanser 5 LB from Adventures in Homebrewing

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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.

 

Easy Clean Cleanser 5 LB – remember promo code flashme15

Check sale or product page for current availability & pricing

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More: Recent AIH Finds

Five Star PBW – about $24, volatile + free prime ship

Price, promotions and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. prod:aihec tag:aihperoff

(100) 3ml Transfer Pipettes [Refractometer & pH Samples, measuring Star San]

Karter Scientific 206H3 3ml Graduated Transfer Pipette, Cap 7ml, 1/2ml Grads, 155mm (Pack of 100)

Transfer Pipette, 7.0ml Capacity, 3.0ml Graduated, Large Bulb, 155mm, 3.2ml Bulb Draw, Karter Scientific 206H3 (Pack of 100)

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  • Capacity: 7.0ml
  • Graduations: 0.5, 0.5ml to 3.0ml
  • Material: LDPE
  • Length: 155mm

Karter Scientific is a registered trademark in United States of America. To maintain quality control, authorized permission is required in the resale of our products. Karter Scientific liquid handling offerings include a full selection of sterile and non-sterile Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) transfer pipettes. LDPE is non-toxic and chemically inert to biological fluids and most acids and can withstand a temperature range from -50°C to 90°C. Pipettes may be heat-sealed and frozen in liquid nitrogen for sample preservation.


From HBF: 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.  prod:B005Z4QVZ4

 

Use for collecting refractometer samples, pH samples and more on brew day and beyond.

What are Other’s Saying?   Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “refractometer” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

You could also use these to dose out Star San for mixing 1 gallon batches.  See: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – you’d use the 3 mL marking, twice (total of 6 mL) to do that.

Transfer Pipette, 7.0ml Capacity, 3.0ml Graduated, Large Bulb, 155mm, 3.2ml Bulb Draw, Karter Scientific 206H3 (Pack of 100) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also Consider: Globe Scientific 139050 LDPE Extra Long Transfer Pipet, Non-Sterile, 300mm Length, 23.0mL Capacity (Box of 100) – these are about 12″ long and, depending on the fermenter and batch size, are long enough to take refractometer samples from the fermenter.


5 lbs Easy Clean – No Rinse, One Step Cleaner & Sanitizer – $16.71, $3.34 per lb

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.

 

Easy Clean Cleanser 5 LB – remember promo code flashme15

Check sale or product page for current availability & pricing

homebrewing.org sale

More: Recent AIH Finds

Five Star PBW – about $24, volatile + free prime ship

Price, promotions and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. prod:aihec tag:aihperoff

3 x Harris Professional Spray Bottles, 32oz

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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  • 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

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


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 – Loads of Uses

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

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  • 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

 

Related: Not Just for Bars Anymore… Using Interlocking Bar Mats Around Your Home Brewery!

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.

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

30 x 10 mL Syringes + Star San Tips & Tricks

30 x 10ml Syringes

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  • 【 Plastic Syringe Set】30pcs 10ml/10cc syringes (without needle) and 30 needle caps. Each syringe is individually sealed, clean, safe and sterile. Plastic Syringe without Needle for Liquid, Lip Gloss, Feeding, Watering, Scientific Labs.
  • 【Multiple uses】Luer slip tip syringe can be used to store essential oils, perfumes, lubricants. It's also suitable for animal feeding tools, measuring resins, homemade handicrafts.
  • 【Excellent material】Syringe and luer slip tip are made of polypropylene material, safe and non-toxic. Durable, waterproof and reusable.
  • 【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.
  • 【Note】 The syringe is suitable for single use and is not intended for medical use.

From HBF: 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.

 

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

30pcs 10ml Plastic Luer Slip Tip Syringe with Caps, Without Needle, for Scientific Lab, Measurement and Dispensing – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link