Post Number: 173
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 08:51 am: ||
Got my Star San from Morebeer now, and am pretty stoked to start using it. Verrrry handy dosage chamber on the bottle, BTW!
Anyway, when I ripped the tape off the cap, I also tore away the part of the label where it says how much to use. I think I remember that proper dosage is 1 ounce per 5 gallons, is that correct?
Ok, now to the real question: How much Star San in your beer is too much? I mean, if you use it in your primary bucket, your bottling bucket, to clean you caps and your racking hose, and all without rinsing, it will add up. At what point will you experience adverse effects, apart from flavour? For instance, let's say that it kills off a small part of your yeast. At what point does it kill so much yeast that you get head retention problems? (I think it was Fredrik who posted that too much yeast innards in your beer is bad for head retention.)
Also, I'm thinking of priming my racking hose with star san at the regular dilution. The thing is, when you rack, a small portion of the priming liquid in the hose always falls back into the bucket, adding to my question:
How much Star San is too much? Can I do all this and not worry about it?
(edited for spelling and clarifications)
(Message edited by joques on February 19, 2006)
Post Number: 732
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 12:27 pm: ||
RDWHAHB. Also, Your dilution/dosage is correct I think. I've been making up a one gallon batch with one teaspoon of SS for several years now. Actually 100 oz. water + 1 tsp. SS.
Post Number: 174
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
|Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 12:32 pm: ||
RDWHAHB...? Please translate
Post Number: 439
Posted From: 18.104.22.168
|Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 01:07 pm: ||
Relax, Don't Worry, Have A Homebrew
Post Number: 144
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 01:55 pm: ||
One ounce per 5 gallons is the correct dilution. Perfectly safe to use at that concentration and no rinsing . Been using it myself for years now.
Post Number: 1474
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
|Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 02:52 pm: ||
The only problem and blessing is the foam. Great for surface contact time but sometimes when I fill a carboy or yeast starter jug with wort the foam overflows.. We call this The "starsan Snake". I use it in airlocks for shorter periods of time but not on real violent shindigs.
Post Number: 26
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 04:58 pm: ||
One ounce per 5 gallons is the correct dilution, but I regularly us 3/4 ounce per 5 gallons with no ill effects.
I forget how much SS has to be in solution before there is a perceptable (off)flavor, but I think it is pretty high... two pints?
Howerver, I have it touching everything up till wort/beer gets put in. I encourage splashing, as this will leave the SS snake of foam, as mentioned... I love it for bottling.
Post Number: 176
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 08:08 pm: ||
Aha, that quote is from Papazian, isn't it?
Ok, I will use it. I tasted the diluted sanitizing liquid, and it barely tasted of anything. Much less that Iodophor. So I wasn't worried about flavours, I was thinking there might be other negative effects from too much Star San in the beer
Post Number: 402
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
|Posted on Monday, February 20, 2006 - 04:11 pm: ||
If you're really worried about it, then rinse with tap water. If the main reason you switched to Star San was because you wanted a no-rinse sanitizer then this would defeat the purpose, of course, but there isn't anything in most regular water that will cause problems.
Post Number: 433
Posted From: 18.104.22.168
|Posted on Monday, February 20, 2006 - 05:53 pm: ||
I never make up a full 5 gallons as Robert mentions. I use 1/4 oz per 1.25 gallons. Your bottle of Star San will last a lot longer. Some even reuse it. But, I make up a new solution every session.
Post Number: 2123
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 09:02 pm: ||
I like the snake of foam coming out of a carboy or keg when racking. You can be confident that nothing is falling out of the air into the container.
1 oz is 2 TBS. I mix 2.5 gal and 1 TBS at a time. I keep it in a bucket with a lid on it and use it for a few months. I've checked the pH when it starts to get milky looking and it was 3. Based on that I think the visual test is a good one. Think I checked the pH on a fresh batch and it was 2.5.
Just be careful with the concentrate. Don't ever get it on a laminate countertop. Luckily my laminate countertop was in the basement and not the kitchen.