Author Topic: StarSan questions  (Read 5397 times)

Offline Johnfalconi01

  • Fledgling Prepper
  • *
  • Posts: 2
  • Karma: 0
  • New TSP Forum member
StarSan questions
« on: December 19, 2015, 10:12:20 AM »
I just bought a bottle of StarSan to sanitize my equipment and bottles. Do you have to let the bottles dry after spraying the product?

Will this stuff kill the yeast if i bottle my cider if there is residual StarSan in the bottles or before the StarSan has dried? I want to carbonate the bottled product but if this will kill the yeast then my half teaspoon of sugar won't ferment and create the CO2...

Will it produce off flavors in my cider and wine?

Can I just make a tub or bucket of this diluted  StarSan and dunk my bottles, siphon, and bottling wand and then shake them all off and use them?

I've mostly made still wines in the past but really want to make some carbonated cider and not mess it up!


Offline archer

  • Administrator
  • Ultimate Survival Veteran
  • *******
  • Posts: 17126
  • Karma: 382
  • #ImissAmerica
    • Journey to Greener Pastures
Re: StarSan questions
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2015, 02:02:30 PM »
i make a 1 gallon bucket of it, dumk stuff in the solution, then let them dry. No off flavors detected so far..

Offline fritz_monroe

  • The Defenestrator
  • Administrator
  • Survival Veteran
  • *******
  • Posts: 8748
  • Karma: 159
    • The Homestead Fritz
Re: StarSan questions
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2015, 02:30:01 PM »
No off flavors.  No need to rinse or let it dry.  Just works great.

Offline Johnfalconi01

  • Fledgling Prepper
  • *
  • Posts: 2
  • Karma: 0
  • New TSP Forum member
Re: StarSan questions
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2015, 12:33:59 PM »
But will it kill the yeast?

Offline fritz_monroe

  • The Defenestrator
  • Administrator
  • Survival Veteran
  • *******
  • Posts: 8748
  • Karma: 159
    • The Homestead Fritz
Re: StarSan questions
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2015, 12:41:23 AM »
No, it won't kill the yeast in your batch of beer. 

I use Star San in all my beer making.  I sanitize my bottles with it and rack directly into the bottles.  The yeast carbonates my beer just fine.

Offline Cobdens Apprentice

  • Prepper
  • **
  • Posts: 10
  • Karma: 0
  • peace and free trade
Re: StarSan questions
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2015, 06:52:59 PM »
Starsan should be flavour neutral - but it us acidic, so high pH water can be problematic. Another option is Idofor - for the prepper  this has the advantage of having many first aid uses

Offline fritz_monroe

  • The Defenestrator
  • Administrator
  • Survival Veteran
  • *******
  • Posts: 8748
  • Karma: 159
    • The Homestead Fritz
Re: StarSan questions
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2015, 07:16:03 PM »
Idophor works great, but it will stain all your plastic equipment.  I went with Star San because it's septic safe.

Offline vardaman

  • Prepper
  • **
  • Posts: 60
  • Karma: 1
  • NABCEP Certified Solar Hot Water Installer
Re: StarSan questions
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2015, 09:23:23 PM »
http://www.northernbrewer.com/star-san

Made from food-grade phosphoric acid, safe for people and the environment.
Star San is self-foaming, which helps it to penetrate cracks and crevices.
Odorless and flavorless, no need to worry about tainting your beer or wine.
Does not require rinsing when used at the recommended dilution.
Use only 1 oz Star San per 5 gallons of water and just 1 to 2 minutes of contact time.
Used as a soaking solution, it can also be applied by hand (wear gloves) or with a spray bottle.
Reusable: a solution of Star San will remain effective for up to three to four weeks in a sealed container; it is effective as long as the pH is 3 or lower.
It is safe for use on all surfaces, but use caution since it is an acid; contact with soft metals, rubber, and plastic should be kept to a minimum. Star San is environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and will not harm septic systems.

Offline archer

  • Administrator
  • Ultimate Survival Veteran
  • *******
  • Posts: 17126
  • Karma: 382
  • #ImissAmerica
    • Journey to Greener Pastures
Re: StarSan questions
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2015, 09:07:27 AM »
http://www.northernbrewer.com/star-san

Made from food-grade phosphoric acid, safe for people and the environment.
Star San is self-foaming, which helps it to penetrate cracks and crevices.
Odorless and flavorless, no need to worry about tainting your beer or wine.
Does not require rinsing when used at the recommended dilution.
Use only 1 oz Star San per 5 gallons of water and just 1 to 2 minutes of contact time.
Used as a soaking solution, it can also be applied by hand (wear gloves) or with a spray bottle.
Reusable: a solution of Star San will remain effective for up to three to four weeks in a sealed container; it is effective as long as the pH is 3 or lower.
It is safe for use on all surfaces, but use caution since it is an acid; contact with soft metals, rubber, and plastic should be kept to a minimum. Star San is environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and will not harm septic systems.

good find! thanks. just re-inforces why i use starsan