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Re: Sterilizing equipment

Postby orcy » Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:38 pm

Pbw to clean. Starsan to sanitise.
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Re: Sterilizing equipment

Postby Sam. » Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:02 pm

orcy wrote:Pbw to clean. Starsan to sanitise.


Pick the Beer brewer :D

I do the same :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Sterilizing equipment

Postby Del » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:45 pm

Sam. wrote:
orcy wrote:Pbw to clean. Starsan to sanitise.


Pick the Beer brewer :D

I do the same :handgestures-thumbupleft:


Total noob to the Still... but.. I run a pretty big home brew page on FB...

Good to see I can use most of my on hand cleaners ;)


Accidentally got a still today.. kinda part of a Kegging system i just picked up.

its good to learn new skills... and Stills will be one!
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Re: Sterilizing equipment

Postby Sam. » Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:33 am

Your beer brewing skills will help you especially if whisky is in your future.

Just don’t get freaked out by lack of sanitation and no regard for hot side aeration as these are negated by distillation :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Sterilizing equipment

Postby Sam. » Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:33 am

Ah also drop into the welcome center and do an intro post :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Sterilizing equipment

Postby bluess57 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:57 pm

We don't sterilize, we sanitize

People with asthma, avoid using sodium metabisulphate.
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Re: Sterilizing equipment

Postby Matt_Pl » Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:57 pm

I only use hot water mate, and that is the fermenter only, which I then cover with a garbage bag and secure with a jockey strap. I havent lost a wash yet.


Everything else is just given a rinse. I saw a similar question on one of the distillers Facebook groups and one $#%^head suggested you should use foreshots... Dont use foreshots.....

Good luck with it mate.
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Re: Sterilizing equipment

Postby Sam. » Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:57 am

bluess57 wrote:We don't sterilize, we sanitize

People with asthma, avoid using sodium metabisulphate.


If you use boiling water you are sterilizing (apart from the very rare bacteria that can survive, but if you have that you have bigger issues)
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Re: Sterilizing equipment

Postby bluess57 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:49 pm

I go with definitions like what John Palmer uses , see

http://howtobrew.com/book/section-1/bre ... sanitation
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Re: Sterilizing equipment

Postby Arismac » Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:18 pm

The greatest need is to sanitise all vessels that have contained yeast or low AbV liquid. Milton tablets are perfect for this job. I make a batch of Milton in one fermentor then pump to the other fermentor using the same pump I use for pumping the wash to the still. Don't forget the mixing paddle and any other utensils employed when mixing the TPW. As a general rule there is no need to steralise the still, just keep the copper clean..
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Re: Sterilizing equipment

Postby Sam. » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:04 pm

bluess57 wrote:I go with definitions like what John Palmer uses , see

http://howtobrew.com/book/section-1/bre ... sanitation


Yeah he doesn't mention what to use to sterilize, boiling water will sterilize it ( again, apart from super rare bacteria)
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Re: Sterilizing equipment

Postby orcy » Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:10 pm

It's not sterilisation. It's sanitation. And lots of people get away without doing it. I myself run starsan through everything. It's so cheap. Learn to love the foam.
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Re: Sterilizing equipment

Postby Sam. » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:19 pm

Yes there is s big difference between sanitation and sterilization.
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Re: Sterilizing equipment

Postby OzDistilling » Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:52 am

Sparrow wrote:How do people here do it?

I was reading online and as surprised to see things like bleach and chlorine ad recommendations for sterilizing equipment. Does anyone here use anything less detrimental to human health? :razz:


Good, regular hygiene and cleaning regimes. A mild caustic detergent, and a plentiful hot water rinse, is more than adequate for most situations.

Reserve bleach, peroxides and similar disinfectants for when you have a real problem (say a Brett outbreak).

Chlorine bleaches are more of a concern as an environmental risk than a human exposure/health issue.

Everything in moderation, sanitisation should not replace thorough mechanical cleaning.

Remember that Sulphates (sodium met, potassium met) will liberate sulphur dioxide when heated, which corrodes copper actively, and is a harmful gas. Sulphates are good for wine and beer, not distilling, as we use elevated temperatures.
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Re: Sterilizing equipment

Postby bluc » Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:19 pm

Whats " brett outbreak "?
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Re: Sterilizing equipment

Postby bluc » Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:30 pm

Googled it interesting read thanks for the tip :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Sterilizing equipment

Postby Sam. » Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:36 am

Bad infection, it can bring down whole wineries and breweries :handgestures-thumbdown:
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