This month’s host of the ongoing Fermentation Friday series is Matt at World of Brews. The topic this time around is:
I have been reading a lot of forums and books lately about cleaning and sanitizing practices. Like most topics in home brewing there are 100’s of different ways to clean and sanitize your equipment. I would like you to post about the process and chemicals you use to prepare your equipment. I would also like you to discuss what you have tried in the past and why you finally settled on your current process.
So when it comes to sanitizing, the Brew Dudes use Star San. It is a flavorless, odorless, no-rinse food grade sanitizer…and it’s effective. We generally use it to soak equipment in, but it can be used to hand sanitize items. You can put it in a spray bottle to use to spot sanitize on the fly.
I have used iodophor as well, but I only use that for small sanitizing jobs. For instance, I soaked my bottle caps in an iodophor solution before I bottled the last batch.
Here’s Star San and Iodophor – back together again for the first time…..
For cleaning equipment, we use One Step Cleaner or Powdered Brewery Wash (PBW). These are cleaning agents that work really well for cleaning brewing equipment. It’s pretty important to make sure you clean anything you are going to sanitize very well. We have had the problem of contamination because the sanitizer just could do that job we had laid before it. You must sanitize any equipment that will come in contact with your wort/beer – post boil. If you take the time to clean and sanitize, you will be on your way to brewing greatness.