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Use cold water with bleach

Submitted by: Rob on May 10th, 2002

Bleach is a volatile chemical and can degrade in hot water. Use cold water with bleach during sanitation and rince with hot water.

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Re: Use cold water with bleach Jun 13th 2002, 04:57 pm
Or better yet, don't use bleach at all. Insufficient rinsing of bleach can contribute phenolic off-flavors to your beer. Invest in a no rinse sanitizer, like Iodophor or StarSan.
Comment by: Denny Conn reply to comment
Re: Use cold water with bleach Jul 1st 2002, 07:01 am
I just read that the same applies to Iodophor as well. Hot water vaporizes Iodophor. I've been opting for Iodophor lately simply because it is a no rinse (or little rinse) sanitizer. if you want to read up on sanitizers, this is a great page: http://www.realbeer.com/jjpalmer/cleaning.html
Comment by: rob reply to comment
Re: Use cold water with bleach Dec 19th 2002, 08:57 pm
I use Iodophor every time and can vouch that it is the quickest and less affective sanitizer out there.
Comment by: daftpunk reply to comment
Re: Use cold water with bleach Dec 21st 2002, 06:02 pm
Less affective is so close to less effective that I read that wrong the first time.

Iodophor is effective, and it doesn't affect your beer as much if there's trace amounts left over.
Comment by: rob reply to comment
Re: Use cold water with bleach May 5th 2003, 02:07 pm
When using Iodophor or other sanitizers, does everyone fill their fermentor to the top w/ the solution?

When I was at Big Brew yesterday, there were a bunch of people doing just that and I never have. I just stick a bung in my carboy and shake it w/ 2 gallons or so of iodophor/water solution and have never had any problems w/ infection (knock on wood). Iodophor only needs something like 2 minutes contact time to work. Does the fermentor HAVE to be filled to the top? or is my technique just as effective?

-Neb
Comment by: d00fuss reply to comment
Re: Use cold water with bleach Oct 13th 2003, 01:57 pm
When I have time I use B-brite overnight in the fermentor (to the top) and rinse well the next morning before use. If i am pressed for time I use Iodophor with about a gallon or so and shake it around real well for about two three minutes, then rinse.. I have had no problems!
Comment by: matroxrunner reply to comment
Re: Use cold water with bleach Nov 8th 2003, 03:24 pm
If you don't rinse with sterilized water, you are inviting contamination. Since sterilizing the water for rinsing would be too time consuming and since Iodophor doesn't leave any trace: turn the carboy upside down and allow to drip dry after sanitizing with the Iodophor solution.
Comment by: Dan reply to comment
Re: Use cold water with bleach Oct 31st 2003, 06:48 pm
If you DO use bleach, don't let it sit in an aluminum or stainless steel pot as it will pit and corrode it.
Comment by: Ziggy reply to comment
Re: Use cold water with bleach Jul 7th 2004, 02:45 pm
This is really great stuff (information) I did not know any of this stuff about bleach
as I us tea tree oil to clean most everything I am a natural freak. No really I am lol
any way is there any natural sanatizer you can recomend as I would not like to use bleach or the later iodophor I don't even know what it is. I have never even herd of it. Bleach is so dangerous the fumes and residue holy cow. Will Tea tree oil work it is anti fungual and bactiral as well no residue either and you can boil it.
Comment by: karmagoddess reply to comment
Re: Use cold water with bleach Jul 21st 2004, 10:35 pm
Bleach fumes? You're not making hippie beer are you? Bleach is the best, but also the most corrosive and it creates nasty residuals, that's why it's the best, for everything except brewing. If you really want to go natural why not steam san everything. Or you could keep smoking whatever it is makes you afraid of chemicals and join the real world.
Comment by: Anonymous Brewer reply to comment
Re: Use cold water with bleach Nov 17th 2004, 12:42 am
keep smokin, keep brewin, still tickin, still doin...
sanitation is key, i use lasers and UV radiation.
they aid in most pungent aromas and most delicate tastes
Comment by: bob reply to comment