Steam and hot water sanitizing

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Steam and hot water sanitizing

Postby kabbo » Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:12 am

Hello,
I used a no-rinse sanitizer (OXY-SAN) for all equipment since I started brewing, but head retention problems made me think of eventually rinsing with boiling water or using steam.

1- If I sanitize using only boiling water (no chemicals), how much contact time would be enough ?

2- In "Brewing Lager Beer", Greg Noonan prefers steam sanitizing. How can this be possible in a non-commercial setup ? The only thing I can think of is a steam cleaner, such as this one : http://www.steamcleanersplus.com/handhe ... amdart.htm
Anyone using steam cleaners ?

Thanks !
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Postby SocietyDweller » Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:02 pm

I never used Oxy-San but it may be easier to try changing that before. I'm using Starsan without head retention problems.

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Postby kabbo » Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:35 pm

Thank you, but I forgot to say I do not have access here in Quebec to all US-well-known products such as Starsan, or Iodophor and things like that.
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Postby SocietyDweller » Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:51 am

I'm leaving in Montreal.... I order my Starsan on Morebeer.
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Postby kabbo » Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:39 pm

Thanks again, I'll know now for MoreBeer, but I use pumps in my setup so I couldn't use a foaming sanitizer such as StarSan. Anyway, the topic here is more about steam sanitizing.

I find it interresting because I think it could reduce sanitizing time if I only have to spray steam on all equipment, and pump boiling water in all hoses. I found that soaking everything in chemicals for several minutes is too long for the equipment I have and for bottle sanitizing, and I'm looking for an efficient and faster method.

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