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TheBeerSommelier
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17:21 Tue 8/7/2012

Itís so mild (and cheap), Iíve been using it for all sorts of applications. My fave is spraying fruit and veggies, before rinsing them down.

Are there any brewing chemicals or even hardware you use "outside the box"?

 
b3shine
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beers 6755 º places 293 º 17:46 Tue 8/7/2012

Itís not as outside the box as your example, but Iíve been using my Blichmann Hop Rocket for retail kegs (as well as homebrews, which is what it was designed for), and Iíve been very happy with the added flexibility and opportunity for creativity. Iíve said it before, but I think within the next few years (once word gets out about them and they develop a commercial-grade model), youíll see them being used in fine beer bars. The added aroma alone makes them worth it!

 
oteyj
beers 2139 º places 14 º 17:47 Tue 8/7/2012

Sometimes I get really rowdy and use ethanol above its recommended amount.

That star san on fruit idea is a clever one though... What about PBW on bacon greased pans?

 
auerbrau
beers 3182 º places 305 º 17:50 Tue 8/7/2012

Why are you sanitizing fruit and veggies?

 
ALLOVATE
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beers 2652 º places 99 º 17:59 Tue 8/7/2012

You are sanitising vegetables? Hmmm, before boiling or roasting?

 
TheBeerSommelier
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18:00 Tue 8/7/2012

Originally posted by auerbrau
Why are you sanitizing fruit and veggies?


More of a rinse, to rid them of extraneous stuff; dirt, pesticide, bacteria, mold, etc. Itís just acidic enough to do this better than plain water, almost as a prep before rinsing with actual water...which by itself, does very little.

Seems to work at increasing shelf life too.

 
EithCubes
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beers 5247 º places 242 º 18:17 Tue 8/7/2012

Donít fear the foam!

 
ALLOVATE
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beers 2652 º places 99 º 18:40 Tue 8/7/2012

Isnít the same effect given by spraying a 3:1 ratio of water and vinegar on the fruit and vegies and setting aside for a few minutes. Vinegar is a cheap option!

 
bitbucket
beers 2160 º places 63 º 20:26 Tue 8/7/2012

Originally posted by TheBeerSommelier
Originally posted by auerbrau
Why are you sanitizing fruit and veggies?


More of a rinse, to rid them of extraneous stuff; dirt, pesticide, bacteria, mold, etc. Itís just acidic enough to do this better than plain water, almost as a prep before rinsing with actual water...which by itself, does very little.

Seems to work at increasing shelf life too.

Iíve wondered about spraying dilute Star San on sliced apples or potatoes. Does it have the same anti-oxidation effect as lemon juice?

 
TheBeerSommelier
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20:41 Tue 8/7/2012

Originally posted by bitbucket
Originally posted by TheBeerSommelier
Originally posted by auerbrau
Why are you sanitizing fruit and veggies?


More of a rinse, to rid them of extraneous stuff; dirt, pesticide, bacteria, mold, etc. Itís just acidic enough to do this better than plain water, almost as a prep before rinsing with actual water...which by itself, does very little.

Seems to work at increasing shelf life too.

Iíve wondered about spraying dilute Star San on sliced apples or potatoes. Does it have the same anti-oxidation effect as lemon juice?


Good question. It is lightly acidic, but I donít have much occasion to use it that way. Typically, if Iím cutting volatile fruit or veggies, theyíre for quick consumption. Maybe Iíll experiment with it.

In short, I love the fact that itís non-toxic, scent-free (unlike vinegar), sanitary and can be made with about half a teaspoon per spray-bottle quart. Itíd take me years to use my entire bottle this way.

 
17thfloor
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beers 2437 º places 18 º 00:18 Wed 8/8/2012

I fill my beer pong rinse cups with Iodophor....

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