Star San

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TheBeerSommelier
17:21 Tue 8/7/2012

It’s so mild (and cheap), I’ve 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
beers 9143 º places 337 º 17:46 Tue 8/7/2012

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

 
oteyj
beers 2138 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 3206 º places 307 º 17:50 Tue 8/7/2012

Why are you sanitizing fruit and veggies?

 
ALLOVATE
beers 3063 º places 109 º 17:59 Tue 8/7/2012

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

 
TheBeerSommelier
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. It’s 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.

 
ganache
beers 6056 º places 269 º 18:17 Tue 8/7/2012

Don’t fear the foam!

 
ALLOVATE
beers 3063 º places 109 º 18:40 Tue 8/7/2012

Isn’t 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 2166 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. It’s 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.

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

 
TheBeerSommelier
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. It’s 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.

I’ve 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 don’t have much occasion to use it that way. Typically, if I’m cutting volatile fruit or veggies, they’re for quick consumption. Maybe I’ll experiment with it.

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

 
17thfloor
beers 2444 º places 19 º 00:18 Wed 8/8/2012

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

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