The biggest mistake a brewer can make is to spend time and money making a quality beer wort or wine must but fail to take the time to clean and sanitize their equipment. All kinds of surprises await the brewer who uses unclean equipment- bacterial infections, wild yeast ferments, gushing bottles, a plethora of off-flavors and aromas... The first step to consistent and predictable results is employing sanitary procedures.
First, it's important to understand that cleaning and sanitizing are two separate procedures, neither one difficult. Cleaning is the act of removing physical particulate matter from something, such as your fermenter. If you have, for example, dried yeast stuck on the sides of your fermenter after doing a ferment, use an appropriate cleaner such as Oxygen Brewery Wash, PBW, or OneStep to help break up the particulates and scrub the surface with a non-abrasive scrubber, brush, or towel. Dish soap is not recommended as soap residue can produce off-flavors and aromas in your product.
Used bottles often benefit from a cleaning as there may be dried yeast sediment or other material in the bottom. The best way to reduce your time and energy cleaning is to clean as soon as possible; rinse bottles out well immediately after emptying them and don't let dirty fermenters sit for long without cleaning. Once particulates dry, they are much harder to remove from surfaces.
Once your equipment is clean, you must sanitize it before subjecting your beer, wine, or other beverage to it. Sanitizing is killing 99.99% of all microorganisms on a surface. To do this, use a food-grade sanitizer such as IoStar or StarSan; bleach is not recommended as it is not food grade, may be difficult to remove from plastics, and trace amounts can produce off-flavors and aromas. Merely mix sanitizers to the recommended concentrations and make sure that the sanitizing solution thoroughly contacts all surfaces of any equipment that will come in contact with your beer or wine. This includes fermenters, airlocks, siphoning equipment, bottles, etc.
Sanitizing procedures should be done just prior to use. Sanitizing a week, day, or even hours prior to using the equipment does no good as it may become recontaminated by airborne yeasts and bacterias in that time period.
If this sounds complicated or like a lot of work, it really isn't. It is, however, absolutely necessary and should never be dismissed. Happy brewing!
4x10'' Stainless Hop Spider
Stainless steel 300 micron filter screen. May be used as a hop spider or strainer. Hooks to the side of the kettle. Easy to clean, and designed to last. Specification:Name: 6x14 Inch Homebrew Beer Stainless Steel Hop Spider Strainer Pellet Hop FilterMaterial: Stainless Steel
Apparel & Merch
Evolution Of Homebrew - Mens T-Shirt
Show off your hobby and your intellectual prowess with this cotton casual tee; it was millions of years in the making! With sizes from S to XXXL and 5 colors to choose from, there's a shirt for you to show off your place on the brew chain.NOTE: These are printed to order and may take up to three weeks to ship. Please keep this in mind when order...
Our new best-selling fermentor. These wide-mouth fermentors are great! With smooth sides and a 4 inch opening, cleaning couldn't be easier. The one-piece lid also includes a removable gasket. 6 gallon or 7 gallon available. We include the necessary #10 stopper/medium bung and airlock with the Fermonster. Happy Brewing!!!!
Apparel & Merch
Homebrewed Baby Onesie
Babies love them. Really, they do.
Mangrove Jack's Stainless Hop Spider
The Hop Spider keeps hops together during the boil, and can be used on all appropriate sized boil pots, including the Grainfather.Made with a coarser, 800 micron mesh, for maximum wort flow and increased hop utilization.Designed with a specifically fitted hook design which can be hooked onto the side of any brew pot or the Grainfather system sup...
Mark II Keg Washer
Conserve time, energy, and water! Mark’s Mark II Keg Washer™ is designed to clean and sanitize large vessels like cornelius kegs and carboys. It is also serves as a sanitation container for miscellaneous items such as airlocks, thermometers, tubing, keg fittings, and more. Includes adapters to clean tubing. You can even set it up to hook to keg ...
Simply dip once for a quick sample. Unique design allows you to insert a standard hydrometer directly into The Thief. Just touch the tip to the rim to empty The Thief. High grade acrylic for excellent clarity. 19" in length.
Apparel & Merch
Tri- Blend Tee
Rep your favorite LHBS team! Blend:50/25/25% poly/combed ring-spun cotton/rayon tri-blend jersey fabric. Super comfortable!
Apparel & Merch
Trucker-style ABS Hat
Show your LHBS love with this comfy retro classic.