hist-brewing: Info on sanitation

George De Piro gdepiro at fcc.net
Tue Oct 20 18:42:06 PDT 1998


Hi all,

While 70% ethanol is a fine spray-on sanitizer, it gets
expensive.  I find that a pot of boiling water is quite useful
for small items like funnels, stoppers, aeration stones and
tubes, etc.  You would be amazed at how much stuff can
withstand being boiled.

Boiling is quick, effective, and the technology has been around
for centuries, so it's historically accurate!  Aside from the fuel
consumption it's pretty green, too.

Iodophor is another good spray-on sanitizer.  It is quick, non-flammable,
and effective.  Do NOT under estimate the fire danger when spraying
70% alcohol around an open flame (like the one you use to flame your
innoculation loop). It burns quickly and with a flame that is relatively dull
(in fact you can barley see it in full sun).

No, I've never had problems with it...

Have fun!

George de Piro  (Nyack, NY)


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