hist-brewing: sanitation/detergent vs. soap

BrewInfo brewinfo at xnet.com
Sun Jul 30 10:30:08 PDT 2000

>    Recently i was pondering how brewers in pre industrial times
sanitized their equipment. =20

What about burning sulphur sticks?  That's how they sanitize (somewhat)
the casks used for Lambic.  It doesn't kill yeast, but will kill several
types of wort and beer spoiling bacteria.

Mark writes:
>Only problem with many household cleaners is they contain detergents. Bad for head
>retention.  Doesn't rinse completely.  Plain amonia works wonders for cleaning &
>soaking labels off bottles.

Detergent doesn't ruin head retention... soap does.  Big difference.
Sodium Carbonate (washing soda) is a great detergent and doesn't leave
the soapy film that you are thinking of.  Soap suds... detergents don't.
The problem is that many cleaners are mislabeled as "detergent" when
they really are "soap."


Al Korzonas, Lockport, Illinois, USA
korz at brewinfo.org

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