Report on sanitizing using a bleach and vinegar solution

Discussion in 'alt.homebrewing' started by Bill Velek, Sep 11, 2007.

  1. Bill Velek

    Bill Velek Guest

    This is my report on my experimentation over several batches with a
    bleach and vinegar sanitizing solution; for those unfamiliar with what
    I'm speaking about, I believe there is at least one old thread about the
    subject on this group and in a few other forums as well; here is a
    tinyurl link to one of them: http://tinyurl.com/ytdbqu

    The concept is based on a podcast on 'Basic Brewing Radio' which hosted
    Charlie Talley from Five-Star Chemicals, which you can listen to here:
    http://media.libsyn.com/media/basicbrewing/bbr03-29-07.mp3

    CAUTION: Do NOT mix bleach and vinegar directly; it is dangerous!
    However, I'm convinced it is safe to do it by following his directions.

    Prior to this experiment, I had been using Iodophor with great success,
    but decided to give this a try. Following the directions that Charlie
    provided, I mixed a solution of five (5) gallons of water with _eactly_
    1 tablespoon of bleach, stirred it well, and then added _exactly_ 1
    tablespoon of _white_ vinegar, as suggested. I then used it as a "no
    rinse" sanitizer for everything during bottling. I am happy to report
    that I have not detected any off-flavors from doing so. I'm going to
    guess that, as cheap as bleach and vinegar are, that this is probably
    less expensive than Iodophor, but my main reason for trying this is that
    I can get them at the local grocery store in a pinch whereas the
    Iodophor is a little harder to get in a little town like where I live.

    Cheers.

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    Bill Velek Guest

    Bill Velek wrote:

    > This is my report on my experimentation over several batches with a
    > bleach and vinegar sanitizing solution ...


    snip

    I'm bottling three batches today: a pale ale, a brown ale, and a stout.
    I'm using the vinegar/bleach solution again. I'll report any problems.

    Cheers.

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