Cleaning matters to homebrewers; in fact it matters a lot!
Five Star Chemicals are world leaders when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing homebrewing equipment.
Home brewers know that lots of things contyribute to creating a great beer: ingredients, styles, and methods. But if your equipment is not properly cleaned and sanitized, then:
ALL BETS ARE OFF!
Note that there are two distinct processes:
- cleaning, and
These are not the same, and require different procedures and chemicals.
Five Star Have Rules For Cleaning and Sanitizing:
1/ You can only sanitize equipment that has already been cleaned.
2/ Dirty equipment always contains lots of bacteria.
3/ Cleaners are NOT sanitizers. Whether alkali or acid, cleaners should NOT be used as the final process.
4/ Sanitizers areNOT cleaners. Sanitizing is the final procedure after cleaning and is performed on clean equipment just berore brewing.
5/ Cleaning and sanitizing can be improved by both time and temperature. Longer contact time and / or increasing the temperature of solutions will improve results.
6/ Don't overuse chemicals. More is definately NOT better. Overuse of chemicals requires more water and/ or higher temperatures to rinse them off, and may even leave an unwanted residue or it may also just cake on to the equipment (making it very hard to remove). So, please follow the instructions.
7/ Cleaners and sanitizers must come in contact with 100% of the soils. This means that all blind areas, such as man-way lips or racking arms, must be hand cleaned and sanitized. The use of spray balls can also be very effective.
8/ Never add water to chemicals. Always blend cleaning or sanitizing chemicals into water