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My wine supply just convinced me to use a Produce called Star Sans. It's normally used by brewers. Has anyone here used it. If it was one of the best products, then seems like I would have heard of it in the wine making community.
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Leanne,
They referred to it a a "true sanitizer" and it's a no rinse product. I was told that beer makers use it because of their need for a higher level of sanitization since wort is a much more inviting medium for bacterial, than is must. I've always used B Bright but don't like the amount of rinsing afterward.
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It is an excellent product but like they said it is mainly used by beer makers, thats what I use it for as k-meta is a good product for beer making. Its pretty expensive to be used for wine making when cheap old k-meta does a great job for this purpose but it is like I said an excellent product that I use all the time as I am a beer maker also.
 

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Star San sanitizes by contact, where K Meta sanitizes by its vapors.

Start San works great for sanitizing your hydrometer and thermometers and anything that is going to contact the wine BUT is not something where the K Meta vapors can act on it well.

Example: K Meta for a carboy, because you can put it in and seal it up for a few minutes.
Example: Star San for your thermometer just before you put it in the must.

I always rinse the sanitizer off with water, even my K Meta. I know, I know! - there are varied opinions about whether or not tap water is clean enough.
 

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There's nothing wrong with star san in wine making. its ALL I use. k-meta is only for sulfiting in my home winery.

Star san works in 30 seconds of wet contact...so you can put a half gallon in a carboy, shake it to distribute, and 30 seconds later drain it knowing its fully sanitized.

I don't consider it expensive either. YOu can buy a quart of it online for $13 and it'll last years.
 

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Didn't mean to imply it wasn't for carboys, just pointing out where a vapor sanitizer works. I use Star Sans for about any sanitizing job. I also keep some in a spray bottle, which I use daily.

Yes, a quart would last a long, long time in a home winery.
 

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There's nothing wrong with star san in wine making. its ALL I use. k-meta is only for sulfiting in my home winery.

Star san works in 30 seconds of wet contact...so you can put a half gallon in a carboy, shake it to distribute, and 30 seconds later drain it knowing its fully sanitized.

I don't consider it expensive either. YOu can buy a quart of it online for $13 and it'll last years.
I do the same thing. I use it for beer, wine, and mead. To be honest, I can't work out how K-Meta is cheaper when I compare them.
 

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I'm with Malkore and the Tooth. Since Star-San will keep for a few months I usually have a spray bottle and a bucket full. Carboys get a swish, utensils get washed and sprayed, or dipped in the bucket. I hate racking onto the foam, though. haha
 

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