[quote=“wallybeer”][quote=“Dean Palmer”]First off there is never a need to leave a piece of equipment in a tray of sanitizer until the next use, and it can even be damaging to the equipment especially plastics and stainless. More isn’t better so in the case of sanitizers follow the directions for contact time and that’s it. More time doesn’t sanitize more and if the device is clean it can be sanitized in 30 seconds before the next use with fresh sanitizer. Store your equipment clean and dry. Done.
Cleaning properly after use is the most important thing, and using a cleaner that is made for what you are doing is critical. “Brown scum” can be a variety of things but Powdered Brewery Wash (PBW) will remove most with just a brief soak, and if that doesn’t get it, start with an acid cleaner like Acid Line Cleaner (ALC) or even a strong mix of Star San first, and then follow with a soak in Oxy or PBW. That combination in that order does wonders.
If you have over-soaked your plastics in some cleaners or sanitizers they can become damaged and that allows places for dirt to be trapped, stain the material more easily, and in some cases be unusable. Most of the time our softer plastic become stained a bit, but that’s no big deal. When there are visible residues that can’t be removed with the above process, time to toss and replace. Hard plastics like the Auto Siphon should last almost forever unless they were also damaged by some improper cleaning or something.
I replace my soft plastics every few years and that includes everything from beer and air lines to racking and blowoff tubes. If they don’t come clean they are gone, but that takes a very long time, and it is only when they can’t be cleaned, not on a schedule. If it gets cleaned properly after use and put away dry it will last a very long time. Never had issues with sanitation.[/quote]
I always leave my auto-siphon and tubing in properly diluted starsan and have no issues.
With that said, I have no damage from doing this. Also i dont use the cleaners that you say, I rinse very well and back into the star san. I have no issues at all, just good beer.
In fact, many times not but always, i’ll just clean my primary with hot water and a cloth, no problemo and no infections. I think the use of heavy cleaners is more of a problem than soaking in a starsan solution. It works for me.[/quote]
For items like racking canes, auto syphons, and transfer tubing I think a good rinse with hot water and a dip in star san is usually plenty good. Blow off tubes, on the other hand, usually require a little something extra. The same goes for equipment that might not have been properly taken care of in the past.