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Sanitizing with Iodophor

I use iodophor for sanitizing. When doing carboys, I have been filling them to the top with solution. In an article I read today (http://www.bayareamashers.org/content/m … dophor.htm) it says

“Dr. Landman went on to comment that it is not necessary to keep the surface completely immersed in the solution for 60 seconds. He explained, by way of example, that to sanitize a 5 gallon carboy there is no need to prepare 5 gallons of solution. Swishing a gallon of solution, (at 12.5 ppm), around the inside of the carboy for a minute or two will do the job.”

What are other’s practice when sanitizing with iodophor or other means?

I sanitze with Starsan…but…when I first started brewing…I prepared 5 gal of sanitizer for a 5 gal container…for a long time now…I’ve only been making 2 gallons and swishing it around the fermenter…with no obvious problems! Saves money in sanitizer!

to sanitize a 6 gallon carboy i make ~1 gallon of sanitizer solution and swish around and never had a single infection. I then dump out the solution into a SS 1 gallon stock pot that contains my racking tube, tubing, stopper, airlock, and then i siphon out half a gallon to run through my CFC to sanitize the insides. Never had a single infection, also i have this chart i made that shows the amount of sanitizer i need to make small amounts of solution down to ~.625 gallon. I never made 5 gallons of the sanitizer solution in my whole brewing career i think all you are doing is wasting sanitizer.

Found my chart and added it to make smaller amounts sometimes i add a little more sanitizer just in case. I know more is not better, but it can be hard to measure small amounts. Basically it shows how many milliliters or ounces of sanitizer you need to the gallons

Ml oz Gal
30 1 5
15 .5 2.5
7.5 .25 1.25
3.75 .125 .625

The two above and your Dr. mentioned are all on the money here, As long as you can get the solution, no matter which used in contact with the intended surface and it will remain wet for 1-5 minutes depending on sanitizer then your good.

I will routinely use a one gallon mixture in a carboy. Shake to cover all nooks and crannies, let set for 2 minutes then swirl to wet once more just out of my own practice and empty to another vessel or set to the drain.

Speaking of mixtures, I am not sure about pure iodine, iodophor or Io star.
But the mix rate is the following for star san - sani clean
Star san: 1 gallon H2O to 6ml
Sani clean: 1 gallon to 10ml

[quote=“ScubaBrew”]I use iodophor for sanitizing. When doing carboys, I have been filling them to the top with solution. In an article I read today (http://www.bayareamashers.org/content/m … dophor.htm) it says

“Dr. Landman went on to comment that it is not necessary to keep the surface completely immersed in the solution for 60 seconds. He explained, by way of example, that to sanitize a 5 gallon carboy there is no need to prepare 5 gallons of solution. Swishing a gallon of solution, (at 12.5 ppm), around the inside of the carboy for a minute or two will do the job.”

What are other’s practice when sanitizing with iodophor or other means?[/quote]
I usually make 5 gallons or so of solution but use it for sanitizing a carboy and then a bunch of bottles and other equipment. I then use it soak dirty carboys.

[quote=“BrewingRover”][quote=“ScubaBrew”]I use iodophor for sanitizing. When doing carboys, I have been filling them to the top with solution. In an article I read today (http://www.bayareamashers.org/content/m … dophor.htm) it says

“Dr. Landman went on to comment that it is not necessary to keep the surface completely immersed in the solution for 60 seconds. He explained, by way of example, that to sanitize a 5 gallon carboy there is no need to prepare 5 gallons of solution. Swishing a gallon of solution, (at 12.5 ppm), around the inside of the carboy for a minute or two will do the job.”

What are other’s practice when sanitizing with iodophor or other means?[/quote]
I usually make 5 gallons or so of solution but use it for sanitizing a carboy and then a bunch of bottles and other equipment. I then use it soak dirty carboys.[/quote]

Not trying to brag, but i only use .5 gallons of sanitizer solution during bottling at most 1 gallon. You do not need to submerge the whole bottle in solution, it just needs to make long enough contact to the inside surface of the bottle and the lip.

Thank you everyone, I have never been so happy for quick replies. I am planning to move two to their secondaries tomorrow and start a new batch. Not only do I thank you, but I am sure my wife does so that I am not hording sanitizing solution for a few days for different projects :slight_smile:

[quote=“andjenliang”]
Not trying to brag, but i only use .5 gallons of sanitizer solution during bottling at most 1 gallon. You do not need to submerge the whole bottle in solution, it just needs to make long enough contact to the inside surface of the bottle and the lip.[/quote]
Oh, I realize that, but I find it easier to work in big batches of 12 or more bottles in a bucket. I also pay less for water in Illinois than I did in Long Beach, CA 8)

[quote=“BrewingRover”]
I usually make 5 gallons or so of solution but use it for sanitizing a carboy and then a bunch of bottles and other equipment. I then use it soak dirty carboys.[/quote]

If I read you correctly, you are saying you use Star San to soak “DIRTY” carboys?? StarSan is a sanitizer… not a very effective cleaner in my experience… Oxyclean is a good cleaner. Rinse like heck and then use the StarSan…

If this is not what you said… I apologize…

[quote=“JusPlainBill”][quote=“BrewingRover”]
I usually make 5 gallons or so of solution but use it for sanitizing a carboy and then a bunch of bottles and other equipment. I then use it soak dirty carboys.[/quote]

If I read you correctly, you are saying you use Star San to soak “DIRTY” carboys?? StarSan is a sanitizer… not a very effective cleaner in my experience… Oxyclean is a good cleaner. Rinse like heck and then use the StarSan…

If this is not what you said… I apologize…[/quote]
I use Iodophor that I would otherwise dump to soak the carboys and loosen up the gunk. Then it’s PBW or Oxiclean to finish things off.

Thanks for the clarification…

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