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Like I said , ask a different brewer and you will get a different answer.
I am just pleased to see some others admit that they use Iodophor. I have always used it an the only complaint is that it does stain plastic. When I took my microbiology lab at uni, one of the strongest memories I have is an experiment we did comparing different antibiotics with iodine and a couple other basic cleansers. Iodine won hands down as the most effective at killing bugs. My favorite part about iodophor is that it is no rinse. I bought mine from the vet. I got a 500 ml bottle for $5 as they no longer use it. It will last me ages.
To the person who was using steam as a sterilizer - it is effective against many things and will likely result in good beer if your yeast is strong and healthy. But is your equipment sterile? No.
That's interesting about the microbiology lab test results.
I've used Iodophor successfully in the past too but I couldn't bring myself to "no rinse" and rinsed my plastic fermenter with boiling water from the kitchen jug. Worked well and the rinse only took about 60 seconds which is negligible in a 5 hour brew session.
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The Star San drought is over!
Just came back from The Brew House, Wellington and they've had a delivery of Star San 16/8oz as well as Iiodophor and the 5.2 Ph Stabliser.
16oz StarSan was $29.90 and the 8oz is $18.90
Sweet! I just purchased some