4/28/2016 – What's the difference between b brite and one step? Do I need to use both... For instance clean with b brite and rinse, then use one step and let it air dry?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Both products are cleansers (not sanitizers) so there is no need to use them both. They work in slightly different ways to clean nasty stuff like beerstone and deposits left behind. It is important recognize that cleansers are NOT sanitizers however. After cleaning, it is best to use a sanitizer like iodophor or star san to eliminate bacteria . . .
8/27/2012 – I am interested in recommendations for CLEANING a glass (5-gal) carboy. Overall, the carboy is in great shape (no films, build ups etc), it's in good enough condition I would consider it "new". I have SanStar for sanitizing it, but I haven't done an initial cleaning. What should i use? I read about 10:1 bleach cleaning (10 parts water) I've . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Both Super Grunge Remover and One-Step are great for cleaning glass carboys. See links belowI would NOT use bleach for that or any other purpose related to brewing. It's an effective sanitizer, but not that great of a cleaner. 10:1 ratio is also WAY too much bleach. We've smelled/tasted too many beers ruined by the use of bleach. Just . . .
2/28/2011 – One-Step No-Rinse Cleanser: Can I use this as a sanitizer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it is both a cleanser and a sanitizer.
5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
1/26/2008 – I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
8/13/2007 – Ithere any differance between the One-Step cleaner that you sell, and the OXY-clean that is on TV?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No idea. We don't research or comment on products that we don't sell. Beware of products that have perfumes, dyes, or suffectants in them, however...
5/2/2005 – What is the difference between sanitizing and Cleaning?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: BIG difference. Cleaning is the removal of any grime, oils, residue etc. Sanitizing is the removal of bacteria, molds etc. that can affect your brewing. It is possible to have a surface that is clean, but not sanitized, for instance (and visa versa).
3/7/2005 – What are your thoughts on using bleach to sanitize things???
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We don't like it, having tasted too many beers that were ruined by using too much bleach, or by insufficient rinsing. People often bring in a sample of their beer, and ask "what's wrong". I hate telling them it's their sanitizing BLEACH. Ugh. If it's all you HAVE, by all means use it temporarily in VERY VERY small amounts, but Iodophor . . .
12/12/2004 – Is One-Step, or ANY sanitizers, safe for septic systems?? My local brew supplier hasn't been stocking One Step for a while, and I've been forced to use StarSan.I'm horrified that I'll have a septic problem!!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I'm not very knowledgable about septic systems, but my guess is that StarSan is a bad choice (phosphric acid!). Your best bet is probably using Iodophor. Iodophor dissipates with oxygen in the air, so after using, you could just let it sit in open air until the color goes away. At that point it is harmless, and can be disposed of.
9/22/2004 – Okay, do you have to be able to perform magic in order to get the inside of a siphon hose dry? I know that if you don't keep your siphon hose clean it is the most likely to develop bacteria. Which in turn can do your body some damage, what my friends and I like to call, "screaming Apache butt piss." I clean my siphon hose exceptionally well . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Well...the only time this hose has to be sanitary is just before you use it. A little moisture, as long as it's clean, shouldn't be an issue. Before use, however, it makes sense to run a little sanitizer thru the tubing so that it is clean AND sanitized. After using, give it a rinse and forget it. Mornings with the wife should be reserved . . .
6/22/2004 – i need a product to clean beer lines without rinsing
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There is a difference between cleaning and sanitizing. Iodophor will sanitize, but it is not a cleaner. You would normally "flush" the lines with beer anyway, would you not?A product call One-Step might be what you need, but you should still flush it. You can find it in our "Cleaners and Sanitizers category.
3/4/2004 – Regarding cleaning bottles: is using a bottle washer a replacement for a bottle brush? We have been rinsing (after inital pour), soaking, scrubbing then sanitizing before bottling. Can we just bottle wash, sanitize then bottle?? Thanks for answering you've got a great supply website.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It sounds like you do way more than I do. Frankly, I have never had a problem with a bottle that was rinsed after being used, and then sanitized before filling. As long as your bottles don't accumulate a lot of "crud" between uses, I see no reason for all that scrubbing. I'm sure you will find people who disagree with my approach, . . .
12/1/2003 – Hello,Just getting back into it after a few years off. In any case I find being sanitary the largest pain in the arse during the process. I am so consumed about sanitation it bugs me. So I have the following questions. After sanitizing my equipment, like the funnel, siphon hoses, fermenter etc, how long can they sit in the open air before . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Wow. You ARE consumed about sanitation. I believe you've taken it too far. Making beer is really no different than making soup, and common kitchen practices are usually sufficient for brewing. I have never had an infection, and after working in a brewship for 10 years, I have only "heard" of a few from customers. Yes, things like fermenters . . .
11/19/2003 – After a long hiatus (about 10 years), I am returning to the homebrewing world. Is it a good idea to replace my plastic equipment (fermenters, tubing, etc.) or will a good dose of sanitizer bring it back into safe, usable condition?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would keep the fermenters. As long as they are not too crusty, and a good cleaning will restore them. Cleaning is different than sanitizing, of course, so after a thorough cleaning, use something like Iodophor to make sure it has been sanitized as well.Siphon hose is known to harbor bacteria, however, and is inexpensive to replace. I . . .
9/8/2003 – Is this stuff the same as Oxywash detergent? How effective is this sanitizer after the water is discolored a bit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not sure if it's the same as "Oxywash". I'm guessing that they are both proprietary mixes. They are probably similar however.Please understand that this product is a CLEANSER, not a sanitizer. They are different terms, with different meaning. You can have something that is very clean, yet not sanitized. And visa-versa.
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