Cleaning Really Does Matter
As all Home Brewers know, many things that go into making great beer, including ingredients, styles, and methods. If you don’t properly clean and sanitize your equipment…….ALL BETS ARE OFF!!!!
Five Star Rules of Cleaning and Sanitizing
You can only sanitize clean equipment.
Dirty equipment will always contain bacteria.
Cleaners ARE NOT sanitizers. Whether alkali or acid, cleaners should not be used as the final procedure.
Sanitizers ARE NOT cleaners. Sanitizing is the final procedure after cleaning or on clean equipment just prior to brewing.
Cleaning and sanitizing can be improved by time and temperature. Allowing longer contact time and/or increasing the temperature of solutions will improve the results.
Do not overuse chemicals. “More is not better”. It normally requires more water and/or higher temperatures to rinse, and may leave an unwanted residue or just cake on to the equipment. Follow the directions.
Cleaners and sanitizers must come in contact with 100% of the soils. This means that all blind areas, such as man-way lips or racking arms, must be hand cleaned and sanitized, use of spray balls can be very effective.
Never add water to chemicals. Always blend cleaning or sanitizing chemicals into water.