Sterilizing Equipment.

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Sterilizing Equipment.

Postby Divey » Fri Jan 26, 2007 12:47 am

What does everyone use?
I am also a brewer and I think that most home brewers use a product by the name of Iodophor to clean their brewing gear which is an Iodine based cleanser used mainly in the dairy industry for cleaning milking equipment and cows udders before milking.
This is a "no rinse" sanitizer which makes things easy.
Is it possible to be able to use this for sterilizing cheese making equipment?
I'm asking this question simply because I always have Iodophor on hand.

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Postby BlueCheese » Fri Jan 26, 2007 1:32 am

I just use soap and boiliong water. Unless the equipment been sitting around with grunge on it.
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Postby Divey » Fri Jan 26, 2007 1:39 am

I've been thinking that most smaller items could go in the dishwasher and used immediately.

Like the baskets, hoops etc.

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Postby saucisson » Fri Jan 26, 2007 1:48 am

Hot water/dishwasher here.

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Postby BBQer » Fri Jan 26, 2007 3:19 am

I just wash with hot soapy water and then put everything in a large pot with boiling water for the sterilization part.
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Postby Richierich » Fri Jan 26, 2007 8:08 am

Hot soapy water, and then a 15 minute soak in Milton. No need to rinse after, just give it a good dry down with a clean dry cloth.
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Postby scotty » Fri Jan 26, 2007 12:57 pm

I always wonder how sterilized the cloth, towel or paper towel is :?
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Postby andrewqld » Sat Jan 27, 2007 9:37 am

I use phosphoric acid as a steriliser, this also is used in the dairy industry and is also rinse free. And I use it in my brewery too.
My cheesecloth/muslin I boil on the day.

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Postby Divey » Sat Jan 27, 2007 8:42 pm

andrewqld wrote:I use phosphoric acid as a steriliser, this also is used in the dairy industry and is also rinse free. And I use it in my brewery too.
My cheesecloth/muslin I boil on the day.

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Andrew, what strength is the Phosphoric Acid and what rate do you dilute it?

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Postby andrewqld » Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:18 pm

I have no idea what the strength is Lindsay, this was part of a bulk buy in a 20 lt drum, I have 2 lt in a bundy rum bottle so no details.
I dilute 20ml into 10 lt of water which gives me a PH of <2. This ph level is what is important for killing the nasties.

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