Report on sanitizing using a bleach and vinegar solution

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This is my report on my experimentation over several batches with a
bleach and vinegar sanitizing solution; for those unfamiliar with what
I'm speaking about, I believe there is at least one old thread about the
subject on this group and in a few other forums as well; here is a
tinyurl link to one of them: http://tinyurl.com/ytdbqu
The concept is based on a podcast on 'Basic Brewing Radio' which hosted
Charlie Talley from Five-Star Chemicals, which you can listen to here:
http://media.libsyn.com/media/basicbrewing/bbr03-29-07.mp3
CAUTION: Do NOT mix bleach and vinegar directly; it is dangerous!
However, I'm convinced it is safe to do it by following his directions.

Prior to this experiment, I had been using Iodophor with great success,
but decided to give this a try.  Following the directions that Charlie
provided, I mixed a solution of five (5) gallons of water with _eactly_
1 tablespoon of bleach, stirred it well, and then added _exactly_ 1
tablespoon of _white_ vinegar, as suggested.  I then used it as a "no
rinse" sanitizer for everything during bottling.  I am happy to report
that I have not detected any off-flavors from doing so.  I'm going to
guess that, as cheap as bleach and vinegar are, that this is probably
less expensive than Iodophor, but my main reason for trying this is that
I can get them at the local grocery store in a pinch whereas the
Iodophor is a little harder to get in a little town like where I live.

Cheers.

Bill Velek - PERSONAL sites = www.velek.com & www.2plus2is4.com
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I'm bottling three batches today: a pale ale, a brown ale, and a stout.
  I'm using the vinegar/bleach solution again.  I'll report any problems.

Cheers.

Bill Velek - PERSONAL sites = www.velek.com & www.2plus2is4.com
720+ homebrewer group just for Equipment: www.tinyurl.com/axuol
330+ just for Growing Hops/Herbs/Grains: www.tinyurl.com/3au2uv
NEW group just for Homebrewing Supplies: www.tinyurl.com/2wnang
Join 'Homebrewers' to Help Cure Disease: www.tinyurl.com/yjlnyv

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