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    So, does this work?
    If I spray or clean the equipment with ethanol bought on pharmecies or the supermarket, will the equipment be sanitized?

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    What is the alcohol level?
    7 out of 4 people have a hard time using their hydrometer!

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    96% I believe.
    Although there are also with 70%.

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    805 will do it. why not just use starsan
    7 out of 4 people have a hard time using their hydrometer!

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    70% ethanol is the optimal antibacterial concentration, but starsan is generally cheaper. You can put starsan in a spray bottle too!


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    In the city i live it is not that easy to find star san... and the nearest homebrew store is 60km away. So, the only way to get it is online, and the shipping costs like half of the products price. Whereas the Ethanol (96% - 250ml) costs like 0,75 cent (1/12 or so of star san's price). That's why I wanted to know if it worked, since bleach is too agressive. Is the 96% ok? or should I use the 70%?

    Thank you!

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    70% is optimal for killing of bacteria. 100% evaporates too fast to be effective.

    A warning though: most cheap 100% ethanol has a bitter substance added to prevent consumption. This substance can get into your mead if you use the ethanol for sanitation. Maybe confirm it’s pure first.

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    Here in the States it would be called PGA - pure grain alcohol - and only available in liquor stores. Everclear is a popular brand and they have both 151 proof (75%) and 190 proof (95%).
    Dave from New Haven County

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    What I'm referring to is something like this:
    https://www.lojapro.pt/image/cache/M...37-800x800.jpg

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    Doesn't have to be starsan. starsan just happens to be the brand name they use in the united states. if you live in europe then you will start disregarding many brand names they use on these forums. except maybe when it comes to yeast but those could be easily found in europe so no worries there. Instead of starsan you could probably use just about any sanitizing chemical the brewstore has as long as you follow the instructions correctly.
    I bought a 1kg packet of powder which I mix with hot water which was imported from Italy. Don't even know the name of the brand but it works great and it costs a fraction of any other product I could use.
    Don't know about that ethyl alcohol. the same arguments from before are still true
    "Shouldn’t we say wine is a mead-like beverage made with grapes substituted for the honey?" - Steve Piatz

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    Yeah I believe you. But many products I see are just cleaners, not sanitizers. Can you tell me what product is that from Italy?
    Thanks!

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    don't know the name of the brand. I bought it and had to put it in a jar because the bag did not re-seal well. But again, here in Malta we get a lot of italian brands. Check what brands you get and what they do and whether or not they do what you wish.
    "Shouldn’t we say wine is a mead-like beverage made with grapes substituted for the honey?" - Steve Piatz

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    Are there any components I should avoid?
    like chlorine?

    Should I use alcaline, neutral ou acid detergents?

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