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Old 12-09-2017, 08:51 PM   #1
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Just wondering if anybody knows/uses eco friendly sterilising products? I'm in a unique situation where my waste water from my house goes to a septic tank, so a more eco friendly way of cleaning my brewing equipment would be good!
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:54 PM   #2
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Sanitise using heat, i.e. use boiling water. There are forumites that do this and do it effectively

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Sodium metabisulphate solution?

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Sodium percarbonate.
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Boiling water - I never use anything else and never had an infection so obviously it works.
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Could you also use steam cleaner?
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My two pennies worth for what its worth!

I have used sodium percarbonate (as I speak I am using it to clean a batch of bottles), and as a cleaner it works well, especially in soft water. My water however is hard so I also add sodium carbonate and sodium metasilicate in approximately equal proportions, which I believe is then similar to PBW. Whilst it certainly cleans, I am not so certain that it make a great, or even good, sterilizer. I used it for cleaning/sterilizing for a short while and had huge problems with infections getting into brews.

Others with more experience will be along soon I'm sure, to advise on a suitable sterilizer. Given the amount of chemical you will be using for home brew purposes, I think the damage would be quite minimal to your septic tank, and certainly not cause any real issues. Hope this helps.
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Old 13-09-2017, 10:12 AM   #8
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Sodium percarbonate (oxi bleach) will break down to nothing more than water, oxygen and soda powder, you would use this for cleaning with and it is considered as eco friendly, for sanitising after cleaning use starsan which is reusable and non rinse so in essence you aren't putting it down your drain anyways.
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well my brewshed waste pipe runs out to the back of the compost heap, ive used laundry oxi and starsan almost exclusivly for cleaning and sanitation up there and the weed growth where the water runs too is out of control.. (thats all on me tho )
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Lots of boiling water to kill off lots of nasties and belt and braces with Milton sterilising fluid? It's sodium hypochlorite and degrades into water and salt.
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