Iodophor in homebrew

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Hi everyone, I've been recommended using Iodophor as apparently it kills a lot more than Starsan. I've never used it before. With homebrew and have some questions:

  • is there a specific concentration I need to buy?
  • How many ml of solution per L is recommended?
  • Is there a recommended contact time?
  • Is it ok for stainless steel?
  • Is it no rinse?
Thanks in advance!
 

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That's the stuff. Yes I do use it on SS but can't remember the dosage, I have it marked it on the dropper I use, but it is on the instructions. A bottle lasts me around 3 years and I brew every other week.
 

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I use between 2 and 2.5 ml in 2 litres of water. And yes at that concentration it's no rinse

Cheers Tom
 

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Great, thank you both for your help! I have just bought a bottle. Because it's from a chemist I had to fill in a bunch of medical questions, like what is my diagnosis :laugh8:
 
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It's quite a common brewing sanitiser in some parts of the world, lots of people used it in NZ when I lived there (it was quite easy and cheap to find as it's used lots in the dairy industry). It's even got health benefits at trace amounts because of the iodine in it. However, I remember people saying it has a tendency to discolour plastic parts over time, which only affects them visually. Don't see it much over here, maybe it's the red tape brigade. Considering switching to it as well as star san seems to be bad for the skin my hands.
 

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There should be an old thread hanging around documenting a good way to clean/sanitise corny's. The stuff is mentioned there. I'll see if I can find it

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Here you go


Cheers Tom
 

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Here you go

I found that thread very useful.

However, be careful what you use to open the ball lock post to let the Oxy get in - I used a screwdriver once and managed to slice one of the o-rings in half. The end of a spoon like the poster uses in that thread is better.
 

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Here you go


Cheers Tom
Thanks for sharing this, it looks really useful. I actually just got my first couple of kegs recently and need to brew a beer to fill them with.
 

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It saved me some wasted beer I'm sure when I first started with my corny's

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I use between 2 and 2.5 ml in 2 litres of water. And yes at that concentration it's no rinse

Cheers Tom
I found iodophor/Videne on another forum and was told the dosage was 1.25ml and used it for years without any apparent problem (I think). I was also told to use 1 teaspoon of citric acid as I live in a hard water area (I think it lowers the ph level of the water and also when the colour from the citric acid disappears, it's exhausted). Has there been a re-formulation over the years to warrant using more iodophor per litre?

That's the stuff. Yes I do use it on SS but can't remember the dosage, I have it marked it on the dropper I use, but it is on the instructions. A bottle lasts me around 3 years and I brew every other week.
Does the efficacy not drop after the use by date? I always assumed it does, so have always ditched it.

Great, thank you both for your help! I have just bought a bottle. Because it's from a chemist I had to fill in a bunch of medical questions, like what is my diagnosis :laugh8:
Really? I've bought four or five bottles over the years, all from different chemists and have never been asked what is was for.

the red tape brigade
Who are they?

I've used Star San on two brews, one of which is conditioning and the other fermenting. To be honest, I'm not sure why I switched to Star San and can't make up my mind about it. There seems to be so much contradictory information about water hardness/cloudiness/water ph level, even that it should be mixed at a certain temperature. On the subject of iodophor, hardly any (that I remember contradiction), so much so, I considering going back already.
 

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I found iodophor/Videne on another forum and was told the dosage was 1.25ml and used it for years without any apparent problem (I think). I was also told to use 1 teaspoon of citric acid as I live in a hard water area (I think it lowers the ph level of the water and also when the colour from the citric acid disappears, it's exhausted). Has there been a re-formulation over the years to warrant using more iodophor per litre?
2.5ml per 2 litres is what I've seen on several forums, this included although it's been mentioned as 1.25 per litre

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I found iodophor/Videne on another forum and was told the dosage was 1.25ml and used it for years without any apparent problem (I think). I was also told to use 1 teaspoon of citric acid as I live in a hard water area (I think it lowers the ph level of the water and also when the colour from the citric acid disappears, it's exhausted). Has there been a re-formulation over the years to warrant using more iodophor per litre?
Is it a case of it depends on the iodophor product as some have higher concentrations than others?
Really? I've bought four or five bottles over the years, all from different chemists and have never been asked what is was for.
Yeah, had to fill in a form saying what my predicament and prescription is. I said it's for homebrew and I won't be using it for medical reasons but got an email asking if I've tried milton instead. Had to respond before they would send it but got a confirmation that it's arriving tomorrow. I'm guessing in person chemists don't ask.
 

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