Properly cleaned and sanitised equipment is the first step to ensure your fermentation produces high quality beer. Without this step, you are heading into dangerous territory with the high likelihood of a poorly performing fermentation, or worse, a spoiled beer that is un-drinkable.
HOW TO CLEAN
Cleaning is basically described as the removal of solid organic material (material from previous batch, dirt, grime etc) from your brewing equipment. To properly clean your equipment…
Follow These Steps:
RINSE YOUR EQUIPMENT WITH HOT WATER TO REMOVE ANY OBVIOUS LOOSE ORGANIC MATTER.
FILL YOUR FERMENTER WITH 5L HOT WATER AND MIX IN 15g OF A SODIUM PERCARBONATE CLEANING POWDER (or dosage as recommended by manufacturer).
SEAL THE FERMENTER WITH A LID AND GIVE IT A GOOD SHAKE TO CONTACT THE INSIDE SURFACE OF THE FERMENTER.
USING A CLEANING SPONGE, SCRUB THE INSIDE WALLS AND ANY AREAS WHERE ORGANIC MATTER REMAINS. USE THIS SAME SOLUTION TO ALSO CLEAN AND SCRUB ANY OTHER REQUIRED EQUIPMENT.
CONTINUE THIS PROCESS UNTIL ALL ORGANIC MATTER IS REMOVED FROM YOUR EQUIPMENT.
DUMP THE CLEANING SOLUTION AND GIVE YOUR EQUIPMENT A FINAL RINSE WITH WATER TO REMOVE ANY REMAINING CLEANING SOLUTION.
IMPORTANT: Make sure all equipment is completely clean and free from organic material before sanitising equipment.
HOW TO SANITISE
Sanitation is described as the removal of microbial bacteria from your brewing equipment. For proper sanitation…
Follow These Steps:
FILL YOUR FERMENTER WITH 5L OF COLD WATER AND MIX IN 1.5 ml/L (or dosage as recommended by manufacturer) OF A NO-RINSE SANITISER, SUCH AS STELLARSAN.
SEAL FERMENTER WITH A LID AND GIVE IT A GOOD SHAKE TO ENSURE SANTISER COMES IN CONTACT WITH ALL INSIDE SURFACES OF YOUR FERMENTER.
OPEN LID AND TOSS IN ANY CLEANED BREWING EQUIPMENT THAT REQUIRES SANITATION.
LEAVE SANITISER IN CONTACT WITH YOUR BREWING EQUIPMENT FOR 2–3 MINUTES (or contact time as recommended by manufacturer).
After contact time, remove sanitiser from your fermenter. At this point there is no need to rinse your equipment, it is safe and ready to use.