Sanitizing is a separate procedure from cleaning, and it requires the use of chlorine or iodine mixed with water to kill off any remaining bacteria after you cleaned your equipment.

  • First, you need to mix up some sanitizing solution, using either unscented chlorine bleach (2 ounces per 5 gallons of water) or pure iodine (1 ounce per 5 gallons of water) and cold water. You can mix this up in a big basin, a sink, or a bathtub, so long as whatever you put it in has been thoroughly cleaned.

  • The brewpot and the primary fermenter (and the bottling bucket, when you get around to using it) don't need to be soaked; you can mix up sanitizing solution right in them and you can soak other items in them.

  • All small items should be completely immersed in the sanitizing solution in the sink or in one of the large pieces of equipment.

  • Once everything is full of or immersed in sanitizing solution, you can kick back and wait for 30 minutes while the solution does its work.

  • Get rid of all the sanitizing solution and rinse all of your equipment well in hot water.

  • Set everything somewhere clean and let it dry.

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