The consensus is “no”. First, Starsan disinfects viruses on surfaces, but NOT your hands. Starsan is acid based and will damage most household surfaces.
STAR SAN is also an excellent hand sanitizer. Daily disinfection with STAR SAN leaves equipment in an acidic state that eliminates water stains. It is not recommended to use STAR SAN on soft metals as this product is acidic.
Star San takes 30 seconds to disinfect the home appliances. Star San is a contact sanitizer, which means you don’t have to fully submerge everything. Simply spray all surfaces liberally, then wait a minute or two for the excess sanitizer to run off.
Star San (32 oz) A high-foaming, acid-based, no-rinse sanitizer that is effective and easy to use. Self-foaming, which helps penetrate cracks and crevices.
STAR SAN ACID SANITIZER contains 300 ppm dodecylbenzene sulfonic acid and 780 ppm phosphoric acid when applied at the stated dilution rate.
Saniclean is brown, foams little and has the aroma you describe. Star San is able to disinfect with a 30-second contact. Saniclean is marketed as an acid rinse after caustic cleaning and to remove odors from train lines. But it is actually able to disinfect, just takes longer.
Star San and is completely safe and non-toxic: any foam left in your vessels or on your equipment will not harm your wine or you. Star San does not release any flavor or odor.
Star San is safe to use on all surfaces but use caution as it is an acid; Contact with soft metals, rubber and plastic should be kept to a minimum. Star San is environmentally friendly, biodegradable and does not harm sewage treatment plants.
An open container prevents mold growth. Disinfect the bottles with Star San solution before filling them, but fill them before they dry. Star San is only effective if the disinfected surface remains wet.
You can store Star San in an airtight container for up to 2-3 weeks and as long as the pH is below 3 it’s still good. It is also best to mix it with RO or distillate to keep the solution from becoming cloudy.
This is not a one night stand! You can reuse Star San many times. A good rule of thumb is that as long as it’s clear it’s good (barring the bubbles, smartass). As soon as it starts to turn white, you better throw it away as it has most likely lost most of its potency.
It is perfectly safe to consume, so the only concern is the taste aspect. If your beer tastes good, then no problem. I can easily get a tablespoon in a 3 gallon batch just from what’s in the fermenter/bottling bucket/keg/etc. is left.
Food grade, sometimes referred to as food safe, sanitizers have been tested and certified safe for contact with food. This means that even if the disinfectant comes into contact with food, it is not harmful if swallowed.
SaniClean is an acid-based surface sanitizer similar to Star San. It works in the same way, lowering the pH of the surface to a point that eliminates potential contaminants. However, it does not foam as much as Star San. It is also used at a higher rate, 1 ounce per 3 gallons of water.
Easy to use, effective and one of the best sanitizers for beer and wine equipment. PBW cleans hard-to-reach areas and is safe on skin, stainless steel, rubber, soft metals and plastic.
Can I use Star San to disinfect my pet’s supplies? No, Star San is dangerous for animals.