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#1 EWW

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:17 AM

Will starsan mess up a septic system? Yeast sludge and trub? Any concerns or continue brewing like usual?

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:23 AM

I usually dump all my sludge/yeast/trub in the compost pile, the small part I do wash down my basement sink goes into a separate drywell
I use iodophor still so I don't about Starsan, but at the diluted rate it would enter a septic tank I doubt it would have any effect, as the ph would go well above it's useful range

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:40 AM

I would think that yeast/trub would be good for the septic system. as mention the starsan would dilute pretty much immediately to a non-effective level.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:45 AM

I would think that yeast/trub would be good for the septic system. as mention the starsan would dilute pretty much immediately to a non-effective level.


I just want it in my compost, it kicks ass in there too, along with my spent grain

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:52 AM

I just want it in my compost, it kicks ass in there too, along with my spent grain


sometimes I'm too lazy to bring it out. the spent grain def goes in though! the worms seem to love it.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 09:02 AM

sometimes I'm too lazy to bring it out. the spent grain def goes in though! the worms seem to love it.


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now that you mention it, yeah, but it goes in the basement laundry sink, which dumps to a drywell, not the septic tank

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 09:17 AM

I've put yeast, trub, Iodophor, StarSan, you name it down my septic system for over 14 years and had no problems becasue of it.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 09:19 AM

I've put yeast, trub, Iodophor, StarSan, you name it down my septic system for over 14 years and had no problems becasue of it.

compared to drano and other household things that go in it that's nothin'

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 09:47 AM

compared to drano and other household things that go in it that's nothin'


I make it a point to nut use drain cleaners with my system, or put food or grease down the drain.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 10:35 AM

I dump starsan and pbw down mine. At the amounts we are dealing with and other water that's being used in the septic system the PH of these products should neutralize. I've had no issues either. I also dump no big solids either.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 10:36 AM

I also dump no big solids either.


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Posted 13 May 2012 - 10:57 AM

:blink:


Within reason. :)

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 10:57 AM

Within reason. :)

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 11:32 AM

Everytime I've brewed with septic my SRM's are way too high and I get this nutty off-flavor. Diacetyl maybe? :scratch:

In all seriousness the only thing I am weary of dumping down the drain is excessive hop trubbage. If I am emptying a carboy that I've dry hopped in I just dump it in the ditch.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 12:09 PM

Everytime I've brewed with septic my SRM's are way too high and I get this nutty off-flavor. Diacetyl maybe? :scratch:

In all seriousness the only thing I am weary of dumping down the drain is excessive hop trubbage. If I am emptying a carboy that I've dry hopped in I just dump it in the ditch.


I've got to many dogs running around to dump hops in a ditch. Mine go in a composter. The same composter that some bad yeast went into. :)

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 01:01 PM

Every time I see the title, I think you're brewing with septic water. :crazy:

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 05:18 PM

I've got to many dogs running around to dump hops in a ditch. Mine go in a composter. The same composter that some bad yeast went into. :)


That's a good point. I don't have dogs and I live in a very rural area. No 'owned' dogs run loose out here - so no worries from neighborhood dogs. But I do have to be aware of friends with dogs are coming to visit.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:26 PM

Every time I see the title, I think you're brewing with septic water. :crazy:

I'm not making prison hooch

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:28 PM

I'm not making prison hooch


yeah, you aren't basser :frank:

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:27 PM

Thanks all


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