What to Do When You Run Out of Sanitizer?
Let me paint a picture for you. The weekend comes and you got a few hours to brew and drink some beer. Sounds great right? You get everything organized and get all setup to start to brew. Then you realize you have No-Sanitizer! Nooooo!
This can ruin many brew days, but you don’t have to worry, we wanted to talk about some alternatives you can use when don’t have any Mr. Beer No-Rinse Cleanser on hand. Most of these are items that you may already have in your house or something that you can pick up really quick at any store.
You can use bleach to sanitize your brewing equipment. The rule of thumb is to use 1 cap full of bleach for every 1 gallon of water. You will want to make sure the bleach is non-scented. A scented bleach can lead to odd smells and flavors in your brew. When using the bleach, you will want to mix up the solution of 1 cap to 1 gallon of water and then sanitize like you normally would. The only difference being that you will want to rinse your fermenter, bottles and utensils afterward until the smell of bleach is gone. This will help to prevent you getting some odd smells or flavors in your beer.
Oxy Clean Free
You will want to mix 1 tablespoon of this to a gallon of water. Again, once you mix this up you will use it the same way that you would normally sanitize. With this one we would also recommend giving everything a light rinse once you have covered them in the solution. The Oxy Clean Free has a similar chemical breakdown as our Mr. Beer No-Rinse Cleanser but since it is not Food Grade, we would suggest rinsing it to be safe.
Another great substitute is Hydrogen Peroxide. This works like our No-Rinse Cleanser. You will want to make sure that the grade of peroxide is at a 3% of higher. This can be found at most drug stores. You don’t need to mix this with water or anything. Get enough so you can sanitize all your equipment. You will use this the same exact way that you use our No-rinse cleanser.
That covers all the replacement cleaners you can use just in case you don’t have any Mr. Beer No-Rinse Cleanser. If you brew a lot, I would suggest stocking up on some of the cleansers, it never hurts to have a few extra. I would also look at getting a small bottle of Startsan. This works great and something that I have used many times before. It’s a great alternative to use instead of the No-Rinse. I think the easiest thing to do is stock up on No-Rinse, they are only .95 cents!