Homebrewers typically use chemicals like Star-San to sanitize, but there is more than one way to skin a cat.
Heat is another way that we sanitize via boiling the wort.
But what about ultraviolet sanitiation (UV)?
Riding on the coattails of our country's germaphobia, UV is all over the place. Turn on the TV and within 5 minutes you'll see a commercial with Mom blasting her kids' toothbrushes and stuffed animals with a UV light saber.
While I tend to agree with George Carlin on germs when it comes to personal health, germs have absolutely no place in a brewery (except for bugged beers of course) which leads me to wonder…
Could UV sanitation be used in a brewery?
Obviously you don't want to expose your beer to UV radiation because that would sunk it, but what about your equipment? Could you..
- Wave a UV wand over your autosiphon and sanitize it?
- Put a UV air sanitizer in your brewhouse?
- Zap your beer bottles and save all of that dunking and draining?
I don't have the answer so I'm asking if anyone has experience with this.
I'm sure by posing the question I am the natural fit to be the guinea pig (crap). I'd rather not risk a batch of beer but it would be cool to do a side-by-side with Star-San and UV and then determine in a lab which one is more effective.
Anyone got a lab?