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Cleaning & Sanitation
- No-rinse formula
- Environmentally friendly
- Foaming cleaning action
- Use 1 oz. per 5 gallons of water
- A blend of phosphoric acid and dodecyl benzene
- Nozzle creates a high level of pressure
- May require the use of a faucet adapter
- Jet Bottle Washer
- Used for cleaning bottles and carboys
- Small enough to clean tubing
Winemaking Cleaning and Sanitation
The debris left over from a previous batch can carry bacteria that reacts badly with the yeasts and the sugars. Dirt and contamination ruin perfectly good batches of wine. That’s why it’s important to clean and sanitize all of your wine making equipment thoroughly before and after every batch you make, but be careful about which harsh cleanser you use. Some industrial soaps and cleaners will stick to the sides of your carboy and brewing implements which will ruin any batch of wine. Rinsing with the hot water helps, but it is best to only use dedicated winemaking cleaning supplies and winemaking sanitation chemicals on your fermentation equipment in the first place.
Keeping Your Equipment in Top Condition
Making wine is not only fun because you get to drink it but also because you get to taste the variations of flavors you created. Sometimes your wines come out better than you expected, and you will want to be able to replicate the results. However, that can be very difficult to do after contaminates enter your winemaking equipment. The skill of reproducing favorable results begins with proper cleaning and sanitation.
You will need the supplies that work best for your specific needs. The chemicals in your water have a major impact on the the flavor of your wines, but it also has an impact on how your cleaners interact with the surfaces of your equipment. An alkaline wash helps to reduce the excessive calcium found in your water supply. Evidence of this can be found on your wine glasses when you get water spots that are hard to remove. Hard waters spots are places where other contaminants may hide. If your tap water already contains too much calcium, you will need to address this issue to get your carboy and bottles truly clean.
Other environmentally friendly sanitizers are designed to kill bacteria without leaving chlorine residue on your equipment. This helps to keep unpleasant chemical flavors from being introduced into your batch. Environmentally friendly cleaners are also better for your home plumbing. This is especially true if you live in a rural area and depend on a septic system. If your washing station is outside of your normal kitchen and lacks adequate drainage, you will need to be able to dispose of your waste water without contaminating the ground around your home.
Scrub brushes and jet nozzles make it so that you are able to clean inaccessible areas. The mouth of your glass bottles and carboys are too small for your hands to fit inside. A wash nozzle sprays a jet of water into these areas and can be used to clear out the tubes and lines you use to transfer your wine from one container to another. Specially shaped brushes can reach to scrub along the inside of your bottles.
For your plastics, it is important not to scratch the surfaces of your containers and tools. Bacteria can hide in small cracks and scratches you accidentally create while cleaning. Even with thorough scrubbing, these irritants can be difficult to remove. It is better to use scrubbing cloths that remove dirt without leaving scratches to help extend the life of your plastics.
Proper cleaning and sanitation is part of the skill of brewing wine at home. To get the best results out of each batch, make sure you are using the best quality products on your fermentation equipment. Find all of the top quality cleaning and sanitation supplies you need at Wine Cooler Direct.
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California Prop 65
General Summary of Proposition 65
The “California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986” (more commonly referred to as ‘Proposition 65’)
was enacted to ensure that customers be properly warned when a product contains a substance known to cause cancer or
reproductive harm. The law requires the State of California to publish and maintain (annually) a list of substances
to be available to the general public. Additionally, the law requires that businesses properly notify residents of
the State of California about the presence of these substances in the products they purchase, or that may be present
in their homes, workplaces, or that otherwise may be released into the environment. The specific list contains a wide
range of naturally occurring and synthetic substances including manufacturing and construction chemicals, pesticides,
tobacco, food-additives, solvents, household products, drugs and byproducts created from a specific product usage.
For complete list of these chemicals, visit: http://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/proposition-65-list
What is the California Proposition 65 Warning?
You may have noticed the below warning label on our products, or on products from other manufacturers. The warning has become increasingly commonplace and oftentimes raises questions about why the warning exists, and what it means to a customer. The warning itself is just one of many requirements for businesses operating in and/or selling products to customers in the the State of California. The warning does not mean that a product that includes the warning will cause cancer or reproductive harm, but rather it simply is provided in order to educate the consumer that a substance may exist. A large number of the substances listed under Proposition 65 have been in regular use for many years without any documented harm to a consumer. This is due to the low concentrations and minimal exposure that actually occurs with these substances. Those chemicals, however, have been determined by the State of California to be listed as potentially harmful.
I don’t live in California. Why did my product include this warning?
In order to ensure compliance with Proposition 65 requirements we have determined that all products manufactured by
Living Direct Inc, including products sold under the EdgeStar, Avallon and Koldfront brands, should include the
above-referenced warning label. This labeling requirements exists for all of our products regardless of the
location / destination to which the product is ultimately sold and/or shipped.
We believe that our products, when used as designed, are not harmful and as such this warning is provided in order to properly conform to the requirements of Proposition 65.
For complete details regarding Proposition 65, please visit:http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65.html
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