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Today LOGIC, Inc. produces One Step – still our sales leader – and Straight-A, but we have also been able to branch out into the commercial beverage cleanser market with products such as AmBrew and Barrel OxyFresh for craft breweries and professional wineries. Our newest product – San Step, is the very first EPA registered sanitizer for home or commercial use. San Step was developed to solve the most common problems encountered with the leading acid/surfactant-based sanitizers.
Formulated at the request of commercial customers looking for alternatives to liquid caustic, AmBrew is an aggressive cleaner that uses alkaline silicates, strong chelating agents and expertly formulated organic additives to handle the heavy-duty needs of your commercial brewing or winemaking environment.
Homebrewing is one of humanity’s oldest activities, and evidence of it has been found in ancient archeological sites – proving that people knew a good thing even back in our earliest years. Today homebrewing is one of the fastest-growing hobbies in America and the world, with a homebrewer in the White House. LOGIC, Inc. is proud to be there to support homebrewers with products such as One Step, Straight-A and San Step for all their cleaning and sanitation needs.
If there is any doubt that winemaking is one of mankind’s most important skills, look no further than the Bible, which details the activities of one of the world’s most famous home winemakers – Jesus of Nazareth. After all, his first miracle, according to the New Testament, was turning water into wine to keep guests happy.
Winemaking has always been a social activity, and LOGIC, Inc. is a proud supporter of winemaking everywhere, with products such as One Step, Barrel OxyFresh, Straight-A and San Step for all your cleaning and sanitation needs.
Any type of fermentation process can be understood as a controlled infection. The key is that we want only our infection to be active! To do this, we remove the unwanted sources of infection such as bacteria, wild yeast, and other fungus, and then introduce our own infectious material (by which we generally mean yeast). “Sanitize” is the term associated with using a biocide to destroy those unwanted organisms.
At LOGIC Inc. our heart and our roots are in homebrewing and winemaking.
Our first product, Straight-A, was created by founder Rick Theiner for personal use because he was unsatisfied with other products on the market at the time. Apparently, so were many others. Rick’s creation quickly became popular among his friends, and then in local supply shops, which led to national distribution and the development of One Step. Rick remains a homebrewer and home winemaker and is constantly working to ensure that LOGIC’s home products are the best on the market.
Though distilling has as rich a history as homebrewing and home winemaking, it is only recently that distilling has become more popular as a home-based activity, although it remains largely illegal in the United States. LOGIC, Inc. proudly provides the products that distillers of water and essential oils in the United States need to keep their equipment and containers clean and sanitized. In certain other countries, they also work well for people who produce their own liquor. Check out our Products pages to learn more about One Step, Straight-A and San Step.
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Let’s talk about what types of soils occur in the process. You know that quality wort or must is critical to your end result, but these consist of a number of substances that change as the boiling and/or fermentation progresses. You’ve probably noticed that some vessels (like mash tuns, presses, or totes) are fairly easy to clean with a water rinse and a sponge or scrub pad, while boiling vessels and fermenters take a lot more effort.
The reactions that result in a hot and cold break are partially to blame, but there is also the association and deposition of minerals and macromolecules that must be considered because they are increased by the heat differential between the fluid and the environment of the vessel, whether it’s during a boil or simply during a long fermentation.
Choosing a Cleanser
Most quality cleansers will incorporate silicates and phosphates that are very helpful, although you may choose not to use a phosphated product. The problem with phosphates and some other chemicals are discussed below. Soda ash is generally a large component because it contributes alkalinity and serves as a good “filler.”
“Filler” in the cleansing industry is a substance that allows users to measure out a tablespoon of a reasonably priced product at a time rather than using an eighth of a teaspoon of a very expensive product. Soda ash is called filler because it is inexpensive, not because it is ineffective.
Environmental Considerations in Cleaning
Phosphates used in cleaning compounds tend to have a bad name in environmental circles because they are excellent micronutrients. Too much phosphate can cause algae blooms that will suck the oxygen out of water bodies.
“Greening” waterways became a problem of great public concern in the 1970’s and ‘80’s and resulted in heavy-handed phosphate bans. The problem, though, is that phosphates have a singular role to play in cleaning operations and industry was forced to devise new compounds to take their place.
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Our tap water has high alkalinity – water hardness is 300, bicarbonate 366 ppm. Is the One Step going to be still effective as a sanitizer when mixed with my water?
And in all seriousness, I can also say that, living in Eastern Pennsylvania, I have similar water — quite hard and very alkaline — and have had no infection problems within the past … uh … well, the last bad batch that I recall was in 2004. Hopefully, it won’t happen again.
How long can One Step Cleanser be kept in a spray bottle for spot clean-ups and still maintain its effectiveness?
I use 1 step on my wine bottles. Do the bottles need to be used immediately after using One Step or, once sanitized, are they okay 3 to 4 days later? I submerge the bottles in One Step and water and place them upside down on a bottle tree dryer, so they are dry at this point. Can I still use them or should I repeat the process and fill with wine while they are wet?
Can I store a solution of One Step in a stainless steel Corny keg for a few months at refrigerator temperatures? I'm looking for an easy way to do a quick cleaning of taps on my kegerator system every couple of weeks, and I thought it would be nice to have a dedicated keg of mild cleaning or sanitizing solution on hand. I keep the keg pressurized with either CO2 or N2. If One Step is not a good option for this application, could you recommend a more appropriate chemical?
(To be honest, you might not notice– if you are really good about regularly cleaning your tap lines and faucets, and it sounds like you are, it doesn’t take a lot to keep them in good shape.)
The Straight-A, on the other hand, does use the active oxygen for cleaning as well, but it also has a lot more components to keep the power up. When I’m having an active season in the brewhouse, I keep a bucket of Straight-A solution as my quick cleaner pretty much open to the air (covered, but not tightly). Even though the oxygen portion degrades there is enough redundancy in the chemical systems to continue to effectively attack the kinds of soil you will encounter (protein, lipids, settled particulates, etc.). Admittedly, you’ll have to waste some beer in rinsing, but I’d waste about half a pint with the One Step anyway simply because of the high surface-area to beer ratio in a tap system. Thanks to Straight-A being free rinsing, that’s about all that I think you’ll need to run through it.
So thanks for the tip– I’ll be making up a keg of Straight-A the next time I get down to the kegerator to give my tap lines a few flushes.
“I have been brewing beer for about 10 years and I really enjoy the brewing process, but all the prep work that needed to be done was daunting at times. The awful aroma of bleach and the washing and rinsing meant that sometimes I’d put off brewing just because of all the hassle. I discussed this with a friend who suggested One Step. He said it really eliminated a lot of the drudge work, and everything was perfect in just “One Step.” I was really skeptical but decided to give it a try. There was nothing to lose and a lot to gain if the product did what it said it would do.
I must say I am completely delighted with One Step. It performs up to all my expectations. I now brew a lot more beer and instead of my home smelling like bleach, it smells like beer! I have since used One Step in winemaking with outstanding results. I am so confident in One Step that I even use it to clean my birdfeeders instead of bleaching them. I have recommended this product to other home brewers and although they are skeptical, as I was, they always tell me how happy they are with the results.
One Step is a wonderful product that cleans and sterilizes all in ONE STEP! I cannot say enough about One Step. It makes brewing a thoroughly enjoyable experience!“
“As a professional brewer I use caustic and acid on the job to clean my equipment. Honestly, they work well and they’re cheap. But when I’m at home, and I do still brew at home, I don’t like to work with those types of hazardous materials. As a result, I prefer to use Straight-A and One Step in my own brewing operation. The products are easy to use and extremely effective. The fact that they are also environmentally friendly doesn’t hurt a bit.“