Should I completely submerge or simply hand wash my new stainless to passivate it?

There is a time factor involved with passivation, so ideally you would completely submerge the vessel and allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes.  This would free you from the arduous task of sponging Starsan onto the fermenter wall for that length of time.  Furthermore, you would likely get a better result with submersion then simply hand washing.  Lastly, Starsan mixed to that degree of strength can be harmful to exposed skin that it comes into prolonged contact with, so take extra precaution. 

 

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