Spend the extra $ and buy Pyrex or Bomex. You can take them straight from the burner to the ice bath without a worry. If you plan to make lagers, I would purchase a 4L or 5L too.
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After emailing with Wyeast a few years ago the only time I decant is if I am doing a delicate style or a volume that is approaching the limits of my fermenter. For 20 gallon batches I generally make a two step, two gallon starter, beginning 48 hours before brew day, on a stir plate with constant O2 feed.
The Wyeast pitch calculator is a great tool:
Gongrats Ron!!!! now you just need to bring the conference to delaware....lol
Well... it will be right in Delaware's backyard next year. I'm excited to see NHC come to Philly.
I would like to know where I can get a flat bottom Erlenmeyer flask. Not the cheap ones that have a domed bottom like the ones Morebeer& NorthernBrewer sell. I have a hard time getting the stir bar to work with my stir starter. It works great with the flat bottom open flasks I have. But they are to small for starters.But they work good for re hydrating dry yeast.
Just an update, I let the cooler ist over the weekend with oxyclean and the smell is now gone! Gonna let it sit for a few more days to see if it comes back.
and BTW, i get tubs of oxyclean at the dollar store so i think i spent $2 (the bottle of bleach had been sitting on the shelf for months unused...)
Bleach deteriorates fairly quickly. Bleach that has been sitting for several months has lost most of its chlorine.
FWIW a lemon juice solution works well for removing smells too.
It helps is you live where citrus grows. Lemons are cheap, or free there.
I would give it a major shot of fresh bleach and let it sit for a day. Then one more shot of OxiClean.
I've got a Blonde Ale that's medalled twice on 90% pale, 5% wheat, 5% munich, mashed @ 150F. Apparently that combo works...