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Title: I've lost my marbles...
Post by: dirtyjerzey on January 12, 2011, 06:01:08 PM
....I'm dry hopping and the bag won't stay down because I can't find the glass marbles I usually use!! (http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/images/smilies/mad.gif)

I got them with a recipe kit a long time ago, but I can't even think of where to start looking for new ones at a store....Toys R Us?

Anything I can use in a pinch?  Trying to think of something I can sanitize and drop in there....

Thx
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Title: Re: I've lost my marbles...
Post by: euge on January 12, 2011, 06:03:48 PM
Shot glass(es)?
Title: Re: I've lost my marbles...
Post by: majorvices on January 12, 2011, 06:10:03 PM
if its in  keg ou can just set the keg on its side. More hops will come in contact with the beer.
Title: Re: I've lost my marbles...
Post by: bluesman on January 12, 2011, 06:19:43 PM
...or if you're not in a hurry just let them float until them become saturated and sink. I think it usually takes about a few days for them to sink.
Title: Re: I've lost my marbles...
Post by: tumarkin on January 12, 2011, 06:20:35 PM
anything stainless steel - washers, nuts, etc
Title: Re: I've lost my marbles...
Post by: morticaixavier on January 12, 2011, 06:30:28 PM
you can get stainless pie weights at most kitchen stores. they are a long chain of stainless ball bearings.
Title: Re: I've lost my marbles...
Post by: dirtyjerzey on January 12, 2011, 06:33:27 PM
I like the shot glass idea...but I might need a tall skinny one to fit through the carboy opening...


As for nuts in my hop sack....I'll leave that alone....making beer not tea  ;)


Title: Re: I've lost my marbles...
Post by: riverrat on January 12, 2011, 06:57:12 PM
you can get stainless pie weights at most kitchen stores. they are a long chain of stainless ball bearings.

I considered that until I realized the tiny hole that the wire runs through to hold the chain together.  First use, no problem.  Second use, what's all this black stuff inside my balls?

And as far as them sinking on their own, I have not seen this happen out of dry hopping in carboy for around 50 batches (both pellet and leaf).  I just fill the carboy as much as possible and pretend it's good.
Title: Re: I've lost my marbles...
Post by: denny on January 12, 2011, 07:13:34 PM
....I'm dry hopping and the bag won't stay down because I can't find the glass marbles I usually use!! (http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/images/smilies/mad.gif)

I got them with a recipe kit a long time ago, but I can't even think of where to start looking for new ones at a store....Toys R Us?

Anything I can use in a pinch?  Trying to think of something I can sanitize and drop in there....

Thx
(http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/images/smilies/biggrin.gif)
You don't need anything at all.  I've never used weights in dry hop bags and I've never felt the beer suffered for not using them.  Make life easy for yourself and just forget about 'm!



Title: Re: I've lost my marbles...
Post by: Hokerer on January 12, 2011, 08:03:39 PM
I've never used weights in dry hop bags and I've never felt the beer suffered for not using them.  Make life easy for yourself and just forget about 'm!

I've never used weights in dry hop bags and I've never felt the beer suffered for not using them.  Make life easy for yourself and just forget about 'm!
Title: Re: I've lost my marbles...
Post by: glitterbug on January 12, 2011, 08:09:12 PM
I got them with a recipe kit a long time ago, but I can't even think of where to start looking for new ones at a store....Toys R Us?

Anything I can use in a pinch?  Trying to think of something I can sanitize and drop in there....


Don't put toys r us in your beer (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21562570/ns/business-consumer_news/)
Title: Re: I've lost my marbles...
Post by: tumarkin on January 12, 2011, 08:20:27 PM
I got them with a recipe kit a long time ago, but I can't even think of where to start looking for new ones at a store....Toys R Us?

Anything I can use in a pinch?  Trying to think of something I can sanitize and drop in there....


Don't put toys r us in your beer (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21562570/ns/business-consumer_news/)

aww, d*mn.... watching those little soldiers bobbing around when the fermenter gets roiling is so entertaining!
Title: Re: I've lost my marbles...
Post by: tomsawyer on January 12, 2011, 08:25:22 PM
That Barracuda helicopter worked great for aeration.  No wonder I was getting 110% efficiency, the lead was throwing off my OG.
Title: Re: I've lost my marbles...
Post by: hoser on January 12, 2011, 08:50:47 PM
Try looking in the toy section at Wal Mart.  That is where I have found mine.
Title: Re: I've lost my marbles...
Post by: maxieboy on January 12, 2011, 09:29:13 PM
I've never used weights in dry hop bags and I've never felt the beer suffered for not using them.  Make life easy for yourself and just forget about 'm!

I've never used weights in dry hop bags and I've never felt the beer suffered for not using them.  Make life easy for yourself and just forget about 'm!


+1
Title: Re: I've lost my marbles...
Post by: tubercle on January 12, 2011, 11:51:43 PM
Smooth river gravel?

Boil them for a while.
Title: Re: I've lost my marbles...
Post by: Slowbrew on January 13, 2011, 07:28:29 PM
You can get decorative glass marble in any craft store like Michael's.  Or in flower shops.  They come in bags of 100 or so for $3 or $4.

Paul