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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dishwasher Sanitize vs. Jet Bottle Washer
« on: December 16, 2012, 02:26:42 PM »
Gotta put another shout out for the dishwasher.  No chemicals to worry about.  One tbs of B-Brite and 1.5 hours later you are ready to bottle.....no fuss, no muss!

Glad to see all the agreement on dishwashing. Thanks for the input, all.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dishwasher Sanitize vs. Jet Bottle Washer
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:44:45 PM »
Thanks for the welcome and quick responses,

I clean out the bottles with a quick rinse and shake before sanitizing, but when described as it is above, the jet washer seems like it would make that process much less tedious.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: nothing is Happening
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:33:15 PM »
:D for a second there i though id have to restart the fermentation process, i will hopefully bottle on Thursday, when i have the time thank you.

I brewed a kit English Brown a little while back. The kit beer began visibly fermenting in less than 48 hours but only got me to around 3.8% ABV. The real success came 2 weeks later when adding Wyeast when I went to secondary to make the beer sour. It kicked me up to about 4.8%. I left the beer in secondary for 8 weeks and had outstanding results - I recommend the same process if you like sour ales.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Drink IPA's Fresh!
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:26:35 PM »
yeah I would say most of my beer including IPAs are best 6-7 week after brewing. I personally like that the bitterness mellows out a bit in my IPAs. I say this knowing that I probably prefer IPAs that are more balanced and have less bitterness than most. Because of this, the whole "freshness" notion may not apply as much.

6 -7 week rule is about the same for me, probably with a little longer of a window. I find that IPAs in particular tend to get gradually better for 6-9 weeks, then start to degrade quickly thereafter.

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Kegging and Bottling / Dishwasher Sanitize vs. Jet Bottle Washer
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:22:23 PM »
Hello all,

I am just joining the AHA, so this is probably not a new question, but I was hoping to get a variety of opinions on this topic.

I have bottled several batches, and each time, I have sanitized my bottled by soaking them in a solution of water and iodophor, then putting them in the dishwasher (with no detergent, ect) on the sanitize setting. This has worked well, but takes a long time.

I am thinking about getting a jet bottle washer, but I am not sure if this will be more effective than my current method. Does anyone have experience with both/have a preference one way or the other?

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