My SOP is to lift the fermenter out of the freezer, use my elbow to knock the lid down, put fermenter on lid, rack. A bit of the sediment does get stirred up, but after a few minutes most will settle back down. RDWHAHB.
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I make my starsan with RO and save it for months. I replace it when it gets dirty or the volume becomes too low to be useful. I'd put my cost at about $6 a year for the water and concentrate. Also a spray bottle set to mist/foam would work as well without needing to fill the fermenter.Why? At the temp of the HLT there's not going to be anything in there. Seems like more hassle w/the foam to me, let alone the cost.Good idea. If you get it hot enough it will be sanitized too.I would still follow up with starsan personally.
Now if your going to make up 5 gal of starsan anyway for your utensils, then maybe it wouldn't hurt to double use it, but I wouldn't just for an already sanitized container.
Some people use a hydrometer right in the fermenter but I would only do that in a glass vessel so I could see from the side.That sounds like a good idea at first, but once it's coated in crud, the accuracy will be way off. I suppose it can be used to see when fermentation is complete.
Ok. I just thought that it would throw the hops balance off for some reason. Seems like I had read it somewhere. Will try the mentioned adviceWell, the hops would be crazy out of balance if you figured your boil off wrong.
I hear he would have entered. If only he had the willpower to not drink all five gallons out of the siphon hose.
I disagree. The number of entries (200-300 posts ago) wasn't much higher compared to quaff."Spirit of the Law," in my mind means we BNers are intentionally trying to take advantage of the rules. That's what the 1500# goalie example would be.
Not my perception of it. Just that the nationwide saturation makes it unavoidable. Again, no axe to grind on my part.