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General Homebrew Discussion / cleaning bottles
« on: March 11, 2017, 10:57:10 AM »
My procedure for keeping bottles sanitized and clean is as follows.  I always have two five gallon buckets with a strong water bleach solution sitting in the basement filled with bottles.  Upon removing them from the buckets, I run them under tap water and give them a thorough rinse.  Place them in a rack upside down to dry.  Once dry, place them into cases and store until I need them.

On bottling day, I take these bleached bottles and give them a Starsan soak for three minutes or so and invert them once again for about five minutes.

Assuming water from the tap is sterile, can I skip the Starsan soak?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Home-brew Digest forum
« on: February 27, 2017, 12:01:35 PM »
Anyone know what happened to the old HBD.org?  Do I have to re-register and start from scratch ?

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All Grain Brewing / racking to secondary
« on: February 27, 2017, 11:55:00 AM »
For years it was my practice to rack to a secondary carboy and cold crash to help with clearing.  I would sometimes leave the beer in secondary for as long as 60 days. 

I've been reading that their is really no need to rack off anymore.  Can I still chill the beer down after fermentation has stopped leaving it on the yeast?

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All Grain Brewing / BIAB method
« on: February 25, 2017, 03:50:40 PM »
Don't want to sound like I don't know much but what does BIAB method mean?

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All Grain Brewing / Allagash Tripple
« on: February 18, 2017, 02:51:45 PM »
Just had one of these brews side by side to my Tripple Belian. Almost exact except that Allagash had a bit more of a yeasty flavor. What do I need to do to achieve that. Not that I think Allagash is the best Belgian out there, just that i enjoyed it a bit more.

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All Grain Brewing / What flavor should I expect
« on: January 17, 2017, 03:09:34 PM »
Using 7 lbs Vienna 3 lbs Pilsner malt.  What will the Vienna impart with that percentage of the total grain bill?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Mold?
« on: January 05, 2017, 08:24:11 AM »
Small white dots on the surface of primary. Beer has been in carboy 27 days.  Tell me it's not mold.  Beer seems to smell alright.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Swirling a carboy
« on: December 14, 2016, 11:35:49 AM »
There seem to be some opinions out there that rousing the yeast in primary is not advisable. Comments?

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Yeast and Fermentation / In primary
« on: December 09, 2016, 05:47:01 AM »
How long can I leave the beer on the yeast before ill effects will set in.

BV

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General Homebrew Discussion / Carboy headspace
« on: November 30, 2016, 10:20:10 PM »
I recently racked 5 gallons of an American ale into a six gallon carboy.  Because it is not totally full, will the air space affect the beer?

Thanks

BV

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All Grain Brewing / Pumpkin Ale
« on: November 15, 2016, 02:30:05 PM »
Cracked open the first Pumpkin Ale just in time for Thanksgiving.  It is outstanding.  Not because I brewed it but it is the best that I have had all season.  Was very disappointed with all the commercial brands I've tried.  Happy to post the recipe should anyone want to see it.

BV

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Equipment and Software / pH monitor
« on: November 07, 2016, 02:11:38 PM »
Been looking on Amazon for a reasonably priced pH monitor.  There are so many and at such varying prices.  Any recommendations out there?

BV

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General Homebrew Discussion / Water hardness
« on: November 06, 2016, 06:50:27 AM »
I have read so much about StarSan losing effectiveness in hard water.  I have my municipality water report and the range of hardness is between 61-101 (as CaC03) ppm.  The NJ upper limit is 250.
iron ND-192 (upper limit 300)
aluminum ppb ND-172 (upper limit 200)
ph units 6.4-7.4 (upper limit 6.5-8.5)
silver ppb ND-9.7 (upper limit 100)
sodium ppb 22-27 (upper limit 50)
sulfate ppb 12-14 (upper limit 250)
zinc ppb ND-0.03 (upper limit 5)
Total dissolved solids 76-318 (upper limit 500) 

I have been using StarSan for years with no apparent ill effects.  Should I be concerned especially with making yeast starters?

BV

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General Homebrew Discussion / StarSan
« on: November 04, 2016, 08:07:46 AM »
I read someplace once that when StarSan get's cloudy it is loosing it's effectiveness.  Any truth to that?  Mine turns cloudy almost immediately.

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