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Kegging and Bottling / Bleach in bottles
« on: February 28, 2010, 12:41:16 PM »
Hello, on a Thursday I placed my bottles (already cleaned of labels and glue) in a 18 gallon container and filled with water and bleach (ratio of 4 gal to 1 oz).  I had to bottle Saturday night, b/c i was leaving on a trip Sunday morning.  Well on Sat at 10pm, thought no problem, I'll take em out rinse, bottle and be on my way... ???  I took the bottles out and it felt like sandpaper or an etching on the outside of most of the bottles.  After rubbing one for a few moments, it came off in the form of whitish pasty stuff.  I assume this has to do with the chlorine.  It was on the inside as well. 
Having to still travel, no bottle brush, and only a few options I rinsed each one, then filled each with hot water, let soak for 10 minutes each, vigoruesly shook, then emptied.  I know it didn't remove all of the stuff and could even see a bit of white in the neck, and soaking alone in hot water did not remove the stuff from the outside so it probably didn't do much for the inside.  So....having had to bottle since, will there be a potential health risk from drinking these? Anyone else ever have this?  Is it indeed chlorine drying on the bottles (the bottles were still plenty below the water/bleach line)?  Beer is safe to drink? 
Thanks indeed!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Starting gravity vs. volume
« on: November 05, 2009, 08:15:10 PM »
Recently I brewed a batch (a 5 gal recipe) and started w/4.25 gallons in the kettle.  After evap and leaving (probably too much) solids in the bottom, I transferred the cooled wort into the carboy and had about 3.8 gallons.  OG was meant to be 1.075, it was a bit higher so I put in some water and brough it to 1.075, but only had a total of 4.1 gallons at that point.  So question is, when going for recipe brews is it better to hit the target gravity or target volume? Or personal preference of having more of lower ABV beer?  BTW, the end brew turned out tasty, but 1.9% ABV less than the recipe said... No substitutions were made either.  Comments on any/all this appreciated!
Cheers!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Lids?
« on: November 05, 2009, 08:03:23 PM »
Hello, with regards to extract brewing, do you all use lids on your brew kettle or keep them on only during certain times of the brewing?  Cheers,

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