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Yeast and Fermentation / Plastic bucket vs water jug
« on: October 15, 2013, 03:48:50 PM »
I've looked up fermenters, and most are pretty expensive.  I see that most people use food grade plastic buckets.  Just out of curiosity, is there a reason these are better than something like this?

I have no idea, so that's why I'm asking.  I'm sure there's a reason for the way things are done.  I know the price of that particular jug above is much more expensive than a bucket, but is that the only factor?

I also know that it likely won't have as good of a seal than a plastic bucket, but I'm sure a rubber seal could easily be fabricated to seal the lid to the bottle.  If you can put a hole for an airlock in the plastic bucket, to release gasses, seems like you could with this too.

General Homebrew Discussion / Oklahoma law changes
« on: October 14, 2013, 07:58:07 PM »
Hello all, if this is in the wrong place, feel free to move it for me if you can, as I didn't see any other place to put this.  I was reading through the Oklahoma Statutes on this site, and I saw it mentioned about how homebrewers can only brew up to 3.2% alcohol content.  I know that is currently the same law for beers sold in grocery stores and in some bars I believe.  I heard that law is about to change next month, and will be closer to Texas' 6 point laws.  I wonder if this will affect homebrewers here....

Other Fermentables / Possible noob question about growing yeast
« on: October 14, 2013, 05:44:54 PM »
When making a fruit based cider, would there be any benefit to making growing some yeast from the fruit you'll be using in the cider?  I have no idea if local fruit, water, yeast, etc, would have any benefit at all in the brewing process :)

For as long as I've been legal to do so, I've always been a Budweiser drinker.  A lot of heavier beers aren't really for me, too bitter for my taste.  My fiancee can't drink beer at all.  So we've recently ventured into fruity ales.  I know this isn't serious brewing, making a dark flavorful lager or anything.  But I've tried Leinenkugels, Angry Orchard, Reds, etc, and really like the fruit flavors you can get, and it's something I can share with my fiancee.  Is brewing something like this similar to beer brewing?  I like to DIY whenever possible, as I love to learn new things, and perhaps find a new hobby.  Definitely not doing it to save money, but not wanting to spend big bucks, as we're really not heavy drinkers, just occasionally, and it would be nice to have a few bottles of my own brew in the fridge ready for us when we want :)  Anybody else here like this, or is everybody brewing up huge amounts?  I guess I'm just looking for a good place a newbie can go to learn about the process of home brewing.

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