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Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottles or Glass Carboys?
« on: October 03, 2012, 06:43:22 AM »
I've never had anything grow in my BB ( had a mouse fall in once ).  An extended soak with Oxiclean/PBW and they are clean.  Even the dried on krausen comes right off after the soak.
What concentration of Oxyclean do you use?(tablespoons/gallon)
Some in a bunch of water  ;D  I know, not very scientific.  If I had to guess, maybe 2 scoops in the 6 gallons and fill it right to the top.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottles or Glass Carboys?
« on: October 03, 2012, 05:18:38 AM »
Anyone have any problems cleaning better bottles.  My concern is that since one cannot brush them clean, we are dependent on chemicals.  Anyone have problems with bacteria growth?

Thanks for all the good info.

I've never had anything grow in my BB ( had a mouse fall in once ).  An extended soak with Oxiclean/PBW and they are clean.  Even the dried on krausen comes right off after the soak.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottles or Glass Carboys?
« on: October 02, 2012, 12:29:08 PM »
Better bottle vote here, mostly for the safety factor.  I soak mine in Oxiclean solution to clean or run it on the keg washer I just put together.  I have 3 6 gallons and 2 5 gallons ( currently aging a mead and a cider ). 

For primary fermentation, I use the orange carboy caps and 1/2" ID vinyl tubing for a blow off tube and can easily get 5.5 gallons in them with just the 1/2 gallon headspace without it blowing all over the place.  Sometimes I will use a foam inhibitor ( Fermcap-S) if it is a really big beer with a healthy starter.




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The Pub / Re: Finding a city
« on: September 28, 2012, 10:45:22 AM »
Don't come to the PNW.  You won't like it.

These are not the droids you're looking for.......

Let's all move to Noti!

It's too small for everybody!  ;)

But that's the beauty of it Denny.  The more people who move there, the better the chance for a Walmart, Target, maybe even a Dunkin' Donuts if your lucky  ;)

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Ingredients / Re: Pellets or whole for dry hopping?
« on: September 27, 2012, 12:30:03 PM »
It also depends on the recipe.  The Pliny recipe has dry hops in it from day 5 to day 14.  I toss them in and give the carboy a gentle swirl every other day just to get them back in suspension.

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The Pub / Re: Finding a city
« on: September 26, 2012, 01:23:27 PM »
+1 to Burlington VT. It's not a major city but the art scene is great and it's only ~2 hours from montreal and ~3 from boston. No train service and real estate IN burlington is pretty dear but in surrounding towns it's pretty good.

I graduated from UVM and Burlington is definately one of my favorite places I've lived.  Although that hill can get %$%^ cold in the winter with the wind blowing up from Lake Champlain.  Worked for parks and rec one summer and spent every sunset at the boathouse that year!! 

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The Pub / Re: Finding a city
« on: September 26, 2012, 01:21:35 PM »
If you look into Ct , Southington, West Hartford and if you draw a straight line North from West Hartford any town along the line.

My wife is from Southington as well as my college roommate and other friends.  Great area, really close to NYC (drove back and forth planning the wedding years ago).  We almost move down there when we had to get-the-hell-out-of-massachusetts, but decided on NH instead. 

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The Pub / Re: Finding a city
« on: September 26, 2012, 07:12:25 AM »
In regards to beer scene, Manchester, NH would not be your choice.  Things are improving but they have a long way to go.  Not to mention the schools in Manchester are in big trouble now with overcrowding.

I live in Derry ( about 15 miles south ) and love my town.  I'm just not sure it has everything you are looking for.  Getting into Boston can take 45 minutes - 3 hours, not much in the way of commuter rail ( although buses are an alternative ).  The schools are excellent though.  The high school in Derry is Pinkerton Academy ( private school the town contracts with for the high school ).  It is one of the reasons we moved to Derry...it sure wasn't because we like to pay outrageous taxes. 

I'd say if you are looking in NH, the Seacoast area is your best bet.  Or Lovell, ME...right near Ebenzer's pub  ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Store in Alabama Raided
« on: September 21, 2012, 05:59:32 AM »
Amazing!!  Are they going to raid the kitchen supply stores too because they sell pots big enough to brew beer?

I do enjoy the soundbites from the legislature but would gladly give them up if they would just legalize homebrewing in Alabama and free our "criminal" brothers and sisters.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cramming for a BJCP Tasting Exam
« on: September 21, 2012, 05:33:05 AM »
I've been trying to rate my own homebrews for the last couple day.  Problem is, I keep giving them all 50.

Funny, I always give mine 25 or less.  I'm so self-critical  ;D

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Events / Re: ARRRR, Mateys
« on: September 19, 2012, 06:35:33 AM »

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The Pub / Re: Thursday Football
« on: September 14, 2012, 08:11:08 AM »
Remember when Thursday night football didn't start until near the end of the season.  As a season ticket holder, I hope the Pats never play at home on a Thursday.  I have a hard enough time taking 2 days off to make a Monday night game ( Monday so I can drive to the game and Tuesday since I don't normally get home until 2am ).


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On the Radio
« on: September 11, 2012, 10:57:30 AM »
Beer and Lettuce  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP On-Line Exam - did you finish?
« on: September 11, 2012, 07:03:08 AM »

Unless you are one of the few gifted with an eidetic memory.

I forget what this means...so I guess not  ;D

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Questions about the forum? / Re: Avatars
« on: September 10, 2012, 12:24:07 PM »
Now I can see it!

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