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Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning immersion chillers
« on: September 06, 2010, 11:44:21 PM »
PBW is a cleaner, not a sanitizer.  After cleaning, you put the immersion chiller into boiling wort to sanitize it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Bottle Inventory via Input by Barcode
« on: September 04, 2010, 03:04:03 PM »
If you just drink them all you won't need to keep track of how many are left ;D

A few years ago my wife came home from work and asked me "How many beers have you had?"  I came up with the often repeated phrase "I don't count them, I just drink them!"

The Pub / Re: fak i need sleep
« on: September 02, 2010, 10:17:30 PM »
I'm normally not a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me Superman.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Harvestmoon
« on: September 02, 2010, 09:00:31 PM »
Think I'll give it a miss!

The Pub / Re: fak i need sleep
« on: September 02, 2010, 08:55:56 PM »
What is really cruel is eating PLANTS.  They don't have a chance at all.  They are rooted to the ground & can't get away.  If we humans were at all sensitive, we'd stick to eating animals.  If they don't want to be eaten they at least can attempt to resist.

(How did this thread get so serious!)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast book now on sale - coupon code??
« on: September 01, 2010, 09:00:08 PM »
I had a problem using a coupon code to renew my membership and get the Compleat Mead Maker.  I also called and got it corrected and they (AHA customer service) were very helpful.  It turned out that the code is case sensative.

Mine went through ok.  I got my book, and just received my current Zymurgy that says it may be my last, and my expiration is for the end of the month.  I'm hoping that they "crossed in the mail" & I won't have to send in my receipt to show I've paid my dues. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Storing Fresh Hops
« on: September 01, 2010, 03:55:33 AM »
Water expands when it freezes.  The water in the plant cells can expand causing the cells to burst.  Ever freeze lettuce?  I think I'd try the fridge instead of the freezer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast book now on sale - coupon code??
« on: September 01, 2010, 03:36:11 AM »
Mine was dated the 18th.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Storing Fresh Hops
« on: September 01, 2010, 03:13:27 AM »
So storing them overnight in the freezer should not cause any issues if they are still wet? I can dry them when I get home, but I am still about 3hours away.

I would expect freezing might make them mushy.  I'd just make sure that I fluffed them and got them enough air to keep 'em from molding.  But, I'm in a dry climate where I don't have too much problem.

Do you have more than one batch's worth?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: It begins....
« on: September 01, 2010, 02:59:46 AM »
I hate it when beer foam shoots out the hole in the top.

The Pub / Re: fak i need sleep
« on: September 01, 2010, 02:57:53 AM »
Internet! Is that thing still around?

Or his mobile brew trailer.

Living the dream he the dream.

Gotta +1 here.
Although with the $ printer it probably wouldn't be a dream any more. ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation Room Temp
« on: August 29, 2010, 10:19:51 PM »
If it were me I'd surrender to nature - lagers in winter, ales in summer.  Otherwise, a kerosene heater is the best I can recommend for the cold months.

Ingredients / Re: Long Cascade hops
« on: August 28, 2010, 08:43:39 PM »
We had an unusually cool summer here in No. CA.  With that, I was able to keep them from drying out at all.  Usually I have trouble when I leave for vacation & count on the kids to do the watering.  This year has been the best crop ever for the BrewArk 14oz (dry) of Cascade and 4oz Magnum plus a few Saaz for aroma.

As far as the "long" Cascade goes they were I'd guess 5% of the crop.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Accidentally Mixed Star-San & OxyClean
« on: August 28, 2010, 08:07:41 PM »
Hey guys,

I had some Star-San solution sitting in my keg while I wait until my beer is ready to keg and I accidentally poured about 2-3 gallons of OxyClean solution into it thinking it was Star-San solution (I have a 10 gallon keg).  Is my Star-San completely ruined and can I not count on it to sanitize my beer line in 1-2 weeks when I plan to keg my beer?

More importantly, is it dangerous to leave the Star-San and OxyClean combination in my 304 Stainless Steel keg for more than a few hours?

Thanks so much for your help.


IMHO you are screwed.  You've diluted the Star San so it's efficacy can't be counted on.  And, you've added something that'll need to be rinsed.  I'd say throw it out & start over. :(


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