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I dry hop in nylon paint strainer bags and dunk them in starsan before dry hopping. I shake off the excess, let it drip dry for a couple minutes, add the hops and let 'er rip. No worries.

Hey, thanks! I have StarSan so that's the route I will go. Where do you get those strainer bags you mentioned? Lowe's, Home depot or a dedicated paint store? Also, will the muslin bag work as well?



Any hardware store has them, including Lowe's, Home Depot, etc.. I like them much better than muslin because they retain the vast majority of hop matter, where muslin lets quite a bit through.


Edit -  I get the 5 gallon strainer bags and use a zip tie around the top, to give the hops lots of room to expand. dissolve and circulate their goodness.

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I dry hop in nylon paint strainer bags and dunk them in starsan before dry hopping. I shake off the excess, let it drip dry for a couple minutes, add the hops and let 'er rip. No worries. 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First lager!
« on: May 23, 2016, 04:28:12 PM »
Man, you said it. Haven't brewed in a bit, but have a summertime blonde on deck for Memorial Day. Will probably add apricot puree to half to keep my wife happy.  Lord knows I'm not winning there.



I feel your pain. I'm about to brew a raspberry ale for my wife (she gets a couple fruit beers/yr). I decided to at least keep it mildly interesting and use 3522. She earns it for putting up with all of this. Luckily her friends come over and get rid of it pretty quickly and free up the tap!

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Pushed the envelope on this topic today and I will see where I end up. Made the stone russian imperial stout and made a starter pitched yesterday and this morning the 5 gal lid was crowned and it was spewing out of one area where apparently my bucket seal is not so good. This happened when I was at work and my wife tried to help but lost the gasket for the blow off tube in the beer so i told her put the bucket in a clean new garbage bag and cover the top with another. Being the clean freak i am i yanked the top and cleaned and sanitized it and cleaned the sides of the bucket when i got home from work. It had an open top for a while. Im hoping because it was so active nothing went in only out! We will see. Hey its home brewing right?   



You should be fine. Like you say, the active fermentation would've kept the fermenter purged for that amount of time.  And there are still quite a few breweries that open ferment.

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As to causes of infection, I think the airborne contaminants can be minimized, and good cleaning and sanitation can root out most issues on the containers and transfer tubing, but what about those that are in the yeast pack?  I noticed that on the yeast packaging or website, some of the wild yeast are present and given enough time may be able to take hold to a noticeable degree....


I don't doubt there's a slight possibility of that. I've just never had an issue leaving in primary for 3 weeks, 4 weeks on big beers. Part of it has been wanting to let beers clean up (especially certain strains) and part has been work/ family schedules. Definitely never a bad idea to keg a beer that's ready, though.

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I bet its a lack of oxygen.  ;)


Undoubtedly.  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 23, 2016, 03:04:39 PM »
Recipe looks nice and Gumball Head-ish. Looks good, especially on a warm day like today.
I definitely referred to the Gumball Head recipe when designing this one.



I buy it now and then, when I can find it fresh around here. Not as easy as you'd think. It sells fast. Tasty stuff!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 23, 2016, 02:59:07 PM »
Recipe looks nice and Gumball Head-ish. Looks good, especially on a warm day like today.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: May 23, 2016, 12:12:02 PM »
use Brewtan B in strike water (and the boil)

What's Brewtan B doing in this case?

I'd never heard of it until just now: https://www.wyeastlab.com/com_b_productdetail.cfm?ProductID=13



In theory, many of the same things as SMB. Brewtan B allegedly prevents the oxidative reactions from occurring, increasing shelf life. I haven't used it yet, so I can't say that as any sort of fact. The big breweries allegedly use it, but how that translates to brewing at home is yet to be seen.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: May 23, 2016, 09:33:26 AM »
Yeah, without a meter, I'm not sure how worried about it we should be other than to just try to do what we can to reduce the DO levels. I has to make some amount of difference I'd think...but maybe not. I've brewed plenty of fantastic beers without worrying about it, but who knows how much better they'd have been, if at all...


I feel the same. I'm gonna give it a go, within reason. Not likely to start capping fermentations with a spunding anytime soon. I am gonna preboil the strike water, use Brewtan B in strike water (and the boil), cap the mash with Saran, and go with it. I can't believe it won't help any but if it really doesn't, then I've just made good beer.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: High mash efficiency
« on: May 23, 2016, 06:54:10 AM »
My guess is stratified wort too


+2.  I take my preboil reading a couple minutes into the boil, to get good mixing of the wort. I used to get stratified readings that were all over the place before. Since I started doing this, my readings have been much more consistent and accurate.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: May 23, 2016, 06:45:22 AM »
It's been talked about at great length here. Not sure if anyone here has done it yet, but I'm sure some will.

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The Pub / Re: AB is making a Kölsch?!
« on: May 22, 2016, 06:12:40 PM »
Not sure why the word Bock is on the can. Kind of confusing.
Nothing confusing Jon, just a straight forward authentic Texan Bock Kolsch. You can tell by the word "Ziegen" and the map of Texas.


Gotcha. Wonder if they'll sell a good Dortmunder porter, too.    :)

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The Pub / Re: AB is making a Kölsch?!
« on: May 22, 2016, 05:18:16 PM »
Not sure why the word Bock is on the can. Kind of confusing.

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I've dumped two in over 20 years from infection. Friends thought I was overreacting as both were pretty low level infections - but I could tell it and that's all that mattered.  Like Denny said, that's a pretty decent batting average. I don't go to extremes with sanitation, but I've done it enough times to have a good routine.

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