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I finally assembled everything I need and am really excited to give this a go! Everything on the forum has been great and I hope some day I will be able to contribute instead of asking these newbie questions...

The two kits I bought from Northern are specialty grain extract kits with hop pellets. My question is, do the pellets completely dissolve in the boil or should I expect to need to drain out residual pieces?

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General Homebrew Discussion / sanitation questions
« on: April 28, 2013, 10:00:59 AM »
First, thanks everyone for giving input on my question about what size kettle. I decided to go with a "high" quality 5 gallon kettle figuring that should last me for a bit and I can go larger when my needs warrant. I have almost everything together and I am hoping on having my first brew day next weekend.

So onto my sanitation question. Using Star San, is it okay to let plastics and rubber sit in the solution for an indeffinate amount of time. Would it be okay to use this proceedure:

Sanitze my 5 gallon better bottle first which I plan on using as my secondary (I know, I have read that it isn't neccessary and there is potential risk of oxidation but lets not discuss that here). then sealing up the bottle with the bung and airlock until I need it (probably about a week or two).

Take the same solution and sanitze my 6.5 fermenation bucket, then dump the solution into my bottling bucket which I will then leave sit for up to a month with things like the auto-siphon and tubing sitting in the solution.   

I guess I am trying to do as much sanitzing as possible up front so I am not going back and forth sanitzing one piece at a time and wasting water and sanitizer each time. Since I will be moving the beer into the secondary. After cleaning them, I could put the siphon and tubing back into the bottling bucket since the solution will still be there. Then when I am ready to bottle, move the solution from the bottling bucket into my 6.5 bucket to santize that for the next brew day. I can think of ways to always move it from one bucket to another but I suppose I would mix a new batch of sanitizer at least once per brew batch.

I suppose I just don't know how long the sanitizer stays effective and I am also unsure if it is okay to sanitze something like the seconday and then seal it up and let it sit for a couple of weeks, or if it is better to only sanitize once I am ready to use it.

Sorry for the long post, thanks in advance for your help.

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I was actually thinking a 40 quart as I think it will be some time before I am past anything more than extract or partial mashes. Being I don't think I will do more than 5 gallon batches, I would hope a 10 gallon kettle would work? My bigger concern is actually the smaller batches. If I am only doing 2 gallons, how much efficiency am I going to lose with such a "large" kettle? I thought about an 8 gallon but suspect that would be pushing the limits with a full 5 gallon brew.

As far as the heat source,  natural gas stove for the time being, perhaps a dedicated propane burner after I have a few batches under my belt.

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Hi, I am new, but eager to learn. Will be buying a kit soon from my local brew supply store but I am trying to determine the best size stock pot. I know the brand that I want but don't know a good size. I will be doing 5 gallon extract batches but possibly some smaller 2 or 2.5 gallon batches too. I think eventually I will want to get into partial mash and full grain. So, is there a one size fit all (which I don't think there is). Assuming there isn't a one size fit all, which size would you recommend someone to start with?

Don't worry, have a home brew!

thanks!

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