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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher Infection?
« on: April 11, 2014, 08:20:52 AM »
I don't know about PBR, but back in the day Old Style was notorious for it's ability to "clean the system."

Old Pile, as it was affectionately known.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher Infection?
« on: April 11, 2014, 07:46:01 AM »
And I used to use the oven to sanitize bottles too before I started kegging.  If I bottle now, it's usually with a Beer Gun.
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How does the beer gun change your bottle sanitation procedures?

It doesn't. Just that way back when I used to bottle batches I sanitized them all in the oven. Now , on the odd time that I bottle a few from the keg, the bottles get a good soak in Starsan , or sprayed thoroughly with it.

I was just being a d*ck.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher Infection?
« on: April 11, 2014, 07:20:25 AM »
And I used to use the oven to sanitize bottles too before I started kegging.  If I bottle now, it's usually with a Beer Gun.

How does the beer gun change your bottle sanitation procedures?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher Infection?
« on: April 10, 2014, 12:34:57 PM »
Kegs need to be cleaned too...

Haha, yea I know - but easier to clean one keg than 50 some bottles.

I agree.  But there are those who will argue the point.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher Infection?
« on: April 10, 2014, 12:25:01 PM »
Kegs need to be cleaned too...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher Infection?
« on: April 10, 2014, 12:20:02 PM »
The bottles need to be cleaned with something.  Sanitizer doesn't clean.

I've had bottles that look visually clean but have a nasty film in them that lifts off when they are soaked.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher Infection?
« on: April 10, 2014, 12:10:37 PM »
I'd chill them all so you don't have bottle bombs, or else drink them soon.

You could open and recap quickly to let off some pressure, but with gushers that might just be a mess.

I'd also review how you're cleaning your bottles. A long soak in oxyclean and detergent should get most everything, bottle brush for stubborn stuff (or just throw those out) and then sanitize.

Alternatively, perhaps you over-primed?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher Infection?
« on: April 10, 2014, 11:55:06 AM »
Is it every bottle?  An infection would continue to ferment the available sugars, which would account for the lower gravity.

The mini-keg being lower might indicate it was not done fermenting when you packaged it.  But the bottles being even lower would indicate an infection.

Are you taking your readings after degassing the beer?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hopping
« on: April 10, 2014, 11:25:55 AM »
I've always suspended the teaballs with dental floss.  I buy the flat style of floss and it usually seals pretty well.  No mint-waxed floss for this application.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP002 first experience
« on: April 10, 2014, 11:05:57 AM »
I don't even want to comment on what that looks like.

Wish the video was still available.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hopping
« on: April 10, 2014, 11:03:32 AM »
I use stainless tea balls filled 1/3 to halfway with pellet hops and dropped into the keg.  I keep my kegs at about 55F and dry hop for maybe a week to two weeks.  I don't dry hop often, but after tasting a couple bottles last night (one dry hopped, one not) I'll be dry hopping a little more I think.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP002 first experience
« on: April 10, 2014, 10:59:37 AM »
Just posted on your other thread.  I love the WY equivalent for my English ales.  Absolutely love it.

It's a weird sticky clumpy yeast, but it makes good beer better IMO.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Chocolate Stout Porter
« on: April 10, 2014, 10:57:23 AM »
I believe WLP002 = WY1968.  This is a clumpy flocculant yeast.  Like egg drop soup.

But it makes outstanding English style ales.  I always have this yeast in rotation.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Heating elements for fermentation
« on: April 10, 2014, 08:59:06 AM »
I have been using a Walmart hair dryer.  $15.  Works great.

That scares me.  I have visions of fire.

Maybe it's no less risky than a ceramic heater, but still.

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Can't you get oxygen from a welding supply place?

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