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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher Infection?
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:57:54 PM »
Maybe that's more of an issue when using dry heat in an oven, where you generally use higher temps for a longer period of time. I'm thinking that if the "Sanitize" setting on dishwashers lead to weakened glass, there'd be some kind of cautions on the machine. It would just take one glass baby bottle breaking in some kids face for some serious law suits.

I always understood this to be one of the main reasons crystal should not go through a dishwasher, but be washed by hand.  Crystal glasses, being thinner, may be more susceptible to cracking/weakening from heat.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Life just got a little bit better
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:16:05 AM »
For me it's the raspberries survived the winter!!

Paul

Yes, they survived the winter.  Now they need to survive the rabbits.

And deer.

I don't typically need to worry about deer within Chicago.  But the rabbits are fat and plentiful.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Life just got a little bit better
« on: April 14, 2014, 09:42:28 AM »
For me it's the raspberries survived the winter!!

Paul

Yes, they survived the winter.  Now they need to survive the rabbits.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: starsans
« on: April 14, 2014, 09:39:26 AM »
Thanks.  I'll put those on the list for the next trip the the LHBS.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: starsans
« on: April 14, 2014, 08:48:38 AM »
Does everyone test with pH strips?

I should probably get some...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kids and Homebrew
« on: April 14, 2014, 08:36:54 AM »
My son drinks my beer!  Of course, he's 37.

My son wants to.  But he's got many years until that's OK.

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Ingredients / Re: Cocoa powder
« on: April 14, 2014, 08:33:42 AM »
I've only used nibs once, so I don't have much experience there.

Typically, I use baking chocolate (often a Ghirardelli baking bar).  I've used their cocoa powder in the past, but don't recall anything special about that brew.

Whatever you get, go for the highest cacao % possible.  At least, that's my MO.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kids and Homebrew
« on: April 14, 2014, 07:30:37 AM »
My guys are usually pretty helpful, especially when it comes to helping me pour a beer for supper.

Love the pajamas.  We've got some of those at home.  Kids are very curious and want to be helpful.  I just need to keep a close on eye on them around all the hot liquids.  Once the beer is in the fermenter, no worries, except for my daughter who would pull the siphon out of the keg and spray beer on the floor.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kids and Homebrew
« on: April 13, 2014, 07:01:33 PM »
My kids have never messed up one of my batches.  The oldest and the youngest have been great helpers stirring things, but not the middle child.  She has no interest.

As long as my son has a bucket of soapy water or star san to stir and get bubbles, he's good.

I suppose they've distracted me and caused me to pitch the wrong yeast.  Like that Belgian stout that wasn't supposed to be Belgian...  But that's about it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: starsans
« on: April 13, 2014, 02:17:21 PM »
how long will starsans last when mixed with distilled water?

I've gone 2 years.

For kicks? Or just to test it?

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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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