I wouldn't buy them. But if I got them for free, I'd definitely use them. At the least, you'll know exactly why you should or should not use them in the future. The experience is worth a gallon of beer to me.
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EDIT: And will it have enough time in 24 hrs to reproduce to close to the amount of yeast I'll need?24 hours on a stir plate should get you close. MrMalty recommends 2 vials into 2.5L starter for 11G.
Don't be too skeptical, it's happened to me on a number of occasions. I've left a glass of IPA in sunlight for a few minutes and could pick up skunky notes. Not saying the beer was ruined. But the notes were there.OK, I will be less skeptical.
I can remember a story from Matt Brendleson on BN where he said he had hop residue on his hands and clothes and walked into sunlight and he smelled like skunky weed.Wait, doesn't the reaction need ethanol? Or is it something else not present before fermentation? This is why we can boil in the sunlight, but not ferment.
Remember, all we are doing is giving you something to think about before you upgrade. you will make great beer in your current pot. You dont even need to upgrade your current pot, just put a spigot on it since you where looking to upgrade to a pot of the same size with a spigot anyway.That's true. Get a step drill bit and a weldless valve fitting and you'll have a valve for under $50.
A little story about how fast a well hopped beer can skunk:Sorry but I am a little skeptical. Drinking beer in the sun is not uncommon. If this were true, beer gardens, beer festivals, tailgate parties, and more would serve horrible beer.
I was hanging out with some friends getting ready to grill some food on a beautiful sunny day. I poured myself an IPA and walked outside to fire up the grill. I set my glass on the deck railing (in direct sunlight), lit the grill, turned around and grabbed my beer, put it to my nose and it was skunked It was maybe 20 seconds!
If the concern is hurting yourself (as opposed to avoiding aggravating an existing injury) just doin git correctly is the best bet.I would argue that it's impossible to lift a carboy in and out of a chest freezer correctly. The wall prevents you from getting it close to your body or using your legs.
The handles on a BruHauler help keep "better" lifting form.They are great, although getting a full carboy out of a freezer will always be awkward.