« on: August 12, 2013, 02:51:15 PM »
Have about 110 gallons made so far this year. Will probably brew another 30-40 before the end of the year.
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My process of recycling beer bottles
Immediately upon finishing a beer, follow this process.
1. Hot rinse 3X then store covered until ready for bottling
2. hot PBW soak
3. hot rinse
4. starsan soak
5. drain on bottle tree or equivalent
10. go to step 1 and repeat
My homebrew club had a Saison Clone War competition last Thursday, where we faced off after all having brewed the same basic recipe but we were allowed to tweak it slightly in one small way. One guy added raisins, another added a little black pepper, etc. But most of us used the Danstar Belle Saison yeast. My saison using Belle plus toasted oats scored the silver medal out of 9 entries. Not too shabby. And the gold medalist's secret ingredient? An extra pound of cane sugar. Doesn't get any simpler than that. Anyway... just proving once again that this yeast is capable of great things. And, simplicity is often not such a terrible thing.