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Re: What are your "unpopular" brewing opinions
« Reply #270 on: January 08, 2017, 03:35:46 PM »
Honestly I feel some homebrewers over stress about sanitation. As the above mention about "scratches in plastic", unless you actually have an infection a scratch in plastic isn't going to really matter, even if a srain of bleagian yeast is hiding there and you are brewing a lager. The lager yeast will far out compete the small amount of belgian yeast present.

I don't think one can stress enough about cleanliness however. We recently started using an ATP Meter at the brewery and after I used it I discovered that my tanks were not coming as clean as I thought they were and I had to up my percentage of caustic. I have a feeling some of you may be surprised at the cleanliness level of your glass carboys/plastic buckets if you are only using a PBW or oxiclean soak.
After being in German breweries that do open fermentation, I am less paranoid about sanitation.

I also would like to know what you would clean with.
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Re: What are your "unpopular" brewing opinions
« Reply #271 on: January 08, 2017, 04:13:53 PM »
The guy that created the dual scale Brix/SG refractometer should be kicked in the nuts.

Since I use one of those, I'm wondering what's the problem with them?
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Re: What are your "unpopular" brewing opinions
« Reply #272 on: January 08, 2017, 04:20:12 PM »
The guy that created the dual scale Brix/SG refractometer should be kicked in the nuts.

Since I use one of those, I'm wondering what's the problem with them?

Me too.
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Re: What are your "unpopular" brewing opinions
« Reply #273 on: January 08, 2017, 04:35:26 PM »
I think hot oxiclean and PBW is probably fine just you probably need to have some recirculation and/or scrubbing. There's no way they are coming clean by soaking alone.  I think it is hard to really get inside and clean a carboy with just a bottle brush. Not impossible though. I have the carboy/corny cleaner that recircs with a pump, I do use caustic for my carboys and corny kegs.

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Re: What are your "unpopular" brewing opinions
« Reply #274 on: January 08, 2017, 04:35:57 PM »
The guy that created the dual scale Brix/SG refractometer should be kicked in the nuts.

Since I use one of those, I'm wondering what's the problem with them?

Me too.
The SG scale is off. A 10 Brix wort should be 1.040, mine says something like 1.043. I ignore the SG scale.
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Re: What are your "unpopular" brewing opinions
« Reply #275 on: January 08, 2017, 05:38:53 PM »
You know, I've won more awards with stovetop/partial mash extract (designing my own recipes with DME and specialty grains) than I have with my all-grain setup.  You can, in fact, make great beer with extract.
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Re: What are your "unpopular" brewing opinions
« Reply #276 on: January 08, 2017, 05:55:10 PM »
There is no point in hop additions after the bittering charge and before flameout.


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Re: What are your "unpopular" brewing opinions
« Reply #277 on: January 08, 2017, 06:07:17 PM »
"Glass fermenters are better than plastic buckets.  There, I said it, again.  Glass is dangerous, yes.  Do be very careful with your big heavy glass carboys.  Fortunately, stainless would also be fine."
DMTaylor why are glass fermentors better?

Glass cannot be scratched and is not oxygen permeable like plastic is.  If well cleaned, there is no place in glass for wild beasts to hide out, and less chance of oxidation.  With plastic, both problems are much more likely.... although many people prefer the convenience and non-breakability of plastic.  Those are good advantages, but personally I'd rather have near-zero chance of contamination or oxidation.

Stainless trumps both, and can be cleaned hot which  adds even more benefits for sanitation. Just sayin'. ;)
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Re: What are your "unpopular" brewing opinions
« Reply #278 on: January 08, 2017, 06:09:21 PM »
In fairness to the BMB, they do say "nothing over 140F" all over them when you get them (at least they do now).
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Re: What are your "unpopular" brewing opinions
« Reply #279 on: January 08, 2017, 06:14:17 PM »
IPAs are the autotuned pop music of the brewing world.  Flashy.  Popular.  Uninspired and requiring very little talent to produce.

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Re: What are your "unpopular" brewing opinions
« Reply #280 on: January 08, 2017, 06:56:57 PM »
IPAs are the autotuned pop music of the brewing world.  Flashy.  Popular.  Uninspired and requiring very little talent to produce.

A big dose of hops can cover a multitude of sins. I still enjoy a balanced symphony of hop flavor. My brewing opinion is that any hop that has the potential for catty, garlic, onion...is not a good hop and should be eradicated from the hop fields.
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Re: What are your "unpopular" brewing opinions
« Reply #281 on: January 08, 2017, 07:10:01 PM »
The guy that created the dual scale Brix/SG refractometer should be kicked in the nuts.

Since I use one of those, I'm wondering what's the problem with them?

Me too.
The SG scale is off. A 10 Brix wort should be 1.040, mine says something like 1.043. I ignore the SG scale.
That and too many people are sold on them without being told how to use them. Maybe it's the people that need to RTFM.

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Re: What are your "unpopular" brewing opinions
« Reply #282 on: January 08, 2017, 07:14:53 PM »
I use one but don't trust the SG reading. I take the Brix measurement and convert it to SG. Don't use it for FG at all.
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Re: What are your "unpopular" brewing opinions
« Reply #283 on: January 08, 2017, 07:18:25 PM »
In fairness to the BMB, they do say "nothing over 140F" all over them when you get them (at least they do now).
I don't think they used to but I like to wash my equipment in very hot water so that's a deal breaker.
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Re: What are your "unpopular" brewing opinions
« Reply #284 on: January 08, 2017, 09:56:29 PM »
That nothing will happen if you sell/barter homebrew to adults.  Just no evidence to the contrary .  You asked for an unpopular opinion......