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Brew Files Podcast Ep. 73 - Pinch Pennies Wisely
« on: October 16, 2019, 07:48:51 PM »
https://www.experimentalbrew.com/podcast/brew-files-episode-73-pinch-pennies-wisely

Common wisdom dictates that trying to save money by brewing beer is a fool's errand like buying a boat to save on fish, but we're here to tell you that there are a few ways you can maximize your savings while still enjoying high quality beer. We're not about minmaxing here - just reminding you as your beer needs increase around the holidays, it's perfectly easy to pinch some pennies and enjoy a beer!
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Re: Brew Files Podcast Ep. 73 - Pinch Pennies Wisely
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2019, 11:41:46 PM »
Denny, when it comes to re-using yeast you talked about making sure sanitation is on point.  I have been just starting to do this and I'll be using a repitch of yeast for the 3rd time.  Beyond sanitizing the mason jar, what are some other sanitation practices I should be adhering to, or what are some potential spots that contamination could occur.  I know in Complete Joy of Homebrewing Charlie recommends rubbing pour spouts with grain alcohol and flaming them.

For my process I let the mason jar and lid sit in sanitizer for a bit, wiped the lip of the fermentor and just poured in the slurry left in the fermenter and when ready i repitched the whole amount, it was about 2 cups worth.  Is that too much or too little yeast or am I on the right track? 

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Re: Brew Files Podcast Ep. 73 - Pinch Pennies Wisely
« Reply #2 on: Today at 01:57:19 PM »
Denny, when it comes to re-using yeast you talked about making sure sanitation is on point.  I have been just starting to do this and I'll be using a repitch of yeast for the 3rd time.  Beyond sanitizing the mason jar, what are some other sanitation practices I should be adhering to, or what are some potential spots that contamination could occur.  I know in Complete Joy of Homebrewing Charlie recommends rubbing pour spouts with grain alcohol and flaming them.

For my process I let the mason jar and lid sit in sanitizer for a bit, wiped the lip of the fermentor and just poured in the slurry left in the fermenter and when ready i repitched the whole amount, it was about 2 cups worth.  Is that too much or too little yeast or am I on the right track?

Because I've had glass jars with yeast explode in the fridge, I store yeast in sanitized 1/2 gal. plastic tubs with snap on lids.  All I ever do is sanitize thek usually with Iodophor, then pour the slurry in.  For an average 5 gal. batch I use 2-3 of them.  For the first few weeks, I'll pitch the yeast in one of them directly.  If it's longer than that I'll use a bit of it to make a new starter.
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Re: Brew Files Podcast Ep. 73 - Pinch Pennies Wisely
« Reply #3 on: Today at 02:38:26 PM »
If you want to use a glass container, that's fine (can beeasier to sanitize than plastic,) just cover it with aluminum foil, which is sterile right off the roll.  It will keep anything from getting in, but will let gas out.
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Re: Brew Files Podcast Ep. 73 - Pinch Pennies Wisely
« Reply #4 on: Today at 02:43:45 PM »
If you want to use a glass container, that's fine (can beeasier to sanitize than plastic,) just cover it with aluminum foil, which is sterile right off the roll.  It will keep anything from getting in, but will let gas out.

Without the ring I suppose...


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Re: Brew Files Podcast Ep. 73 - Pinch Pennies Wisely
« Reply #5 on: Today at 02:57:05 PM »
If you want to use a glass container, that's fine (can beeasier to sanitize than plastic,) just cover it with aluminum foil, which is sterile right off the roll.  It will keep anything from getting in, but will let gas out.

Without the ring I suppose...


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Yeah, just crimp it down, no lid necessary.
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Re: Brew Files Podcast Ep. 73 - Pinch Pennies Wisely
« Reply #6 on: Today at 03:48:50 PM »
If you want to use a glass container, that's fine (can beeasier to sanitize than plastic,) just cover it with aluminum foil, which is sterile right off the roll.  It will keep anything from getting in, but will let gas out.

For years I've been trying to convince Drew that fill right off the roll is fine to use as is. He refuses to believe it, despite the fact that I've done it hundreds (thousands?) of times.
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Re: Brew Files Podcast Ep. 73 - Pinch Pennies Wisely
« Reply #7 on: Today at 04:08:51 PM »
If you want to use a glass container, that's fine (can beeasier to sanitize than plastic,) just cover it with aluminum foil, which is sterile right off the roll.  It will keep anything from getting in, but will let gas out.

For years I've been trying to convince Drew that fill right off the roll is fine to use as is. He refuses to believe it, despite the fact that I've done it hundreds (thousands?) of times.
Yeah, they make that stuff by feeding billets of aluminum  between rollers to squash it that thin.  Show me the bugs that can survive that kind of heat and pressure!  And labs use it that way, so if it's good enough for them it's good enough for me.
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