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  1. This conversation reminded me of a Brew Strong podcast I have saved. They are interviewing John Herskovitz (I'm sure I spelled that wrong) from 5-Star (makers of Star-San) I just went back and re-listened to it. A few high points: 1. You don't need to let it air dry. He made some comments early in the show about how the EPA makes them do piles of paper work for every product claim they make. I got the feeling from his comments that air drying is completely unnecessary. But for them to put that on the bottle would require jumping through a bunch of hoops. Here's one quote from him: I always say let it air dey. However, as long as you've had your proper contact time you're good to go. If there's moisture inside it's not going to harm anything 2. Sani-Clean is the low foam version of Star-San. He made it pretty clear, in an evasive sort of way, that you can use Sani-Clean just as you would Star-San. It's just that they haven't gone through all the EPA paperwork to put that on the bottle. 3. Cloudy-ness is not a reliable way to determine if your Star-San solution is still viable. Hard water will make a cloudy solution. 4. A Star-San solution made with distilled water, and stored properly, will last indefinitely. The entire podcast is very good. As are most all of their podcasts. I highly recommend them to those that may not have heard them. For those who aren't familiar with the show, it's John Palmer and Jamil Zainasheff talking homebrewing. It's a very entertaining and informative show. Just google "Brew Strong" and it's the #1 result.
  2. I've never used Sani-Clean, so I can't comment on having a preference. But to your other question: No. With Star-San you leave everything wet.
  3. blackpowderbrews wrote: So, when we are talking about achieving 16%+ abv, does this not get us into the issues of potentially having "too much" of the bad alcohol? I'm just a noob so let me know if I am way off on my thinking here, but don't the bad alcohols come about towards the end of fermentation when the yeast is running out of sugars? If so, I'm thinking that that is much less of a problem when honey is your main ingredient? I think I'll try this mead too. Thanks for posting it!
  4. I'm a little worried, because I ran out of bottled water and had to fill up about 4 cups with tap water using a brita pitcher that has an expired filter. Could I have contaminated my batch? Possibly, but the chances are extremely slim. I (and I assume many, many others) use only tap water for making beer. The only thing I do with my water is let it sit out overnight to let the chlorine dissipate. RDWHAHB
  5. Came out with more spice than a Blue Moon, fuller body, generally better reviews. Just to throw my 2 cents in. I recently made a very basic Wheat Beer. Just Bavarian Wheat DME, Hallertau hops and WB-06. The yeast alone created some very nice clove notes. Unless you are a big clove fan, you probably wouldn't need to add any with that yeast.
  6. My first batch (Mr Beer WCPA) sat in the fermenter for 8 weeks. The average temp was about 67F. It turned out just fine. It's quite possible (maybe likely?) that I got stupid-lucky. But, it isn't a sure thing that you'll end up with ruined beer. I'm definitely not trying to advocate an 8 week ferment. Just saying that it's not a for-sure deal killer.
  7. I agree that this seems like another BS attempt at humor, but in case any one is seriously wondering about the question... Due to various reasons, my very first beer (Mr Beer's WCPA) sat in the fermenter for 8 weeks. Ended up tasting just fine.
  8. If you do choose to sink your hops, be sure you are using stainless steel and not cadmium or zink coated metal... Marbles work good, too. I use 2 or 3 "shooters"...the bigger ones.
  9. Welcome Parker! The quick answer is "NO!" You need to keep the yeast active to do the carbonating for you. The fridge will put them to sleep. For a great beginners guide to beer making, read THIS
  10. Thanks Screwy! Like dferron, I'm a visual learner, so the pictures were great. One question, do you split one yeast packet between two LBK's or use one per? In the first picture it looks like maybe you're using one per? OK, just thought of one more noob question! This is re-hydrated yeast, not a yeast starter, right? Am I right in thinking that a starter has fermentables in it and fermentation is already taking place when you pitch?
  11. yankeedag wrote: For those that DONT have a bench capper, or a winged one, go ahead and double down for the bench capper. Cost twice as much, however, you can bottle more types of bottles, and, it's easier to use. It's worth the extra coin. I just want to add an option to yankeedag's advice: Search e-bay for "bottle cappers". I got a vintage bench-top capper - including shipping - for the price of a new Red Barron wing capper. It works great. And IMHO, it looks way cooler than any of the new ones.
  12. FedoraDave wrote: Sure, you could try a bottle after one week. But you'll be sorry you did. There's a reason that 2 weeks fermenting, 2 weeks carbonating and 2 weeks conditioning is the recommended minimum. After only one week in the bottle, you'll have nearly flat, green beer. Don't do that to yourself. You deserve better. Just sit tight and wait the full amount of time. As a very green brewer, I hate to argue with "The Hat". But, I'm going to anyway! I tried my first bottle after 6 days bottled. And I am not one little bit sorry that I did. The first few drinks were utter euphoria. I made beer! It tasted like nectar from the gods! And then, as I drank more of it, I started to understand what the veterans mean by "green beer". There was just a little "something" there that wasn't quite right. It wasn't horrible, it just wasn't quite "right" So, I waited three more days and tried another. It was getting better! Only one bottle made it longer than 2 weeks carb'ing. And none of them were cold conditioned for more than 24 hours. The last few tasted very good. And none, not even the first one, were flat. My point is that I think every new brewer should taste his/her beer early and often. (not too often...give it at least a couple days between bottles) How else are we going to learn the nuances of beer making? As was pointed out to me in another post, you veterans always encourage the newbies to wait, wait, wait because you don't want someone quitting because they tried their beer green, thought they couldn't make good beer, and quit. I agree. But, you can go too far the other way, too. When you say there is no way to make good beer in less than 6+ weeks, that may have a similar effect on the new brewer. This is getting way too long, so I'll wrap it up. Go ahead and try your beer young. But always leave at least a few for longer than you'd like to. It will be better.
  13. Here's a link to what I used for my hop pellets: Jelly strainer bags This is only my second ever brew and my first using hops, so I'm surely no expert. But it worked great! Like Screwy said, when it's cooled you turn it inside-out, dump out the contents and rinse off. I didn't go so far as he did with the OxyClean rinse, but it's probably not a bad idea. I think the main thing is, to hang it somewhere and let it completely dry before putting back into storage. Oh, and I promised the missus I would give credit where credit is due. She suggested I use it. (It is (was) one of her canning supplies) Oh, and for anyone who goes this route...a tip: Use the bag "inside out". That is, the sewn seam on the outside. Much easier to clean.
  14. Thanks BP. I'll do some more research on how much to use. And thanks for the heads-up on the gushers! In the hop-sack it is! Kealia, yeah...I didn't really want to cold crash it. I guess I asked more due to impatience than anything else. I want to bottle (and drink) that tasty nectar ASAP! :gulp: I'll just keep taking hydro readings and bottle when it's ready, not when I'm ready! Now, I'm going to have to buy 2 more LBK's to keep a batch of this stuff going all the time. If it tastes as good out of the bottle as the hydro sample did, I won't want to run out! I wonder what my wife will say when I tell her that having only 3 LBK's just isn't enough to truly enjoy this hobby?
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