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Everything posted by Corbo

  1. The batch I brewed said in the fine print that the sack goes in the LBK for the fermentation.
  2. I'm about to brew up a batch that includes hops and a sack. (You said sack.) Do you just tie a knot with the sack material or do you wrap something else around it? I'm guessing use the sack material. Also, since it's going into boiling liquid, does it have to be sanitized before hand? Thanks.
  3. Wasn't Hop Sack a character in a movie?
  4. The only reason I did six is because I have another 16 ready to go and I've got a batch to bottle on Sunday. Next time I'm cleaning a bunch at once. Thanks again.
  5. I soaked 6 bottles overnight in hot water & oxyclean, woke up to find the labels floating in the water. Any excess glue rubbed off easily with my fingers. SO MUCH EASIER! Thanks Rick.
  6. Man, I went to my Target and they didn't have squat. Were these recent transactions?
  7. That's a negative Ghostrider - the prices are full. I bought mine on sale for $10.00 (3) weeks ago and a few days later they went off sale. Still go for $15.00 http://www.mrbeer.com/2-gallon-fermenter-beer-keg
  8. The magnet and 20% off coupon are definitely sweeeet.
  9. Yeah, it took about 3 weeks to get.
  10. I've bought an aquarium stick-on thermometer for both my LBK's. Both had to be trimmed down to fit between the keg 'ribs'. They've worked great so far! Pretty disappointed with the free one that Mr. Beer sends out. Not even going to use it.
  11. Hobart, Indiana (northwest Indiana), 45 minutes from Chicago. Go Blackhawks!
  12. I too, am anxiously anticipating drinking my first batch. Sunday is the end of week 3 of fermenting. Almost halfway there. A few days after I brewed, I ordered another LBK and a refill - got it going a week after the first. I fought hard not to purchase a 3rd one! Needless to say, I have a saved search for Mr Beer on Craigslist - I'll jump if I see one close. Time will tell. Oh, definitely starting #3 when the first LBK is empty. I'm just hoping that they turn out tasty. I've done nothing but read the forums and do as instructed.
  13. Cold crashing is recommended no matter what. In addition to hardening up the trub to keep it out of the pour, it also helps clear up the beer. They say 3 days in the refrigerator will do it. Good luck, let us know how it goes!
  14. Careful though, wear the rubber gloves. My wife got 2nd degree burns on her fingers from a water heater that was turned all the way up. Stupid previous tenants....
  15. Negative. Only pry-offs. The bottle cappers and caps that are sold for home brewing are made for pry-off type bottles. They have a nice, round rim to seal against.
  16. Yeah, I agree. It was really 1 hr, 45 minutes but who's counting. I chalk it up to my first time and getting a groove going. Definitely going to do the overnight soak thing next time. You're method with the rough side of the sponge to get the glue off works fantastic! I never thought it would get it all off. Tell me this, obviously you store the clean bottles until it's time to bottle - do you go straight to sanitizing or do you do another wash? I saw your pic of the basement supplies. It looks like you store the bottles in cardboard cases - just put a paper towel over it and close the box? Thanks.
  17. I found out the hard way that the bottle brush i bought is a 1/4" short of hitting the bottom of the bottle so I have to do another cleaning when I get close to bottling my 2nd batch. I bought the faucet bottle jet washer and it works fantastic. Thanks for the suggestions, i'll definitely try the overnight soak! No exercise!!!
  18. Holy Crap, just spend 2 hours cleaning 16 bottles via the @RickBeer method. I understand cleaning will be much simpler after the first use (because the labels will be gone) but I'm seriously considering ponying up and buying new blank bottles. There's 56 more bottles in the shed that need to be de-labeled and cleaned and I don't think I'm down for it. Argh... Side note: Thanks for all the great information provided in the forum archives.
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