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Chuck Smith

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  1. As I get ready to brew another batch of beer, I wondered 1 How many times can I reuse the plastic bottles and caps that come with my brew kit? 2. What signs should I look for that indicate it is time to get new ones? Thanks!
  2. Extension from my first post...the temperature in the cooler I have my LBK in is holding at 62 degrees Fahrenheit. Is this too cold for fermentation? Should I extend the time in the LBK? Thanks for the help!
  3. Thanks everyone. I am learning so much from reading the forums. I am looking forward to brewing more in the future. Now I need to cultivate a crop of patience so I can endure the waiting while my beer ferments and bottle conditions.
  4. Ok, first time brewer here. I wish I would have found the forum sooner. I just have a couple of questions. 1. When I was opening my can of extract my can opener tore the label near the rim. You can see where this is going right? As I was pouring my extract into my hot water, some pieces of the label fell into the mix. Being the germaphobe that I am, I fished out the pieces of the label and reheated the wort just until it was boiling. I was very careful not to let it scorch. I then finished the brewing process per the instructions. Did I ruin my wort by bringing it up to a boil to sanitize it? 2. I had set up a cooler in my basement and I was rotating jars of hot water every 12 hours or so for the first couple of days to keep the temperature between 68-76 degrees. After reading in the forum that cooler was better, I pulled my LBK from the cooler and put it on a shelf where the temp runs about 64-66 degrees. Was this a good move? Thanks for the help! Cheers!
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