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  1. From SSBrewtech for my kettles and fermenters. https://ssbrewtech.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/categories/200206485-CLEANING-CARE-STAINLESS
  2. I haven't tried bar keepers friend but if that's all you have.... You could also order some star san and get it quickly on Amazon. The TSP you can get at a hardware store or Home Depot. I think I'd use that and maybe some 7th generation unscented dish soap to clean the kettle and use it if you're anxious to, and order some Star san and passivate when you get it.
  3. Jeez Louise, that EC Kraus is outta sight on their pricing and their selection is pretty limited. Bunch a better options out there.
  4. Might be worth considering getting a good 7.5 or 8 gallon kettle with ball valve first, with option for a false bottom first. With some tubing and hose barb, you could easily split between two LBK's without having to mess with ladles. Also consider getting some temp control for that cool basement. Easily done with an ink bird and a 35w fermentation heater. Kettle would allow extract, extract PM's, and BIAB AG. Fermentation heater and inkbird you could dial in precise temps for different yeasts. "Control your yeast and you control your beer". Just a thought and my lowly two cents.
  5. Yep, got to get off the machine oils with TSP and then run Star San through them. I run a batch of Star San through my kettle, ss fermenter, and finally into a bucket with my IC, every batch. I'll use the MRB brand when I use an LBK, cause I have a backlog of packets.
  6. If it's a brew kettle then follow instructions below. If it's a cook/stockpot I'd just use unscented dish liquid to clean it. Clean with TSP thoroughly to get off any machine oils, then fill with Star san mix, 1 oz to 5 gallons. Drain both solutions through your valve if you have one to clean that as well. I also like to clean my valve with a bristle brush sprayed with Star San.
  7. This is stainless steel and easy to clean and maintain produces clean beer with very little sediment. https://www.ssbrewtech.com/pages/brew-bucket
  8. Another way to skin the cat, and inexpensive to boot. A 3 piece ball valve costs more than that 5 gal pot.
  9. Problem with getting a pot to do 4 gallons is how to then get it into the LBK without spilling. So you either get a kettle with a valve, hose barb and some heat resistant tubing, or get a siphon set up going into the LBK. Lot of people siphon and brew suppliers carry them. Lot of ways to skin the cat, and everybody has different needs and situations, so you design around what would suit you best.
  10. @Jim Doherty, sorry to hear about your beer fail, I think most us have hit that wall a few times. When it's happened to me I recorded what the most likely cause was and recommended solution, and then if I think there's no chance it's an issue that might condition out given time, I get over it . Bottles get cleaned, sanitized, and back into rotation after the bad beer got dumped. Lol, I've brewed a few batches that were technically correct but after giving them the benefit of doubt, I found that yeast or recipe just was not in my wheelhouse after all. Again noted what I didn't like in my spreadsheet and moved on. Too many good commercial and home brews chilled in the fridge for me to keep something that I don't enjoy.
  11. Welcome back to brewing and congrats on the new wife! Better solution than @RickBeer. Just explain to wife that it should be okay if she plans things on beer bottling days, but to accommodate her you'll need a 5 gal unitank with heating and chilling options. That way you can dump the dead yeast, and begin a secondary fermentation prior to bottling. By the way, I get by just fine with fermenting ales for 18 days and 2-3 day cold crash if cold crash fits the schedule.
  12. Waiting on a couple batches myself to see how it played out.
  13. Another to consider is Nottingham its rated range is 57-70F. I really like that yeast and it's quite a neutral yeast.
  14. Um, your Pops is probably my age or could be younger. Um, you probably have enough spare equipment to get him started?🙄
  15. He just needs a kegerator and a keg of Creeps Pop's Lager.
  16. Lol, I could've done without the Liberace picture. His show would be on early Saturday mornings when I was a kid and thus be standing between me and my fav cartoons! Yeah, I begrudge him that and all those candelabras, kinda creeped me out back then.
  17. With S-04 I start out at 64 and I listen each day to the blow off jar bubbling frequency and as soon as it passes it's peak, then I'll go up to 65 for the next week and then to 66. My goal is to try and keep them somewhat active to clean things up. I had read that S-04 can get off to a quick start and finish early, so whether my little method actually is valid with this yeast, I can't say. We'll see if my final gravity supports it. It did last time I used this yeast but that could've been a one off.
  18. If you add the two bags of booster to say the Oktoberfest it would not ruin the taste and raise the alcohol level close to 5% according to MB description.
  19. Sure, you can add another booster packet or some LME, liquid malts extract. MB sells those in Pale, Smooth, and Golden. You can read the descriptions on the online store. Two booster packs will raise the ABV about 1%, without changing the taste of the beer. I think one pack of MB LME is about .55 lbs and also adds about 1% ABV but can change the flavor of the beer. Look thru the recipes and you'll see a lot of them will show either using a bag or two of booster, or a pack of LME, to provide a little kick from what the standard can or craft refill would have. Those standard small cans of HME, are pretty weak in ABV by themselves and need some booster or LME to kick them into gear IMO.
  20. Man, if you'd have come on the forum when this first happened, we could have walked you through a light sanding on the inside, and told you to put the flat side of the nut to face the washer and you'd have been up and running that day! I've got three LBK's and I'm sure I did a light touch up on two of them and yeah one did take a few more minutes to get completely smooth, but once done they've never leaked since. Yes, I know that it'd be great if it came in perfect, but it's not a perfect world and its a plastic $10 keg. You could spend $200 on a nice kettle and still find a slight burr on the opening for the drain valve or temperature thermowell. Again maybe a touch or two with a fine metal file and you're brewing. So, if you want us to help we are all about that in the forum. Good luck whichever way you go, but if you want to put all this rough start aside so you can get brewing, let us know.
  21. Pretty much the same recipe I used except I went AG and scaled it down for 4.25 gal in BS so it could all fit in the kettle. Also scaled the IBU's from 60 down to 49. Should yield me about 4 gal bottled and ABV of 6%. I ended up going with S-04 and fermenting at 65F.
  22. Yes, I got a Magic Chef 4.4 no freezer. It'll hold the 3.5 gal brew bucket and an LBK at same time, which is a good combo. It will also hold my 7 gal fermenter by itself. I use the bigger one for 3.5 to 4.5 gal batches since it just me drinking it, though I'll share a few here and there with my neighbors.
  23. Welcome to the forum @Khamp! Agreed that chart can be a little misleading on your first brew. Oh, and welcome to RickBeer's dry sense of humor. I'd almost wager that he knows those charts by heart, well if he was graced with one! However, he is quite helpful and has some very good reading in those links below his name. Good luck on your brews and definitely pay attention to your temp control. Putting the LBK in a constant 64-65 spot or in a cooler with a pint of frozen water changed out at 12hour periods will be a key factor in getting successful brews. Ask away if you have questions.
  24. Hope so, with 10.5 lbs of grain and 5oz of Citra! Lol, all those hop additions nearly has wiped out my supply of throwaway hop sacks. Seriously though I'm looking forward to it, and immediately liked the recipe.
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