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Old 02-17-2006, 04:16 PM   #21
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Since most of the brewing secrets have been listed I'll post an equipment secret. Check craigslist.org for used equipment. At least in my area there is a decent amount of cheap/free stuff posted nearly monthly. Refrigerators, chest freezers, there was even a free used beer kit a couple of weeks ago. You never know what you'll find.

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Old 04-08-2006, 12:36 AM   #22
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Use a wallpaper tray (see the pic below) from the hardware store to hold your racking cane, hoses, Auto-Spihon, airlocks, etc., and sanitizing solution when you are racking or bottling. Less solution to use and less waste.
Pure genius Rhoobarb! Just used it for the first time today
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Old 04-08-2006, 02:00 AM   #23
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I can't believe I didn't list my number one secret. Once all the reading, research, debating, argument, homework, designing, building, cleaning, and sanitising is done.......relax and have fun. You're making beer!

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Old 04-08-2006, 03:25 AM   #24
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2. Old nylon pantyhose work well as disposable hop bags
Don't they leach dye into your wort?? That's what happened when I gave them a test run in plain water.
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Old 04-08-2006, 03:54 AM   #25
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Don't they leach dye into your wort?? That's what happened when I gave them a test run in plain water.
Uhh Ahhh,

I strongly sugest that you use only NEW panty hose, or knee highs.
The color is in the material, I have never had any color leech out into the water.

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Old 04-08-2006, 06:41 AM   #26
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Don't they (pantyhose) leach dye into your wort?? That's what happened when I gave them a test run in plain water.
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Uhh Ahhh,

I strongly sugest that you use only NEW panty hose, or knee highs.
The color is in the material, I have never had any color leech out into the water.

Oh man......
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Old 04-08-2006, 10:27 AM   #27
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ahh, "house flavors."

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Old 04-09-2006, 01:46 PM   #28
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Pumbaa uses the nylon pantyhose trick for hop bags too. I believe he get's his from 'Green Man' in his Gallery Pics!

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Old 04-10-2006, 06:08 PM   #29
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Use 22oz. bomber style bottles for bottling. Cuts bottling time in half, and saves you crowns.

If you need bottles check with your local brewery, and ask what they do with their shortfills. They may just give them away. How awesome is that? free bottles with free beer in them.

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Old 04-10-2006, 06:41 PM   #30
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Rinse your bottle out right after your pour the beer out. Hot water and they rinse clean.. no need to do anything other than sanitize on brew day.

BTW.. I've been using my old primary bucket to keep a batch of star san in.. it keeps for ever and now I finally have a use for the bucket. Anything that needs to be sanitized pretty much fits in the bucket or I can just siphon some off into the carboy to sanitize it and you can pour it back in if you're feeling really stingy.

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