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Old 09-18-2012, 03:09 PM   #1
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I'll be honest with you, I frequently only clean my stuff with hot water and a new sponge. If the b-brite is handy, I might use it, but in reality, maybe 20% of the time do I ever use more than just hot water. I have starsan too but maybe used an oz since I bought the bottle years ago. Never even opened the iodophor.

Oh, and I have never ever had even a single hint of cleanliness issues in my beer. So while most brewers think that no rinse cleaners, starsan, iodophor, etc are all that stands between us and total destruction from nasty germs, my experience has told me otherwise. And I am sure I will get all the "you are lucky" and "it is just a matter of time" and "blah blah blah" type responses. But you cannot really argue with my results. How you guys that use that stuff and still get infections do it is totally beyond my comprehension.

Hot water my friends, hot water; nothing more. And I mean what comes out of the tap - 120ish? Whatever, never checked, never cared.

I have been brewing for well over 10 years with never an issue.

Just thought I'd throw that out there.

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Old 09-18-2012, 03:17 PM   #2
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The ancients surely had no more than hot water and maybe some handmade soap, so it is possible.

No rinse is cheap and just as easy, so why not use it though?

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Old 09-18-2012, 03:19 PM   #3
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The ancients surely had no more than hot water and maybe some handmade soap, so it is possible.

No rinse is cheap and just as easy, so why not use it though?
Mostly laziness. Same reason I don't give 2 sh1ts about hydro readings. It doesn't matter so who cares?
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:27 PM   #4
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you use hot water? man...i only use luke warm water, plus i never wash my hands and sometimes i spit in my beer.

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Old 09-18-2012, 03:29 PM   #5
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Hydro readings matter to me. I prefer to know my efficiency and SG, so I can fine tune my brewing process to get the most for money. Plus, it's nice to let my friends know the strength of the beer they're drinking, especially if they aren't used to craft brews. Plus, it's all part of the mad scientist fun of brewing for me, so the 2 minutes it takes to take a reading, taste the wort, and dump/clean is all part of the process.

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Old 09-18-2012, 03:30 PM   #6
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I use a little bleach, but I'm with you - I just want to brew drinkable beer and have fun. Worrying is not fun....

I just recently started using a refractometer just to make sure that I was hitting a reasonable og. I have a perfectionist brewing friend that have me an earful when I said I early took gravity readings....not to mention bleach.

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No hydro here. I just want beer.

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Here's the thing about homebrew that makes it great; you're brewing for yourself! If you like it it doesn't matter what you do!

Obviously I have no way of knowing what your beer really tastes like so I have no way of knowing if it meets my relatively low standards (I'm sure it does most of the time) or other more picky members standards (it may...but it may not) or some expert beer judges standards (I'm honestly going to doubt it sometimes). Like I said, if it's good for you it's good for you so brew up. I just don't see the difficulty about dunking some stuff in a premixed five gallon bucket of Star San that has been sitting there for a month.

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I prefer the hydro readings just so i can tell people how effed up the stuff is gonna get them. Otherwise as long as it tastes good, eff it, right?

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