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Old 06-14-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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Default Friend is clueless and plans on brewing Sunday

I had a friend try my simple amber I brewed from a 2 gallon food grade bucket fermenter. Tasty beer I might add. He's decided to pick up a similar setup and brew this weekend. He has yet to do much research or seek out any advice. He also plans to use Mason jars as his bottles

I whipped up a quick resource for him. This is what I do and it works well for me. If anyone is bored or feels the need to waste their time feel free to check it out.

A couple notes: I've had great luck with leaving my beer in primary longer than most people, so that's what I am advising. any feedback is welcome

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Old 06-14-2012, 09:18 PM   #2
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Just a heads up, mason jars as bottles will probably end up as bombs

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Old 06-14-2012, 09:22 PM   #3
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Does he know / understand the difference between brewing & distilling? In my mind mason jar = moonshine (or preserves)

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Old 06-14-2012, 09:36 PM   #4
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Just a heads up, mason jars as bottles will probably end up as bombs
Is that because it has a harder time with the pressure from the carbonation?

He's going with the mason jars because its cheaper. I told him I thought it would be problematic. Hey, some people have to learn the hard way. Who knows, it just might work. I wouldn't do it though.
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Definitely get bottles, they aren't that expensive. if your making 2 gallon batches you'll only need like a 24pack of sam adams then you'll be set on bottles. Caps and wing cappers are also very inexpensive. Mason jars make me nervous. Worst case scenario you'll have bottle bombs or undercarbonated beer. Best case scenario you'll get weird looks when you give beer samples from mason jars.
Prolonged fermentation time isn't always necessary. IF you have a hydrometer you can tell exactly when its done(depending on the strain of yeast). Waiting longer is safe, but I find lower gravity beers don't age well.

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Mason jars won't hold pressure (beer will never carbonate) and if they do manage to hold on to pressure, they're not made for it and ka-boom!! Seriously - drink a case of pry-offs and re-use those bottles.

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Is that because it has a harder time with the pressure from the carbonation?

He's going with the mason jars because its cheaper. I told him I thought it would be problematic. Hey, some people have to learn the hard way. Who knows, it just might work. I wouldn't do it though.
I say it because I've done it..my first batch a few years ago. I decited to save money and use mason jars..bottled it up and went out of town for the weekend. Came back to 36 blown apart jars and a pool of beer in my bedroom. I assume the jars just are not rated at a high enough psi.when people pressure cook in mason jars they are creating a vacume in the bottle, carbination is the opposite. Like the other guy said. 2 gallons is a 24 pack. Get a case of Sam and use those
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Seriously - drink a case of pry-offs and re-use those bottles.
This. Or get some from friends or recycling dumpster near you. Bottle caps are like $4 a gross (144). Not expensive.
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Tell him that soda bottles work great, require less work and are even cheaper. 1 3 litre bottle or 2 2 litre bottles of soda can be had at the dollar store for only $1.

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if youre trying to be thrifty then used beer bottles have to be the best option by a large margin.

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