The Great Bottle Opener Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Things I Learned From HBT

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-23-2008, 07:06 PM   #1
Silviakitty
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Silviakitty's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Beautiful Downtown Wilmywood, NC
Posts: 476
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default Things I Learned From HBT

First, a few things that I learned from HBT (either normal reading or through the lovely new google search function) that I'm incredibly grateful for learning after my bottling today. Then, something I didn't learn that I thought I'd share.

A Few Things I Learned From HBT That Helped My Bottling:

I learned that StarSan is amazing, and Not To Fear The Foam.

I learned that Austin Homebrew Supply is amazing, and that they will send me the StarSan. Thank you AHS! I got all the ingredients I needed for a recipe and a nice container of StarSan delivered to me in a flash!

I learned about Party Pigs.

I learned that if I primed the whole batch the same way if I was doing half-pig and half-bottles, I'd end up with undercarbed bottles or a really foamy pig; I also learned how to correct the problem.

I learned about Better Bottles, and how much lighter and easier to manage they are.



Now...the things I didn't know.

So during cleanup I filled up the Better Bottle with five gallons of water so I could mark the five-gallon point (another thing I learned from HBT!). I cleaned out the bottle well with a brush, then poured the trub, diluted with the five gallons of water, into the side of the sink with the strainer instead of the side with the garbage disposal. Not sure why, I just did. So I ended up with a sink full of trubwater and a stopped up strainer. No big deal. Before I clean that up, I decide to put a gallon of water and cleanser in the better bottle to soak. I fill up the gallon jug with water and balance it on the sink ledge, then reach over to get the little tub of cleanser...and the gallon of water drops into the sink with the trubwater.

you guessed it...Trubshower. Neck to waist.

The moral of this story is: Use the garbage disposal, dangit. It's there for a reason.

On a side note, I think either hops or yeast or a combination of the two may be good for you externally as well as internally. My skin feels like I've used a nice moisturizer.

__________________
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Cathouse Brewery

  • Primary: [2 mr beer lil keg things] Apfelwein. One with sucrose and molasses, the other with fructose and honey.
  • Better Bottle: Empty. Going to be Cheesefood's Caramel Cream Ale.
  • Carboy:empty.
  • Secondary:Brewferm Frambois
  • Piggie: Irish Stout
  • Bottled: Red Ale, Irish Stout
Silviakitty is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-23-2008, 08:34 PM   #2
ohiobrewtus
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
ohiobrewtus's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 7,814
Liked 37 Times on 35 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

When I stop to think about it, the amount of information that I've picked up around here in the last year is really amazing. This is truly one of the best places on the intergoogle.

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by the_bird
Well, if you *love* it.... again, note that my A.S.S. has five pounds.
ohiobrewtus is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-23-2008, 08:52 PM   #3
Jim Karr
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Jim Karr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: SW Michigan..Bangor/Covert area
Posts: 1,271
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Things I wouldn't have known without the experts here:

Aerating one's wort is good for one's yeasties.

Stirplates can be constructed for just a few bucks worth of junk.

Beer tastes better over time........patience is our friend.

All grain gives one more control over how the final product turns out.

Thanks, everybody!

__________________

As for me and my household, we shall serve the Lord. Joshua




"God is great, beer is good, people are crazy." Some country artist

Jim Karr is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-23-2008, 10:45 PM   #4
DeathBrewer
Maniacally Malty
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
DeathBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 21,825
Liked 201 Times on 112 Posts

Default

the main thing i learned is how to mash with the correct amount of water, temp, sparging, etc...there's no way i'd be doing all-grain right now if i didn't learn the basics and advantages of even small mashes (why steep?)

I also learned that making a beer come out fantastic is mainly due to temperature control...throughout the entire process, but most importantly during fermentation.

__________________
Easy Partial Mash Brewing - Stovetop All-Grain Brewing

"Death is always with us." - Brewpastor

Quote:
DIAICYLF
We will remember...
DeathBrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-24-2008, 01:27 AM   #5
Got Trub?
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Washington State
Posts: 1,538
Liked 7 Times on 5 Posts

Default

The two best things to happen to my brewing in the last year - HBT and the Jamil Show podcasts.

In terms of the Trub Shower thing I think I'll stick to dumping it in the compost pile.

GT

__________________
Got Trub? is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-24-2008, 01:31 AM   #6
RichBrewer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
RichBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 5,749
Liked 77 Times on 35 Posts
Likes Given: 66

Default

I've picked up more information from HBT than any other resource sense I started brewing over 11 years ago.

__________________

Cheers,
Rich

RichBrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-24-2008, 04:39 AM   #7
Silviakitty
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Silviakitty's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Beautiful Downtown Wilmywood, NC
Posts: 476
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

In future I think I'm gonna stick to dumping it down the garbage disposal as I don't have a compost pile.

but yeah...I wouldn't recommend the trub shower as a new spa experience. The smell is a bit off-putting. *grin*

__________________
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Cathouse Brewery

  • Primary: [2 mr beer lil keg things] Apfelwein. One with sucrose and molasses, the other with fructose and honey.
  • Better Bottle: Empty. Going to be Cheesefood's Caramel Cream Ale.
  • Carboy:empty.
  • Secondary:Brewferm Frambois
  • Piggie: Irish Stout
  • Bottled: Red Ale, Irish Stout
Silviakitty is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-24-2008, 04:46 AM   #8
GilaMinumBeer
In yo' garage, steelin' yo parts.
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
GilaMinumBeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Oblivion
Posts: 46,854
Liked 4604 Times on 4299 Posts
Likes Given: 55

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Silviakitty
In future I think I'm gonna stick to dumping it down the garbage disposal as I don't have a compost pile.

but yeah...I wouldn't recommend the trub shower as a new spa experience. The smell is a bit off-putting. *grin*
I dunno kitty, ti have a woman smell of beer and hops is pretty arousing to me, at least.

Heres a couple more Star San tips for ya'.

- You don't have to immerse everything in star san, a spritzer bottle will do the trick nicley. The key is to moisten the surface for the prequisite time.

- Star san can be made in a 5 gallon batch and stored. The pH of star san should read around 3. I have stired a solution in a wtare carboy for nearly a year with no change in pH and have yet to use 5 gallons a tyear so, 1 32 ounce bottle may last me a decade (joke).

-And if you didn't already know, bottling sucks. Keg as soon as you are financially able.

- Composting is easy. Do you have a yard? Then you have compostable material everytime it's cut. And hop plants love compost which helps ease the pain of buying hops. They really can be used for everything in brewing, even if grown at home. It'll just take a few, off the bittering mark batches ayear to know how bets to bitter with HG hops. Like you've never missed the bittering mark for a batch before.
__________________

Last edited by GilaMinumBeer; 02-24-2008 at 04:49 AM.
GilaMinumBeer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-24-2008, 05:42 AM   #9
Silviakitty
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Silviakitty's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Beautiful Downtown Wilmywood, NC
Posts: 476
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by GilaMinumBeer
I dunno kitty, ti have a woman smell of beer and hops is pretty arousing to me, at least.
Heck, forget composting. I'll save it and dab it behind my ears!

Quote:
-And if you didn't already know, bottling sucks. Keg as soon as you are financially able.
It's less about the financially able and more about the space-able; but if I like the pig enough I might get one or two more and it'll save me from bottling. Using the pig was super-easy.

Quote:
- Composting is easy. Do you have a yard? Then you have compostable material everytime it's cut. And hop plants love compost which helps ease the pain of buying hops.
No yard; small apartment. How much room do hop plants require, anyway? Could they be grown in a small space (very large container or small ground area)? I wouldn't mind trying to grow my own eventually.
__________________
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Cathouse Brewery

  • Primary: [2 mr beer lil keg things] Apfelwein. One with sucrose and molasses, the other with fructose and honey.
  • Better Bottle: Empty. Going to be Cheesefood's Caramel Cream Ale.
  • Carboy:empty.
  • Secondary:Brewferm Frambois
  • Piggie: Irish Stout
  • Bottled: Red Ale, Irish Stout
Silviakitty is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-24-2008, 07:12 AM   #10
Arneba28
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Arneba28's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Amherst, Western New York
Posts: 2,228
Liked 15 Times on 10 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

Trub Shower Sucks. After racking to secondary I turned my carboy on its side. stuck in the hose with the sprayer off my since..BLAST..trub and yeast cake right in the face. I swear I could smell yeast for the rest of the day.

What I have learned.....that this site is indispensible when I need information or input on ANYTHING beer

__________________
My Kegerator Project
Arneba28 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Things I learned going from Home to Nanobrewer... Gordie General Beer Discussion 137 12-31-2012 11:14 AM
Apfelwein..Top 5 things I learned... Nomadic_Joel Wine Making Forum 9 04-07-2009 06:42 PM
Better Bottle failure- Things learned. flyangler18 Equipment/Sanitation 38 03-19-2009 03:21 PM
Things I Have Learned From HBT cbg96 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 23 10-25-2008 02:39 AM
Things I have learned in last brews poetic_entropy All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 9 05-14-2007 12:53 AM