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Old 01-26-2011, 01:08 PM   #1
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Default So I got tired of cleaning bottles.

Homebrewing was one of my hobbies for a few years and I enjoyed it greatly. But I got tired of cleaning bottles so I took a break. Twenty years later my niece gives me a copy of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing for Christmas and I am back in the game.

All of my equipment is long gone, given to my brother who never used it, so I got together the bare minimum and borrowed a few items. My first batch is in the secondary and I am gathering bottles and growlers now.

It appears that things in the hombebrewing world have improved greatly while I was gone. In the past supplies had to be mail ordered in my area. Now there are threelocal homebrew shops for me to choose from. One is attached to a brewpub, so I can pick up supplies and stick around to sample some of their more interesting brews.

I'm looking forward to participating in these forums.

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Old 01-26-2011, 01:17 PM   #2
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Portage, eh?!? I used to live there in Kalamazoo. I'm not sure I would ever consider brewing my own beer if I were that close to Bells and their wonderful, wonderful Oberon. That was my favorite time of the year there. When the Oberon would start flowing each summer...

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My first batch is in the secondary and I am gathering bottles and growlers now.
Have you bottled to growlers before? I was going to do that but when I went to the homebrew store to get some caps, the guy warned me pretty strongly that the growler would be prone to bursting under pressure. I got some 'special caps' for them but ended up not using them - I like the idea of bottling to growlers - I hate washing bottles, too.
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Welcome to HBT.

Go pick up a bottle washer and vinator, to make cleaning bottles easier. Or pick up a corny keg and do away with bottling all together.

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Old 01-28-2011, 08:45 PM   #5
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Soappeddler, Regarding cleaning bottles, today I brew my first batch and while I was at it started cleaning bottles. On this forum, I found out about using oxy-clean. It works like a charm. Soaked about 20 in my sink in some hot water. The labels and glue came off easily. Pounding down some Red Hook's to clean some more for my first batch......

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Welcome back to the obsession and to HBT. Lots of great people here to answer questions night and day.

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My first batch is in the secondary.
And you're right, things have improved greatly. Secondary, what's a secondary?
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Pounding down some Red Hook's to clean some more for my first batch......
That's part of the fun of homebrewing......emptying all those bottles so you can re-use them.
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When I started homebrewing I told people the hardest part was buying bottles full of beer and then having to empty every single one by myself ahaha.

+1 for kegging!
+1 for not bottling in growlers!

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Homebrewing was one of my hobbies for a few years and I enjoyed it greatly. But I got tired of cleaning bottles so I took a break. Twenty years later my niece gives me a copy of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing for Christmas and I am back in the game.
I think it's ironic that the book your neice bought you is one that was around back then.

Welcome back, man. Looking forward to hearing about your new brews!
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