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Old 05-31-2009, 11:20 PM   #1
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Default Finally took some pics of a Brew Day

For your viewing pleasure....

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...1&l=db661f127a

Hope the link works, someday I'll be a premium supporter.

Anyhow, this is my Pale Ale. I hope it comes out good since the last couple have been riddled with infection. But I think going to SS pots for fermenters will have solved my problem.

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I have to join Facebook and log in to see the pics. What a disappointment.

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Old 05-31-2009, 11:24 PM   #3
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I have to join Facebook and log in to see the pics. What a disappointment.
Sorry, just put a different link in, try again
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Old 05-31-2009, 11:29 PM   #4
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What were you using for fermentors before?

What were you using to sanitize them?

I have never seen anyone ferment in SS pots before, this should be intersting to see.

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Questions:

1. Are you really running that propane burner INSIDE YOUR HOUSE. Do you have a CO detector or am I just paranoid?

2. Are you really fermenting in big stainless steel pots with binder clips holding the lids on? That is simply awesome. How many batches have you done this way and what volume are the pots?

Otherwise, an entirely credulous brew day! Looks fun.

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yeah i do run the propane burner in the house, but i do it within a couple of feet of the sliding glass door and run a fan to keep the air moving. Been doing it that way for about a year and a half now. No CO detector. I've never had an issue , so I don't worry about it much. With that said I would never do it that way in a tightly sealed house.

I just started using SS pots for fermenters, so we'll see how it goes. I don't anticipate any issues. I was using a 6.5g bucket before, but then I had about 4 infected batches, so I chucked it along with the rest of my plastic & nylon tubing. I use Iodophor as a Sanitizer. Wilserbrew actually gave me the idea of using SS pots, said he has had great luck with it.

The pot on the left is 6g's(Secondary) and the right one is 7g's(Primary). Got them from Austin Homebrew for $35 and $45 respectively, plus shipping of course.

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The pot on the left is 6g's(Secondary) and the right one is 7g's(Primary). Got them from Austin Homebrew for $35 and $45 respectively, plus shipping of course.
I am curious as to why you didnt get some cheap carboys are go with a better bottle or an HDPE container for less than half the cost of the SS?
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I am curious as to why you didnt get some cheap carboys are go with a better bottle or an HDPE container for less than half the cost of the SS?
After my infection issues, I pretty much lost confidence in using any plastic as a Fermenter, and i figure that I will most likely never have to replace these. For me, spending the extra coin for that peace of mind was well worth it. Now whether or not that holds any merit is yet to be seen, but I certainly feel better about using SS. My last primary had quite a few scratches in it(it was also old), and I think something got in there that I couldn't get it out. IMO, I won't have that problem with these SS pots, and i just really like the idea of using SS fermenters. I also like that they are very easy to dry hop in, and are simple to clean.
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I see, I understand. I just went back to HDPE plastic, but I NEVER touch the inside of the fermentor. I ONLY soak in Oxy and sanitize with Star San. Also, being HDPE I just transfer my boiling hot wort into the fermentor to cool, which further sanitizes with heat as the wort cools.

I want to see updates here on these pots!

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I will definitely keep you posted. I have a Pliney the Elder clone that is still Dry Hopping in the Secondary, it's got about a week to go, then it will probably sit in bottles for at least a month. This Pale ale should be drinkable in about 6 weeks, it will be getting a dose of Dry hops as well.

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