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Old 10-31-2011, 10:22 PM   #11
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so does anyone think its ok? this time?
It probably is, but I would not use them again.

It sounds like your ball are made of carbon steel since they tarnished. Carbon steel is used in knives and woks, so I guess you will be OK, but my lawyer advises me to not comment, so I'm not commenting officially.
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:26 PM   #12
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I think I'd go marbles next time. If the bb's aren't stainless or chrome plated, I'd think the iron in the steel would react with the acetic wort and give off iron taste.. like drinking water out of iron pipes.. or an iron cup. But, I'm no chemist.. and I've never used bb's.. other than in my Red Rider..

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Old 10-31-2011, 11:01 PM   #14
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To submerge the hops in the beer (maximizing the surface area and therefore exposure of the hops in the beer).

Otherwise, they just float on top, and (some) stay dry.

What is your dry hopping method Yooper?

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Old 10-31-2011, 11:17 PM   #15
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To submerge the hops in the beer (maximizing the surface area and therefore exposure of the hops in the beer).

Otherwise, they just float on top, and (some) stay dry.

What is your dry hopping method Yooper?
Well, since you asked:
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That's two ounces of simcoe leaf hops with one ounce of amarillo pellets, dryhopped about an hour ago. All of the beer eventually soaks into the hops just fine, so I've never needed to bag them or add marbles or anything.
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:22 PM   #16
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Well, since you asked:
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That's two ounces of simcoe leaf hops with one ounce of amarillo pellets, dryhopped about an hour ago. All of the beer eventually soaks into the hops just fine, so I've never needed to bag them or add marbles or anything.
Yooper,

THAT LOOKS AWESOME.

Can I have a bottle of it? j/k
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:55 PM   #17
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Does it taste like metal yet?
If not, it's probably okay.

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Old 11-01-2011, 12:20 AM   #18
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how do you strain the beer from the hops come bottling time?

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I have found a use for that $20 Fushigi ball that my daughter wanted for Xmas last year! Those tricks looked so easy in the commercial : (

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how do you strain the beer from the hops come bottling time?
The leaf hops tend to float, just as they are, while the pellets disintegrate. I hold the racking cane in the middle to start, and then lower the racking cane as the level of the beer drops. I stop when the siphon starts sucking up yeast cake, and then the top of the beer drops down to the trub level. I'm pretty proficient at it, as I was a winemaker first and racking is part of the game in winemaking, but it's not hard anyway.
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