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Old 09-18-2006, 12:27 AM   #1
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So I managed to get the beer into the bottles but it was pretty brutal. Lots of spills, a few capping mishaps, leaky tubing, tons of cleanup... when do we start kegging???

Speaking of cleanup, how do you guys dispose of your trub? I went down the sink with it (figured it would help clean out the pipes) but I didn't know if there was a better method.

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Old 09-18-2006, 12:31 AM   #2
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So I managed to get the beer into the bottles but it was pretty brutal. Lots of spills, a few capping mishaps, leaky tubing, tons of cleanup... when do we start kegging???

Speaking of cleanup, how do you guys dispose of your trub? I went down the sink with it (figured it would help clean out the pipes) but I didn't know if there was a better method.
I dump it in the bushes unless it has a lot of hops in it. If it has hops in it, I dump it down the drain (b/c hops are poisonous to dogs, and I have a boxer that eats plants).

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Old 09-18-2006, 05:27 PM   #3
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So far each of my brews has been extract, lme/dme. I just save the empty lme can and dump my trub back in it. Then I just place it in a bag, tie it off, and drop 'er in the garbage.

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I put all the extras from the brewing process onto my compost pile. My flower beds love it.

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Mine goes right into the compost pile too, though I do throw out the whole hops when I strain them, as they are not good for the chocolabs...

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So I managed to get the beer into the bottles but it was pretty brutal. Lots of spills, a few capping mishaps, leaky tubing, tons of cleanup... when do we start kegging???

Speaking of cleanup, how do you guys dispose of your trub? I went down the sink with it (figured it would help clean out the pipes) but I didn't know if there was a better method.
The best recommendation I got was to put the empty bottles upright in the top rack an empty dishwasher. My top rack holds almost enough 22oz and 16oz bottles for a 5 gallon batch and most spills go right in the dishwasher.

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Old 09-18-2006, 06:31 PM   #7
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I did not know hops are bad for dogs. Wow, I don't have to learn anything else today.

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Yes, bottling is the least fun part of homebrewing.

I dump the trub in the toilet - just don't forget to flush! If I was not in an apartment I would dump it in the woods.

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The best recommendation I got was to put the empty bottles upright in the top rack an empty dishwasher. My top rack holds almost enough 22oz and 16oz bottles for a 5 gallon batch and most spills go right in the dishwasher.
seems like a great idea! last time i bottled i ended up with a large towel nearly soaked in beer. maybe im just messy, but the dishwasher idea seems golden.
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seems like a great idea! last time i bottled i ended up with a large towel nearly soaked in beer. maybe im just messy, but the dishwasher idea seems golden.
I line my bottles up on the inside of the dishwasher door...bucket on the counter above them. Works like a charm. Any spills are on the door where they can be washed off next time I do dishes.

I then bottle on top of a towel and rinse the bottles after capping.
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