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Old 08-08-2014, 08:48 PM   #11
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Whenever I am done with a glass carboy, I rinse it out in a sink or bathtub and then I let it set for a few hours (overnight preferably) full of water and a scoop of Oxyclean Free, then I drain it and scrub off any residue with a long brush. Then I carefully lean it and prop it up in a way that it will drain out.

The next time I use it on the next brew day I will use PBW and a few gallons of water, slosh it around, and make sure it gets clean (again) and then do the same thing with sanitizer.

I've seen people using an autosiphon to transfer cleanser water or sanitizer water from a bucket to the carboy, but I find this to be unnecessary.

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Old 08-08-2014, 08:51 PM   #12
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Since this is your first brew, I think you should go slow. Are you sure the fermentation will be done in a week? I like to ferment in my bucket with a spigot, then attach tubing to the spigot and drain to a glass carboy, leaving behind most of the yeast. I'll take a gravity reading at this time. I then put my carboy in an large cardboard box with 1" insulation along with ice in 2 liter bottles. In my basement this will chill it to 40F or lower. More of the yeast drops out and the beer gets clearer. I then siphon back to my sanitized bucket with the spigot add priming sugar and bottle from there. The whole process takes 3 weeks or more depending how busy I am with other things.
You need to think about where your fermenting bucket or carboy will stay during fermentation and the temperature you will maintain in that area. Too high and you'll get some off flavors. Too low and
fermentation will slow down and may stop before the beer is done.

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Old 08-09-2014, 04:49 AM   #13
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Ok, I had a crazy first time with my first attempt at a home brew. We are doing a Oktoberfest style beer.

Now, some things didn't go my way as much as I would have liked. I didn't spray water when it first did foam when adding the first set of hops...until like 50 minutes into the boil.

Anyway, I cleaned and sanitized everything with Star San. NOW, I learned a big lesson. I didn't clean and sanitize my bottling bucket, and it would of made it a TON easier if I did.

I didn't have a big funnel enough for the sieve. I have an auto siphon, and be damned, I was cleaned it and the top of vinyl tubing connecting to the auto siphon flew off and threw star san all over the place. Well, it happened again, but with the wort....so I lost a small amount of wort on my floor. I cleaned the part of the tubing that touched the floor with star san. When happened too, some of the wort splashed on my had and fell into the brew pot with the remaining wort. Thankfully, I kept washing my hands throughout the whole procedure, so hopefully, it won't get infected.

We ended up having to try a plastic bag with a hole cut in it, but sure enough, the sieve got too much junk in it. I finally cut top half of the 1 gallon distilled water jug and star san'ed it, and used that as a funnel with my seive.

We finally got it in! I did add a small amount of distilled water to the carboy before adding the wort to compensate for the lost water. The recipe says I could add an additional 5 gallons of water (making a total of 10 gallons), but I thought the flavor would be too weak.

I did something stupid as well. When I was pouring the yeast in the carboy and a tiny bit of the yeast got on the edge of the top, and I used the dang little packet of yeast that was sitting on the counter to scrap the yeast into the carboy. I didn't want to use my hands because I didn't further want to risk infection, then I thought about the package not being that clean....

Well, I can just only hope now. Hopefully, you guys can maybe feel a bit better. At least I didn't put my whole arm in the wort like some guy had to do (At least his didn't get an infection!) lol

Edit: I forgot to put that next time I will use the sieve over my bottling bucket, then once that is done....wash/resanitize my auto siphon and tubing while the bucket lid closed, then transfer the clean free wort directly into the carboy. Lesson learned the hard way.

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Old 08-09-2014, 01:03 PM   #14
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It sounds like you survived the "rite of passage" and made beer. Want to make things easier the next time? Buy a plastic bucket fermenter and use that for your primary. Easy to clean, nice handle for carrying, a big opening to dump the wort in, and it won't break and cut you to ribbons if you drop it. Dump the wort? Yes, all that gunk that you filtered out can go right into the fermenter and you aren't likely to notice any difference in flavor. Time to pitch the yeast, it goes right into that big opening too and you don't have to worry about scraping it off the neck of the carboy.

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I use buckets & my Cooper's Micro Brew FV's for the large openings as well. I have a dual layer fine mesh strainer that's 10 1/4" around that works way better for straining chilled wort into primary.

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Buckets ftw

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Yeah, I definitely can see how buckets are now a lot easier! I wish I took the beginning gravity though. I couldn't figure out how to put together/use the hydrometer. The kit comes with the range of the beginning gravity, and I am going to figure out exactly where to put the sticker (I think it is a sticker lol) on the hydrometer...then measure FG to roughly calculate the OG.

I wish I used the notebook to record everything I done. It was a bit late, and I was nervous about it, and we just didn't think about writing everything down, unfortunately.

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Put it together? I just use the tube the hydrometer comes in for testing. Northern Brewer sells this blue hard foam ring ti put on the bottom of that tube to steady it for $1.60. Works for me. Here's a pic that shows the hydrometer tube with the blue ring mounted;

The beer could be one of Yooper's. It was saved in a series of pics I took of the couple bottles she sent me. I only titled one pic?...

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