Originally Posted by LifeBeginsFriday
Hey.. Just thought I'd get on and mention I'm in the middle of my first partial... at least I think. Its a red red ale kit - had to steep the grains and what not.. let me know if I'm wrong.. anyway I plan to use a bunch of bottles I've been saving planning on this.. anyone have any suggestions on getting the old stickers off? The other thing is the beginner kit I bought came with a primary 6.5 gal bucket and a 5 gal bottling bucket... am I correct in saying that I can use the 5 gal bottling as a secondary? food grade is food grade correct?.. thanks for any suggestions or info.
Sounds good to me! If you post the recipe, we can see if you've got a partial mash recipe, or an extract recipe with steeping grains.
For bottles, I like to soak them a couple of hours in a tub in oxyclean. Rinse well, and those labels seem to slide right off. A few are stubborn, but Sam Adams bottles labels come off easily!
I wouldn't use the bottling bucket as a secondary. Because, then what are you going to do when you want to bottle? Your bottling bucket is full of beer! I'd leave it in the 6.5 gallon bucket until you're ready to bottle (about three weeks) and then rack it to the bottling bucket. Just leave the trub and other stuff behind, and you'll be all set!