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Old 09-23-2009, 04:36 PM   #1
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Default Getting ready to start my first batch

I am completely new to brewing beer, or anything for that matter. I have done a lot of reading but just want to make sure that everything I'm planning is right and I have a couple questions that I couldn't find answers to.

So, I am going to be making a Coopers stout kit. For the first time I am just going to follow the instructions to make it simple. I am planning on mixing it up in a large pot. Now my first question is, can I just pour it through a big funnel into my carboy? Or do I have to do something else? I am sure I will have a few more questions along the way but that is my first big one.

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Old 09-23-2009, 04:52 PM   #2
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Sure, you can pour it through a funnel into the carboy. Just make sure you sanitize. For a new brewer, always remember that sanitation after the boil is the most important thing you can do for your beer. I know a lot of LHBS's sell big funnels that also have a back splash on them so its really easy to pour from the pot and not lose any from spilling on the floor.

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Thanks for the reply,

I already have a couple more questions that I thought of. First is about a blow off tube. I have heard people talking about them, but I don't fully understand just when you would use it? And my second is can you use a capper and caps on screw on beer bottles?

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Twist off bottles are usually not strong enough to take a home brewing bottle cap.

Blow off tubes serve the same basic function as an airlock. Sometimes the fermentation can rise out of an airlock and clog it up, a blow off tube is just a sanitized piece of tubing that goes into the carboy, and the other end into a bucket of sanitized water. So if anything does come up that high it doesn't clog anything.

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Thanks for the reply,

I already have a couple more questions that I thought of. First is about a blow off tube. I have heard people talking about them, but I don't fully understand just when you would use it? And my second is can you use a capper and caps on screw on beer bottles?

Thanks again for helping out a newbie.
Blow-off tubes are used for certain kinds of beer (I'm positive someone on here knows which kinds) that have, shall we say, 'vigorous' fermentation? A blow-off is basically a standard bung with a length of tubing shoved through the top. It collects the excess gas/krausen (particulate stuff) and vents it through the tube, usually into a container of sanitary water so the gas can escape but nothing can get into the carboy.
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Also, for my blow off tube, i found that 3/8 OD 1/4 ID tubing fits perfectly into the rubber opening on the lid of a plastic fermenting. Thats what I use for my blow off. A blow off is never a bad thing to use and eventually you will get a feel for what beers/yeast strains will and will not need them

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Okay, so I changed my mind and picked up a premium bitter mix. I am just about to start, but just wondering if I should use bottled water that you would put in your water cooler or tap water, and if tap water, should it be hard or soft water?

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Anyone? I have everything sterilized and ready to go, i just need to know what type water is suggested.

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Tons of threads about it, but if the water doesn't taste like chemicals, it's usually safe. Most of the minerals & additives either boil off or sink to the bottom of the kettle as far as I remember. Never hurts to get a local water report too.

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