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Old 06-20-2007, 08:45 PM   #1
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Hello everyone.
Just wanted to let you all know that I got my first batch in the fermenter and I have gas bubbles escaping. Woo-Hoo! This first batch was definitely a basic starter. It had 2 cans of malt extract with one of the cans having the hops already in it. It is a Thomas Coopers kit. Has anyone ever used one of these? Also, I am going to want to venture into adding the hops myself next time. Do you buy your hops online or what?

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Old 06-20-2007, 09:04 PM   #2
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Congrats! I'm sure it will turn out well

I generally buy my hops from my LHBS, unless I'm buying in bulk (in which case I've used freshops, hops direct, and hoptech) or it's something they don't have.

There are a number of threads here about different online suppliers (Norhern Brewer, Midwest Homebrew, Austin Homebrew suppley, morebeer, etc.). If you don't have an LHBS, check them out.

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Well, the fermentation is slowing down, as it should be. I was getting about 3 bubbles in 15 seconds and now I am getting 1. Sunday is the day that the directions said to wait until I can bottle, but it does not say what my F.G. should be. I am to check the F.G. over a 2 day period, but that will increase the risk of contamination won't it? And my sample that I pull out, I assume I am not to put it back in. Since that is such a waste, will it be safe to dump it down "My Pipes"?

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