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Old 03-13-2010, 12:45 AM   #11
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And I'd like to see my 1.080 beers ready from grain to glass in a week, and served to me by red-headed twin penthouse pets wearing garter belts and fishnet stockings, with Irish accents, calling me "master luv gun," but we can't always get what we want can we? :)
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Old 03-13-2010, 01:04 AM   #12
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Brewing beer is not as complicated as the internet would have you believe. Facts and people's opinions sometimes get confused, one for the other. Follow basic santitation rules, basic temp control rules, relax and be patient. You'll be drinking a fine beer created in your own kitchen in no time at all.

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Old 03-13-2010, 01:13 AM   #13
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The Karate kid didn't bust out the crane kick on day 1. Be patient. Be patient and mehodical when you are going through every step in the process. Be patient before drinking the beer after you bottle it (its super hard at first because you are soo excited). Take your time. You'll do great.

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Old 03-13-2010, 01:33 AM   #14
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If sanitizing with StarSan, don't worry about the bubbles. It becomes yeast food. Do not rinse StarSan off. If you do, you have just negated the sanitizer.

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Old 03-13-2010, 01:38 AM   #15
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If you are making from scratch (IE not from kits) whether it be extract or AG, try a good simple recipe first. I might catch flak for this, but I tried to be all 'creative' and junk, and I ended up tossing (cringe) a few batches. Not that I did not learn, I certainly did. However, I feel that had I first done a few tried and true recipes, I might have been able to understand concepts like "base malts vs specialty malts", and the all important concept of "moderation". I think one of my first batches was 6 pounds of LME, 4 pounds of DME, a pound each of molasses, brown sugar, and honey. I boiled it for 15 minutes and added 2 ounces of Northern Brewer Hops. I ended up with beerish flavoured pop syrup. It still tasted like regurgitated slurpee after 3 months on the bottle.

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Old 03-13-2010, 01:43 AM   #16
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If sanitizing with StarSan, don't worry about the bubbles. It becomes yeast food. Do not rinse StarSan off. If you do, you have just negated the sanitizer.
Are you saying sanitizing and rinsing is the same as not sanitizing at all? I'm not sure I buy that.
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Old 03-13-2010, 01:47 AM   #17
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If you can wash dishes and follow a recipe, you can brew awesome beer. Cleaning and sanitizing well will almost ensure that you brew a decent beer.

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Are you saying sanitizing and rinsing is the same as not sanitizing at all? I'm not sure I buy that.
The owner/spokesperson for StarSan was interviewed by James Spenser on Basic Brewing Radio Podcast, and those were pretty much his words. Listen to it. I sanitize my carboy and hold it upside down to drain it. You will have a lot of bubbles in it, so I cover it with foil for 5-10 minutes, and let the bubbles subside. Then, I pour the rest out out. Anything that is left in there goes into the beer. I'm on my 13th batch, and I have not had an off-flavor of any kind. When I heard the bubbles were a non-issue, I just decided to relax, don't worry...
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Are you saying sanitizing and rinsing is the same as not sanitizing at all? I'm not sure I buy that.
The water you rinse with has more potential to introduce bacteria than the Starsan. That's why you boil water before using for priming or a starter.

I know we all drink water from the tap... but personally, I would not likely bottle it from the tap, let it set at room temp for three months then drink it.

I agree it is best not to rinse Starsan.
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I'm on my 13th batch, and I have not had an off-flavor of any kind.
Sometimes I rinse sometimes I don't. So far, so good after about 20-25 batches. Just wondering what the likelihood is that a batch will get infected from whatever bacteria is in clean water. Lots of people would make a Brewhouse or Festa Brew kit from spring, filtered or even plain tap water without boiling.

I guess in the end we all find a level of sanitation that suits us and stick with it. But I don't think it's true that rinsing Starsan with clean water = not sanitizing.
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