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Old 12-08-2012, 04:16 PM   #101
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i learned to always have kegs on the backup... apparently theres a surprise party today at my house and my kegerator is nearly empty... had to fill it with some off style stuff (maple wheat, elderberry ale, etc..)

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Old 12-09-2012, 02:14 PM   #102
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After bottling my first ever batch today using a siphon from the bottling bucket, I learned (or rather decided) that my bottling bucket will soon have a hole drilled in it and a tap inserted.

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Old 12-09-2012, 03:04 PM   #103
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I learned that when buying your first 3 ball locks from a Craigslist stranger, after dark and in a garage with only one ceiling light, make sure you look them over well and check ALL 3 for pressure and not just 2 of 3.
After filling one at home the next day with hot oxy clean and shaking it up, I hear a hissing sound that wasn't from either post or the lid. It was coming from the side. I looked closely and saw a piece of duct tape over a small pin hole about an inch down from the top. I believe its fixable with a small stainless bolt a rubber washer or o-ring and nut but I'm still pissed at myself. Lesson learned.

I'm also learning how to build my own keezer since I picked up a new GE 7 cu ft freezer from HD last week for $158 delivered! You won't believe how many hours I've spent on here in the last week reading threads and watching YT vids about this project. Tons of useful info!

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Old 12-09-2012, 03:25 PM   #104
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After bottling my first ever batch today using a siphon from the bottling bucket, I learned (or rather decided) that my bottling bucket will soon have a hole drilled in it and a tap inserted.
i bottle out of a stock pot... are you using an auto-siphon, or the old fashioned gravity fed kind with a racking cane, hose, and bottling wand?
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:51 PM   #105
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This week, I learned to keep sparging until I have enough volume pre boil instead of following Beersmith 2 which was set up by a rookie (me). My 4 gallon batch ended up bein 3 with a loss yet to trub. Probably will end up with a 2.5 gallon batch from 8 pounds of grain...

Also, I learned tht my 5 gallon glass carboys look like they could easily be used as a primary for 5 gallon batches. I will use blowoff tubes, but there are everal inches to spare at the top. This means I can have 3 batches going at a time now!!

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Old 12-09-2012, 05:19 PM   #106
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i use one gallon carboys for one gallon batches, and blow-off tubes, i currently have multiple batches going.

blow-off tubes are our friends.

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I learned to stir your beer and priming solution if you leave it for any length of time in the bottling bucket or else you will end up with a growler full of very nicely carbed beer and a bunch of very flat beers. Thankfully I bought some carbonation drops and here in about another week I'll crack open a hopefully carbed hefeweizen.

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i bottle out of a stock pot... are you using an auto-siphon, or the old fashioned gravity fed kind with a racking cane, hose, and bottling wand?
The old fashioned kind. Starting the siphon and then trying to attach the wand is far too fiddly. An auto-siphon might be a better bet.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:35 PM   #109
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I learned that leaving my homebrew bottles in the fridge for 2 weeks makes them soooo much better

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Found out on my 2nd partial mash that I def need some better mash temp control.
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