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Old 12-09-2012, 07:13 PM   #111
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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.
i do it the old fashioned way, too.

do you have any hose clips, they are a godsend
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:15 PM   #112
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today, we opened the first batch where is was ridiculously OCD about not touching the bottles for 4 weeks before putting them in the fridge.

a pilsner-urquell.

omg... definitely worth the wait

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Old 12-09-2012, 07:50 PM   #113
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I learned today that after taking a fg reading and cleaning the hygrometer to be sure the bottom cap is on and just not having the little piece of foam in there. The hg will push out the foam and end up on the floor in a million pieces.

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Old 12-09-2012, 08:07 PM   #114
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i do it the old fashioned way, too.

do you have any hose clips, they are a godsend
I have a bucket clip to hold the cane in place. If I didn't then I think I would have to grow an extra pair of arms!
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:09 PM   #115
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i would suggest you get a couple hose clips, and an auto-siphon. even if you have a bottling bucket with a spigot you need to get the beer in there.

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Old 12-10-2012, 04:13 AM   #116
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I learned how much even a few days can make to both carbonation and taste. Had a really bad day, and couldn't resist the urge to check out a bottle of my first brew, a Witbier. Definitely delicious! A bit overcarbed (first-timer racking problems), but yummy! Kept it fairly low on the temps (60-62) during primary, and with the wb-02, that led to a lot more clove, with nearly zero banana flavor. what does that mean? it means it's called a "Holiday Belgian Wit" now.

Also took my first hydrometer reading for my hoppy wheat, and it was delicious as well! Not as hoppy as I'd hoped, particularly on the aroma side, but hoping a dry hop of an ounce of NZ Nelson Sauvin (and maybe a little more cascade, have a half ounce sitting in the fridge) will fix that. Won't get to bottle it until the 18th, and I'm out of town Friday and Saturday, so I'll probably put those in on before I leave.

Also found out there's a drug store across town that stocks not only extracts, but a TON of different 1-lb and 3-lb packages of malts and grains, along with a bunch of different hops and yeast. Means it's a 10 minute drive to the nearest LHBS, rather than 45 minutes. Dangerous

And lastly, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, found out a friend of mine is a former homebrewer, meaning he has a ton of stuff I can borrow and use. Thing I'm most excited about in that pile? a wort chiller! No more 20-lb bag of ice for each batch!

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Old 12-10-2012, 01:04 PM   #117
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I've learned that a little bit of Fermcap, in the boil & in the carboy, works wonders for keeping things under control.
Mess avoidance keeps SWMBO happy.

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Old 12-11-2012, 02:24 AM   #118
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I learned that finally getting a wort chiller absolutely rules. UNTIL you notice that the fancy sink you have in your kitchen, that you thought was cool when you bought it, now sucks because that awesome wort chiller you just got won't hook up to it. Thank goodness for long garden hoses

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I learned today to not forget that if you use a stir plate for a starter that the stir bar pitches right in with the yeast.
Ha! I did the same thing this weekend, twice!
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I learned that finally getting a wort chiller absolutely rules. UNTIL you notice that the fancy sink you have in your kitchen, that you thought was cool when you bought it, now sucks because that awesome wort chiller you just got won't hook up to it. Thank goodness for long garden hoses
FYI That's true they need an adapter to connect to the sink. The good news is that the adapter is cheap. Look up: Wort chiller faucet adapter (ebay for 5-8 bucks)
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