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Old 11-27-2012, 08:05 PM   #61
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i learned today that the end pops off.

i also learned that there is a little tiny spring in there that falls out into the sink.

i learned that having the sink full of water (or star san), and stopped up, is a very good thing.

oh yeah, before you take it apart, take a good look at it so you know how to put it back together.

let's just consider this a Public Service Announcement.



Sounds like the same components in mine, amazing! lol. The little black valve will come out if you shake the end enough and there's a little o-ring on it.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:17 PM   #62
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Sounds like the same components in mine, amazing! lol. The little black valve will come out if you shake the end enough and there's a little o-ring on it.
yep, good thing i was doing it over a sink full of star san.

and i bet you know EXACTLY what i mean
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:17 PM   #63
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I did my first full 5 gallon boil in a cheap turkey fryer and almost had some serious boilovers several times. I learned that because the pot is so much taller than it is wide, that the temperature difference at the bottom versus the top can be a big difference. I cranked up the burner to full blast and it would boil violently with that extra hot water at the bottom working its way up to the top. Next time I plan to be a little more patient!

This is a great thread! I have learned a lot reading through it!

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Old 11-27-2012, 08:25 PM   #64
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actually, that's a good one, because i bet there are a bunch of people in here who will try to use a turkey fryer for the boil (like me, for example).

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Old 11-27-2012, 09:02 PM   #65
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i learned i make good beer.

not sure what has changed in my process in the last couple batches but everything i have been brewing recently has been awesome (to me at least)

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Old 11-27-2012, 09:08 PM   #66
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I learned this thread rocks

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Old 11-27-2012, 09:23 PM   #67
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true, true. so many lessons have already been learned just from this one thread.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:42 PM   #68
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I learned:

  • Don't be in a hurry
  • Measure gravity before/while adding additional top-up water
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:21 PM   #69
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I learned that I routinely do not give my beer enough conditioning time in the fridge. I found a beer that I gave someone that had been sitting in their fridge for a year and 8 months. After I cracked it open (a pale ale), it was crystal clear like a commercial pilsner lager and tasted wonderful. I did not know that level of clarity was possible. I was truly proud of it. From now on, no drinking homebrew until it clears to the same level.

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Old 11-27-2012, 11:36 PM   #70
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I learned after spending a crapload of money that you can brew just as good a beer and have more fun with out all the fancy equipment. Brewing without all the bells and whistles makes ya pay more attention to detail and makes it a work of art.

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