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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-12-2011, 09:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,976
Posted By brewhan
Does that mean that air might be getting into my...

Does that mean that air might be getting into my carboy? I don't think that's likely, the bung and airlock are making a very tight seal, and the position of the water in the airlock always indicates...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-12-2011, 08:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,976
Posted By brewhan
That description "chlorine and cleaning soda" is...

That description "chlorine and cleaning soda" is all the label says - I get it from my local homebrew store, it comes as a sort of purple powder. Doesn't say anything about needing bleach. It does...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-12-2011, 08:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,976
Posted By brewhan
I fill the siphoning hose up with star-san, and...

I fill the siphoning hose up with star-san, and use that to start the siphon.



I am.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-12-2011, 07:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,976
Posted By brewhan
Thanks for the replies! No I don't actually use a...

Thanks for the replies! No I don't actually use a bottling bucket, I just siphon from my carboy straight into the bottles, with no secondary fermentation either - I've tried to minimize my steps as...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-12-2011, 07:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,976
Posted By brewhan
What's the most likely cause of infection here...?

Somehow or other, my beer always ends up getting infected. Can anyone spot where I'm going wrong?

I mash and boil in a large aluminium pot which does have quite a lot of scratches and...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-25-2010, 08:44 AM
Replies: 382
Views: 177,715
Posted By brewhan
Can't get Oxyclean, what should I use?

Everyone on this forum seems to swear by Oxyclean for cleaning, but it doesn't seem to be available here in little old New Zealand.

Wikipedia tells me that the active ingredient of Oxyclean is...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-27-2010, 01:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 661
Posted By brewhan
Worth using secondary container for lagering when it's just another plastic bucket?

It's come to my attention that using a plastic fermentation bucket for lagering isn't really recommended.

Given that this is all the gear I currently possess, would it be worth the trouble or...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-21-2010, 10:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 450
Posted By brewhan
Hey, thanks for your responses. I suppose I'm...

Hey, thanks for your responses. I suppose I'm really trying to pinpoint the exact time when it's best to let my beer get cold. Should I be waiting until it becomes clear? (I don't use finings or...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-21-2010, 09:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 450
Posted By brewhan
When can I take my bottles out of their warm spot? (Ale conditioning)

Hi,

I live in a colder climate, so I have to manually create a warm place for my bottles to sit while carbing. I carb at roughtly 70F.

Is it a good idea to remove the bottles from their warm...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-19-2010, 04:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 915
Posted By brewhan
Lager tastes sour at start of lagering - infection?

I just racked my lager to a secondary fermenter to lager it after doing a d-rest. SG is 1014.

I gave it a taste - the first time I've tried tasting one of my brews along the way - and it was sour....
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-15-2010, 09:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,272
Posted By brewhan
Necessary to clean as well as sterilize? (Star San related)

This may be a really silly question, but...

I've just got my hands on some Star San for the first time. In all the posts I've read on here which talk about Star San, no one seems to be talking...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-14-2010, 11:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 23,778
Posted By brewhan
I was actually just wondering this - about...

I was actually just wondering this - about storing Star San and other sanitizing products.

So if I'm going to be keeping a lot of Star San solution for long periods of time, is there anything...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-01-2010, 10:59 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,906
Posted By brewhan
This might be a silly question, but what would...

This might be a silly question, but what would happen if I didn't lager my lager, and instead just bottled after doing a D-rest? Would anything bad happen other than it not tasting quite as good as...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-01-2010, 11:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,361
Posted By brewhan
Thanks for all that info! I think I'll get a wine...

Thanks for all that info! I think I'll get a wine thief then.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-01-2010, 01:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 559
Posted By brewhan
Transfer to fermenter before or after chilling?

Hi,

Should I be transferring my wort into my fermenter as soon as I've finished boiling it in my pot?

Or should I let it cool first?

I can't decide because I imagine that leaving it in the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-31-2010, 09:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,361
Posted By brewhan
Thanks for your responses! Actually, we...

Thanks for your responses!

Actually, we possibly don't call them turkey basters over here - I know the thing you mean though.

So then is it normal to pull samples by suction - by way of...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-31-2010, 05:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,361
Posted By brewhan
Pulling samples vs. hydrometer straight into fermenter

I'm fermenting some lager in a fermenter with no tap on the bottom (I was advised that taps introduce bugs).

Should I be simply opening the lid and placing my (sanitized) hydrometer in the brew to...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-08-2010, 12:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,593
Posted By brewhan
Cool, I guess I'll get one of those then. ...

Cool, I guess I'll get one of those then.

Or, actually, would it work to use my current fermenter/bottling bucket, but just not have the tap on it, and instead screw in the plug which came with it...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-08-2010, 12:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,593
Posted By brewhan
Ah, interesting, so fermenters with taps are a...

Ah, interesting, so fermenters with taps are a no-no? Out of curiosity, are these intended for some other purpose, or are they just a trap for noobs like myself?

So I guess what I need is a carboy...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-06-2010, 08:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,593
Posted By brewhan
Thanks for all the additional responses! For...

Thanks for all the additional responses!

For cleaning, I use a "Bottlewash compound" made of "chlorine and cleaning soda". For sterilization, Sodium Metabisulphite - which apparently releases a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-06-2010, 06:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,593
Posted By brewhan
Well, I'm pretty sure I finally figured this one...

Well, I'm pretty sure I finally figured this one out - it was the airlock / airborne bugs (as a couple of people suggested).

I discovered that my airlock has an indentation up one side of the bit...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-16-2010, 01:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,593
Posted By brewhan
Thanks, that's interesting. I guess I'll be...

Thanks, that's interesting. I guess I'll be super-careful about sterilization next time. Got any specific tips for avoiding airborne bugs?

Is it strange that my beer suddenly went bad after about...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-15-2010, 01:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,593
Posted By brewhan
Beer suddenly turned to vinegar a day after maturing - twice

I've got a slightly strange problem on my hands here.

With two different brews I've made (my first two ever), with mostly very different ingredients, my beer has suddenly started tasting like...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-01-2010, 10:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,033
Posted By brewhan
Are brown plastic soda bottles the same as PET brewers' bottles?

I'm deciding between buying a bunch of PET plastic beer bottles from my brewstore, or reusing soft-drink bottles.

Is there any actual difference between the two, besides the fact that some soda...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-31-2010, 05:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,525
Posted By brewhan
Hey, thanks for the helpful responses! I think...

Hey, thanks for the helpful responses! I think I'll just use the PET plastic bottles sold at my local brewstore.

Actually, would glass gingerbeer bottles with screw-on caps work?
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