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Old 12-01-2009, 04:48 PM   #11
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I also like the refractometer....might get one of those soon.
I'm psyched that I just got a refractometer because I was very frustrated with the run of the mill hydrometer.

Probably the best equipment I've bought so far has been the vinater bottle sanitizer. It's clunky but it does make the bottle sanitation process a breeze and is economical on the sanitizer.


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Just used my refractometer this weekend for the first time, and it was really nice to not have to toss a huge sample just to take a reading! Three drops.

Get a bottle tree and a vinator sprayer if you're going to keep bottling:
http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...e-tree-90.html
http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...le-rinser.html


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curious why so many recommend the vinator. why not just use your dishwasher?
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No real planning involved. I usually pre-clean my bottles, store them in case boxes, and put a sheet of tin foil over them to keep the dust out. With the vinator and bottle tree, I just grab a case and squirt them fast, hang them on the tree, and start filling them. I keep the bottle caps in the Star-San solution in the vinator cup, and as I need one I grab it. I also dip the flip-tops in the liquid in the vinator. It's really a slick unit, though it'd be nice if it had better instructions for putting it together...
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curious why so many recommend the vinator. why not just use your dishwasher?
My thoughts exactly. Dishwasher with no soap works perfectly and the high heat cycle sanitizes and dries. Just set the bottling bucket right above the dishwasher, connect the bottling wand directly to the spigot, and have at it.


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