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Old 03-13-2010, 03:18 AM   #21
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I made 2 kit beers, then went to AG, it was easy to do after reading the "how to's" posted on this website. The kit beers tasted stale, or "OFF" leaving me disappointed. My first AG was a simple Cream Ale. It came out so nice, I was SOLD. That was nearly 2 years ago and usually a 5 gal batch each week.

 
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Old 03-13-2010, 03:26 AM   #22
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Sometimes I rinse sometimes I don't. So far, so good after about 20-25 batches. Just wondering what the likelihood is that a batch will get infected from whatever bacteria is in clean water. Lots of people would make a Brewhouse or Festa Brew kit from spring, filtered or even plain tap water without boiling.

I guess in the end we all find a level of sanitation that suits us and stick with it. But I don't think it's true that rinsing Starsan with clean water = not sanitizing.
I've been brewing beer since 1993 and use bleach and water for sanitation. I rinse all my carboys, tubing, racking cane, air locks, bottling wand, etc. with tap water before using it.

I've never had an infected batch.

RDWHAHB....

 
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Old 03-13-2010, 03:27 AM   #23
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Don't get drunk while you brew. do that while you clean up.

 
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Old 03-13-2010, 03:28 AM   #24
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Can I say two things???

1.) Don't rush anything. Beer takes awhile to make. Expect a month at the minimum!
2.) Just relax, stop thinking you ruined your beer. 95% of the time, the ending product is really good or drinkable at the least.

 
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Old 03-13-2010, 03:56 AM   #25
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I've been brewing beer since 1993 and use bleach and water for sanitation. I rinse all my carboys, tubing, racking cane, air locks, bottling wand, etc. with tap water before using it.

I've never had an infected batch.

RDWHAHB....
That's a long time to be brewing. I used bleach the first couple of batches too. Once I heard about StarSan I didn't look back. Just dip (or even use it in a spray bottle with distilled water - lasts a month or so) and let sit a minute or two. I use it for everything. I find it is less work than having to rinse everything. Brewing does take a while, so I like to shave off work where ever I can. It does cost more than bleach, so if that is an issue, use bleach. I cannot speak for idophor. I have never used it. I think it too is a no rinse situation.
Rinsing with tap water does not mean you WILL get an infection or off-flavor, just that there is potential to introduce what ever is in the water to the beer. Using StarSan and not rinsing lowers that potential.
Since you have never had an infection in 16 years (A long time!) and I have never had an infection in only one year (12 batches) might mean that no matter what we use the potential is very low.
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:05 AM   #26
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My advice would be: K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stud). Save the dry-hopped, triple-fermented cherry Russian Barleywine contest entry for a future batch. Couple cans of extract, yeast, and hops will do it. My only exception would be to use liquid yeast instead of the russian roulette pack under the lid.

Oh yeah, use Star San, stick some in a spray bottle, and spray like crazy.
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:12 AM   #27
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always keep reading and learning.

And don't be uber paranoid about infections like tons of people on this site are. Practice good cleaning/sanitizing practices and you're fine.
Who said infection! where!. What!

 
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:37 AM   #28
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:45 AM   #29
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Dont take any hydro readings for at least two weeks+. If fermenting in buckets resist the urge to peek. If you want to see whats going on get a carboy or bb.

 
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Old 03-13-2010, 10:20 AM   #30
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Yep in antisipation for brewing my first batch..
I was curious to see; What would be that ONE thing you'd tell a newb just getting started?

good, bad or indifferent what is that one thing you think everyone should know.
How can you have 55 posts and never have brewed a batch? What are you just a marketing knob, pushing your signature links? Please explain.

 
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