Coldbreak Brewing HERMS Giveaway!

HomeBrewSupply AMCYL Brew Kettle Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > One thing you'd tell a NEWB
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-13-2010, 03:18 AM   #21
artbrewer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: syracuse, ny
Posts: 103
Default

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.


artbrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2010, 03:26 AM   #22
Cookiebaggs
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Oak Creek, WI
Posts: 555
Liked 6 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by osagedr View Post
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....


Cookiebaggs is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2010, 03:27 AM   #23
buzzkill
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Green Country Oklahoma
Posts: 987
Liked 20 Times on 20 Posts
Likes Given: 15

Default

Don't get drunk while you brew. do that while you clean up.
buzzkill is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2010, 03:28 AM   #24
IceFisherChris
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Menomonie, WI
Posts: 476
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

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.
IceFisherChris is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2010, 03:56 AM   #25
eanmcnulty
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Addison, IL
Posts: 781
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cookiebaggs View Post
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.
__________________
Mmm, beer.
eanmcnulty is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2010, 04:05 AM   #26
jturie
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Valley Forge, PA
Posts: 370
Liked 6 Times on 5 Posts

Default

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.
__________________
Primary 1: Empty
Primary 2: Empty

Keg 1: Rye IPA
Keg 2: Rye IPA
Keg 3: Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
Keg 4: Empty

On Deck: Lemon Line Hefe, Saison, SNPA Clone

"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer." -- Frank Zappa
jturie is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2010, 04:12 AM   #27
chef90
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Illinois, West Central. QCA
Posts: 56
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DrinkNoH2O View Post
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!
chef90 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2010, 04:37 AM   #28
Swooded
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 21
Default

It shouldn't be stressful. Ever.
__________________
An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold on to one blade of grass and not fall off the face of the earth.
Primary
Primary 1: Non More Black Vanilla Stout
Primary 2: Hefeweizen
Primary 3: Edwort's Apfelwein
Bottled
New Castle Brown, Apfelwein Variant, Irish Stout
Swooded is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2010, 04:45 AM   #29
ToddO
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Long Beach CA
Posts: 187
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

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.
ToddO is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2010, 10:20 AM   #30
ipso
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Posts: 74
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by coy View Post
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.


ipso is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
newb in VA sgrcltpunk Introductions 11 11-18-2009 02:10 PM
Newb needs help... cyberbackpacker Bottling/Kegging 14 01-19-2009 04:43 PM
newb with a ??? or two... nosmatt Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 10-25-2008 06:41 PM
Hello all! Newb here subabrew Introductions 2 02-13-2007 03:27 PM
Another Newb pitt100 Introductions 8 01-05-2006 09:35 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS