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Old 10-26-2011, 02:20 PM   #1
Jan 2011
Manchester, NH
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OK. I'm not happy about this, but I need to take a break from brewing for a while. SWMBO and I have gone over and over our finances and we're cutting all non-essential spending. Don't get me started on what I consider essential vs. what she does...

I'm not too worried about my kettle and fermentors as they're easy enough to clean and sanitize, but I'm a little concerned for my CFC which I built recently (Thanks Bobby) and have brewed only 1 batch with so far.

What do you guys recommend for storing that thing for 3 - 5 months? I know I'll want to clean and sanitize when I get back into it, but what's the best storage method to minimize growth of bad stuff?
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Old 10-26-2011, 03:27 PM   #2
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If you're honestly worried I'd just sanitize it and seal the ends with plastic wrap or something.

I wouldn't worry though, just sanitize it before you use it next time. Or sterilize your whole rig with a boiling-water run if you're that cautious.

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Old 10-26-2011, 03:43 PM   #3
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Blow it out with an air compressor and put it on a shelf.

If you let it sit for a long period of time, definitely flush it out to avoid the "I found a spider in my beer" post.
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Old 10-26-2011, 03:45 PM   #4
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+1 compressor, as all you really want is for it to be dry. Flush with boiling water prior to use.

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Old 10-26-2011, 03:57 PM   #5
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If it's copper I'd make sure it is completely dry and put in a plastic garbage bag.

Sorry you are getting out the game for a while, hopefully things turn around for you and you come back soon.
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