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Old 06-14-2012, 10:08 PM   #11
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If he's one of those that just won't take advice, let him live and learn and don't rub it in when he tells you he has 2 gallons of beer on the floor and and a bunch of shattered Mason jars (which aren't cheap by the time you buy lids and rings).
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:22 PM   #12
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There are two things that are paramount for maing decent beer. Having enough yeast, and fermenting at a proper temperature. Since this is a 2gal batch its hard not to have enough yeast. Dry packet or liquid, its enough without a starter. I would definitely mention fermentation temp, if you don't start out in the mid-60's with a standard ale yeast you're liable to wind up with a really estery/fruity/fuselly brew that will not get any better.

That said, you might let the dude brew a batch on his own first and then see if he comes to you for advice.

 
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:27 PM   #13
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Yeah, let him do it. Some people are destined to be bad examples for the rest of us.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:29 PM   #14
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Tell him that soda bottles work great, require less work and are even cheaper. 1 3 litre bottle or 2 2 litre bottles of soda can be had at the dollar store for only $1.
THIS! Honestly, since when have mason jars been considered "cheap"?

Beer bottles are free if you OR your friends ever drink beer. Getting them cleaned up is a bit of work, but better than spending money.

 
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:34 PM   #15
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You might mention that mason jars are designed to hold a vacuum, not pressure. +1 to the 2L plastic soda bottles.

 
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:09 PM   #16
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Unless he gets his mason jars for free or has "borrowed" them from his gramma's basement, beer bottles are are much cheaper. And they work.
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:02 AM   #17
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I told him I had a capper, so he just had to have some bottles and buy the caps. Honestly though, for doing 2 gallon batches, the best thing to do is buy a case of 16 oz. flip tops.

Update: A buddy of his at work has some flip tops he's giving him

Now, let's see if he takes my advice

 
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:06 AM   #18
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If he doesnt take your advice show him this thread. If he still won't listen then just don't get near his jars, hope no kids are exposed to them.

 
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:10 AM   #19
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If he doesnt take your advice show him this thread. If he still won't listen then just don't get near his jars, hope no kids are exposed to them.
Or the dog.
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:11 AM   #20
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Or the dog.
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