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Old 09-05-2012, 01:25 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Bigcorona
Double check to be sure the valve on your bottling bucket is closed before racking your beer.
And kettle valves! Nothing like getting your shoes filled with first runnings.
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:26 PM   #12
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Temperature control. If you want a good final product make sure you are treating a Lager like a Lager, a Ale like an Ale.

Don't drink too much before the boil, its hard to remember things when you are already 2 sheets to the wind.

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Old 09-05-2012, 04:37 PM   #13
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2 Hands when carrying a full fermenter.

Whether it's a plastic pail, better bottle, or glass carboy, I've always got 2 arms around it. I don't trust a glorified clothes hanger for a handle to not break from the side of the bucket and pour my delicious beer on the ground.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:37 PM   #14
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Always remember to replace the airlock on the carboy after taking a hydrometer sample.

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Old 09-05-2012, 06:04 PM   #15
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Cap your hydrometer storage tube securely!

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Old 09-05-2012, 08:07 PM   #16
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Don't forget to make sure your faucet or picnic tap is closed before connecting to your keg
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:19 PM   #17
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Invest in a spare propane tank. Nothing like running out of gas 30 minutes into a boil.

Use sandwich bags for hop additions. Label each with the minute it goes in. They will last a very long time. I use them for whirlfloc and yeast nutrient additions as well.

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Old 09-05-2012, 08:27 PM   #18
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:50 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by 0verdrive View Post
Avoid Hot-Side Aeration!
HSA can lead to beer going stale. It occurs when hot wort (above 86*) is exposed to oxygen, typically as a result of splashing.

Fire away!
You should probably revise this as:

Hot Side Aeration!!!!! Dun dun dun!!!
HSA is the last thing a brewer should worry about. Thank you,Charlie for instilling the fear of an almost mythical phenomena into new brewers while conversely not instilling them with the proper respect towards fermentation temps and starters for liquid Yeast.

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Old 09-05-2012, 09:33 PM   #20
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