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Old 11-25-2012, 06:53 PM   #11
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1. Don't sweat the small stuff. As long as you're following best practices and proper sanitation it'll all be okay.
2. Don't get drunk.. that way you don't chase the strainer you dropped in the bucket by going arm deep with my unsanitized arm.


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Old 11-25-2012, 06:53 PM   #12
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Mostly ignore kit instructions. Make as it should be made, not how the kit demands.
yeah, i think that's how i got my over flow...


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Old 11-25-2012, 06:59 PM   #13
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Don't add an alcohol booster just for the ale of it. Also don't start you're First brew at your buddies house at 9 o'clock at night. his wife will not appreciate it when you leave at 5:30am. On the same note I had better luck boiling with gas than an electric eye.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:01 PM   #14
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Don't add an alcohol booster just for the ale of it. Also don't start you're First brew at your buddies house at 9 o'clock at night. his wife will not appreciate it when you leave at 5:30am. On the same note I had better luck boiling with gas than an electric eye.
hahaha... sounds like a good time though.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:38 PM   #15
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Another thing to add is a fermentor of 5 gallons aint' light!

Next time, I'm going to move my ferm to its cupboard home where it will be for the next three weeks, then add cooled wort and top up water (extract, obviously), instead of adding my liquids in the kitchen and then hiring a JCB crane to move it to the cupboard.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:44 PM   #16
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Never try to ferment something that says "fruit cocktail" on it. It doesn't end well.
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Temperature control, especially during primary, was the first lesson.

The incredible value of the blow-off tube, or more precisely what happens when you don't, was the second.
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In 3 words: Late Extract Additions.
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You can not boil 5 gallons of wort in a 5 gallon boil kettle.
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You can not boil 5 gallons of wort in a 5 gallon boil kettle.
hahahaha... that's a detail i managed to overlook before brewing as well. i think i pretty much made every rookie mistake except for the boilover.


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