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Old 04-11-2006, 05:20 AM   #31
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Here's my favorite tip....When the store puts cases of Pete's Wicked longnecks on sale for 9 dollars, you can collect a ton of bottles with beer for the price of empties...ha, if you are lucky like me.

Also, another option without the pantyhose is a metal mesh strainer you might you for cooking. My last batch, I put all the hops in the strainer during the boil and rigged up some tin foils hooks to hook on the edge of the strainer and hang over the brew pot. None of my hops got into the work and they were fully submerged the whole time. Makes it easy to add in finishing hops and irish moss too.

Another that I dont have cuz I'm in college...but my friends dad has an attachment for his kitchenaid mixer that grinds up grain. Much better than the hand grinder I have.

 
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Old 04-11-2006, 06:01 AM   #32
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I stopped using cleaners and sanitizers. I put up a picture of Chuck Norris in the brewery, and the germs and crud won't go anywhere near.
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Old 04-11-2006, 02:10 PM   #33
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Clean everything after you use it. I never leave anything sit in my carboys or bottles after they are emptied. Rinsing them out immediately saves lots of time and work later.
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Old 04-11-2006, 06:05 PM   #34
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I stopped using cleaners and sanitizers. I put up a picture of Chuck Norris in the brewery, and the germs and crud won't go anywhere near.
Excellent idea. I'm assuming that would also double as a home alarm system thus protecting your finished beer from any would-be invaders?
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Old 04-11-2006, 06:10 PM   #35
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Quote:
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I stopped using cleaners and sanitizers. I put up a picture of Chuck Norris in the brewery, and the germs and crud won't go anywhere near.
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Excellent idea. I'm assuming that would also double as a home alarm system thus protecting your finished beer from any would-be invaders?
Isn't there also a thread going around about a keg security lock to keep the teenagers out??

sounds solved to me..
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Old 04-11-2006, 06:45 PM   #36
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Change only one factor or ingredient at a time so you can see what it does.

Oxygenate before pitching to decrease lag time.

Don't be cheap when it comes to ingredients.

Brew with somebody else from time to time.
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Old 04-11-2006, 06:50 PM   #37
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Brew with somebody else from time to time.
Except for nosy neighbors who don't know anything about brewing, aren't interested in learning, and are mostly just trying to escape their wives for a few hours.

Because that totally ruins the process.

 
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Old 04-11-2006, 07:00 PM   #38
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i dont know if its 'secret' but when i use hop plugs, i break them apart into little pieces, so when i throw them in the boil they break apart much faster and dont need to be stirred.

question about chuck norris: When he looks in the mirror what does he see?

im guessing nothing because the reflection is too scared to look him in the eye...
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Old 04-11-2006, 07:01 PM   #39
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Except for nosy neighbors who don't know anything about brewing, aren't interested in learning, and are mostly just trying to escape their wives for a few hours.

Because that totally ruins the process.
Correction - Brew with somebody who loves to brew and whose beer you enjoy.
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Old 04-11-2006, 08:30 PM   #40
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I stopped using cleaners and sanitizers. I put up a picture of Chuck Norris in the brewery, and the germs and crud won't go anywhere near.

Leading hand sanitizers claim they can kill 99.9 percent of germs. Chuck Norris can kill 100 percent of whatever the **** he wants.
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