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  1. RickS

    Whirlfloc and carrageenan risk

    AKA Food Babe
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    home made sanitiser

    Just use the bleach as the sanitizer, if you don't have Star-San, just do not mix anything with it, and rinse very well.
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    Worms in the bung

    Clean and sanitize the 6.5 gal plastic bucket, use this for primary fermentation. The 5 gal carboy that is in your kit is used for secondary fermentation. I have the same kit. You got a 6.5 gal fermentation bucket, a 6.5 gal botteling bucket with spigot, a 5 gal boil kettle, a auto siphon...
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    When to first check the final gravity

    Wihtout lnowing what kind of beeer it is, I don't think that you will get much help. However, Check for Final gravity when the fermentation slows to almost no bubbleing.
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    Beginner extract brewing howto

    Every time that I steep grains the grain bag does not touch the bottom of the pot. I floats so there is no danger of burning. I have even tried to get it to sink to the bottom, but it just floats right back up.
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    Confusion over open fermentation!

    Do you have an airlock on the lid? If you do then fill the airlock to the line with Star-San or Vodka, and seal the bucket.
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    Indoor Brewing - Clearing The Air

    Great information Screwy.
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    Indoor Brewing - Clearing The Air

    Great information Screwy.
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    Need advice on gravity readings

    I like to keep the room that I am fermenting in around 68 F.
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    Need advice on gravity readings

    RDWHAHB, Room temp seems a little high, but it should be fine. Let it sit for another 21 days then check your FG. While waiting for the yeast to finish get yourself a sample jar for your hydrometer and a wine thief for taking the sample. You want to keep the fermenting bucket closed as much...
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    What craft brew are you drinking

    Bell's Oberon
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    Last HomeBrewTalk Swag Giveaway for the Summer - Open to All!

    Thank you for such a fantastic forum. I am interested
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    Making Soda at Home - The Giveaway!

    I have never won anything, so I might as well give this one a try too.
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    Show your BIAB Stand/Set up

    That insulation is called Reflectix.
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    Brewing outside?

    The only way that one of my beers would be "skunked' is if one sprayed my pot while I was brewing.
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    How do you clean your bags?

    I was wondering why he would sanitize the bag. It is used before the boil, so anything that would get into the boil would be sterilized by the boil.
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    Priming sugar???

    You could use carbonation drops that you add directly to the bottle and then fill the bottle and cap it.
  18. RickS

    BIAB with 8 gallon kettle

    Go to for some more help with BeerSmith 2. There is a Stickie here:,5140.0.html that helps get you through setting up your equipment.
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    Miller Lite Commercial

    Has anyone seen the Miller Lite commercial where they state, "Brewed for 21 days"? Aren't most beers brewed for that length of time or more?