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  1. J

    Plastic bottles leaching?

    I typically do not, i usually just rinse, use a bottle brush, then a water jet, dry, sanitize. That is the same thing i do with my glass bottles as well though.
  2. J

    Plastic bottles leaching?

    I have been bottling for a few years now between kegs, glass bottles, and soda bottles with the pete1. Eventually i noticed i would randomly get very red in the face and have slight difficulty breathing after drinking. I initially thought i had developed a beer or yeast allergy but it was very...
  3. J

    Home-brew shelf life/preservatives

    Yeah i'm not sure how to describe the taste of the hoppy beers, just that it is still bitter but loses its aroma. But it has a bad taste to it, not sure what. It's not like it tastes just like malt or whats leftover. Something goes stale or sour there. I do as much as i can to keep air out, i...
  4. J

    Home-brew shelf life/preservatives

    Ok, i read a lot of previous threads on this and see most people agree with proper sanitation beers can last several years. Especially darker and stronger beers. For me i have found brown glass bottles keep the longest grolsch and plastic bottles do not last more than 1.5 years. The brown glass...
  5. J

    first infection

    I typically grind my grain into my fermenter pour the grain in the kettle, then clean and sanitize the fermenter. Those two batches were extract only though. I do not open the fermenter until i transfer to secondary then again when i bottle. Beer smells and tastes fine as of now anyway.
  6. J

    first infection

    Not really a question but an observation. I had done 37 batches without an infection using an iodine solution. Then that went empty i got star san because everyone raves about it. That's when i got my first infection. Seems to be lacto large white bubble pellicle. Not sure what i did wrong batch...
  7. J

    over carbonation

    Yeah pretty much all of them are over carbonated in a batch. I am going to just use less it just doesn't make sense that some were fine with way more. I did brew saisons all last summer they were good. It seems my over carbonation problems began with the ones i did over the fall/winter. it...
  8. J

    over carbonation

    I'm sure this has been brought up a million times but i don't get it. When i first started i used a tsp a bottle and my beers carbed up good even a year later. Then i started using priming sugar 1 oz to a gallon most were good some were overcarbed so i cut back. The last couple batches i did...
  9. J

    Removing labels from beer bottles.

    I just use warm water a few squirts of dish soap, a few shakes of baking soda and a few shakes of PBW. That and typically 2-3 days up to a week. Then i peel them off and use a scrubby sponge. Most are easy. I guess ill try oxy-clean one day most people seem to live by that. I found today...
  10. J

    Your favorite type of drinking glass?

    I guess you can't put the horn down though huh? How much does that hold? Can probably get a skull somewhere and cut it yourself.
  11. J

    Your favorite type of drinking glass?

    Sounds like the tulip glass is the most popular. Maybe i should get some of them. I figure as much beer as i have made and have stocked i should get more educated on glasses and expand on them a bit.
  12. J

    Your favorite type of drinking glass?

    Just wondering what everyone's favorite glass is and why? Personally I like my beer mug as it'll hold 24 oz. Its thick sturdy glass with a nice handle. Pint glasses are fine mainly just good because they are cheap and stackable. Aside from that though i do not own any other beer glasses...
  13. J

    How much for used bottles?

    Yeah, yesterday it came out to 9 cents a bottle...
  14. J

    How much for used bottles?

    I'm wondering how much people pay for their bottles? I know i get some that are given to me and i collect my own. I get a lot at the redemption center near me, they charge 10 cents a bottle. I wasn't sure if that if right or not. In NY the deposit is five cents, so i thought it would be 5...
  15. J

    Harvesting yeast.

    It was in the fridge i pulled it out earlier before i poured off the beer. Ill put it back though. It is also a saison yeast if that helps.
  16. J

    Harvesting yeast.

    And yes thats a pepsi bottle and yes i cleaned and sanitized it.
  17. J

    Harvesting yeast.

    Alright i have successfully harvested yeast several times. This time i do it i get beer on top, maybe a very thin layer of yeast then i believe trub. I pour off the beer and shake it up. This pic shows what I'm left with. I've never seen beer on the bottom. I don't know if this is foamy yeast...
  18. J

    Glass hydrometer alternatives

    Also I don't know much about refractometers but it sounds they do not work for the final gravity anyway. So I don't think that would help but I might be wrong.
  19. J

    Glass hydrometer alternatives

    Ok. I broke two hydrometers in two weeks. I know I should be more careful or just get a stand for them or something so they don't fall. I've looked around a bit and haven't found much. I see the plastic coopers one has bad reviews for accuracy. Then some shatterproof polycarbonate ones that are...
  20. J

    Filtering Beer - Extract

    I just got one of these. I was going to put it on when transferring to the bottling bucket or when bottling. How would filtering cause oxidation? Unless you mean pouring into a filter. I do not see how adding a filter would cause oxidation. The only thing i see with a filter like this would...
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