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Old 12-08-2013, 11:23 AM   #1156
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I have not had a problem with plastic buckets for primary, and better bottles for secondary. I don't lager (yet) or secondary for more than a couple months. I would most likely just use glass for that, or just put it in a corny with a shot of CO2 on top.

Does anyone secondary in a corny?


By the way, a scoop of oxiclean and fill the fermenter with water. Come back after a few hrs (overnight maybe), and everything comes out without a brush. Unless its really sat a long time... I just use a paper towel in my buckets, and shake my better bottles.

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Old 12-08-2013, 07:43 PM   #1157
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Ever seen a glass carboy break? Only takes one before you see how poor of a choice a glass fermenter is.
Yep, many a friend has broken one. I've been brewing for years without breaking any (knock on wood).

That said I'd still love to use Stainless, but alas, after talking the wife into a deep excursion into 4 figures for my electric setup, I'm not pushing it anytime soon. I think I'll be doing the deep woods caverns eventually.
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:48 AM   #1158
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I broke a carboy but got lucky and didn't get hurt.
One time though, I broke a drinking glass while washing it and it cut me bad. That got me thinking that maybe the horror stories aren't all made up.

I've been using buckets to ferment in for a long time. Never a contamination (jinx!) yet. And yeah, I'd like to be able to watch fermentation but it ain't that big a deal. If I had a stainless fermenter I couldn't see it either.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:33 PM   #1159
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on the topic of conicals, we purchased a Brewhemoth and have been very happy with it.
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Old 12-15-2013, 09:04 AM   #1160
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Thank you Jason F

I made 2 batches of cider.

One 6 gallons fresh flashed apple juice 10 lbs sugar Champagne yeast

One 5 gallons of fresh apple juice, 6 lbs cane sugar and beer yeast.

Batch #1 pretty good, hot and dry.

Batch #2 SWEET and GOOD. I be having a glass right now. Mmmmm

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Old 12-16-2013, 12:07 PM   #1161
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I made 2 batches of cider.

One 6 gallons fresh flashed apple juice 10 lbs sugar Champagne yeast

One 5 gallons of fresh apple juice, 6 lbs cane sugar and beer yeast.

Batch #1 pretty good, hot and dry.

Batch #2 SWEET and GOOD. I be having a glass right now. Mmmmm

Thank You

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One of the recent zymurgy issues had an article on cider. Basically, they made 10 batches of cider with different yeasts. Top two were ale strains: WLP002 & WLP028.

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Old 12-16-2013, 01:40 PM   #1162
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Old 12-16-2013, 02:46 PM   #1163
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I repitched some WLP002 from a stout (washed it, and pitched it right away).
I will let you know if it works out...if it ever decides to quit fermenting! Darn thing has had a steady slow bubble for about a month now. My wife is getting impatient
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Old 12-18-2013, 05:25 PM   #1164
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Me and a friend did a double batch, into the fermenter and his carboy snapped off at the neck as soon as he lifted it off the ground, BOOM...glass shards and beer(?) all over the garage floor and flowing down the street. My driveway still glistens when the sun hits it right.

Wasn't funny at the time.
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Old 12-18-2013, 05:31 PM   #1165
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I know there is actual brewing forums I could go to but I like keeping this one alive.

-Fermenting bucket: is it a no-no to store brewing stuff in it (scratches?) between brews?

-Yeast: I've had an extract kit on the garage shelf since November, do I need to worry about the yeast packet?

When I told some friends I wanted to start brewing I got some free stuff. A Williams siphonless fermenter was one, good? I have a siphon already and the idea of a possible leak point makes me nervous. Google also says they don't seal well. Sampling would be easier but is it worth the risk.
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:23 PM   #1166
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I don't store anything in my plastic fermenters. Although I've not yet had an infection problem, people say that scratches will harbor evil things. I'll do what I can to minimize the possibilities.

If the yeast is all nice and sealed up in its little packet, it'll be just fine.

Lots of guys have spigots on their fermenters. RDWHAH!
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:41 PM   #1167
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I don't store anything in my plastic fermenters. Although I've not yet had an infection problem, people say that scratches will harbor evil things. I'll do what I can to minimize the possibilities.
My wife is a real life biochemist, and the people in her lab get to play with all kinds of little beasties.

For fermenting, she says to go stainless. Cleans easily, lasts forever, and has resale value. But, it's expensive. Crying only once makes sense.
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:41 PM   #1168
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-Yeast: I've had an extract kit on the garage shelf since November, do I need to worry about the yeast packet?
If you are wondering, just make a starter, it will tell you if it is viable pretty quick, it can also salvage it if it is on the outs.
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:06 PM   #1169
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:51 AM   #1170
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Nessman, always keep a spare yeast just in case you panic. It happens.

There should be a date on the package, but its more about keeping it stored dry and cool.

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