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  1. beerbelly

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    A German Hefeweizen. That's the kind of head a guy wants in a Hefe. And I am, of course, waiting for the smart ass sexual innuendo comments....:rolleyes:

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    Beerbelly, I think you may have reached your coronavirus limit.
     
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    I don't believe there is a limit if I'm staying home & not driving...
     
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    Good point, CHEERS!
     
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    That looks very good, nice golden color, no visible floaties. How's the taste?
     
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    Looks Refreshing, Hope you dont get the Hershey Squirts drinking too much of that hooch..
     
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    I bought a home brew kit on Craigslist a few weeks ago for $30. Fermentation bucket, bottling bucket, hoses, filler, caps, caper and a kit to make a batch of Kama Citra IPA. Currently we are in fermentation mode. It's been 8 days and the bubbling has started to slow. It spells wonderful.

    Q: How long do I have to bottle after it stops fermenting? The bottling takes time, and I was hoping to do it this Saturday.
     
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    Atta boy! Good to hear there's another brewer out there, and any beer with Citra or Mosaic hops are my new favorites. I have a couple of suggestions:

    a) If the equipment is used, and you haven't done it yet, I recommend cleaning & sanitizing EVERYTHING (bottles & caps too). Soak everything in a mild bleach/water solution and then rinse WELL; even the slightest trace of bleach can be tasted. After rinsing, I put the bottles upside down in the dishwasher to drain. I use PBW to clean, and Star San to sanitize, like the big boys use.
    b) Don't be in a rush to bottle; if fermentation isn't complete, you'll be making bottle bombs. I'd wait 2 weeks.
    c) After the 2 week fermentation, I transfer the wort to another vessel (secondary or bright tank) for a few days to leave the old used yeast behind. It gives you a cleaner bottle of beer.
    d) Don't forget to boil & add priming sugar to the wort before bottling, and mix it in well. Corn sugar works best vs. table sugar.
    e) When I bottle, I bring a chair into the kitchen, and set my bottling bucket with primed beer next to the dishwasher. I can grab a bottle, fill & cap using a pan on the floor to catch any overflows.

    Best of luck TD, and feel free to PM me with any questions.

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    Great tips BB, I was planning to start a home brew in the near future, just need to get all the equipment. I did it before many years ago (1990) when I lived at home and my dad had all the equipment, he since got rid of it though when they moved and I had no use for it at the time.
     
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    The used kit I bought came with a new bottle of no-rinse cleaner stuff, which I used after scrubbing the hell out of both buckets with a light OxyKleen wash. My bottles I soaked in Oxy to get the labels off. Then I'm going to put them in the dishwasher with a high temp wash. I've read up on this and watched many videos, but will ask you for sure. Thanks for the advice.
     
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    It sounds like you're off to a good start TD. The number one secret to success is sanitization, especially after the boil.
    It's a great hobby; my wife got me started with a Christmas gift kit 22 years ago, and I still enjoy the hell out of it. Here's the brew tower and kegerator I built for all-grain brewing & kegging.
    Bottling tip: Include a sanitized plastic bottle from a carbonated beverage, like soda, as an indicator of your bottle carbonation; when it gets firm like a store-bought soda, you know your carbonation is done.

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    Dumb question = How does that work out having the CO2 inside the cooler? Every bar with taps I ever worked in always had the CO2 bottle located in what seemed to be the hottest spot they could find, mostly where the heat came out of a big cooler. Kegs inside the coolers, CO2 out in the heat.
     
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    Granted, keeping the CO2 in a warmer environment maintains pressure longer, but I wanted a tidier look and didn't want to drill a hole in the side of my fridge. Besides, I'm not using CO2 at the rate a pub does; my tanks usually last for about 4 months, at $16 a fill- not bad.
     
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    Looks like your Erector-Set Skills paid off..
     
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    Dammit, I had an Erector Set, and I never could make something like that....
     
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    So, I bottled yesterday. Went very well. There was an inch of sludge on the bottom of the fermentation bucket, and the brew smelled awesome, albiet it's darker than I though. I actually drank a small glass of the flat brew. Tasty, and seems to be pretty potent. I used your dishwasher advice. Made cleanup easier. Also filled a couple of empty tonic bottles for carbonation check. Thanks again.
     
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    "There was an inch of sludge on the bottom of the fermentation bucket"
    That's called 'trub', and is completely normal; it's just the depleted yeast and hop debris. That's why I transfer my beer into a secondary fermenter, to have less of that ending up in the bottles. You will always have a dusting of depleted hops in the bottom of your bottles; it's just the nature of bottling home brew, unless you make a big investment in filtering equipment.

    Best of luck for a tasty brew, and one that will start a new hobby for you. Also, you inspired me to brew a Hazy/Juicy/NEIPA IPA today, hopped with lots of Citra & Mosaic hops.
     
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    Northeast IPA?
     
  20. beerbelly

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    Yep!
     

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