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Specific and generic questions from a first timer - size of fermenter, flavoring, gravity, sanitation

I just brewed my first ever German Weizen (using True Brew kit) on Saturday (today is Monday) and it's sitting in a plastic 6 gallon bucket (but there's only 5 gallons of it). I have some questions ...
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Mold in S-Shaped Airlock

I'm new to homebrewing, and I've recently encountered a problem with an s-shaped airlock. I clean it out with water after use, but it takes forever to dry on its own. This time, it's started growing ...
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How to clean the inside of a refrigerator?

I bought a large chest freezer that I use to brew all my beer. It was always difficult for me to clean it because my brewing schedule did not allow for less than 3/4 of the freezer to be empty at any ...
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Should I clean plastic fermenters wth PBW

I'm concerned about cleaning my fermenter with PBW. The crystals seem hard & sharp and take a while to dissolve. I don't want to scratch the bucket. Am I doing it wrong?
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Beer stone: what works?

After some investigating, I've discovered that beer stone (calcium oxalate, mostly) doesn't just taste vile, it's highly toxic. Plus it's ugly. As if that wasn't bad enough, it's also incredibly ...
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How to clean an old oak barrel

I have a very old oak barrel that was given to me that used to have rum in it. It has been empty for about 10 years but I would like to clean it to store cider. What is the best way to clean it so ...
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Critique my Cleaning Regime

I have one batch of home brew under my belt, and I am preparing for my 2nd and 3rd batches (going to get a second primary fermenter so I can have two batches going at once) so I have spent a few hours ...
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Cleaning Inside of Racking Cane

I've noticed a little build up of gunk (for lack of a better term) in the curve of my racking cane. I can use a cleaning brush to get most of the cane but I don't have anything on hand to get into the ...
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Homebrewing and Cats

I am somewhat interested in obtaining 2 kittens. My 1 bedroom apartment already isn't the cleanest. I spray 409 and Windex on all my surfaces before I brew or bottle and call it clean. I'm not going ...
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Cleaning, sanitizing

I have been cleaning all of my equipment with vinegar and this has always worked well. However recently i have had several brews that have been flat after the relevant brewing period and I have ...
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Stirring Spoon Hop Stained

So... I will just start with sharing that "Hop Stained" has a nice ring to it for an IPA name, but I digress to my question. During my first batch, I am becoming paranoid I did not pay enough ...
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Cleaning the fermenter spigot before bottling

I have a cider in the fermenter that has been there for almost two months. I am ready to bottle it now but during the half way point I took a sample out of the spigot to check the FG reading. My ...
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Can you use sodium metabisulphite that is hard

I have a container of sodium metabisulphite for sterilizing my fermenter and bottles that has gone hard. It is about 1 year old. Can I still use this effectively or should I use another container ...
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Trying a gluten free kit; must I buy new equipment to be safe?

I just ordered a gluten free kit to brew for a friend of mine who has celiac disease. I have a glass carboy, but another home brewer recommended I start with completely new equipment. Is that ...
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How often should a keg be disassembled and cleaned?

Right now I give my corny kegs and beer lines a hot rinse, PBW soak, rinse and Starsan in-between batches. I inspect for gunk but don't fully disassemble (posts, etc.) unless there's something ...
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After cleaning a bottle, what's an acceptable amount of leftover StarSan bubbles?

I've been slowly improving my bottling, thank goodness. I make a pot of warm / hot StarSan, and fill each bottle with the mixture, then after a while, turn each bottle upside down in the StarSan pot. ...
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Chemicals of PBW and StarSan - DIY solutions?

Ok, i've see so much people here advising the use of PBW - Powdered Brewery Washer. I've seen some videos, and it seems to be a very good thing for cleaning everything in homebrew stuff. But I live ...
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in depth cleaning glass bottles

I realise there is a tonne of information about cleaning on the net already, but I am just about to bottle my first batch of glass bottles and wanted to put my process out there to make sure I haven't ...
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Would placing the fermenter tank in a tub of water be a good way to handle hot environments?

Summers where I live typically have 80F nights and it can easily pick up to 95 degrees during the day. I have a plastic trash can (which I bought for this purpose) that I have filled up with water. ...
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Necessary to clean bottle tree?

So I recently purchased a bottle tree (not sure how I went so long without one) for drying/storing my sanitized bottles. Is it is overkill to sanitize the bottle tree in sanitizing solution as well? ...
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Methods for cleaning and drying tubing

Brewing 5 gallon batches at home. During the transfer from my primary fermenter to the secondary, and when filling bottles from my bottling bucket I constantly need to use plastic tubing to transfer ...
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White mold on my corney kegs?

Iv'e got a basic beer serving fridge out in the garage, just a few taps on the front and some bottles on the door. I'm developing a problem with what looks kinda like mold, I notice it mostly on the ...
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How to clean my my stove top?

Just finished cooking up my first batch of home brew, and during the boil I boiled over just a little bit. Now there's this dark black burned stuff all over my stove that does not want to come off. ...
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Is Oxiclean Free OK to use on a metal brewpot

Is it safe to use Oxiclean Free on a metal brew pot? I know that rinsing thoroughly is required after using Oxiclean Free. Is it safe to let the brew pot sit in an Oxiclean Free solution overnight?
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What are some effective, cheap, easy ways to clean and re-use bottles?

After a couple year hiatus from home brewing, I'm ready to get back into it and I have been diligently consuming some local microbrews and saving the bottles in preparation. When I brewed before, for ...
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How to clean the inside of a blowoff hose

I soaked my blowoff hose in PBW for an hour or so, then rinsed and let dry. There is still light amounts of residue visible. The only brush I own is a carboy brush which I don't think will fit ...
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Tips on Using Easy Clean

I got a beer kit and it came with Easy Clean from LD Carlson. At first I was under the impression that I could use it to clean and sanitize. But now I'm not so sure. It looks like it was good for ...
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Cleaning Fermenter [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cleaning difficult krausen ring off Better Bottle I just finished my first batch of beer from a Brooklyn Brew Kit, and noticed a film in my fermenter. This film is ...
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How to clean the CO2 line?

I had a tiny bit of backflow when I put the gasline back on the keg after force carbonation. It just flowed a tiny bit into the connector - nothing got inside the line itself. I read Backflow into ...
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How can I tell there is mold in my bottles?

I just got my kit and am about to brew for the first time. I was warned to not use bottles that have sat out uncleaned because there can be mold in them. How can I tell if there is mold in my ...
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Deep cleaning equipment after “brett” contamination

A Few Contaminated Batches Although most of my beers have been coming out 'clean', I've had a couple of my beers show up with what I think might be bretanomyaces or some other 'bug'. The ...
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Can't get my glass carboys completely clean

I've been relatively active on homebrewtalk.com, have read the cleaning chapter of How to Brew half a dozen times, and watched the instructional video that came with my kit on how to clean carboys. I ...
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Cleaning & sanitizing NPT and weldless fittings

I just got a new boil kettle with a stainless ball valve attached with a weldless bulkhead fitting, and a stainless barb connected to the NPT outlet of the ball valve. What's the cleaning procedure ...
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cleaning copper

Copper is great for all sorts of things, manifolds for your cooler based mashing tun, as well as that wort chiller you can't live without. However, copper gets really dirty, really quickly, and I ...
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Recycling/Reusing Bottles?

Are Glass Beer Bottles safe to recycle/reuse? Since I can't know who drank out of it and what could be in it, I want to be sure that this is safe to do. What type of disinfection reagent would I use, ...
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What amounts and times should I use to clean/sterilize my brewing equipment?

There are actually 2 questions here. The first one is more of an opinion (although I would like to know), but the correct answer will only be awarded for the second question. I have been researching ...
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Is iodophor ideal for rinse-less sanitization before bottling?

I was talking to a friend today and complainIng about the clean/bleach/sanitize/rinse process I undergo when bottling. He dug a bottle of iodophor out of a back shelf and asked me to try it out. He ...
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cleaning vs. sanitizing

I have made over 50 batches of homebrew, and I have a confession: I rarely CLEAN my equipment. I take a quick look to see if there is any visible debris/dust, etc., and if so, I will spot clean it or ...
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What cleaners can I use for Kegs?

I'm new to kegging, but I was made aware that I shouldn't use sodium metabisulfite when cleaning a keg. So what cleaners can I use? More specifically, can I use OxyClean or Diversol?
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How difficult are the plate-based wort chiilers to clean? Do they require filtration before the wort goes through them?

I'm considering getting one of those "Therminator" style wort chillers as an upgrade to the coil. I plan on gravity feeding the wort through and pumping back into the kettle until my wort is nice and ...
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Rust in a plastic fermenter?

I've got a 6 gallon plastic fermenter - one of those food-grade plastic buckets Midwest gives you in the starter kit. I guess after our last brew, my brother and I carelessly tossed the remains of our ...
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Prevent haze on the inside of vinyl tubing when cleaning

I've been cleaning my carboys with oxy-clean and it works wonders... no need to even brush (which is important if you're using the plastic 'Better Bottles'). So I decided to throw all my vinyl tubes ...
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How do I clean a 5 gallon root beer keg?

I was given a pair of Virgils kegs with root beer still in them, and I've been wanting to use them for homebrewing. I was at a brewery tour a little while ago and I was told that it's nearly ...
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How to clean grain bags?

I did a partial mash tonight, and I want to reuse my grain bag for future uses. I tried to rinse it out, but pieces of grain are still in there. What do you guys do to clean it out fully? Throw it in ...
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What do I need to refurbish a corny keg?

What do I need to prepare a used corny keg (picked up at a flea market say) for brewing? Should I replace the seals? Do I need a special tool to remove the posts? What products and techniques ...
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Can I use a dishwasher that has rinse agent to sanitize my bottles?

My dishwasher has a built in rinse agent dispenser that it claims must be filled for every use, besides I have no clue how to empty it once it is filled. Can I still run my bottles in the dishwasher ...
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Cleaning bottles - What's a good cleaning agent?

At this point I am using regular dishwashing liquid for cleaning my bottles. This is not perfect, I know and I think, I am seeing a detrimental effect on the foam, but I do not know a good ...
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Spotless Carboys

I've acquired a handful of different size carboys over the years and all of them are serviceable, but one has some deposits/staining inside. It's near the top of the vessel, a few inches down from ...
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Can OxiClean be used as a sanitizer?

Many batches ago I abandoned the sanitizing solutions sold (at ridiculous markups) from standard homebrew stores in favor of OxiClean Free. My logic at the time (being out of sanitizer, and at a ...
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Is There A Way To Get Root Beer Taste/Smell Out Of Kegging Equipment?

I've since learned better, but when I first got my kegging setup, I put root beer on one of the lines. After that keg was empty, I decided to put soda water in instead. Unfortunately, the root beer ...