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PBW. It is magic. Seriously. Put a bit in there with warm water, and the krausen should go away in 30 minutes. I once put a touch in my coffee mug, and the stains from months of not washing it diligently were erased. It's magic.


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The bottom of a BetterBottle can flex. So, if it's full of beer and has an airlock in your cork and you pick it up by the neck, the weight of the liquid in the bottle will flex the bottom down a little. This causes the airlock to suck some air (and/or the liquid in your airlock) back into the bottle. Using a carboy buddy alleviates this. If the liquid in ...


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Tip it slightly so you can get your hands under it. Get an arm underneath it as you pick it up. That will keep the bottom from flexing downward creating that "suck" in the airlock. If you are not comfortable with that, then you can indeed sanitize some foil and use that. Or I'd recommend just popping off the airlock and refilling it with a small amount ...


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I've been switching over to Better Bottle for a few reasons. First, it's they're a lot lighter. I cart mine up and down the stairs and the extra weight of the glass is noticeable. Second, safety. I've heard enough horror stories about dropping the glass that I'm not willing to risk it anymore, since the Better Bottle is a good alternative. Sure, most ...


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Pubs that stock Grolsch will often let you have their bottles, for £4 per crate, which is a lot less than you would usually pay for empty bottles. They have a deal with Grolsch to return the bottles (and crates) for that amount, but apparently Grolsch is awful at picking up regularly, so most places have a case or two, or sometimes 10, hanging around that ...


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I just started using ported Better Bottles myself, and have been really pleased with the results. I did have a problem at first with getting the tubing to fit tight enough in the valve to siphon off the beer, but the Better Bottle web site has very clear instructions on the correct tube sizes to use, and that fixed my problem.


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I started using them a year ago. I think they are fantastic! I love being able to to simply open the port and transfer my liquids around. I haven't had any troubles with leaking or breaking. The parts seem solid enough. I highly recommend the Better Bottles with Ports.


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I bought the better bottle dry-lock. It doesn't allow any air in so when you pick it up the flexing is minimal. It doesn't help you at the moment (brewchez's answer is what I'd recommend for the time being), but I've appreciated having the dry-lock for this very reason.


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Admittedly, I've only been brewing for six months, but I've only been using glass and I'm not sure why I'd switch. That five gallon carboy can be damn heavy, but never completely unruly! If I was really worried, I could always go buy one of these http://www.homebrewers.com/product/5164/Burgundy_Carboy_Handle.html


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This Wired article may help shed some light on wavelengths and bottle colour. http://www.wired.com/2013/03/physics-and-green-beer-bottles/ Amendment 1 Light in wavelengths of 350 nm to 520 nm (upper UV to mid-visible light) is known to cause skunky beer. Green bottles allow green light (520 nm to 550 nm) to pass through, whereas brown bottles (ranging ...



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