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Another thing... don't use bleach! At your local brew shop, you'll find a product called StarSan. It's probably the most popular product for sanitizing stuff, for a very good reason. It works and it's easy to use. You won't have a Clorox smell to deal with and bleach can be a pain to rinse out completely and is disastrous to your stainless steel. That ...
Make sure you sanitize everything. Make sure you aerate your wort properly before pitching your yeast. Make sure you've got an air tight seal on your FV along with suitable blow off. As Denny said, try to control your fermentation temp. And be patient when it's fermenting. Don't open the vessel, don't shake it. Just relax and let it happen.
Fermentation temperature is often overlooked and it's really the key to making good beer. If you don't control the temp, everything else you do doesn't really matter. I prefer most beers to ferment in the 63-65F range. Whatever you do, don't let the beer get over 70F. That's beer temp, not room temp. Due to the heat created during fermentation, the beer ...
5-6 gal buckets w/lids work great. I saw some large ZipLoc bins at WalMart this morning. The were advertised as weather tight. Almost bought one myself.
I have used old 5gal plastic fermentation bins, with some gaffer tape over the airlock hole. This has worked well for me.
Homebrew Finds has a nice roundup of all the options. I use food-grade 5 gallon pails and Gamma lids that I got from Menards (the cheapest way to go that route, if you have a Menards nearby), and I've never had problems with bugs.
I would not use PBW on Copper. It contains hydrogen Peroxide which is something you do not want in contact with copper. Using PBW with copper is asking for trouble.
My local home brew shop carries this hard maple paddle. They leave it untreated so no contaminates leeched into your brew. So if it were me and I was hell bent on making my own paddle I would try to find a chunk of hardwood like maple, possibly oak, and go from there.
It depends on the configuration of the valve (two hole or three hole ball, allowed range of handle movement, etc). If it has an 'off' position, then you should be able to regulate the pump. There are three hole balls are designed to blend the flow from two ports into one, and apparently don't shut off completely. The two hole ones should have an off ...
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