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comment Adding the yeast to a beer kit by sprinkling or stirring
There's ample evidence (start with Chris White's "Yeast" book from Brewers Publications) that dissolving oxygen into unfermented wort is beneficial to yeast growth. For the clarity of this answer, you should specify what you mean by "oxygen bubblers" and the duration of their use, and the amount of oxygen to add, as your opening paragraph regarding the aerobic phase is nearly contradictory to your later recommendation to avoid this practice.
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comment Doing (very) small batches of beer
I brew 2 gallon batches every once in a while (all-grain BIAB), sometimes as a small test batch or just to scratch the brewing itch. These often end up in a 5L keg, which fits in my fridge. I recommend the book "Beer Craft"; it's an intro-to-homebrewing type book but the recipes and techniques are for 1 gallon batches and small apartment brewing. amazon.com/Beer-Craft-Simple-Guide-Making/dp/1605291331
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comment Heating pad for fermentation
I use a heat pad made for homebrew, similar to Northern Brewer's: northernbrewer.com/shop/brewing/brewing-equipment/… It's hooked up to a Ranco temp controller, with the probe taped to fermenter like how Scott recommends, except I use a piece of foam from the craft store, not bubble wrap. Works great. I've got a pumpkin porter sitting on it right now. One caution, based on experience: don't use a heat pad meant for heating your bed. It's designed to cycle on/off automatically, won't allow consistent temperature control.
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comment Heating pad for fermentation
I use a heating pad marketed for homebrew like the one Northern Brewer sells (identical w/ different branding).
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comment How to strain when bottling
Good point, Denny. I edited my answer to be more explicit about which end of the siphon should be filtered.
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answered How to strain when bottling
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answered Sanitizing bottles with StarSan
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comment Sanitizing with a spray bottle of StarSan
I've never had an infected batch. Star San only requires wet contact with the surface for a few minutes, not extended soaking, so it's not necessary to fill the fermenter. While it's reasonable to be thorough with sanitation, there's no need to be paranoid. My method is to clean equipment ASAP after use, dry thoroughly, and rinse briefly before using again (and before sanitizing). And remember that most undesirable microbes aren't able to compete with the relatively huge colony of brewer's yeast that you pitch.
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comment Sanitizing with a spray bottle of StarSan
You don't need to mix 5 gallons of StarSan for a 5 gallon fermenter. When I mix it fresh I make about a gallon, seal up the fermenter and shake and slosh to get coverage. I also spread it by hand and use a spray bottle on individual components as necessary. I store the leftovers in old LME jugs.
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