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I am a software developer living in Boston. When I'm not on the computer, I may be brewing beer.

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comment Are plastic fizzy-drink bottles an acceptable substitute for glass bottles?
@Jeff That's a good point, but I think the issue comes in more at the cleaning stage, than the sanitizing stage. If there is a scratch, and in this scratch there is mold, old yeast, etc, you may not be able to get your brush bristles in there to knock it out. If you can't knock it out, then the sanitizer won't be able to make contact everywhere in a reasonable amount of time. The wort/beer will be sitting in there for a longer time, though, so it may become contaminated.
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comment Ever used a hopback?
@Scott Yeah, gravity is all it takes. I set up the kettle on a table, with the hopback and chiller on a chair, and the fermenter on the floor.
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comment Are plastic fizzy-drink bottles an acceptable substitute for glass bottles?
@sgwill good point. I edited my answer to include these concerns.
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revised Are plastic fizzy-drink bottles an acceptable substitute for glass bottles?
added general glass v. plastic concerns
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answered Are plastic fizzy-drink bottles an acceptable substitute for glass bottles?
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answered Should I dunk my dry hops?
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answered Ever used a hopback?
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answered How should bulk grain be stored?
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comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of Buckets vs Carboys?
You may also be interested in a refractometer, which is an alternate method for measuring the sugar content in a liquid. You only need a drop or two!
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asked When brewing a gruit, how do alternatives to hops, such as mugwort, affect the bitterness and flavor?
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answered How do i determine the quality of ingredients?
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answered How do you tell if your fermentation is stuck?