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  1. OK, the situation is, I had an issue with the tap end push-in connectors or adapters. I wanted push in to make it easier to use and clean, but the slightest bump or even opening the fridge door would cause leaks. I had no such issues with the duotights on MLF threads on the disconnects or the manifold. After maybe the 5th time of cleaning sprayed beer I'd had enough. Investigation showed I'd done everything right and when I compared the adapters to the duotights the problem became clear - the line goes further in on the duotights than on the adapters. It's only a couple of mm or so but enough of a difference that any lateral pressure on the line at the tap end causes the seal to fail and send beer the wrong way. CPB are giving me a credit on them so that's all good - although maybe telling they don't want them back - the 4 of them were $32... However I was relying on the push-ins to make line cleaning easy - snap the line out, soak in FV or even keg during cleaning. Now they are fixed in place with cable ties (thanks @Otto Von Blotto ) they need to be cleaned in situ. I know I could use a keg, but I only have 5 so it's easy to see I may need another solution. I found this... Carbonation & Kegerator Line Cleaner Cap & Counter Pressure Bottle Filler ... which offers the option of filling a soft drink bottle with cleaner, and using a disconnect, either gassing it up or even just holding it above the line level to fill the line with cleaner for a soak - i.e. hold it high and open the tap. Let it soak then repeat with water to rinse the line and a 2nd time with stellarsan to sanitise ready for beer to push through. I can't think of a reason this would not work... can anyone?
  2. I've got this digital thermometer that is normally in the swimming pool over summer. Ive been using it the fridge to monitor brew temp and its been pretty handy for that. Question being with a proper clean and sterilization could I float it in the wort during fermentation? Or is just to risky? I can see a high SG might make it sit to high and topple over perhaps and as the sensor is at the tip, if it comes out of the brew it would be useless. Its pretty robust and watertight against salt water in the pool , I don't think the wort could get in. What do you guys reckon?
  3. I ran out of the sanitiser i usually use from the Brew shop so used Miltons baby bottle steriliser from Coles instead. It said it was no-rinse required & steep time was 15mins & looked like it would do the job. I have noticed that the main ingredient is chlorine though. I pitched the yeast last night & it still hadn't frothed up by this morning.. Could a trace of chlorine kill the yeast off during primary fermentation ???
  4. Hi guys! Might I say what a great community you have going here! I'm a noob who's diving headlong into the world of home-brewed happiness and would love a couple of suggestions on how I could make my next (*cough* second) brew more interesting and beneficial to my personal beer-velopment. Being as green as a Boags tinny I'm not looking for anything super complex, in fact maybe just a simple addition of another extract or supplementary sugar (honey/golden syrup etc) that from your experience might improve my plan. Using the old classic coopers home brew kit and hoping to make a dark(ish) drop using the following ingredients: - Coopers Dark Ale can - 500g Light DME - 1kg Dextrose Aaaand that's it so far. Straight out of blocks does anyone think this will make a really shitty beer if I just used these on their own (I should state that my expectations are optimistically low)? What would you add to spice it up? Bonus question: can I exclusively use stellarsan to get that OG lager can scuzz off my shiny new brew kit without creating a highschool science experiment in my fermenter? Hop on legends! Cheers, Brew Budgie xo
  5. Hi all I always wash my bottles just prior to bottling my brew. As time is psycho this time of year, I intend to wash my bottles tonight. And bottle my brew tomorrow morning. I have a bottle tree and will leave them on this till tomorrow. Do you think this would be ok ? Interested to see what you all think and what your process is. Cheers Scott
  6. Guys, I was wondering after mixing a batch of starsan for my spray bottle which last 3 months or more. Is it still good 3 or 4 months in or should i refresh the batch monthly? Touch wood never had an infection, but concerned its viability diminishes over time.
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