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Ambition or insanity you decide...

My "Hey you got a job!" gift to myself:


The DIY fermenter is an old pretzel container made of an acceptable kind of plastic, the spigot and the airlock cost me less than $5 when purchased locally, and the ingredients kit was $9 shipped from Target online. Supposedly this makes two gallons of beer. (As for the insanity I'm trying a lager as my first beer. Not the easiest thing in the world to get right.)

I should have enough saved Guinness bottles that I can remove the plastic "rockets" from and re-use. I still have to buy bottle caps and a capper but those can be bought while the brew is fermenting. I _should_ start on this tomorrow when I get home but likely it'll have to wait until the weekend. I may need a brand new pan as well because ours are scarred and might add salt and who-knows-what to the wort.

That said I'd love to get a couple of these to bottle in:


Unfortunately I'd need about 4 of them for a full batch and I can't afford that yet. In time...

(Oh and I finished watching the original Galaxy Express 999. If you're a fan of old 70's anime I suggest you head on over to Crunchyroll and give it a watch. At 113 episodes though it'll take a week or two. ^_^)

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Dec. 9th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
Where did you get that spigot, and what kind of plastic is it made of?
Dec. 9th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
I don't know what plastic it's made of (I don't have it handy at the moment) but if came from the Brew & Grow in Crystal Lake. (Awesome place BTW.)

As for the fermenter...missed it by that much! It's a hair too small to use with the Mr. Beer kits so I guess I need to pick up one of the HDPE glaze buckets from the donut shop.
Dec. 9th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
I don't brew, but do use those buckets for all kinds of stuff. My baby sister works in a large bakery from time to time, and gets me all I need once or twice a year.

Mebbe a stupid question, but what's "acceptable" plastic for a fermenter, and why? I'd think one of those 3-5 gallon water jugs would do the trick...
Dec. 9th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
Usually you want plastics of a known quantity that are "food grade" so no poisons leech into the beer. Usually it's PET, HDPE, and sometimes LDPE. Most of the large plastic water jugs are number 7 plastic which means "other" so you have no clue what's in them.
Dec. 9th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
Hah! Sure enough, the bottle sitting on my water cooler is a 7... Interesting that *drinking water* can be packaged this way, no?

I love the old 5-gallon glass jugs. Still have one, in fact - if you blow across the neck, it shakes the house.

Oh, and on another subject we discussed recently... I just had the pleasure of reverse-engineering an ozone bubbler for my dad's well guy. What a hoot!
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