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  #2697823 25-Apr-2021 14:35
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//Fully agree. Given the amount of time and money money I've spent on various half-assed cleaning solutions when I should have instead just bought bottle cleaning alkali salts and a bottle of Star San (given the tiny amounts you use diluted, it will probably outlive me), I wish I'd started doing things properly from the get-go.


In the past had a few dud brews which were likely due lack of proper cleaning procedure.


Ive got it down now to a diluted solution of Countdown/Frend non-deodorized, water rinse, then a final sanitize with TradeMe/StellarSan.


Im convinced this practice also improves the flavour slightly too, as any miniscule contaminations are dealt with.


Cheers, Al.

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  #2727737 12-Jun-2021 18:07
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I really tried to get into heavily hopped beers but I really don't like them. 



I made a stout around 15 years ago in Japan, and added hops. Unfortunately, I didn't fully understand how long hops should be left in the tank, and so when I came to drinking the brew a couple of weeks later, the hoppiness nearly stripped the enamel off my teeth. It was awful.


I stacked it at the back of the shed for 6 months because I couldn't bear to throw it away, and then tried it again when I'd run out of anything else. It had improved markedly. Still very hoppy, but not nearly as bad as when I originally tried it.


Even now, I can't get excited about the race amongst craft breweries to see who can make the hoppiest beer.

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