Hello, New Brewer here!
Let me first thank you for all the spam free brewing information! It was =
this group that made me seek out a home brewing supply house in my area.
So I hit the yellow pages, and in Pittsburgh, PA, there were only 3 places=
listed under homebrewing supplies, so I picked the one closest to home.
I spoke to the man at the store for a long time, and I'm really glad he wa=
s willing to explain what brewing entailed (afterall, I was buying no matt=
er what). So I did purchase the Brewer's Best starter kit and selected Ir=
ish Stout as my first Batch.
Reading through the booklet was very informative, and now I know what the =
hell everyone is talking about here! I guess now the only thing is to sta=
rt boiling and fermenting and fermenting and bottling.
Now the question: The bottles he sold were pretty expensive. He recommen=
ded buying some beer in returnables or Grolsch type bottles and cleaning t=
hem immediately. I've been buying kegs at my local dist. for so long that=
I'm sure he'll slide me all the "used" returnables I could ever want, but=
I'm afraid that they may have set around for awhile.
Would a dishwasher be an acceptable first step in cleaning returnable bott=
les? I also read the instructions for soaking and the recommended solutio=
n... What if anything should I do? It seems that sterilazation is the pri=
me step in the entire brewing process, and I don't want to ruin my first b=
atch with contaminated bottles.
... I'm as innocent as a new=ADlaid egg.
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