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The Mans Cave was a concept originated long before my time. The men in my family have always had their place of solitude where men could be men and there was no questioning. I now live the city life which means the man cave has been greatly reduced in size. That brought me to create an internet based man cave where all men can join in. Whether geek, gamer, jock, fitness, brewer, BBQ-er, or just looking for a place to read about manly news, you will find a home in the Man Cave

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Final Steps in Preparing to Brew

The time has finally come!  You've gotten interested in brewing, you went out and gathered all your equipment, you bought your ingredients, and now you brew right??  Almost!  In preparation for the actual brewing post, there is one last thing we need to discuss... Sanitation.  The biggest threat to brewing good beer is to have it get infected and taste terrible.  While the alcohol in the beer will kill anything that could get in there, it will not kill the taste of what the bacteria leaves behind.  When in doubt, you must sanitize.  So how do you sanitize?  While you can buy sanitization products such as StarSan or Iodophor, I have found that for price and effectiveness, nothing beats regular old bleach.

You can buy a gallon of bleach in the store for close to $1, and then all you need to do to sanitize with it is to dilute it.  I like to get two big containers, one is actually my fermenter, because it needs to be sanitized as well, and the other is just a large plastic storage container.  For every gallon of water you need to add about 1 capful of bleach in order to effectively sanitize.  I take all of the things that could possibly make contact with the beer after it boils and I sanitize them.  That includes 2 stirring spoons (anything but wooden), a funnel, the fermenter and its lid, and the airlocks and stoppers.  I sanitize the fermenter first, and then pour the water into the other container and add all of my equipment to that.  When bottling time comes around, I use the same container to sanitize my bottles and caps. (As seen in the picture below)

You have to let everything soak in the solution for at least 15 minutes to ensure sanitation, and remove the sanitized equipment and place on a very clean counter, but DO NOT RINSE YOUR EQUIPMENT AFTER SANITATION!!! This will ruin the purpose of sanitation.
Well, you now have everything you need in order to brew! Check back on soon to see a step-by-step post on how to successfully brew your first batch of beer!  Cheers and happy brewing!


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