From the HBD Archive
From: Jason Goldman <hp-lsd!jdg>
Subject: cidery smell & plastic vs. glass
Date: 1989-01-16 14:43:24 GMT

Well, I started my second batch this weekend. As an experiment, I decided to
try starting my yeast the night before. I boiled 1/3 gallon of water with
some malt extract and some sucrose. When everything cooled, I put the mini-
wort into a gallon milk jug and pitched my (dry) yeast. I put an airlock on
the jug and was pleased to see some bubbles within a couple of hours. The
next morning, when I was getting ready to pitch my starter, I noticed a sort
of off smell along with the strong yeasty smell. I think that this is the
cidery effect that has been discussed here. I decide to pitch the starter in
despite this smell and my beer is boiling nicely. I haven't noticed any off
smell, so I think it was diluted enough.

Next debate question:
Glass carboys vs. plastic tanks. I bought my first kit from Williams and I
got their 'system'. This includes 2 plastic 6 gallon containers (each with a
spigot), a lid (with an airlock hole) and an airlock. For my second batch, I
borrowed a friend's glass carboy and siphon pump. The Williams kit does not
require a siphon due to the spigots. I played with the siphon pump before I
started my beer and I decided that this was not as nice as the spigots. I
haven't even gotten to the point of siphoning my beer into the priming tank
for bottling and I think that I prefer the plastic.

I think that if I were using a secondary fermentation step, I would probably
use glass. Also, I know that plastic can get scratched and hold bacteria,
but if the tank gets scratched, it is easy enough to make another one.



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