I've already learned so much from browsing the forums here (stopping by lowes to get some paint straining sacks...my funnel kept clogging this past weekend!)
However, I do not have a local HBS, the closest is an hour away. I need some pH strips pronto as I've got a cyser that might have a low pH and the yeast is having trouble getting started. Does anyone know where I can pick up some pH strips? I had thought maybe a pet store with an aquarium section, but wasnt sure if the strips were the same that a HBS would carry.
Also, after racking from primary to secondary, how often do most people leave the brew in secondary? I keep seeing this 1-4 weeks, but is there any specific indicator that I should bottle? I really don't want to keep opening the secondary every week to check SG, but is that what it takes? If I accidentally sucked some of the yeast/sediment up from the primary into the secondary should I rack again before bottling, or just be careful of it when it comes time to bottle?