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  1. 2 points
    doc280

    Metallic Grass like taste, need help

    This is the one week in the bottle tasting and this is what I have. The smell is clean with hop and citrus, zero off smells. The appearance is a little darker than I expected and it may have just a touch of chill haze, but overall I am not complaining. I have been reading about late extract additions, which should lighten the color and a cold crash may help with the chill haze. Carbonation is, to me, perfect and nothing to change here. Taste, first I would not call this an IPA, but a pale ale and do not get me wrong this is not a bad thing. It has a very nice mid-range bitterness, it is light but with a pop of citrus......more specific grapefruit....there is a pop of grapefruit. There are zero off flavors, sorry getting excited here, but this has to be the most perfect summer time, hot weather beer I have ever had. This is the beer I want when I am at the ballpark watching nine innings in the dog days of August. I know there is the chance they may get better with a little age, but there is a chance that awful off favor takes over and I loose the whole batch. Yes better put a few more in the refrigerator.
  2. 1 point
    Ok, really who can stop at one? Yes I had to do it, I had to open the bottle primed with corn sugar and drink it too. Now I know everything I have been told and read says there will be no difference between the table sugar and corn sugar, however in the one week tasting I have to say there is. The corn sugar primed bottle is little more bitter, not bad, but I do prefer the table sugar primed bottle better at this point.
  3. 1 point
    BDawg62

    Metallic Grass like taste, need help

    Congratulations, you have finally gotten @RickBeer to give up. That is a feat worthy of a medal. It is your beer and you can do what you want with it. I always drink a bottle after a week of carbonation. It lets me know how my carbonation level is progressing and how the beer is progressing. I always drink at least a couple of ounces at bottling so I can see the changes starting to happen. Not to mention, I don't have the patience to wait longer to see how my batch turned out. They do change as the weeks go by but in the end it is your beer. And by the way, you aren't wasting it by drinking it, you are just converting it to waste water.
  4. 1 point
    All true. Great advice, but letting folks experiment to learn is good. Maybe they will discover something new, or if it turns out bad, reinforce their confidence in the advice - but some people like to make their own mistakes.
  5. 1 point
    RickBeer

    Old Recipes located

    The pre-Cooper smaller cans (2012 and before) are NOT comparable, nor convertible to the Coopers cans of Mr. Beer (Fall 2012 and forward). Don't waste your time trying. The quality of them was much inferior to those today. For those that absolutely must have them, a in-depth Google search will reveal a source. Having brewed them, I would save my keystrokes.
  6. 1 point
    Timelordjason

    Old Recipes located

    I AM INTERESTED
  7. 1 point
    MrWhy

    Brewmax 2 gallon fermenter

    You can also buy a soft cooler bag/larger back pack cooler or a back pack cooler. put the brew max in and stand the bag up. Some are expensive, others are cheap. Thinking something like this - http://www.amazon.com/Freddie-Sebbie-Collapsible-Insulated-Perfect/dp/B01CNWOI4G/ref=sr_1_12?s=outdoor-recreation&ie=UTF8&qid=1463847103&sr=1-12&keywords=soft+cooler Another option is the Cool Brewing bag. It is bigger than what you need, but then if you ever move to a bigger bucket you'll be ready. http://www.amazon.com/Cool-Brewing-LLC-5B-YTCW-X9LG-Fermentation/dp/B008EKD7CQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1463846980&sr=8-1&keywords=cool+brewing+fermentation+cooler If I ever get a 6 gallon fermenter, I am probably using this. (since I don't think the six gallon would fit in my fridge.)
  8. 1 point
    BDawg62

    Brewmax 2 gallon fermenter

    Before I built my fermentation chamber, I would use 2 storage totes that you can buy at any big box store for 5 bucks. I would put the fermenter in one of them and then invert the other on top of it and use 1/2 gallon frozen milk bottles to keep the temperature where I needed it to be. Not as insulated as a cooler but it works. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-18-Gallon-Tote-Box-Multiple-Colors-Available-in-Case-of-8-or-Single-Unit/36128070
  9. 1 point
    swenocha

    Steeping/Mashing Grains 101

    Good post, Josh. For those that are visual learners, here's a great vid on doing a countertop partial mash with Mr. Beer... EDIT: here's their tasting of the beer made in the first vid...
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