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  1. 2 points
    Brian N.

    Cigars and Craft Beer

    Once every few weeks I'll enjoy a cigar (mostly mild) with Scotch (all kinds). I may have a beer with a cigar once every few months. The wife likes a few puffs too, and usually drinks red wine of some type. We always stay outside, as the odor lingers too long in the house. The best was last year when my wife and I soaked in a hot tub with drinks and cigars - can't relax more than that!
  2. 2 points
    oldbagobones

    Cigars and Craft Beer

    I enjoy cigars with a beer. Actually, I enjoy cigars. I agree with Shrike, in the summer a nice cocktail on ice with a cigar is great. When the weather cools its nice to have a porter or stout with a cigar. Of course I have to do this outdoors because my wife don't want a stinky cigar smell in the house! Lol!
  3. 2 points
    RickBeer

    newbie here

    In fact, the Mr. Beer LBK is where you should mix up your initial sanitizing solution. Of course when you go to bottle your beer, it can't be used. A gallon milk jug (thoroughly cleaned with unscented dish soap and well rinsed can work. You could purchase a 2.5 gallon slimline water dispenser, which can be used in the future for batch priming (don't worry about that now). You can buy them at Walmart. When you start brewing, remember 3-4. 3 weeks fermenting with the wort (beer) at 65 degrees. 4 weeks in the bottle with room temps 70 or higher. Then 3 days or more in the frig before drinking. To keep your fermenting beer at 65, you will likely need to put the LBK in a cooler and rotate in ice packs or frozen water bottles for the first few days. Or use a cool basement with temps in the low 60s. If you ferment with wort in the mid to high 70s you'll have lousy results.
  4. 2 points
    RickBeer

    Hydrometer reads

    I made the assumption that he was either correcting for temperature or using a calculator that input temperature and adjusted in the ABV calc. However, people need to make sure they understand how small the adjustment is. If I take an OG reading of 1.050 at 70 degrees, the adjustment for a 60 degree calibrated hydrometer is a new reading of 1.051. If I adjust my final gravity of 1.012 at 65, the adjustment takes it to... 1.012. So let's compare unadjusted vs. adjusted: Unadjusted - (1.050 - 1.012) x 131.25 = 5% ABV Adjusted - (1.051 - 1.012) x 131.25 = 5.1% ABV In short, the ability of a homebrewer to accurate read a hydrometer has a higher degree of error than the adjustment for temperature...
  5. 2 points
    Shrike

    Cigars and Craft Beer

    That very well may be the first time in the history of humanity that that particular sentence has been written. 😄
  6. 1 point
    RickC1970

    newbie here

    I only got the 1.25 gal container to make sanitizing the bottles easier. I'll fill the bottles from the LBK. I was going to get a bottling wand but they are out of stock on the MR. Beer site. I just finished the brew and it is in the fermenter which is in my cooler with an icepack...I will check the temp and see if I need to add another one. The temp in my house has been 66-70 degrees but I am aiming for 64 in my cooler...wife wont let me keep the house that cool...lol.
  7. 1 point
    oldbagobones

    Cigars and Craft Beer

    I do enjoy the smell of a cigar. Not so much in an enclosed area, like a house. We don't smoke in the house because it does linger and makes your house smell. We want to be able to breathe clean smelling air, not lingering cigar smoke. That lingering smell indoors grabs you by the nostrils and slams you into the walls. Outside is best for me. Gonna do that with a cold one now!
  8. 1 point
    RickBeer

    Something other than booster

    Booster will have zero impact on flavor. Same with honey, all the sugar is eaten. Honey flavor is put into beer by steeping honey malt.
  9. 1 point
    oldbagobones

    Cigars and Craft Beer

    I agree that smoking in the house make for nasty smells as well as making a film on everything. I don't want our living area to smell like an old flop house either! LOL!
  10. 1 point
    Mic Todd

    Cigars and Craft Beer

    Yeah, my god. That is a powerful cigar! My hat's off to ya. I've been enjoying cigars since 1992 and that puppy's stronger than I can handle - they remind me of when I tried some cuban cigars while on business trips in Canada - full and powerful. I see cigars trending that way in recent years, away from the milder and mellower ones like the Macanudos or Ashtons.
  11. 1 point
    Cato

    newbie here

    7th generation is a good unscented brand of dish soap found in the grocery store.
  12. 1 point
    RickBeer

    Something other than booster

    Drying out a beer is simply having it ferment to a lower FG than it would with normal malt, i.e. grains, LME, or DME. Sugars like honey and table sugar are eaten more completely by yeast than are the sugars in malt extract. So what does Mr. Beer booster do? The first place to look is on the product page on the Mr. Beer site, which in fact provides the answer. Booster™ is made from corn syrup solids and is ideally suited for use as a brewing adjunct. It provides a full and balanced range of both fermentable and unfermentable sugars that are designed to mimic the carbohydrate profile of all-malt wort, consisting of 8% glucose, 56% maltose, 16% maltotriose, and 20% dextrins. So you have your answer. Booster mimics malt, therefore it does not dry out a beer.
  13. 1 point
    Mic Todd

    Cigars and Craft Beer

    I find many premium cigars delicious- when smoked on the palatte, not in the lungs. Never smoked cigarettes, never chewed tobacco or ever smoked a pipe so I cannot vouch for those, but hand-made cigars are a real delight and are the world's best stress remedy. It takes me about 60-90 minutes to enjoy a handmade cigar and I find it impossible to not relax and let the problems of life just melt away. Alcohol, unfortunately, is a bit of a depressant and usually makes stressful situations more so. Not so cigars, for me. But maybe that's just me. I would never tell anyone to start or stop or try harder!!! lol
  14. 1 point
    epete28

    Something other than booster

    Every time I place an order I add a few boosters in with it. I use them in everything almost. No risk way adding a little bang per bottle Imo.
  15. 1 point
    Nickfixit

    Hydrometer reads

    So it really depends how accurate you want to be……… in measuring ABV. I am not overly concerned except to be sure the yeast is done. But for the concerned...………… here is more stuff to look at.🤓 What I read online is this based on water SG = 1 and ethyl alcohol SG = 0.8 ************ 131.25 is to calc ABV (Alcohol by Volume) 105 is to calc calculate ABW (Alcohol by Weight) ((OG - FG) * 105) * 1.25 = ABV So: (OG - FG) * 131.25 = ABV These formulas are flawed in that they get progressively inaccurate with higher ABV, but are within 0.2% up to around 9% ************ But at what temperature - this chart from U.S. Bureau of Standards below is at 60 deg. F. I see Alcohol SG at 25 deg. C (77 deg. F) is 0.787 and at 60 deg. F. is 0.794 (100% on chart below) So it looks like most standards are taken at 60 def F and (unless you work in metric lol) This site https://learn.kegerator.com/specific-gravity/ uses the 132.715 number but tells you to use the temperature correction given in your hydrometer instructions - but does not tell you what number to correct it for (duh) I read a reference cited as from Cooper's;(OG-FG)/7.64+.5=ABV% Maybe this works for Australian beer? There is also the issue of effect of additional dissolved compounds that will raise the SG, like unfermentable sugars. For pure water alcohol mix at 60 deg. F. you can use this U.S. Bureau of Standards . Or for a glorious dissertation of the actual formulae and real numbers go here: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/attachments/0000/2497/Math_in_Mash_SummerZym95.pdf This includes a temperature correction chart referenced to 60 deg. F. At 70 deg F, the correction is 1.05, so relatively the 1% may really be small compared to other effects including reading inaccuracy 😮. Usually OG and FG will be made at different temperatures so unless corrected that too can cause errors. Reminder - If you are calibrating your hydrometer use distilled water and check temperature correction. Phew! Now it is time for a homebrew and watching football.
  16. 1 point
    Shrike

    newbie here

    Welcome to the hobby and the forum! I keep my sanitizing container simple. I use bottled spring water to brew with. So I just save one of the empty bottles and use it next time I bottle a batch to mix the sanitizing solution in.
  17. 1 point
    76shovel

    Cigars and Craft Beer

    I used to putt around on the Shovel-Head chewing on mid level cigars. Kept setting my face on fire so I quit.
  18. 1 point
    Mic Todd

    Cigars and Craft Beer

    Yep, many cigar smokers are of the cognac, brandy or whisky perveyors. None of those are my choice but I will admit, with the right pairing the two (premium cigars and drink) can be very satisfying. Let's just say this, if one of my buddies offers me a sip of brandy while were enjoying a Macanudo or Arturo Fuente cigar, I am not one to refuse the gift~!
  19. 1 point
    Mic Todd

    Cigars and Craft Beer

    That's what most of my cigar-smoking friends do, pair the Stouts and Porters with their maduros and the IPA's with lighter fare like a Connecticut shade wrapper, etc. Some like the Ales with Corojo wrappers. Since I'm not much of a fan of maduro cigars (I sometimes find them a bit too strong) but greatly prefer the Connecticut wrappers and cigars on the milder side of Medium, I don't really have any certain beer for my particular cigar. Not very sophisticated, I know, but I know which cigars I like and just about any beer goes well. That said, you are right about the hopped-up beers overpowering a mild cigar. But I generally avoid the really hopped up beers anyway. Actually, I think I like a strong cup of black, freshly ground coffee with my cigars more than beer but I have to shut myself off of coffee around 2 in the afternoon. I usually smoke my cigar in the evening time, out on the porch in nice weather. Chocolate, Coffee, Tobacco: all Central & South American products. Interesting....
  20. 1 point
    Shrike

    Cigars and Craft Beer

    Here's a whole thread on cigars. Here's my setup As far as beverages with cigars go, I usually stick with whisky. That's mainly because it's hot here most of the year; I don't like my beer getting warm while on the patio. Once it cools down a bit I'll start off with a beer with my smokes. With the powerhouse cigars and strong Maduros I'll usually have a stout. With medium-bodied ones I prefer lightly-hopped ales or lagers. I don't drink IPAs with my smokes (even though I love IPAs) as the strong hop component is too overpowering and I lose any nuance from the cigar.
  21. 1 point
    MiniYoda

    Cigars and Craft Beer

    I can honestly say that the only tobacco smoke that entered my lungs was of the second hand variety. Smelled cigs, pipe and cigars, but never appealed to me. I've associated cigars with cognac, but not craft beers. I'm watching this thread
  22. 1 point
    gophers6

    Something other than booster

    I'm in the minority around here, but I have nothing against booster. The new smaller packs will add about .6% abv without changing the flavor. I think it helps a little with foam too.
  23. 0 points
    Nickfixit

    Cigars and Craft Beer

    Maybe I got ruined on cigars by having to smoke 2 per performance while acting in an amateur theater production - no idea what kind. Fortunately I did not actually throw up.
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