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  1. 5 points
    I think my German version of Anchor Steam will benefit from a one month lagering period, but this is pretty tasty. The aroma is pronounced and reminds me of freshly baked bread cooling on the windowsill of a Prussian cottage on a crisp October afternoon.
  2. 3 points
    DrMJG

    Time to get the Weißbier ready

    Today I made my personal variation of the Black Moon Weiss. In keeping with the traditional lower ABV I did not add booster, as I have done in the past. Wort had a nice flavor and the batch should finish out crisp for the spring.
  3. 3 points
    DrMJG

    lagering is soooooo long

    The results were quite good, though a little more waiting time will improve this result. Next time I will add a tad less sugar for carbonating and perhaps let it ferment a tad longer to have opening a bottle a bit less of an adventure!
  4. 3 points
    McSquirrely

    Propping Up Your LBK - No Trubal

    So far, this new hobby of mine has been a blast. Why did I wait so long to start, I wonder....😎
  5. 3 points
    Shrike

    Propping Up Your LBK - No Trubal

    The LBK is also good due to its manageable size. I'm pushing 50, with shoulder and back issues. Carrying an LBK is a lot easier than lugging around a five gallon bucket. If I want to brew a larger batch I can just split it between two LBKs. And yep, if I brew a batch I don't care for I'd rather have to choke down two gallons of it versus five. 😜
  6. 3 points
    Don H

    Propping Up Your LBK - No Trubal

    Sounds like you and I are exactly the same in our thinking. I want this to be fun. The LBK is just the right size for trying different types of beer. I'm still brand new at this too. I'm still waiting for my very first batch to firment. (Five more days! Yay!) If it were to turn out bad, I'm not losing a 55 gallon drum or anything. I still have way too much to learn before trying bigger amounts.
  7. 3 points
    RickBeer

    Risk vs Reward

    You should do some reading on adding hops during brewing and what each addition adds. Dry hopping adds AROMA. Of course, we taste with our senses - eyes, nose, mouth. So what you smell does affect taste, but the most impact of dry hopping is aroma. You smell the hops in the beer. Done properly, there is no risk in dry hopping. You sanitize the hop bag (boiling water), you put it on a sanitized plate, you fill it with hops, you tie it shut (either knotting the bag or tying with sanitized string), and you gently drop it in (lid open for seconds) with sanitized tongs or clean hands.
  8. 2 points
    RickBeer

    Bottling wand

    You should practice with an LBK full of water to determine the proper use. Practicing with beer results in lost beer, which is a crime under article 6. More than one infraction will result in your removal from this forum.
  9. 2 points
    Had to search for this tonight. So much good information on here, all you have to do is search.
  10. 2 points
    RickBeer

    Caps Not Sealing

    This has been posted before. Reasons for this include: 1) Cap was never put on tight. When cap is wet with sanitizer, as it should be, you need to dry it and then tighten a bit more. 2) Cap was used too many times - some find that 6 or 8 times is enough. Some use them even more times. 3) Cap was put on improperly - If you put a cap on new, and the ring breaks off and stays on the bottle (as it should), and then you put another new cap on with ring attached, you won't seat it properly. You'll need to break off the first ring from the bottle before using a new cap. 4) You need to go work out with Hans and Franz. Put on a new cap and perhaps it may carbonate.
  11. 2 points
    Jdub

    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    yes, i mashed about 10am this morning. went well. didn't hit my OG #'s. came in a bit lower than i wanted. this recipe called for hop stand at flame out. cooled to 180 deg and whirlpooled for 20 minutes. i think i messed up in beersmith with boil time. changed it at last minute from 60 to 90 min boil. realized i had overlooked that. don't think BS adjusted. not sure. oh well. i made beer! smelled great. also bottled up my 2nd round of Black Moon Rising. recipe using MRB Winter Dark Ale. put it in 740ml PET bottles. put it away and will crack one in about 3 or 4 months.
  12. 2 points
    Creeps McLane

    Hops

    I forgot all about that beer. I thought it was so good and then it became a one and done beer. It would affect how i tasted things all night long. Delicious beer though
  13. 2 points
    Cato

    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    Ah, 8 oz Citra and 10 lb of 2-row hit the front porch this morning, which is perfect, because it'll be nasty stormy nor'Easter starting Sat night and all day Sunday will be windy and rainy. Brew day! Try my hand at a Zombie Dust Clone. I'll do a full volume boil and plan on netting about 4.5gal Be my first Beersmith brew and water adjustments, plus using ph meter to chart how I did. I'm excited! Running short on time to get a nice batch bottled before knee surgery mid February. Hate the thought of downtime and ewww surgery, but limping around like I've been on an unstable knee isn't getting it.
  14. 2 points
    Jdub

    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    tomorrow brewing up an AG super hopped Pliny the Elder clone. never had the real deal, but obsessed with things that i can't get. will see how the clone tastes. brewing with my son who goes back to college this weekend. will share finished product during spring break.
  15. 2 points
    D Kristof

    First batch

    Mr Beer has always been a good starting point but since Coopers bought them out things improved exponentially. The HME's are better. The steeped grain recipes are an improvement. Customer service is improved. The participation on this forum is extremely informative and helpful. Being their busiest time of year I haven't seen any comments lately, but they're lurking in the background.
  16. 2 points
    pborder

    First batch

    I got my first Mr Beer kit I think in 2013. I made several recipes but then life changed and I didn't have any spare cash for supplies so I quit. Honestly I forgot about it until I got an Amazon gift card this past Christmas and ran across the Mr Beer kit again so I got a new kit. I do have some stuff left over from the old kit ( a LBK and I think some big bottles) so I may clean them up and use them. I don't really remember what I made but I know that I made an Irish Stout ( it's one of my favorite beers) and I already know that what I am brewing now has more flavor than the older one. I'm excited to get back into it and to see what I can make.
  17. 1 point
    kedogn

    Putting it all together...

    Honestly, don’t know much about those set ups. I’ve seen them mentioned on a few videos I’ve watched. Always down to watch brewery related videos, so thanks for that. Heck, the last few nights I have been up waaaaay past my bed time doing just that. I posted this pic on FB last night and tagged Mitch. Cool to hear what he had to say in 2011 back when he was with Stone. Watched a couple other interviews with him from 2011/2012 last night also.
  18. 1 point
    Cato

    Putting it all together...

    Lol, yes I think I knew that but thought you might like the video from another brewers set up. Probably old hat to you but I'm a bit of a machinery junkie, having spent my working career in shipyard, newspaper production, and commercial printing. Now that I brew I love looking a how breweries are set up.
  19. 1 point
    i normally bottle in 12 oz glass, but i use 2 carb drops for mrb 740ml PET bottles. It's always just fine to me. just sayin..... in fact, the MRB Black Moon Rising i bottled today, I used 740ml PET bottles with 2 carb drops each.
  20. 1 point
    Shrike

    Risk vs Reward

    I usually go 10 minutes because at that point I can handle the hop sack after draining without it being too hot.
  21. 1 point
    Jdub

    Risk vs Reward

    you should absolutely do it. sanitize a hop sack as per shrike's instructions. that is the signature flavor of many beers.
  22. 1 point
    Jdub

    Labeling

    very cool!
  23. 1 point
    MRB Tim

    1 gallon kit

    I'm thinking this is just a typo on the website, this'd be the first I'm hearing about more than one DME in there. Will double check and follow up, though.
  24. 1 point
    gophers6

    Propping Up Your LBK - No Trubal

    I've cold crashed 24 hours a couple times out of necessity and was surprised how much it helped. Not saying it's ideal, but it was certainly worthwhile..
  25. 1 point
    McSquirrely

    Propping Up Your LBK - No Trubal

    So...my buddy (who's never brewed himself) asks me: "What's the hardest part about making your own beer." I answer him: "Waiting for it to ferment, then condition." LOL
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