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  1. 5 points
    BDawg62

    Miller Lite

    Lionfan67, First of all, welcome to the forum. I hope you stick around after being beaten up with your first post. Don't listen to the grumpy old man above. If you are a Miller Lite drinker and want to brew something similar then so be it. That is the great thing about being a homebrewer, you can brew what you want. With regard to a recipe that is closest it would be Classic American Light straight up from Mr. Beer. In homebrew competitions this beer style is rarely attempted because of the hatred but also because it is difficult to brew well, but it can be and is done. Most craft beer people hate AB InBev and Miller/Coors as do I, but as a brewer I also have a great deal of respect for them. Think about it, no matter where in the US that you buy a Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite or Coors each one will taste exactly the same. As a brewer being able to achieve this in multiple batches not to mention from multiple breweries is an awesome accomplishment. Dawg
  2. 4 points
    Fire Rooster

    Partial Mash

    Commando it is !
  3. 4 points
    kedogn

    Partial Mash

    Go commando.
  4. 4 points
    Shrike

    Saison de Frais

    Hey!!! I take my liver pill first thing in the morning! 😜
  5. 4 points
    MiniYoda

    Miller Lite

    Water. Sorry, but if I didn't say it, a dozen other's here would. And Miller Lite is my go-to beer when I just want a good buzz Miller Lite is a lager, which would take extra equipment for a brewer, such as temperature control device and a dedicated fridge. You'd have to at least start with the CAL HME, and step some light grains, then ferment with a lager yeast. I have strong feelings that it isn't possible to make a Miller Lite with what Mr. Beer sells online.
  6. 4 points
    Squirley Mic

    Getting back into this!

    lol Seriously? Is there anything that can't be brewed into a beer? I luv it! All I lack is the lactose sugar. And the Lucky Charms. I....am....so....tempted to try this; if for no other reason than to see the look on my wife's face when I do it!!!
  7. 4 points
    Bonsai & Brew

    2018 Churchills Challenge

    Busted... Churchill's Tropical Stout Churchills Nut Brown Ale Maris Otter Dark Munich Simpsons Roasted Malt Crisp Chocolate Malt Cacao nibs Flaked barley + flaked oats English Progress hops Fuggle hops Mangrove Jack's UK Dark Ale M03 And who doesn't want to see the only known photo of Winston in a bathing suit?
  8. 3 points
    Creeps McLane

    Saison de Frais

    I tried to just do the investigation but let someone else guess. Heres the problem with that. @Bonsai & Brew posted this around 8 or 9 pm right? Thats when all you old men drink your warm milk, take your liver pills and head to bed. Meanwhile im slaving away at work and at 1am when i got home i was delighted to have a little game to play. You guys were sleeping, i was winning. Go me
  9. 3 points
    RickBeer

    Miller Lite

    Go to a horse barn. Hold a bucket under a horse and wait for them to fill it with piss... Then add water for Miller "Lite". True fact - Bud Light is regular Bud with water added. As has been stated, you're not going to clone a commercial beer with a Mr. Beer recipe. For Miller (or Bud), in addition to the responses posted, both are brewed with adjuncts (corn, rice) in addition to barley. These adjuncts allows the beer to be lighter than a beer brewed from malted grain. Bud uses rice, Miller uses corn. Miller also uses a proprietary hop compound. Corn and rice were used in brewing early in this country's founding because they were cheaper than using barley, and the barley grown in the US was very different than the barley that European immigrants were used to in their countries. Corn and rice are generally cheaper than using equivalent amounts of barley, partly because they don't have to be malted. If you're a Miller or Bud drinker, i.e. you like them and want to brew them, then being a homebrewer is probably not for you. While it does take great skill to brew these "beers" consistently from facility to facility, they don't compare in taste, flavor, or aroma to a well-made craft beer, or a homebrewed beer. https://www.thespruceeats.com/why-do-some-brewers-use-rice-or-corn-in-their-beer-353284 If you appreciate the quality of craft beer, you should consider WHO you give your money to. AB InBev is a company that is determined to take all the possible shelf space and drive the craft brewers out of business. They've been buying up craft brewers, and the average consumer has no idea that these breweries are not owned by a family or small company. In addition, they've been buying up homebrew stores. I don't give them my money. AB InBev owns Northern Brewer and Midwest. AB InBev owns the following "craft brands" or former craft breweries (they are no longer considered craft beer due to 25%+ ownership by a non-craft brewery: Elysian (Seattle) 32% ownership of Craft Brew Alliance (Portland) - Kona Brewing Company, Redhook, Widmer Brothers, and a few others 10 Barrel Brewing Company (Bend, Oregon) Golden Road (LA) Breckenridge Brewing (Breckenridge, CO) Blue Point (Patchogue, NY) Wicked Weed (Asheville, NC) Goose Island (Chicago, IL) Karbach (Houston, TX) Four Peaks (Tempe, AZ) Devil's Backbone (Roseland, VA) Fake craft brands, always owned by the big brewers: Blue Moon Rolling Rock (bought in 1987) Shock Top Landshark George Killian's Grolsch (bought in 2007) I'm sure this list is not complete.
  10. 3 points
    Stevo0083

    Hard Cider

    1 Gal Musselman's cider 1 cup Sugar. 1 Pack of Champagne yeast... We will wait and see.
  11. 2 points
    Creeps McLane

    Miller Lite

    Ive waited, and i bit my tongue but now i will speak. I agree with @RickBeer. If you’re getting into homebrewing and you want to mimick bud light or coors, youre better off buying it in the store for the ridiculous cheap price. Wasnt this hobby a way for beer lovers to make the beers that they couldnt just run out to the store and buy? I get that these days its hard to not be able to find any style of beer in the liquor store but then most times i can brew any style for a fraction of the cost of the craft beer mark up. I guess i should mind my own business. Maybe the OP was asking because he wants to make a beer that he can share with others and be proud that he can make an easy drinking beer like a bud light. I did the same thing when i started so i could drink my homebrew with my father who has cheap taste. Im just sayin that if a person enters this hobby soley to brew a bud light like beer then theyre going to find out in a hurry that it is not economical, especially with MRB prices to do so and that person will more than likely leave the hobby quickly. Brew what makes you happy, youre the one drinking it, just be realistic in your expectations.
  12. 2 points
    Stevo0083

    Miller Lite

    Welcome! Lots of sound advice here. Brew the CAL straight up like mentioned before and enjoy!
  13. 2 points
    Bonsai & Brew

    Saison de Frais

    I will admit that letting @Creeps McLane get away with multiple guesses per post might seem unfair, but I figured that since I had pitched my yeast, the contest was technically over anyway. For anyone still wondering about the hints, I thought the picture of me hoisting a Bindlestick Hoppy Wheat in a Guinness pint glass with a kettle of black wort chilling in the background would give it away, but I'll try to give better hints next time.
  14. 2 points
    Big Sarge

    Saison de Frais

    I'm obviously just catching up on the forum, as this post is about a week old lol. I just wanted to say that I feel like this contest was rigged. Besides, weren't you going to send @Creeps McLane beer anyway? i hope all is well with everyone. I've been busy with work but things are winding down. Graduated another class of Soldiers last week and have been busy moving barracks this week. I'm looking forward to two weeks of leave over the holidays.
  15. 2 points
    BDawg62

    Partial Mash

    If you have grains that are not crushed, you can put small amounts in a baggie and crush with a rolling pin (not easy). I have done it with this method and after one time made sure my grains were always crushed. You can also use a food processor but that makes a mess. I now have my own mill so not an issue.
  16. 2 points
    MiniYoda

    Miller Lite

    @RickBeer please feel free to correct anything I'm stating that is wrong. 1) Miller Lite is a lager, not an ale. Basic recipes on Mr. Beer's site, and most other kits on other locations, are ales. To me, Lagers are more crisp tasting than ales. 2) I've brewed CAL as an ale, and while the color is off and it is more opaque than an American Adjunct Lager, it didn't come out that bad. 3) It is very difficult, if not somewhat impossible, to brew a beer based on only Mr. Beer recipes/ingredients and clone a commercial beer. That being said, the beers you can make from Mr. Beer's recipes are very good, and with some time, skills and patience, they can be excellent. Enjoy your new hobby. When I started, I wanted to brew beer cheaper than I could by it in the store. I discovered the art of the science and the science of the art, and a LOT of new beer styles, and what make them that way.
  17. 2 points
    zorak1066

    Getting back into this!

    re expired malt being crap... yeah.. but if it didnt have any signs of bulging can or crap floating in it... i'd use fresh yeast and make it anyway. crap flavors can be masked. did i mention i was a cheap bstrd? i just racked a hobo wine off the yeast bed today. yes i even complicate hobo wine ... lol. wow. i think i may have hit about 15% abv (didnt take any grav but man... what a buzz) from my sample. tastes ok too so .. winning! i had about a half gallon left that wouldnt fit in my glass carboy so i am trying freeze 'distillation' / concentration to see what happens. i'm using the spent blueberries i tossed in to ferment with it in a topping for icecream. boil and reduce.. sweeten.. tada. next in line for brewing is an applejack... if this freeze thing works, i'll try it with the applejack too.
  18. 2 points
    Cato

    Getting back into this!

    Hold on! What's this Churchills Tropical Stout that you've slipped in?
  19. 2 points
    Brian N.

    Partial Mash

    I believe that some of the extract "Twang" and off flavors has to do with the fermenting temperature (often too high) and short conditioning time. Lately, all my beers are extract with a little extra malt and perhaps hops added, and they have been very good. Perhaps my taste buds are not so refined.
  20. 2 points
    RickBeer

    Partial Mash

    The recipe you found is poor then, because there is a huge difference between the ends of the spectrum (see below). As BDawg62 stated, since you decided to use C60, put that in the recipe when you pass it on. I think it's great when people find recipes. However, do your homework. Look up what the stuff is, and what effect it will have. If you have a LHBS, go in and EAT the grain. That's right, pickup a few kernels and chomp on them, and see if you get the flavor that they say you will. 10 - candy-like sweetness, mild caramel 20 - same description as 10 30 - sweet, caramel, toffee 40 - same description as 30 60 - sweet, pronounced caramel 80 - pronounced caramel, slightly burnt sugar, raisiny 90 - pronounced caramel, slightly burnt sugar, raisiny, prunes 120 - pronounced caramel, burnt sugar, raisiny, prunes And of course the higher the number, the darker the color. http://www.brewingwithbriess.com/Products/Caramel.htm#10L
  21. 2 points
    76shovel

    Cleaning 740 ML PET Bottles

    When I empty a 740 ml PET bottle I immediately put a drop of dish soap in it, fill 2/3with warm water, agitate the hell out it, repeat twice with no soap. Dry upside down. Sanitize before use. I use clear plastic 20 oz soda bottles as trub bottles. I carb/condition and store them in a dark cupboard in the basement until such time I sample them.
  22. 2 points
    D Kristof

    Getting back into this!

    @Stevo0083, welcome back to the obsession.
  23. 2 points
    Ya gotta figure they are over compensating yeah? Maybe its about the size of their.... batches. Who knows? You have this kinda thing with all sorts of groups of people like car guys, motorcycle guys, hell even camera dudes (I once sold a ton of prints of a pic I took of Garth at the Opry that I took with a cheapo-depot camera and I was called a liar when I showed my camera - that was 18 years ago and it still makes me laugh). Equipment don't make the man or in this case, beer. I often refer to Manfish as "Home brewer's on steroids". We don't have fancy equipment, that's for sure. No stainless steel conicals anywhere in the brewery. Yes, we have bigger equipment than most home brewers do, that is true. All that really means that without the knowledge of what to do to fill those properly, we would end up with bigger batches of garbage brew. I've said it many times, here, in real life, on Facebook and anywhere I get the chance... "There would be no Manfish Brewing if it weren't for Mr. Beer." A 100% correct statement. I had *NEVER* thought about brewing my own beer, ever, until I got that fateful Christmas gift in 2009. People can say whatever they want about Mr. Beer, most people don't like facts anyways, it only confuses them. #PROST!
  24. 2 points
    Actually, you can get a lot more advanced. All beer is fermented. Mr. Beer's LBK is a fermenter. Regardless of how you make your wort (can of HME, LME/DME with steeping grains and hops, Brew In A Bag, or all grain brewing in a big pot over a burner, wort is wort. There are some features that make a Mr. Beer LBK "unique" over some other fermenters: 1) The fermenter is made of plastic. That means you must cool the wort to a temperature that will not damage the plastic before pouring it in. Given that all brewing requires the wort to be cooled to a proper pitching temperature (which varies by type of yeast used), that's not a big deal. However, if I had a big metal fermenter, I could choose to put hot wort in it and then cool it down overnight before pitching. Can't do that with a Mr. Beer LBK. And gradual cooling gives the chance for infection. 2) The fermenter has no "blow off" device. This means if you have a very active fermentation, it can overflow out the lid vents and make a mess. Fancy fermenters have a blow off device that during active fermentation can send overflow into a bucket and keep things tidy. Once active fermentation is over, you replace the tube with an airlock. No airlock or tube with Mr. Beer, but it's not needed. 3) Like any fermenter, the Mr. Beer LBK is limited to it's capacity. Basically that's around 2.5 or 2.6 gallons. And if you fill it to the 2.6 mark, you'll probably get overflow. I put in 2.5 gallons regularly, ferment at 65 or lower, and rarely get overflow. I used to regularly make a 5 gallon batch of extract beer, and split it evenly between two LBKs. I now do BIAB, and due to stove limitations I make one 2.5 gallon batch each time. 4) Because it's a plastic fermenter, it can be damaged, either by cleaning improperly (scrubbing) or by a beer that gets a bacterial infection. If an LBK gets a bacterial infection (rare), it's possible that it can't be cleaned well enough to be used again without transmitting that infection. Same goes for a bottling bucket, or anything else plastic. That's why good sanitation is important. Any beer you brew can be fermented in an LBK.
  25. 2 points
    Most of those guys don't brew decent beer either. They tend to deflect to their equipment because their product does not speak for itself. In my experience in my brew club the guys more interested in equipment and who's is better don't bring beer to share and when they do it usually isn't that good. Those of us who concentrate conversations on processes are the base that bring beers to share and surprise, it is usually good beer. We also as a club support anybody that brews with Mr. Beer and try to help them through any issues. It is how I started and even though a lot will not admit it, they started the same way too.
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