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  1. 10 points
    Got my MB kit today. Super excited to get started! I think Sunday will be the day I start brewing. Found a Coleman cooler I had that's the perfect size, and I can store it at the bottom of my pantry PROPPED UP! Fits like a glove :-)
  2. 9 points
    MiniYoda

    MUG MidWest meeting

    Per request, I'm updating this post with the details of the meeting What: Mr.Beer User Group meeting in Munster, Indiana. When:: Friday, April 13 through Monday April 16 Definite attendees: @MiniYoda, @Creeps McLane, friend of Creeps McLane. @MRB Josh R, @C-ya Possible attendees: @scouterbill Hotel: SpringHill Suites by Marriott. 9651 Calumet Ave. So new that Google maps doesn't show it, and Google Street view shows it under construction. It is located on a golf course, and is the closest to 3 Floyds (a 10 minute walk to/stagger back). For reference, 3 Floyds is at 9750 Indiana Pkwy Proposed schedule (open to suggestions)@Creeps McLane - Friday evening - Bar/Room hop. There aren't many bars in the area, most places frown upon bringing outside alcohol into a bar, and most police frown upon open containers in public places. So, to avoid the hassle, we will "bar hop" between our hotel rooms, which each guest hosting a local/home brew sampling. We can call for pizza delivery. If the ladies prefer wine, let me know what type and I'll get a bottle of Kentucky wine. Also might be able to find something from Kentucky for the kids. - Saturday morning - After sleeping in a bit (we'll probably need it) and breakfast, we'll work on a care package for our thirsty friends in Arizona. - Saturday afternoon - Head to 3 Floyds. Tours are offered every hour between 12:30 and 5:30. Once we get a head count of who is going, I will call the pub and see if they can schedule a private tour for us. Regardless, we'll be there for a while, so we probably can do more than one tour. Note that the Cubs host the Braves at 1:20pm CDT and the White Sox visit the Twins at 1:10pm CDT, so things could be crowded at that time. - Saturday evening - Open. Stay there, go back to the hotel for more sampling, or go to True BBQ. - Sunday morning - Again, sleep in late (we'll probably need it again, and it *is* a vacation). Finish care package for Arizona with 3 Floyds beers. - Sunday afternoon - I'm open to suggestions. There is a place called "Brew and Blooms" a bit north in Hammond IN. Per the pictures on Google, they indicate that they are "home brewing and urban gardening". Their Facebook page indicates that they are open 10am to 6pm Sunday. Also Byway Brewing company isn't very far either. - Sunday evening - One last gathering at 3 Floyds for a final toast. - Monday - Back home again, unless you need to leave Sunday.
  3. 9 points
    Tasted the 1st one of these beers and I can say even at 4 weeks that this is one of the best I've made. I'm impressed, this beer is plain ol delicious!
  4. 9 points
    Just letting you all know that I gave almost everyone off for the holidays. They deserved it after a very busy year. I have only a few people in the office here and @MRB Josh R is the main person doing support this week and then my accountant and myself. So we have sent many of the new customers here to the forums for help. Thank you for helping them out as seen by a few posts already. We will try to keep up with the phone calls and emails. On behalf of myself and all my awesome employees here at Mr. Beer I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
  5. 9 points
    Brian N.

    First all M.B. brew in about a year

    I really forgot how nice it is to just open the can and in less than an hour (including cleaning) have a beer in the LBK fermenting. I had the Bewitched Amber Ale and a packet of LME from a while back. Cleaning the counter tops and sink area was the most time consuming part (especially since my wife said "By the way, while you are at it, you might as well clean the stove"). Just too busy to brew even a partial mash, and the M.B. I'm sure will turn out very good.
  6. 9 points
    Ironman brew

    New Ironman Brewer

    I have been watching and reading all the forums now for 7 weeks - I received my LBK - 7 weeks ago and brewed up the Mexican Aztec. So after reading and following the Beer Gods advice I have left it fermenting for 3 weeks and Carbo / Conditioning for 4 weeks. I have put one bottle in the fridge and have now opened. It is good a bit on the lighter side for me but still very tasty. I am now on my 3rd batch "Yule Time Ale" and thank you Mini Yoda for you input. The second batch I bottled was with a bottle capper and it is Wild Wheat, only on the second week of Carbo / Condition and more in my taste buds liking I hope. So the Ironman brewer is off and running, just like a Ironman race, it doesn't matter how you finish, it only matters that you finished !! Thank you all for the very valuable information that you post - Ironman Brewer
  7. 9 points
    BDawg62

    Christmas presents

    Hello to all the individuals that got a Mr. Beer kit for Christmas. Welcome to what could become a very rewarding hobby for you. I know that each and everyone of you are just dying to brew this thing up and get to drinking your very own beer. Here is a little advice; WAIT AT LEAST 1 DAY. Why you may ask? Well if you wait 1 day and spend that time on this forum you will brew much better beer than if you brew it today without doing some reading first. Very few people who brew up a beer kit for the first time actually stick with it. That is because it is relatively simple if you know what you are doing. Without reading on this forum and elsewhere, you won't know what you are doing. Look for a post from @RickBeer and read through all of the stickies on his signature line. If nothing else this will give you a better start than without it. There are a lot of people on this forum who are more than willing to help so please ask questions. Chances are your first attempt won't turn out that great but then again neither did most of our first beers. Cheers and Welcome, Big Dawg
  8. 9 points
    Thought I would say Hi after well over a month reading and still reading the new brewer's section. Yes, Rickbeer, I read the links in your signature line before I ever opened the LBK box. I bottled my first batch (American Lager) last Wednesday and started my second batch (Yule like this ale) yesterday. I know, I know, I jumped from the very simple to a little more complex but studied and read for weeks. Within 12 hours, I had a very aggressive fermentation and now, 24 hours after brewing, I have more than 2 inches of Krausen, tons of activity and a temp of 67. I love this stuff and enjoy shining led light to see the activity. When I bottled, the American Lager tasted like a very light flat beer, but good. So, after reading, I read some more, and then read some more. I almost feel guilty can't think of anything to ask that would result in rick beer telling me to read his links. hehehehehe..........I'm a 51 year old smartass government employee, soldier and Navy vet. Oh yeah, hey rick beer, I perv the beer over and over and over again. That sounds so wrong on a few levels. So, Hi, I appreciate all the time and effort you all put into answering everyone else's questions so I don't have to ask.
  9. 9 points
    KaijuBrew

    Beer and Chili Tasting!

    Today I am having a Chili and beer tasting party. My second such occasion. The first party I had early in the spring was virtually all extract beer. I have since branched out to virtually all partial mash recipes. We shall see how these are received! I find them much more balanced than my earlier efforts! On hand will be: - Sir Kenneth - Dry River IPA - Naughty Cream Ale - Hop Stimulator - Chug-a-lugger - 1776 Ale - Diablo - Apple Brown Beery (about the only one my wife likes) - Brown Bag special - El Gordito I seem to make the beer faster than I can drink it so a beer party is a good way to share the fun and drink down the inventory!
  10. 8 points
    Hey there... Gosh, it's been a while since I've been here. The new FastFerment 3G fermenter grabbed my attention a few weeks ago, so I picked one up. I haven't completed a batch yet, but I thought I'd throw out a few tidbits for y'all in the meantime. First of all, the 3G is bigger than the LBK, for sure. One of the nice things about the LBK is that I could put it in my mini fridge when doing a lager. The 3G takes up much more vertical space, so using my mini fridge isn't going to happen. It looks like a hot air balloon. Maybe that should be it's nick name. The original keg is the Little Brown Keg=LBK, and the FF3G is the Hot Air Balloon=HAB. ("Gretchen! Stop trying to make 'HAB' happen. It's not going to happen!"). Sorry for the Mean Girls reference. Second -- Go to the FastFerment website and watch their assembly videos. The videos generally are for the larger versions, but the concepts are the same. The big takeaway from the videos is that you need to break in the threads, being careful to not cross-thread anything. Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth -- DO A LEAK TEST!!!! Do not be impatient at this step. It took me about three tries and more teflon tape to seal than I thought it would, but I finally got the fermenter/union valve connection to stop dripping. Let it sit overnight with a paper towel underneath so any leaks will be more obvious. In hindsight, I probably should have combined initial cleaning with PBK or One-Step with the leak test. No biggie. Seventh - After you fill the fermenter with your wort and yeast on brew day, securely tighten the fermenter lid to get a good seal. I noticed that my wort was foaming within a few hours, but I didn't see any activity at the bubbler. I sniffed the top of the bubbler and didn't smell anything, but when I sniffed around the lid, I could smell the yeast farts. After I tightened the lid -- bingo -- the bubbler went into action right away. A few minutes later, the activity stopped again. I cranked down on the lid some more and the bubbler went back to work. The lid gasket must be fighting back. I'll have to keep my eye on this. Eight - I can tell already that the little 1 foot hose included in the kit isn't anywhere near enough. Scooting the 3G to the edge of my counter, I still just barely had enough hose to get over the edge of the counter. Spend a couple bucks at your local home brew store for a few feet of hose. I suspect that two feet of hose, combined with my bottling wand, should be good. Pick up some DME, hops, and yeast while you're there, too. Disconnecting the wort-filled yeast collection jar from the bottom is surprisingly mess-free. Be sure to close the union valve before removing the jar, of course! I used the wort in the jar to do my initial gravity test. It was just enough to float my hydrometer. Excellent. That's it for now. If I have any more thoughts, I'll add 'em. My initial batch is a variation on the POTUS Honey Porter using a *really* old can of Black Tower Porter (Best by May 2014!). I still have at least a half-dozen cans of expired HME. I figure by adding some fresh DME/Grains and fresh hops, I should be good. Merry Christmas
  11. 8 points
    DrMJG

    I shocked myself !

    Ah, tasted a sample of my extra strong Lenten beer (based on. a recipe for the Mr. Beer "German Doppelbock").. I added Mt. Hood Hops, 2 LME Robust, and a "few" boosters.) It was my first time building off a Mr. Beer extract beyond the base recipe. After 6 months of conditioning, at a cool temp in a dark place The brew, which I am calling Parsifaltor, (so called because I was trying to create a err similar to Salvator and the fact that I sang Wagner opera professionally) is smooth, malty, dark, with a slightly sweet aftertaste! And, as to the strength, it settled in. at 11% (thus the "-ator" addition to the name). Following the type, the higher ABV sort of sneaks up on one and no driving will happen after consumption! While I hoped it would be ok, it surpassed all my expectations. A great deal of the success of this quaff is due to the suggestions, recommendations, and warnings from this group! Thanks to all. Pros't!
  12. 8 points
    RexB(eer)

    New Brewer and Member Here

    Hi guys, I’m a brand new home brewer and forum member. My girlfriend knew I’ve been thinking about getting into home brewing as a fun hobby, so she got me a Mr Beer kit for Christmas. I never looked into it that much really, but had thought the idea of it was fun. I opened her up on Christmas Eve and was so excited (especially at how easy the directions made it seem) that I started that night. I love drinking IPAs so she got me the Long Play IPA kit. I read the directions twice and got everything ready, then went through and got the fermentation up and going. I placed the LBK in the hall closet. The home thermostat is in the hallway, and was set at 67 degrees. Ever since I got it set up on Christmas Eve, I’ve been reading on this forum (mainly RickBeers posts). I wish I had found this before I started my first batch, but oh well, I will chalk it up to a learning experience. I ended up getting an ink bird temp controller a few days ago, and plan on getting the mini fridge from Lowe’s that holds 2LBKs this weekend (obviously for my next batch). High krausen was over when I got the ink bird, but I figured I’d try it out before the next batch. After taping the ink bird to the outside of the LBK (below the wort line, and with a folded paper towel on top) I found that my LBK has been fermenting in a steady 70 degrees (I know now that during high krausen it was higher). Kinda disappointing, but glad I’m learning and preparing for my next batch. Today was 18 days of fermenting (which is, I believe, when rick beer usually starts his cold crashing), so I tasted a small amount and it tasted like flat beer, so I took the LBK to my garage fridge and am starting 3 days of cold crashing at 38 degrees. I am tipping the LBK to keep the trub away from the spigot (I also tipped it ever since I read about it, during fermentation a few days after I started). After 3 days cold crashing, I plan on bottling and putting bottles in the closet for 4 weeks (although I am going to take one out at 3 weeks and refrigerate for 3 days just so I can compare the taste). I plan on getting the mini fridge from Lowe’s in two days, so my next batch can be temp controlled during fermentation. I have another Long Play Kit that I am going to do so I can see the difference between temp controlled and my first batch. I plan on setting the inkbird at 65 with a 1 degree differential, and 5 minute compressor delay. I also got an Aztec Mexican Cerveza refill, and will brew that at the same time since the fridge will fit two LBKs. I just want want to say thanks to everyone on the forum. I’ve learned a lot over the last 18 days, and am looking forward to learning more. I want to thank RickBeer specifically. I’ve read a lot of his posts among others for about the first 10 days, but a few days ago, I decided I would religiously go back through ALL of his previous posts, and am currently on page 26 out of 352. I couldn’t thank my girlfriend enough, because I am enjoying this new hobby a lot. She picked out a great kit to get my toes wet in the hobby. I plan on just sticking with Mr Beer as well as to the simple recipes and instructions for the foreseeable future, and won’t get all mad scientist. I’m excited to show my friends this new hobby of mine and sharing my home brew with them, and hopefully teach them what I am learning if they’re so interested. If anyone has any tips or anything else after what I have wrote, feel free to comment. I mainly just wanted to introduce myself since I have been lurking for a few weeks. I’ll be sure to let you guys know how my first batch turns out.
  13. 8 points
    zorak1066

    Last minute advice for first timer?

    for your first few kits, make them exactly as instructed. follow good sanitation practices. keep your temperatures around 64f for ale yeast (the yeast under the lid of mr beer kits is typically ale yeast). give your beer 3 weeks to fully ferment, bottle with the correct amount of sugar in the bottles.. make sure they are sanitized too! then move the bottles to a place with 70f+ temps and leave them be for about 4 weeks. if you want to you can experiment. after 2 weeks try one. after another week try another. then another week try one. and watch how the flavors change with time (for the better!). patience is your friend. http://howtobrew.com/book/introduction the above is a wonderful site full of brewing information and knowledge from a guy named Palmer. he is kind of a 'god' or icon of homebrewing. a lot of us got our first schooling on fermentation and brewing from his site. learn all you can wherever you can and dont be in a hurry to get to advanced brewing. as mentioned above rickbeer has taglines in his signature block with quicklinks to very helpful info here too. the bare bones mr beer kits still make good beer. the deluxe kits make better beer! over time you can add hop additions, different malts, steeping grains... to make even more betterer beer! also dont make the newbie mistake of thinking more alcohol by volume makes better beer. we say here 'chase flavor, not abv.' a common mistake for newbies is to think dumping 2 lbs of sugar into their wort will really really be super cool!!!! then they get disappointed when the beer comes out watery and tasting like crappy rocket fuel. dont blame mr beer. another common mistake is to go all dr frankenstein without knowing what you are doing. hmmm... wonder if i dump in 8 oz of molasses, a can of tuna fish and throw in a couple fist fulls of barley, 6 oranges and some bubble gum if i can make a super cool beer??!!! uh.. nope. again, dont blame mr b. so dont rush to over-complicate things. build a base of knowledge... take your time to grow. have fun. ask tons of questions. if at any time you find yourself thinking 'ya know? this is too much like work. its just not fun anymore...' then either go back to basics and simplify.. or find a different hobby. brewing should be fascinating, fun and never a chore. welcome aboard.
  14. 8 points
    epete28

    My First Partial Mash.

    Dude I LOVE that smell! My wife looks at me crazy when I'm standing over the pot inhaling it.
  15. 8 points
    epete28

    Tasted My American Ale!

    Well, I had my 1st homebrew in a long time today, American Ale standard refill, on 3.5 weeks conditioning. I can't say anything bad about it really, except 2 tsps of sugar may have been a tad much for 24 oz of beer. It was super fizzy and the head was ridiculous, but the taste was fine. A week or so more of conditioning will probably make this really nice, although I think it's good now. I was a little upset that I only refrigerated 1 of them after it was gone, lol.
  16. 8 points
    DrMJG

    Brew #7

    Will be putting brew #7 into the LBK today, May the Schwartz Bier with You. I won't be altering this from the basic formulation with the exception of one packet of booster. I cannot believe I have made quite this much beer since my 1st batch back in the first week of June. So I give a shout out to those who have given me advice, solved my frustrations and helped make each batch better than the last! Pros't!
  17. 8 points
    I can't get over how friendly you all are. you long time Brewers know the little tricks and aren't afraid to trade your secrets just to keep good beer brewing. thanks for that advice. I'm going to do that with my 1st batch. Put it in the LBK on August 21, 2017 the day of the Eclipse. and it will be 3 weeks on September 11, hoping to bottle that day . I'm calling it my Eclipse Ale. I sure hope it turns out as nice as the people in this community!
  18. 8 points
    MRB Josh R

    Cloning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

    2 American Lager HMEs (the ale will be too bitter for this recipe) 2 Golden LME Softpack 4 oz Carapils 4 oz Crystal 40 2 oz Aromatic Malt (optional, but recommended if you can get it) 1 packet Fuggles or Goldings hops (add at flameout) Safale S-04 yeast This should get you pretty close. The IBUs will be slightly higher at 21 instead of 19 and the ABV will be around 8.4 instead of 8.2 (though you might get about 8.0-8.2 because my software is always slightly high in the numbers). Brew it as you would the Lock, Stock, and Barrel, with the bourbon and wood, but there will be no hop boil.
  19. 8 points
    KaijuBrew

    Just Brewed Black Beer'd Porter!

    I just brewed a Black Beer'd Porter! And this time I added all the water to the batch! LOL! You can see the hop boil portion of the brew here. I printed instructions and checked off steps as I went. I *did* however, drink beer while making beer. :-)
  20. 7 points
    hotrod3539

    Poor Customer Service

    @Werwer2018 Dude, there are many responses to your question and some explanations right here in this thread including one from a Mr. Beer CS rep himself, so yes, you did get an answer from Customer service (including an apology) It may not have been the answer you already had set in your mind you wanted (go here, they have it, brew on and enjoy) but it was an acceptable answer on how to help solve your query. The most valuable answer came from DEFbrewer that gave you information on the parent company (Coopers), which is much easier to get in store in Canada, including a store locator link that can narrow things down even more. Even if you do a quick Google search it would be of good help.
  21. 7 points
    epete28

    Praising Customer Service Yet Again

    I recently received a shipment, and everything was in order, except for the fact that one 4 oz package of carapils had come open, and the grain was everywhere. I let CS know, just because I'd want to know if I shipped something and it came open. Anyway, I wasn't trying to get 4 ounces of grain replaced, it's simply too easy for me to get that small of an amount at my LHBS. I was thanked for the info, and given a little store credit for for my trouble! I mean, WHO does that? Just awesome!
  22. 7 points
    Creeps McLane

    Blonde Conditioning Time?

    Blondes use a paler malt, no real distinctive taste to good old two row. Its like a blank canvas. I would say straw or biscuit flavored. Very subtle. Theres nothing for the imperfections of brew day and fermenting to hide behind on the CAL or pilsner or blonde. They arent hoppy, they arent malty, theyre just an easy drinking beer. Therfore you have to give them more time to let the flavors find harmony and some other ones subside. stouts for example use roasted malts. Very defined flavors like bitterness of coffee and bitter sweet of chocolate. Things you can pick up and say that tastes like (fill in the blank). Those tastes are stronger on the senses and help cover up off flavors that are common in HME.
  23. 7 points
    Today I absolutley killed it with a great deal. I bought 4 NW Pale ale with LBKs kits for $10 each. This gives me the extra kegs I need/want to try some batches in the cooler winter months. I have to bottle an expierimental batch next weekend for drinking a couple on New years Eve. Now I've got to order some HMEs. Brew some porters and stouts to enjoy next fall/winter. Whoooo hoooooooooooooo!!!!!
  24. 7 points
    DEOGIE

    New here and very EXCITED

    Hi all, i'm very excited to get started learning how to brew beer. I love beer!!!!!!
  25. 7 points
    John.sean

    My first batch!!

    Just carbonated my first batch!!! Got the American Lager and it tasted great flat, so I cant wait till its done!!
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