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  1. I don't take frequent samples. Nor do I take 2 samples, 48 hours apart, to see if it's done. I wait at least 18 days, sometimes 19, and take a reading. If it matches my expected FG, I cold crash. If it's too high, I evaluate letting it go another 48 hours.
  2. I don't know where you are figuring the timing, but 9 days is not enough time for the yeast to clean up.
  3. Yes.
  4. Make sure gasket round side is facing in, flat side out. Do not overtighten. Snug, then quarter turn. If it still leaks, either have to file/sand or get Customer Service to replace.
  5. A bit high. But probably done.
  6. The issue is not that they need a different bell size, it's that some non-US beers have a different size cap, which requires both that cap size and a different size bell. European caps are 29mm, while US are 26mm.
  7. Be wary of using anything with a scent, i.e. laundry detergent. Oxi-clean FREE has no scent. One step may work, but it's wasteful to use it since you don't need any sanitizing.
  8. Conical fermenters have two advantages. First, the cone holds the dead yeast which on many fermenters can be removed. Second, the conical shape allows better circulation of the wort both during fermentation, and during cooling, assuming that the fermenter has cooling jackets properly placed and properly utilized. That's really only relevant in commercial installations. Fast fermenter allows removal of the yeast totally as the container detaches. Downside is it's plastic, and eventually will scratch.
  9. DME

    "Recipe"? Some of the recipes have plenty of malt in them, often already adding LME, DME, or booster. All of the regular refills can take a pound of LME (0.8 pounds of DME) just fine. I would not add any to the Craft Series. I would also point out a rule that I suggest - which is to not add anything to any recipe or refill before you make it. When you make changes to any recipe (including cooking), you want to know WHY you are making the change, WHAT you expect the change to affect, and then IF it had the impact you expected. In order to know that, you need to know what it tastes like BEFORE you make the change. So make it as is, then make it with 1 change, then compare. Don't change 3 things, then you have no idea what did what. The sole exception I would say would be to add 0.55 pounds of LME (or the equivalent amount of DME) to any base refill, i.e. making what is in effect the Deluxe refill.
  10. DME

    This is exactly what the Deluxe refills are (with LME).
  11. DME

    I think you're a bit confused, or asking it wrong. First, what's the difference between LME and DME. Liquid Malt Extract has water in it. Dry Malt Extract has no water in it. They serve the same purpose, but they are not equivalent. Why? Because of the water... 1 pound of LME = 0.8 pounds of DME 1 pound of DME = 1.25 pounds of LME Now that you've established that, you need to figure out what you're trying to do with it. LME and DME have two purposes. 1) Raise ABV - By adding the correct amount of either LME or DME, you can raise the ABV by a certain amount. I recommend utilizing a program like QBrew to figure out the impact. In a standard Mr. Beer 2.13 gallon batch, a 0.55 pound package of LME raises ABV by about 1%. If you added that same amount to 2.5 gallons, you'd raise the ABV less. If you added it to a 1.5 gallon batch, you'd raise the ABV more. If you use more than 0.55 pounds, you have more of an impact obviously. I would never add more than a pound of LME (0.8 pounds of DME) to any Mr. Beer recipe as it dramatically changes things (unless the recipe called for that much). 2) Appearance and flavor - There are many kinds of LME / DME. Mr. Beer sells 4 kinds of LME - Pale, Smooth, Robust and Golden. Golden is their wheat LME. Each LME tells you what flavors it may add. https://www.mrbeer.com/ingredients/unhopped-malt-extracts A good guide is to see what the Mr. Beer LMEs add is to see which ones come in each Deluxe kit. Mr. Beer has figured out what goes together best, and its a great cheat sheet. https://www.mrbeer.com/refills/deluxe-refills LME is best added to warm water, remove the pot from the flame, pour in the LME while stirring constantly. When it's well blended, put the pot back AND KEEP STIRRING. DME can be added to cold water and slowly stirred in, a little at a time, or added to warm water like LME. The trick is to not let the humidity from the pot get into the bag, clumping things up. Some people measure it out ahead of time into a glass bowl and add it. Both are very, very sticky and a PITA to work with.
  12. Duh. Right ADD