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    Starting to think about HME and LME

    Many of us always put 2.5 gallons in.
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    22mm Socket (Deep Well)

    A socket should never be needed. Hand tightening is all that is required. With outside at 90 degree angle, hand tighten gently. Then turn outside 90 degrees. If it leaks, file down outside to smooth.
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    Apricot Amber Ale

    That is way more than a Mr. Beer batch would use, more for a 5 lb batch. At $23 for 3 lbs, it is probably 2.5 x the price of cans of non-pureed fruit at the grocery store . But, very easy to use.
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    Apricot Amber Ale

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    Apricot Amber Ale

    Do NOT filter fermented beer. You will aerate it.
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    Apricot Amber Ale

    See post above yours... "I did get lots of bits in the beer though despite bagging it. But they tasted taste good."
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    It is a great idea. FedoraDave posted it some years ago, that's where I got the idea from. Can't find his post, just my mention of it in 2015. Amazing how simple ideas are when we want to do them all fancy.
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    Caramel Stout

    Many flavors in brewing are not made with the ingredients you think. "Hey, that honey beer really tastes like honey!" From honey, right? Nope - honey dries out a beer, the honey flavor comes from honey malt. "Hey, I like that citrus flavor is this beer!" From fruit, right? Nope - usually from hops. "Love the chocolate in this beer!" From melting a chocolate bar, right? Nope, can't do that, has fat, ruins beer. From Chocolate Malt grain, very small amounts. "Hey, I like that caramel flavor in that stout!" From melting caramels, right? Nope - from the addition of caramel malts usually. When you progress to steeping grain, you would steep some Caramel/Crystal grains, perhaps 40 or 60.
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    Saison fermentation seems to have stalled

    8 weeks on the yeast cake would yield off flavors.
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    Tweaking a Blueberry Kolsch recipe

    You need a blender, fruit needs to be pureed. Fruit needs to be pasteurized. Discussed many times. Or, use Oregon Fruit, https://www.mrbeer.com/ingredients/canned-fruit, also available at your grocery store. Or DelMonte.
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    One Gallon Glass Fermenter?

    Just be aware that glass fermenters can break when dropped or explode if the airlock gets plugged up. Most people have moved away from glass to plastic.
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    Newbie needs brew plan confirmation

    Q-Tip with sanitizer, shot glass with sanitizer, spray bottle with sanitizer...
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    Newbie needs brew plan confirmation

    Go 3 full weeks on fermenting, then cold crash for 3 days, propped up as noted. Prep bottles, then fill (still propped up) right away, don't let it warm. Then 4 weeks, not 3, at 70 or higher. Cool basement may be too cool.
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    Old crashing with fermenter propped up...
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    Plastic bottles bulging

    Right. Sugar is sugar. Tell the wife she is wrong. I dare you...😂
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    Bulging Can

    Wait for Mr. Beer to contact you, or call them. I suspect that is drop damage though.
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    Krausen overflow advice needed

    Do NOT remove the lid. Dry hopping should be done at the end of week 2, fermentation is done way before then.
  18. Neither cold crashing nor propping caused the problem.
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    No evidence of fermentation?

    Problem is you pitched into wart, not wort.... 😉
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    Bottles Overflowing

    OP say he use the Mr. Beer sugar measurer...
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    First Batch OF Watermelon Wheat. Advise?

    The ONLY time you use them is at bottling. They are designed for batch priming, i.e. adding to the entire batch of beer, then bottling. Real fruit has SUGAR. That has to ferment out before bottling or the bottles will explode. Extracts have no sugar.
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    First Batch OF Watermelon Wheat. Advise?

    Well, how much to use is usually recommended in a recipe. Brewer's that don't recommend extracts probably haven't used them... A few years back, I made a Peanut Butter Stout using extract. It was great. I found that my homebrewing store sold LorAnn Oils. Many of the 5 gallon recipes had you add a dram (.125 oz) per 5 gallon batch. Note that this is specifically for this brand of extracts, others will be different. I did some thinking and wondered what the difference was between adding the bottle at bottling time and adding drops to a beer. I contacted LorAnn and they pointed out that they sell their products for baking usually and that they sell droppers specifically for measuring the flavor. I bought maybe 8 different flavors, and then brewed a fruit wheat beer but didn't add the fruit. We put 1-2- drops in the glass, then pour the beer. Viola! Raspberry Wheat, Strawberry Wheat, Blueberry Wheat, Peanut Butter Stout... Note - you cannot leave the dropper in the bottle long term, because the fumes will eat the rubber. And, over 2-3 years the flavor will dwindle (mine are probably due for replacement). Many questions asked have been discussed in the forum in years past. Type site:community.mrbeer.com SEARCH TERM in Google.
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    Metallic Grass like taste, need help

    http://howtobrew.com/book/section-1/priming-and-bottling/what-sugar-should-i-prime-with See last sentence on page: Simple sugars don't have this cosmetic problem and the small amount used for priming will not affect the flavor of the beer.
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    ATTN. MR BEER STAFF Australian Sparkling Ale

    Yup. https://web.archive.org/web/20160409204917/http://www.mrbeer.com:80/refills/seasonal-refills/australian-sparkling-ale
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    Metallic Grass like taste, need help

    I will bet that a true blind taste test would show you that you have no idea, since we there is no difference.