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  1. RickBeer

    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.
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    First Batch OF Watermelon Wheat. Advise?

    Make sure your watermelon isn't part of the recall - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/06/09/cdc-precut-melon-recall-salmonella-five-midwestern-states/687631002/ My advice - follow the recipe.
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    First Batch OF Watermelon Wheat. Advise?

    Recipe calls for 2 cups. Watermelon is a subtle flavor, so make sure the melon you add the juice from is very sweet. https://www.mrbeer.com/watermelon-wheat
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    Metallic Grass like taste, need help

    I give up... A one week tasting? Really? Your beer needs to carbonate and CONDITION. One week in the bottle has not accomplished that. You're simply wasting beer. And there will be zero difference in carbonation levels between the proper amount of corn sugar vs. the proper amount of table sugar. Zero.
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  12. As you can see, there are different strategies for different points in the fermentation cycle, as well as different strategies for different climates. By and large, wide temperature fluctuations should be avoid. Peak fermentation creates the most heat. Weeks 2 and 3 have much less. Practice with an LBK full of water when you have the chance. Maybe multiple bottles of REFRIGERATED water will work better in week 2 than a frozen bottle, which sends it too low and then it fluctuates more. If you use Zorak's method, make sure that the spigot is carefully sanitized before bottling (you should do that anyway).
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    Temperature Question??

    Cooler temps.
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    The Real Mr. Beer - Live Stream Thread

    Any chance that Mr. Beer can get a forum discount for Beersmith?
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    Metallic Grass like taste, need help

    No. Could they be providing stale hops? Smell them, if they smell like cheese they are stale.
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    3 days worth chillin'

    No, it comes into play for any carbonated beverage. CO2 likes cold. In cold, it combines with liquids. As it warms, it comes out of suspension in the liquid. That's why a warm beer tap line foams. A commercial beer cooler (i.e. at a brewpub) had foam in the first glass of each pour each day. Answer was that the 6 inches of hose between the cooler and the tap (i.e. the indent in the wall) was too warm. A small fan mounted on the wall blew cold air into the indent and solved the problem.
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    3 days worth chillin'

    The reason I say "only what you'll drink in 3 days" is often people say their beer needs more conditioning time, and that's best done at 70 or higher. If you refrigerate all your beer (besides having a full fridge and a mad wife), the beer stops conditioning. Once it's "perfect", then yes, you'd want to keep it as cool as possible.
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    Metallic Grass like taste, need help

    So, to summarize: 1) You've brewed Mr. Beer kits as well as extract kits from Northern Brewer. 2) You're using the same process (once the extract kit boil is done) from that point on. 3) The Mr. Beer kits taste great. 4) The Northern Brewer kits taste like crap. 5) The only difference is the ingredients. In my infinite wisdom (not that I have any), the issue clearly is with your kits from Northern Brewer. Perhaps it's AB In-Bev infection?
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    Metallic Grass like taste, need help

    CO2 absorbs into cold beer, is released as beer warms. 3 days pulls it in good.
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    Metallic Grass like taste, need help

    Good that you didn't boil your hands
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    Metallic Grass like taste, need help

    Boiled the string too?
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    Yeast in bottles

    Discussions on here back in 2013 about those. Very expensive, and company went out of business at least a year ago.
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    Yeast in bottles

    No. While cold crashing will reduce trub, the sugar you put in the bottle to create carbonation results in more trub being created. The bottles need to be stored upright and poured gently, leaving the trub in the bottle. If you stir it up, taste will be ruined.
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    bread yeast experiment?

    I'm sure you can come up with a better way to
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    Metallic Grass like taste, need help

    Sounds good. Just wanted to make sure you weren't drinking trub, or mixing it in the bottle, then noticing a taste problem. Drinking out of a glass, even for beer not carbonated in the bottle with sugar, is essential for proper tasting. The NOSE needs to be part of the process, which is why you see new cans removing most/all of the top.
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