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  1. Brian N.

    Bottling/Conditioning in Growlers

    Always great to want to share your beers - Your friends and relatives will never leave! However, get the process down first. Growlers and flip tops for carbonation and conditioning are not a great idea, as per Rickbeer's post. Plastic is always easy and reliable.
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    Capping/bottling mishap

    I think that some glass bottles may develop micro cracks, fractures and even a deep scratch that can lead to failure. Working with laboratory glassware, we trash any scored glassware, as they WILL fail at some point. Lately, I've gone back to plastic.
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    CAL - new and improved?

    Don't forget - flame out when you add the HME. Try a more conventional hop addition by boiling with your DME. Mr. Beer Smooth DME would be a good choice along with US Goldings hops. I think you still want to keep it "lighter" and not turn a the CAL into a something it is not meant to be.
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    Backstory on my brewing experience

    I tasted a good many home brews for years, some very good and others not so. Always looked like too much work and waiting. But after 25 years of marriage, my wife ran out of unique gifts, until MB. Small batches easy process and an hour in the kitchen so I gave it a try. My first beer was not great but there was hope and the support of this forum.
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    Double back diamond conditioning

    I tend to condition my beers a long time (sometimes because I forget they are there or I just don't get to them). Three months or more is not unusual. However, I agree with Shrike, two months for this one and let some sit longer until you are ready to drink them.
  6. Brian N.

    New to brewing

    Welcome to the forum. Lots of good advice has already been put forth. Remember, it's a hobby, a good one, that can take you as far as you want, or just as simple as you want, and the end result is - you made beer. Enjoy the process; enjoy the product!
  7. Brian N.

    Going With Less Sugar

    I've gone from plastic to glass and now back to plastic. My one experience with a bottle bomb was enough. I still have lots of glass empty bottles, in case I try glass again.
  8. Brian N.

    Newbie Using Secondhand Kit

    As Nick said, use the entire can, the NW Pale Ale will finish just fine, perhaps even better. We will assume that the can of extract is fairly new, if over a couple of years toss it and buy new. Same with the yeast. Good luck and don't forget to sanitize everything.
  9. Brian N.

    Shiner Farmhouse Rye Clone

    Not mad scientist at all. You have a good handle on the qualities of each ingredient and expected results. Actually that is good science and brewing.
  10. Brian N.

    Going With Less Sugar

    Screwybrewer's priming calculator is my "go-to"
  11. Brian N.

    Going With Less Sugar

    I find the MB recommended amount of sugar produces too much carbonation. 3/4 will give you more than enough carbonation. For darker, more malty beers I use even less, as a matter of personal taste. But you already know, the entire hobby is about learning to make beers that you like, not just a recipe.
  12. Brian N.

    Forgotten Batch

    How long has it been overdue? I've had batches in the LBK for 4 weeks without any problem.
  13. Brian N.

    A lesson in patience...

    I'm drinking something very dark right now, as it hid in my basement for a very long while (most likely Irish stout). Probably over a year old and closer to 2 years. Super tasty! Mellow, rich, coffee undertones, not sweet but great malt flavor. Truthfully, I forgot the exact recipe I used, but it has certainly aged well.
  14. Brian N.

    New guy

    Tim - a question for you. How long do the "Big Name" brewers let their "typical" middle of the road (so to speak) ales ferment for? This might be an impossible question to answer, but any guess? My feeling is that is less than 20 days, and closer to 14.
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    New guy

    Also - don't go crazy Mad Scientist. Keep it simple for your first few brews. Welcome aboard.