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  1. Nickfixit

    Caps Not Sealing

    1. put a sugar cube in, 2. retighten cap over plastic wrap on bottle or find soda bottle caps to use instead, 3. order more caps from Mr B. Happens to me sometimes. I have spare caps on hand now (I don't drink soda so no bottle caps handy), so I drop a cube (or 2) in and put a new cap on.
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    Bottling wand

    Additional punishment by having to ferment additional beer is also awarded since you will be forced to make up the loss...…...
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    Caps Not Sealing

    No its different. This is my take on it. Starsan is a heavy duty bug killer that will be effective in very short time. < 1 minute after contact. Mr Beer product is oxygen based cleaner rather like Oxiclean but no rinse potable (I would rinse Oxyclean lol). It also takes up to 10 min to ensure cleaning. It will kill most bugs but not as effectively as Starsan. On the other hand it is user friendly, reasonably safe to handle and convenient and cleans/sanitizes well enough in most cases. If you have brewing equipment other than LBK, that would be tough to immerse in Mr B product for 10 min. A spray of Starsan solution or rinse does the job effectively.
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    Bottling wand

    I bottle over the kitchen sink with bottle directly over the spigot and bottle slanted to minimize bubbling. The wand has not worked for me because I would have to bottle over the floor or a drip catcher. Another thing to clean. If I fill a little high I pour a little into my tasting glass to adjust it 😁.
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    Glad the cornstarch addition worked!
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    I use that software if I am doing any thing unusual or I want to check what FG to expect. I think it has Mr B HMEs somewhere, but I did not find them yet. more info here
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    The recipe builders can give indication of the yeast attenuation when you select the yeast. I found it interesting to see the variations on FG. But it will also affect residual sweetness. Look at the range, from a saison or champagne yeast at 90%, to ale yeasts at 70%. https://www.brewersfriend.com/homebrew/recipe/calculator The "Cry Havoc" liquid yeast gives pretty sweet/malty result and you can use it for ales and lagers too.
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    This is why the Mr B yeast makes malty brews isn't it, as it attenuates less than US-05?
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    Diablo IPA with US-05

    Difference in new LBK is the spigot which also has a different size fitting hole ( :-/) but does come apart or cleaning ( 🙂 and the size of the top hole which makes cleaning easier. Mine though are also darker, making it very difficult to see the liquid levels - can't easily see liquid from outside or line from inside. Flashlight and tape markers help. I just (Sept) made a Diablo with the Mr B yeast. Good but I should have put some aroma hop in.
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    Sticky Wicket Oatmeal Stout

    If you like not too hoppy sweeter dark beers here is one to try. I just happened to have the pale choc but you probably could make it all choc. It is an easy steep. It is one of my favorites. You can also cold steep the choc grains overnight in the fridge and use water from that. Double Deluxe Milk Choc Porter. Porter HME, 1x Robust, 1xSmooth LMEs, 1/4 cup lactose, 1/2 oz. EKGoldings hop 5 min boil, 20 min steep 160 deg 1 oz choc and 1 oz pale choc grains. Mr B yeast. Ferment 63-65. OG BRIX 12.8 My process: Steep Grains, drain & rinse grain bag, make grain water up to 4 cups, boil hops in grain water, turn out flame, transfer hop bag to LBK into the cold water at 1st mark (I find this prevents splashes later), dissolve all malts and lactose in hot wort, transfer to LBK, top up, and pitch and ferment as usual. My range has a warmer burner on the top that will keep pots at less than boiling. It works well for this. I start with 170 deg. water from my electric kettle/water boiler. and I can use that for rinsing too. After pouring on the bagged grains in the pot it ends up at about 160-165.
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    What does extra yeast do?

    Does adding 5g of cooked yeast change the flavor?
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    What does extra yeast do?

    So if one was to have a rule of thumb based on the above ref to calculator and the 1/2 Safale pack, for average strength Mr. Beer LBK recipes, the Mr. B yeast pack of 5g is about right (surprise) when fresh. So this is also ~ equivalent to 1/2 a Safale 11g pack. With using 1/2 pack you get the potential issue though of saving the rest of the pack and having it be still good. I have been cavalier about the storage but I have had OK results with remaining 1/2 packs. So mostly I will put the whole 11g pack in. But I expect I should put them 1/2 packs in the freezer. Rick says that the yeast can be lazy if over pitched - how much over pitching is needed to cause this? Is 11g in an LBK ever going to do it? I do not remember having an issue with either 1/2 or full 11g pack. But I do not brew extreme beer. I have used < 1/2 pack to make more flavored esters in wheat beer.
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    newbie here

    The Pet stores have them in reptile aquarium section. they have a long cable so I put that through the cooler drain hole so I can read it from outside if I am doing lagers with ice packs
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    Cigars and Craft Beer

    Maybe I got ruined on cigars by having to smoke 2 per performance while acting in an amateur theater production - no idea what kind. Fortunately I did not actually throw up.
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    Hydrometer reads

    So it really depends how accurate you want to be……… in measuring ABV. I am not overly concerned except to be sure the yeast is done. But for the concerned...………… here is more stuff to look at.🤓 What I read online is this based on water SG = 1 and ethyl alcohol SG = 0.8 ************ 131.25 is to calc ABV (Alcohol by Volume) 105 is to calc calculate ABW (Alcohol by Weight) ((OG - FG) * 105) * 1.25 = ABV So: (OG - FG) * 131.25 = ABV These formulas are flawed in that they get progressively inaccurate with higher ABV, but are within 0.2% up to around 9% ************ But at what temperature - this chart from U.S. Bureau of Standards below is at 60 deg. F. I see Alcohol SG at 25 deg. C (77 deg. F) is 0.787 and at 60 deg. F. is 0.794 (100% on chart below) So it looks like most standards are taken at 60 def F and (unless you work in metric lol) This site https://learn.kegerator.com/specific-gravity/ uses the 132.715 number but tells you to use the temperature correction given in your hydrometer instructions - but does not tell you what number to correct it for (duh) I read a reference cited as from Cooper's;(OG-FG)/7.64+.5=ABV% Maybe this works for Australian beer? There is also the issue of effect of additional dissolved compounds that will raise the SG, like unfermentable sugars. For pure water alcohol mix at 60 deg. F. you can use this U.S. Bureau of Standards . Or for a glorious dissertation of the actual formulae and real numbers go here: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/attachments/0000/2497/Math_in_Mash_SummerZym95.pdf This includes a temperature correction chart referenced to 60 deg. F. At 70 deg F, the correction is 1.05, so relatively the 1% may really be small compared to other effects including reading inaccuracy 😮. Usually OG and FG will be made at different temperatures so unless corrected that too can cause errors. Reminder - If you are calibrating your hydrometer use distilled water and check temperature correction. Phew! Now it is time for a homebrew and watching football.