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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Cato in 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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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Cato in 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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    Nickfixit reacted to Shrike in Bottling wand   
    I bottle over my open dishwasher door so that all drips go down the drain.
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from D Kristof in Propping Up Your LBK - No Trubal   
    oYou can do this and probably it would help me a bit too but I am lazy,  I find that after 3 weeks the trub settles out so well that even level, I usually get all out except maybe just a very little after the LBK is tilted. So I do not bother cold crashing or tilting.
    If you want clear beer for competition, you should do both of these. Mine comes clear enough for me after standing in basement a month or a few.  You can check my beer pics to see if it is over cloudy.
     
    Also so many commercial beers are hazy these days, one can always claim to others it is intentional - 😁
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    Nickfixit reacted to Jdub in Labeling   
    very cool!
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Don H in Labeling   
    You need milk from really  beefy cows. None of this wimpy low fat stuff.
    Maybe some cornstarch would help.
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Cato in 5.3   
    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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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Cato in 5.3   
    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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    Nickfixit reacted to Cato in 5.3   
    Thanks @Nickfixit! Lol, I entered all my specs into the Brewers Friend calculator. That's a pretty neat software.
     
    My adjusted numbers show that where I started out to brew an American Pale recipe began morphing with the addition of some dark Munich and dark wheat (intentional on my part).Then, evidently morphed again because I double crushed my grains in an effort to improve my previously  poor BIAB efficiency.
     
    Net result was I check all the boxes for the Strong Ale category and Old Ale as the specialty. Results show I can expect about 7.1% ABV and that I had a significant improvement  to an 80% brewhouse efficiency.
     
    Ah, so goes it learning how and what to tweak in my brewing system. @Bonsai & Brew, I'm going to rename this pale to "Ye Olde Ale".
     
    Hell, maybe I should rename my brewery to "Afterthefact Brewery".
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Cato in 5.3   
    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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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Jdub in 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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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Jdub in 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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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Jdub in 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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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Jdub in 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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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Jdub in 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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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Jdub in 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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    Nickfixit got a reaction from kedogn in Why do "homebrewers" treat Mr. Beer users like pariah?   
    I tell them I do it because I am lazy, I can't carry 5 gal containers down stairs, and  SWMBO hates smell of boiling beer ingredients.
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from McSquirrely in Yeast pack   
    A simple way to give CAL a bit more heft (assuming it already has booster or LME/DME added to get ~ 4.5% + ABV (Refill kits) is to add 0.5 oz hops pellets in a hop bag at flameout. Cascade works well for me. If you like more hops, add another 0.5 oz in a sterilized bag for the last week before bottling too. That simple add makes a lot of difference.
     
    It is also a good way to test new hops you do not know as the HME is light enough not to mask the hop too much.
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from McSquirrely in Yeast pack   
    A simple way to give CAL a bit more heft (assuming it already has booster or LME/DME added to get ~ 4.5% + ABV (Refill kits) is to add 0.5 oz hops pellets in a hop bag at flameout. Cascade works well for me. If you like more hops, add another 0.5 oz in a sterilized bag for the last week before bottling too. That simple add makes a lot of difference.
     
    It is also a good way to test new hops you do not know as the HME is light enough not to mask the hop too much.
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from McSquirrely in 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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    Nickfixit got a reaction from McSquirrely in 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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    Nickfixit got a reaction from oldbagobones in 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.
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Shrike in Cigars and Craft Beer   
    My impressions of tobacco smoke.
    Fortunately, cigarettes taste better than they smell.
    Unfortunately pipe tobacco smells better than it tastes.
    Very unfortunately cigars neither taste or smell good - and tend to make me nauseous. (Don't tell me to try harder - 😄)
     
    Disclosure - I smoked for ~ 20 years before giving it up for good some 40 years ago.
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Shrike in Cigars and Craft Beer   
    My impressions of tobacco smoke.
    Fortunately, cigarettes taste better than they smell.
    Unfortunately pipe tobacco smells better than it tastes.
    Very unfortunately cigars neither taste or smell good - and tend to make me nauseous. (Don't tell me to try harder - 😄)
     
    Disclosure - I smoked for ~ 20 years before giving it up for good some 40 years ago.
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    Nickfixit reacted to 76shovel in Cigars and Craft Beer   
    I used to putt around on the Shovel-Head chewing on mid level cigars.  Kept setting my face on fire so I quit.
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