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    Nickfixit reacted to MRB Tim in Hops   
    I did this recipe, and I was kind of worried I'd overdone it but the finished product came out pretty good. If you like Citra hops, you'll like this one. Obviously. 
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from MRB Tim in Hops   
    How much hops??
    The latest 3 Zombies IPA Mr Beer is advertising, using NW Pale as base, uses 3!! oz of Citra hops.  Can that really be enough?
    How does this sound?
    1/2 oz -> boil 5 min,  add 1/2 oz -> boil 5 min,  flameout add 1.0 oz -> ferment 16 days, add 1.0 oz -> ferment 5 days..
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from MRB Tim in Hops   
    How much hops??
    The latest 3 Zombies IPA Mr Beer is advertising, using NW Pale as base, uses 3!! oz of Citra hops.  Can that really be enough?
    How does this sound?
    1/2 oz -> boil 5 min,  add 1/2 oz -> boil 5 min,  flameout add 1.0 oz -> ferment 16 days, add 1.0 oz -> ferment 5 days..
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from MRB Tim in Hops   
    How much hops??
    The latest 3 Zombies IPA Mr Beer is advertising, using NW Pale as base, uses 3!! oz of Citra hops.  Can that really be enough?
    How does this sound?
    1/2 oz -> boil 5 min,  add 1/2 oz -> boil 5 min,  flameout add 1.0 oz -> ferment 16 days, add 1.0 oz -> ferment 5 days..
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Shrike in A lesson in patience...   
    It is worth it, I drank a lager today that was 11 months old - lovely.
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Shrike in A lesson in patience...   
    It is worth it, I drank a lager today that was 11 months old - lovely.
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Shrike in Apricot Amber Ale   
    The bottles with bits made them taste even more apricotty. So it looked a bit strange to have fruit floating the beer, (beer cocktail?) but it tasted good.
    I got no off flavors.
    I got no infection ( dried apricots are usually sterilized anyway using some chemical or other.)
    Or you could boil the whizzed slurry if worried.
     
    And after fermentation before bottling, if you were concerned, you could probably filter it using a sterilized strainer and additional container.
    But I figure the less vessels/tubes etc. the beer contacts the safer it is.
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    Nickfixit reacted to Shrike in MRB Customer Service Rocks   
    There was a glitch in the Matrix which caused an issue with my most recent order.  I won't bore everyone with the details, but MRB resolved the issue in a much, much more than satisfactory way.
     
    I've said it before and I'll say it again, MRB's customer service is second to none.
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Shrike in New guy   
    I notice now the Cooper's DIY beer do not state fermentation time in their recipes now or sometimes FG.
    They do indicate you need SG stability (using hydrometer) over 24 hours before bottling. 
    You might likely get there before 3 weeks, but 3 weeks is fairly safe and I find it easy to schedule and plan the brewing process that way.
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Shrike in New guy   
    I notice now the Cooper's DIY beer do not state fermentation time in their recipes now or sometimes FG.
    They do indicate you need SG stability (using hydrometer) over 24 hours before bottling. 
    You might likely get there before 3 weeks, but 3 weeks is fairly safe and I find it easy to schedule and plan the brewing process that way.
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Shrike in Yeast Wars ?   
    If you are a brewer that likes experimenting with yeasts, this forum thread is a long saga but I found it fascinating. In the search to find the yeasts in a beloved beer, the thread goes through microbiological analysis and brew testing, and exploration of how yeast is used in industry. Grab yourself a pint. It is a long read.
     
    This thread question on mixing yeasts is discussed also in this thread and surfaces in their analysis.
     
    https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/threads/isolated-yeast-tree-house-how-to-identify-and-characterize.623221/
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Shrike in Yeast Wars ?   
    If you are a brewer that likes experimenting with yeasts, this forum thread is a long saga but I found it fascinating. In the search to find the yeasts in a beloved beer, the thread goes through microbiological analysis and brew testing, and exploration of how yeast is used in industry. Grab yourself a pint. It is a long read.
     
    This thread question on mixing yeasts is discussed also in this thread and surfaces in their analysis.
     
    https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/threads/isolated-yeast-tree-house-how-to-identify-and-characterize.623221/
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from D Kristof in Really odd question   
    LOL, I was taken seriously here, I figured you all would catch on to the idea of  "just drinking another until they taste good"  lol.
    Maybe I could have said it better......
     
     
     
     
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from DrMJG in Really odd question   
    The answer is you just use them all, if when you open one, the beer tastes off, chug it quickly and try another.
    Eventually you will find one you consider good enough - then mark the bottle with a marker.
    Silver sharpie is good.
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Cato in Bottles Overflowing   
    I use sugar dots/Mr B carb pills. These are premeasured. 
    I still get gusher sometimes with dark beers especially even after 3 weeks in LBK,   even using dots. So I have had to add less.
    If I see bubbles in the bottle while carbing  agree - there is a leak, so I change the cap to a new one and add another sugar dot.
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from MRB Josh R in ATTN. MR BEER STAFF Australian Sparkling Ale   
    I brewed the Cooper's as 6 gal, split into  3 LBKS. using booster instead of dextrose, and adding different Pride of Ringwood Hop treatments after looking at the Coopers AU recipes.  It is a very fruity drink. The 2 different hop treatments were not much different in outcome.
    Original recipe called for HME + 1.5kg LME + 500g DME + 300g Dextrose in 22.5L. Coopers adapts their volumes also in the recipes for different outcomes.
    In 6 gal is it different from the Seasonal though.
     
    So I translated to using DME only and Booster.
    Cooper's Sparkling Ale #1
    Cooper original recipe  - 1/3 can HME + add 566g (20oz) light malt and 100g (4 oz) dextrose ( or 150g (5.3 oz) booster) Cooper's Sparkling Ale #2  - original + 0.5 oz hop aroma 5 min boil Pride of Ringwood leave hops in. Cooper's Sparkling Ale #3  -original +  0.5 oz hop 30 min steep tea  Pride of Ringwood https://www.aussiebrewmakers.com.au/libraries/resources/Pale Ale Recipes/Coopers Sparkling Ale.pdf
     
    find these handy also,  when looking at Cooper's brews:
    https://us.diybeer.com/brewing-info/recipes
    https://community.diybeer.com/
     
    With 3 LBKs, it works out reasonably, although I try to get the Cooper's HMEs on sale making it quite cheap.
     
    However the recipe (23L) online is different from the refill kit that only contains 1.5kG of DME as additional fermentable.
    So you can use what you want I guess. It still works out to < $50 for 3 LBKs if you only buy the Brew can from Coopers.
     
     
     
     
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from MRB Josh R in ATTN. MR BEER STAFF Australian Sparkling Ale   
    I brewed the Cooper's as 6 gal, split into  3 LBKS. using booster instead of dextrose, and adding different Pride of Ringwood Hop treatments after looking at the Coopers AU recipes.  It is a very fruity drink. The 2 different hop treatments were not much different in outcome.
    Original recipe called for HME + 1.5kg LME + 500g DME + 300g Dextrose in 22.5L. Coopers adapts their volumes also in the recipes for different outcomes.
    In 6 gal is it different from the Seasonal though.
     
    So I translated to using DME only and Booster.
    Cooper's Sparkling Ale #1
    Cooper original recipe  - 1/3 can HME + add 566g (20oz) light malt and 100g (4 oz) dextrose ( or 150g (5.3 oz) booster) Cooper's Sparkling Ale #2  - original + 0.5 oz hop aroma 5 min boil Pride of Ringwood leave hops in. Cooper's Sparkling Ale #3  -original +  0.5 oz hop 30 min steep tea  Pride of Ringwood https://www.aussiebrewmakers.com.au/libraries/resources/Pale Ale Recipes/Coopers Sparkling Ale.pdf
     
    find these handy also,  when looking at Cooper's brews:
    https://us.diybeer.com/brewing-info/recipes
    https://community.diybeer.com/
     
    With 3 LBKs, it works out reasonably, although I try to get the Cooper's HMEs on sale making it quite cheap.
     
    However the recipe (23L) online is different from the refill kit that only contains 1.5kG of DME as additional fermentable.
    So you can use what you want I guess. It still works out to < $50 for 3 LBKs if you only buy the Brew can from Coopers.
     
     
     
     
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from MRB Josh R in ATTN. MR BEER STAFF Australian Sparkling Ale   
    I brewed the Cooper's as 6 gal, split into  3 LBKS. using booster instead of dextrose, and adding different Pride of Ringwood Hop treatments after looking at the Coopers AU recipes.  It is a very fruity drink. The 2 different hop treatments were not much different in outcome.
    Original recipe called for HME + 1.5kg LME + 500g DME + 300g Dextrose in 22.5L. Coopers adapts their volumes also in the recipes for different outcomes.
    In 6 gal is it different from the Seasonal though.
     
    So I translated to using DME only and Booster.
    Cooper's Sparkling Ale #1
    Cooper original recipe  - 1/3 can HME + add 566g (20oz) light malt and 100g (4 oz) dextrose ( or 150g (5.3 oz) booster) Cooper's Sparkling Ale #2  - original + 0.5 oz hop aroma 5 min boil Pride of Ringwood leave hops in. Cooper's Sparkling Ale #3  -original +  0.5 oz hop 30 min steep tea  Pride of Ringwood https://www.aussiebrewmakers.com.au/libraries/resources/Pale Ale Recipes/Coopers Sparkling Ale.pdf
     
    find these handy also,  when looking at Cooper's brews:
    https://us.diybeer.com/brewing-info/recipes
    https://community.diybeer.com/
     
    With 3 LBKs, it works out reasonably, although I try to get the Cooper's HMEs on sale making it quite cheap.
     
    However the recipe (23L) online is different from the refill kit that only contains 1.5kG of DME as additional fermentable.
    So you can use what you want I guess. It still works out to < $50 for 3 LBKs if you only buy the Brew can from Coopers.
     
     
     
     
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Shrike in Metallic Grass like taste, need help   
    All true.
     
    Great advice, but letting folks experiment to learn is good. Maybe they will discover something new, or if it turns out bad, reinforce their confidence in the advice
     
    - but some people like to make their own mistakes.
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Shrike in Metallic Grass like taste, need help   
    All true.
     
    Great advice, but letting folks experiment to learn is good. Maybe they will discover something new, or if it turns out bad, reinforce their confidence in the advice
     
    - but some people like to make their own mistakes.
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Marius in Apricot Amber Ale   
    I used dried apricots, scaled in boiling water and whizzed in a blender to puree.. 1/2 lb got a good flavor in an LBK. I added after  1 week of fermentation.
    You can figure the equivalent sugar by the sugar content in label so you can adjust other fermentables to suit.  I did get lots of bits in the beer though despite bagging it. But they tasted good. 
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Shrike in Metallic Grass like taste, need help   
    All true.
     
    Great advice, but letting folks experiment to learn is good. Maybe they will discover something new, or if it turns out bad, reinforce their confidence in the advice
     
    - but some people like to make their own mistakes.
     
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    Nickfixit reacted to Fire Rooster in Carbonation   
    Used  1/2 recommended sugar (used turbinado) for St Pat Stout.
    Here are the results, tastes good for a stout, not my cup of tea though.
    Carbonation is right where I would like it, 2 tsp way too much for me.
     
     

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    Nickfixit got a reaction from D Kristof in bread yeast experiment?   
    For burning money - I can help, Just send it to me and trust that I burn it -
     
    Still we have several opinions.
    1 - you can't get a traditional beer taste with bread yeast so it is a waste of time and money to try.
    2. - if you do try don't use Fleischman's
    3. - Some other brand yeast *Mills(maybe HodgsonsMill)  gave an acceptable (to 1 person anyway) result
    4. - Can try it and save $ using a simple extract brew.
    5. - Some brewers are always curious to try new things.
     
    My conclusion -
    Most beer drinkers will not like beer brewed with Fleischman's yeast
    We do not know what beer brewed with HidgsoneMilltaste like
    We do not know that whatever the outcome TimelordJason may find this is his most favorite beer in the whole world.
     
    So I would say give it a try with HodgsonsMill and see. I doubt it will be undrinkable it just may taste  strange. So probably does Kombucha.
    But then.....you can always pretend it is a new kind of beverage.
     
    Or like this
    http://brewingtv.com/episodes/2010/11/17/brewing-tv-episode-24-sahti-throwdown.html
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from D Kristof in Really odd question   
    LOL, I was taken seriously here, I figured you all would catch on to the idea of  "just drinking another until they taste good"  lol.
    Maybe I could have said it better......
     
     
     
     
     
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