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  1. Like most of them, it definitely ages well! Don't know if its my best beer, but it's up there for sure. I'm digging my Thunder Bay pretty well too though.
  2. Right at 6 weeks conditioning on this batch now, and I haven't tried a single one of them. I'm really curious now, I think a couple will find their way into the fridge soon.
  3. I just checked this batch on day 18. Gravity is 1.014, down from 1.051. Does this seem about right, or should I expect it to come down any more? I'm bringing the temp up now before I crash it.
  4. Sooo, I'm drinking the last beer from this batch right now, which was bottled on 9/17/17. It's been in the fridge 2 weeks maybe, and I'm just blown away by it. I'm drinking it super slow because I don't want it to end. I wish I would've had the patience to save more than one.
  5. I've used drops, sugar is just easier because, well, I've always got it. If you just want to get rid of those drops, I'll take em😉.
  6. Whatever was going on has passed. It smells just fine now. I'm anxious to taste it since so many love this brew.
  7. I just bottled a batch yesterday, and I have the solution I sanitized my bottles with in one of my LBKs now. Is that LBK good to go now for a batch, or should I make up fresh sanitizer?
  8. I have a new one also. I hadn't used it yet, but I did stick the wand in the spout to see how it fit and whatnot. I had water in the LBK. I don't like how if I insert the wand all the way into the spout, it blocks the flow. It also doesn't seem to fit very tightly in the spout.
  9. I use table sugar. I mostly bottle in 16 oz PET bottles, and I use 1 teaspoon per bottle. I use a stainless steel flask funnel to get it in the bottles. It's pretty simple, but the sugar cubes sound eazy peazy.
  10. Lololol! I had my wife check it a little while ago, I'm not in town. She said smell has mellowed. I'm not worried about now.
  11. They keep telling me to bring some. I may let them try my Thunder Bay IPA. Once a month they have a day where a bunch of the customers convene and share/make beer together. I'm never free to go, but sounds like a blast.
  12. The folks at my LBHS are really cool about MB kits. One of the employees even made MB years ago, and still has her LBKs. They sell non-MB kits, so I don't see how they could be judgemental anyway, it's still a kit. And especially since I told them MB offers partial mashes now. I think they were secretly impressed by that, lol.
  13. I've noticed that as my bottles sit in the fridge, the bottles get a little softer, and when I open I don't get that huge pressure release. I just figure that all that CO2 has been absorbed into the beer, and it's not so much in the headspace anymore. It still tastes great though. I could be totally off the mark here, but we're all still learning, right?
  14. @zorak1066 It was the yeast that came with the BAA refill. I let it sit out about a day before I used it. I pitched around 70°. That's warmer than I usually would do, but I did it because I've had so many issues with putting my yeast to sleep lately. When it got going, I cooled it into the 60s. I aerated pretty well I think, I usually go nuts with a whisk before I pitch.
  15. This is a batch of Bewitched Amber Ale. It smelled great at 1st, but now it reminds me of many of the chemical plants and oil refineries I was in during the 13 years I spent driving tanker trucks! Haha