C-ya

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C-ya last won the day on December 22 2014

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  1. I'm not an ABV chaser, either. I like to brew for the flavor/style but I like to know the ABV as well. Just part of the process that I like doing. Some folks ask about it when you offer them a home brew, thinking it'll be water-weak, and it's nice to come back with "It's X.xx%", not a shrug of the shoulders.
  2. Gotcha. I thought you were wanting to use it for determining FG. Like @RickBeer said, it should work just fine for monitoring for change.
  3. @MRB Tim, it looks like the gauge/display on the one in your link has Brix on the left and gravity on the right. That's how mine is. I read OG directly off the gauge on mine. @Shrike, I don't think you can use a refractometer on beer, only wort. ETA: OK, in researching that statement, there seems to be a way to use the refractometer to measure and calculate FG, although the by and large consensus is OG only. I'll have to research it more to see if it makes sense for me to do it that way. I kinda like to have a hydro sample to take my reading from and then sip as I'm bottling.
  4. Thanks for the example. That makes sense seeing it written out. I'm like you - I would probably experiment with each LBK.
  5. Thanks for the info. I figured the can of HME alone would make a pretty weak brew at 6 gallons. Are you dividing the HME and making it one LBK at a time or are you making it in one batch and dividing it between the LBKs? That's how I do a 5 gal batch - mix it all up in one pot, cool it, add it evenly to the LBKs, then top off. I wouldn't mind trying their Pale, APA, and Amber.
  6. No problem. With a small batch, it doesn't make sense to periodically check your final gravity over a two or three day period to make sure fermentation has stopped as you would use up too much of your beer. Three weeks gives time for complete fermentation plus any clean-up the yeast need to perform. In the beginning, it was suggested two weeks (or even less!), but the collective wisdom of a whole slew of Mr. B brewers decided three weeks works. When you bottle your beer, let them sit for 4 weeks at 70°F or more. When you are ready to drink, put them in the fridge for 3 days and then drink. Don't worry if the first go-round isn't great. It's beer, you made it, and you'll do better next time! Look in the pinned topics above this for other notes, and seek out a post by RickBeer for many good notes in his signature.
  7. Welcome! The majority of us go 3 weeks. It certainly won't hurt to go the full 3.
  8. Looks good, but it looks like all of the cans recommend using some dry malt with them. @Nickfixit, how are you brewing them? Straight up or with DME?
  9. I use a refractometer for OG and the hydrometer for FG.
  10. Aww, come on, man! This is a great beer! I have no clue how much corn is actually in it, but it is SMOOTH! Local micro near me called Burn 'Em makes it. In case the picture doesn't show, here ya go: http://burnembrewing.com/wp-content/themes/burnem2/photos/kreamedcorn-big.jpg
  11. I've made several beer recipes from Mr. Beer that call for a different yeast. I used the whole packet each time with no bad results. Like @RickBeer does, if I'm brewing a double batch, I'll just split the yeast between the two LBKs.
  12. Welcome, @Gordon45. The Mr. Beer Oktoberfest recipe is a good one. I also did a clone of Aventinus, a weizenbock @ 8%. It should be in the Advanced Recipes section as I asked @MRB Josh R for some help with it. An all MRB recipe, it came out very well, even hitting the 8% of the original. When you're ready, give it a try.
  13. I would have agreed with you until I tried this: https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35718/173873/ Local micro just south of me that makes great but odd beers. Josh, I just bottled a cream ale. I'll have to try the corn next time I do a batch. Vanilla sounds great, too. I did half of the batch plain cream ale, 1/4 cherry, and 1/4 blueberry.
  14. Now, now. I have a sugar measure that I ordered from Mr. Beer that is very unused and lonely on the shelf in my basement. Batch priming from the get-go and I wouldn't do it any other way.
  15. I always use Photobucket links to post pictures everywhere. I figure I'll use their server space rather than my forum's. That way you don't run into size limitations on the forum you are on. Other photo hosting sites would work just as well but I have used Photobucket with very few issues.