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  1. I thought is was MAGIC, isn't that what the "Bottling Wand" is for?
  2. You are a victim of the obsession we call HOMEBREWING. There is no cure, you now have the ability to only think about beer no matter what you are doing and to think of how everything you see could be used in your brewing process. Congratulations
  3. JDub, Ignore what the cheapskate above said. If you want to add $4 to each batch of beer you brew then by all means do just that. I personally quit using the Mr. Beer yeast as well after a few batches. Two reasons, I think it gave a character to the beer that I didn't like (could have been other mistakes). And second, it is not a yeast that you can just go buy at your LHBS. So if I decided to brew something that didn't use a Mr Beer HME then I wanted to know that I could trust the yeast I was able to obtain. Dawg
  4. I had a similar problem about 18 months ago. Do you use a bottling bucket or do you bottle from the LBK? How old is your bottling wand? In my case, the issue was an infection in my bucket or one of my hoses. After all were replaced, the issue went away.
  5. Marius, As @RickBeer said there is really no need to do it for a Mr. Beer batch or any batch of beer. That being said, I brew All Grain batches and always add commercial yeast nutrient in addition to pitching plenty of healthy yeast. For me it is more insurance than a necessity, IMHO it is $0.20 well spent. Using old yeast in the boil serves the same purpose as commercial yeast nutrient, commercial yeast nutrient is dead yeast and some other minerals to help with yeast health.
  6. Nothing wrong with your method JDub. You should taste a sample at 21 days to make sure it didn't get stuck. As long as a 1 ounce sample taste like flat beer at 21 days you are good to bottle. No reason to waste a bunch of beer.
  7. I like Beersmith much better
  8. It really depends on the beer style that you are storing. A beer with a lower ABV will tend to show signs of age quicker than one that is higher. I drank one of my American Milds (3.5%abv) this weekend that was bottled last June, it is showing it's age but still very drinkable. However, a couple of weeks ago I drank one of my Belgian Tripels that is 18 months old. I wish I had left the whole batch sit that long not just 3 bottles. That beer is now amazing, every bit as good a Golden Monkey from Victory brewing. 65 degrees will be good as long as you have good sanitization practices your beer will be fine.
  9. The sediment on top of the beer is likely just yeast rafts. If you are at 15 days, I would recommend that you leave it at least 3 more days and then cold crash. Some of the "rafts" will probably fall while you are moving the LBK (not an issue), just don't actively stir or splash the wort when moving it.
  10. Where's your sense of adventure? I would try it out once.
  11. How about Simco for the "S"
  12. If only it were as simple as you state to make good beer. You didn't mention anything about maintaining a good temperature. Nor did you mention making sure that the wort you are pitching into is both aerated and the correct temperature for pitching yeast. Yes, you can just follow the directions and make mediocre beer and then get discouraged and quit the hobby. Or you can take a week to read and get as much useful information before beginning a hobby that can last a lifetime. I think I would rather do the latter at the cost on 1 week of time.
  13. Robo1, You want to make sure you only get the orange part of the peel. The zest and not the pith. This is very similar to what I use. Put the zest in a sanitized muslin bag to keep it from going everywhere in the beer.
  14. Dunkin Dog, Research it on the forum. Go back to the main forum page and select the "New Brewers and FAQ" forum. Once open go to the upper right hand corner and type "Temperature Control" in the search box and click on the magnifying glass You will have all of the information you could want on Temperature control. Do this for any basic questions you have and then ask if you can't find an answer to your question. Dawg
  15. Welcome Dunkin dog, Many tips and tricks and plenty of advice. First piece of advice, seeing that you are just now joining the forum and your kit arrives today, don't brew it today. Take at least a week and read, read and then when you think you have read enough, read some more. Give yourself a week to research what advice this forum has to offer and make sure you are set up for success before you brew your first batch. You will be thankful you waited a week. Dawg