wvu1989

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  1. I have now made 28 batches of Mr. Beer refills/recipes. I like variety and always want to try new things, so there are only 3 recipes I have repeated: Fresco Chile Lime, Let It Bee Honey Blonde Ale, and Millennium Falconers Flight Red, all very good. Other favorites are Howling Red Ale and Wild Wheat.
  2. I made a batch of the Beach Babe Blonde where I combined it with the instructions for the Let it Bee Honey Blonde Ale, which calls for a steep with 2 oz. each of Honey Malt and Pilsen Malt, and then 0.5 oz of Mt. Hood hops in a 5-minute boil. I thought it turned out very well.
  3. RIP, Jim.  You will be missed.

  4. I am happy to hear the Millennium Falconers Flight Red turned out so well. Mine is ready to be bottled tomorrow night!
  5. I'm in. Happy to finally try the Baltic Porter. I will probably love it, then it won't be available any more.
  6. The Horse's Ass Ale is a simple recipe using CAL that turned out well for me: http://www.mrbeer.com/horse-s-ass-ale-recipe' And agreeing with Bonsai, the Let It Bee Honey Blond Ale is a good one as well.
  7. Good job on this, Yoda. I didn't look at all of them carefully, but I did find one typo. When I filtered to look at recipes using the Czech Pilsner refill (because I have an extra one without a plan yet), it mistakenly included the Cerealiously Lucky Charms Milk Stout. Take a look when you get the chance.
  8. When I started brewing (early 2015), I read someone somewhere recommending corn sugar. I've been using it all along, and have been happy with the results. Granted, I would likely have been just as happy with the results using table sugar, but the corn sugar is inexpensive and I can keep it separate from our household sugar, therefore keeping SWMBO happy.
  9. The Fresco Chile Lime recipe has been one of my favorites: http://www.mrbeer.com/refills/recipes/fresco-chile-lime-beer-recipe I have a new batch of it conditioning right now. It uses 1 can Aztec and 1 pouch booster, and the instructions call for 5-6 jalapenos and the zest of 1 small lime. Reading the reviews about 5-6 peppers making it too spicy for some people, I revised it to 4 peppers and used zest from two limes, and I was very happy with the results. If you're "not a hot pepper type of person", you could cut it down to 1-2, and I think you'll still get a nice flavor. I also made the Noche de Luna recipe (different hops than in "Noche del Lobo", instructions found in the Mr. Beer archives here: https://mrbeer.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/5000523104-noche-de-luna-recipe-instructions) early in my brewing adventure and it was just okay.
  10. @scouterbill, I opened my "scouterbill Wild Wheat" over the weekend, and I really like it. The citrusy hops hit you up front, much like an IPA, but as it warms up, the wheat beer flavors come through a bit more. A very interesting beer, thanks again for posting your idea!
  11. There are notches in the opening (under the lid) that allow gas to vent, so you should be fine. I have seen posts that recommend loosening the lid 1/4 turn as well. I've done it some times, other times not, and never had an issue either way.
  12. scouterbill, just so you know, I copied your idea. When you originally posted this, I was all set to brew a batch of Wild Wheat that weekend, and only needed the Saaz hops from my LHBS. Seeing your post, and being a big fan of Deschutes' Fresh Squeezed IPA myself, I decided to get the Citra and Mosaic instead, along with the grains you mentioned. I only went with 1 oz. of honey malt, though. I haven't tasted any samples yet, I'm about a week behind you. I added the Mosaic today to dry-hop, and it sure smells wonderful! Anyway, thanks for posting your plan so I could follow suit!
  13. They certainly do. Googling "hop haze" brings up many discussions on the topic (and a couple of commercial beers using the name). https://www.craftbeer.com/craft-beer-muses/beer-clarity-in-a-topsy-turbid-world
  14. I received that same kit as a gift from my SWMBO, and I was not overly impressed with my first results on the GB Pilsner or Aztec Cerveza either. But when I tried Mr. Beer's Oktoberfest and American Ale, I was hooked. Don't give up too soon, Snuffy. The GB Pilsner and Aztec Cerveza can benefit from additions (I like the Fresco Chile Lime recipe using the Cerveza), but they have many other refill cans (especially the Craft series) that taste great on their own.
  15. I have been cold-crashing from the beginning (this was my 17th batch), having read RickBeer's excellent explanation (find one of his posts and look in the links in his signature). I have never had any issues with carbonation, but then again, I have never gone this long fermenting before, and this is maybe only my 3rd batch with S-04. This one ended up at 25 days fermenting, then about 36 hours cold-crashing. Hopefully it will carb up fine, but if not, lesson learned. I am not really concerned with hazy beer either, but I do like getting the trub compacted and solidified, which helps get more beer out of the LBK.