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scouterbill last won the day on January 8 2016

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  1. What Shrike said!
  2. Nicely done. Looks like a nice, creamy head with good lacing. Now I'm going to have to go home and pop open a stout!
  3. Just to clarify, you're referring to the Mr. Beer kit and not your girlfriend? Welcome to the Cult of Brewing and your new obsession. Your girlfriend has no idea what she's done to herself!
  4. The stick on thermometers are fairly accurate (within a degree or so). For the batch you have going 60 is at the low end, however, fermentation is definitely taking place. The bigger consideration would be wide temperature swings. As long as you can keep the temp within a 2-3 degree band in the low 60's you're golden (60-63 for example).
  5. Boiling wort is a staring contest. Whoever blinks first wins. What I mean by that is that: you can watch your boil and everything will be fine, but the moment you turn your back or look away you will have a boil over! If you watch it the whole time you win because it never boils over.
  6. Yea, I know. The name of that city is on the tip of my tongue.... The only problem is that SWMBO hates flying!
  7. Gotta get the ok from SWMBO, but I'm down!!
  8. I might be mistaken, but I think that he was describing a blowout. "However, after things began fermenting a couple of hours later..." says to me fermentation started getting vigorous and the kreusen started blowing out. It wouldn't be a couple of hours before he got a spigot leak, that would happen almost immediately. I have to believe that the fermentation temp was probably too high.
  9. Congrats! Welcome to your new obsession!
  10. From the album Drinking

  11. There's a plethora of posts dealing with pumpkin beers. Just do a search of pumpkin and you'll have a nice amount of reading ahead of you. I know, I have searched and posted a few times about pumpkin beers.
  12. Definitely take a sampler to see if it tastes like flat beer. Cold crash is always the last step before bottling, so definitely take a sampler before cold crash.
  13. I might go so far as saying that since you're at day fourteen don't even bother cleaning it up. You will be bottling in about 7 to 8 days anyway. Given where the mold is located based upon your pictures, it should have no influence on your beer whatsoever and is probably best attended to after bottling. Any cleaning you do will probably disturb your wort and the trub located on the bottom of the LBK and I would think that would be more detrimental than just some mold on the outside of your LBK. Just my $0.02. YMMV! RDWHAHB!
  14. The only advice that I can give is to drink this one young. Let it go 3-4 weeks before cracking open your first one, however, it won't benefit from extended aging.
  15. The thought process is that due to the high alcohol content most of the yeast will be spent by the time for fermentation is done. Adding fresh yeast will allow carbonation to occur because there will be active yeast to consume the sugars that you put in at bottling. The only way you would get bottle bombs is if you add too much sugar at bottling. At least that's my take on it having done it once before. Just my $0.02