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Kevin Caffrey

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    From the album: Brews

    Here's an Oktoberfestivus at about 4 or 5 weeks conditioned. Really tasty, robust beer. Remind's me of Beck's Dark a bit.
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    Just some pictures of the beers I've brewed so far using the Mr. Beer LBK.
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    Going With Less Sugar

    Yup, a little less than a teaspoon seems to work best for me. Kevin
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    Munton's Spray Malt Extract Question

    Picked this up today and was hoping to use it with two basic recipes. The first one would be a Pumpkin Spiced Lager: -Oktoberfest refill -8oz of the extract -6 oz pumpkin puree 1/2 orange zest 1/2 tsp cinnamon And the other would literally just be adding it when making the basic Oktoberfest refill. This is the Plain Amber extract Color 8 Lovibond so I'm thinking it will work OK with these. And to confirm - only about 8 oz should be used for the LBK 2 gallon batch, correct? Kevin
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    Munton's Spray Malt Extract Question

    Thanks - that's what I was thinking. It's a one pound bag so I was figuring I'd split it up between two batches. Kevin
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    Diablo IPA Tasting

    This has been one of my favorites. Looking at the notes I keep, I had it as excellent at Week 4 and did not note any marked improvements at Weeks 5, 6 and there on out. Kevin
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    One Gallon Glass Fermenter?

    So...would a standard refill or recipe work in this since it's only gallon? Kevin
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    Conditioning/Refrigeration Question??

    I actually consider that pretty kind of her to pour the beer into the solo cup! Kevin
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    Grape Extract?

    Anyone ever do anything interesting with grape brewer's extract? My son had gotten it for me as a gift a few months ago and I used it when bottling some or the standard Mr. Beer weissbier refill. Also combined it with blackberry extract to get a Blackberry Grape Wheat beer....but, not sure what to really expect! : ) Kevin
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    Chantilly Lace

    Thanks for the review. Have often thought of trying this recipe, but never pulled the trigger. I like malty beers so maybe I'll give it a try. Good luck on the Diablo IPA -- that's been one of my favorites! Kevin
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    Grape Extract?

    Well, I didn't have high expectations, but the Blackberry Grape Wheat concoction I tried a few months back came out very nicely if you like fruity beers. This one is about 60 days conditioned. Slightly hazy, slight white head, smell reminds me of some type of fruity candle you'd get from the Ice Cream man as a kid -- closest I can think of is that of a pack of Sweet Tarts or something. Anyway, got Grape Brewer's Extract and this is what I did with it.
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    From the album: Brews

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    Blackberry Grape Wheat Beer. Just used a Mr. Beer weissbier refill and at bottling of a 16oz bottle added .3 ml of blackberry brewer's extract and .3ml of grape brewer's extract. Didn't have high expectations b/c it sounded like it might be a bit odd, but just a very pleasant fruity beer. slightly hazy, smells of sweet tart candy, dry -- great summer beer. This one is probably at about 60 days conditioned.
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    St. Patrick's Irish Stout

    From the album: Brews

    The standard St. Patrick's Irish Stout refill. Delicious here at about 11 weeks conditioned. Typical, robust irish stout.
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    No Hop Sack

    I've done it once w/o a hop sack ("going commando" as many refer to it) and do not recommend it. Had lots of residue/chunks at bottling. In retrospect, I could've cold crashed and that might've prevented it, but even so, I wouldn't do it again. Kevin
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    Honey Flustercuck

    Brewed the following today, kind of a variation/experiment on the Horse's Ass Ale recipe: CAL + Booster 1/2 cup honey 1 oz Cluster Hops (steeped for two minutes) We'll see how it goes! Kevin
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    Grape Extract?

    I have Peanut Butter extract actually so it reminded me that this fall I may put a little of that and a little of the grape into a porter to see if I get a PB&J Porter -- though, I must admit, I'm not really that excited to try something like that! Kevin
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    Six Month Old American Porter

    I'm saving a That Voodoo That You Do for this Thanksgiving that has been conditioning since July '17, as well as a Vanilla Coconut Porter that has been conditioning since November '17. These would be the longest I've ever conditioned any Mr. Beer brews. Prior to this maybe the longest would have been 4 or 5 months.... Kevin
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    My Beer is Cloudy

    Totally normal. Kevin
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    PET Bottles

    Agree with Rick and Brian N. Been using the PET bottles for 3 years and have had no issues. Best of luck! Kevin
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    RIP LBK 2015-2018

    Sadly, the LBK I've been using since May 2015 saw its demise yesterday, with a little hairline crack underneath the spigot allowing a small amount of liquid to seep out. I used it for about 33 batches so I can't complain. On to the next one! Kevin
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    RIP LBK 2015-2018

    Yeah, that was me yesterday. Here's a question though - before I realized this leak, I had my weissbier refill sitting in warm water. I took it out and will have to wait a few weeks to brew it -- do you think this is going to have any negative affect on it? Kevin
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    Vanilla Coconut Porter

    From the album: Brews

    So this is basically taking the Nilla Porter Recipe (w/o the LME) and using 1 oz toasted coconut flakes in a hop sack during the three week fermentation. This was good at 4 weeks conditioning, but it really came into its own at about 10+ weeks -- a while to wait for some, but worth it. Check out that head! This is a tasty, robust beer -- fairly sweet so an excellent dessert or sipping beer.
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    Newb First try this wekend. Horse's Ass Ale

    Good luck! Horse's Ass Ale was one of the first recipes I brewed with Mr. Beer and really enjoyed it! I found that adding 1oz of Brewer's Best Grapefruit Seed was a nice addition as well. Kevin
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    Conditionig tips?

    In my experience, the wheat beers I've made (see below) have all been fine at 3 weeks conditioned/3 days chill. All others I let condition for 4+ weeks. For some recipes like That Voodoo That You Do and others that recommend an even longer time, try to adhere to those if you can, but at the minimum, 4 weeks seems to be the key. Kevin