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    Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen

    Sorry for the slight delay getting back to you but I'll get on that right away!
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    All grain Irish Red Ale

    I've used CaraRed but always in addition with roasted malt, making the overall contribution to color tough to determine. BTW, searching "Red Ale" on the Forum is a great way to kill a couple hours.
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    All grain Irish Red Ale

    Gonna brew a Howling Red Ale using @sabres032's 204 AG recipe!
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    Something other than booster

    If I brewed this one again I might skip the booster and partial mash with 4-6 oz. Maris Otter (or 2-row) and a couple oz. of Caramel 60. If you were feeling adventurous, you could even throw in an oz. of roasted malt to get the Irish Red dryness.
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    Something other than booster

    You could always substitute an appropriate Mr. Beer BrewMax LME/DME for booster. It really depends on the style though. What are you brewing?
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    Conditioning/Cider flavor

    He went the way of @MrWhy. In other words, who knows???
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    Conditioning/Cider flavor

    I can't believe 3 pages into this discussion and no one has posted this yet! Thanks for the memories @AnthonyC.
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    MUG Nationals

    With all references to the MUG/Tucson Homebrew competition removed from the Forum, a little clarification from Mr. Beer would be appreciated for those that have not yet sent off their entries.
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    Maybe some dampfbier.
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    2018 Churchills Challenge

    In the spirit of friendly competition, grab some Churchills Nut Brown Ale refills for $10 and get crafting! I've always felt a little sorry for this extract because there is only 1 recipe for it. Maybe we can get some ideas going here and brew something special to keep Calavera Spiced Chile Stout company. This would be a great time for @AnthonyC to return to the Forum with his "Fat Bottomed Squirrels" Nut Brown Ale recipe, but get crafty, be original, and have fun!
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    2018 Churchills Challenge

    Bottled my 7.9% ABV Oxford Quad -- taste is.....wait for it.................interesting!
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    Favorite MB Refill/Recipe?

    Alrighty then, I'll go with Mad Ludwig. I've probably brewed tastier recipes, but this one turned out great and started me down a path of learning classic German styles including Marzen, Vienna Lager, and Altbier. In brewing, getting inspired is half the fun so cheers🍻 to Mr. Beer and all their recipes that do just that!
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    Favorite MB Refill/Recipe?

    Black Beer'd Porter Foggy Days Sticky Wicket Mad Ludwig Marzen w/PM mod El Gordito w/grains Santa Rita Pale
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    2018 Churchills Challenge

    Yesterday's impromptu brew session was just for fun as I was missing several key ingredients (Candi sugar, Saaz, and Styrian Goldings to name a few). I finally had to make a trip to the LHBS because I did not even have any Belgian yeast on hand! I'm sure there's a lesson to be learned here but that would take the fun out of it.
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    2018 Churchills Challenge

    I hope so! It will be interesting to see how 2 packs of booster fill in for Candi sugar in this recipe
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    2018 Churchills Challenge

    With several Churchill's in inventory, I'm taking a shot at a Belgian Dark Strong Ale: Oxford Quad Churchills Nut Brown Ale, 2.86 lb. Weyermann Light Munich, 0.5 lb. Weyermann Pilsner, 0.5 lb. Mr. Beer Booster, 0.78 lb. Weyermann Melanoidin, 0.2 lb. Weyermann CaraBelge, 0.2 lb. Chateau Special B, 0.2 lb. Fuggle, 0.5 oz., 4.9% AA, 20 min. SafAle BE-256 Belgian Ale yeast Vanilla extract, 0.75 tsp. added following primary fermentation OG was 1.072
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    lagering is soooooo long

    I admire your dedication! If those were my batches, I would have drank them all by Memorial Day. ps. There is no way that you are going to have twang in these tasty lagers!
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    Red Irish Fail Ale

    @Cato Live, Drink and Learn🍻
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    MUG Nationals

    Thanks -- I missed your earlier post!
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    MUG Nationals

    I'm with Creeps on this one. What's up Yoda?
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    Redwood Ale

    Has anyone brewed this one yet? The recipe looks great as is, but I'm thinking of partial mashing it with some Maris Otter and maybe a specialty malt or two. https://www.mrbeer.com/redwood-ale
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    Redwood Ale

    This is a good beer. I never would have been original enough to think of adding a Robust LME to the Northwest Pale Ale HME so thanks @MRB Josh R and @MRB Tim for that!
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    Calidelic Mandarin IPA ?

    Finally, I brewed a Hoppy CAL! ? Calidelic Mandarin IPA Classic American Light HME BrewMax Pale LME, 0.55 lb. Rahr 2-Row, 1.25 lb. Caramel 120L, 0.06 lb. Summit, 0.25 oz., 20 min. Azacca, 0.25 oz., 10 min. Galaxy, 0.25 oz., 7 min. Citra, 0.5 oz., half for 5 min. and the remainder @ flame-out Mandarin zest @ 10 min. Mandarina Bavaria, 0.5 oz. dry-hop along with additional mandarin juice/zest on Day 7 Safale US-05 Mash grains @ 152 F for 60 min. Sparge with 2-3 cups hot water 30 min. boil including LME OG 1.058 IBU 58 SRM 5 ABV ~5.5% Inspiration for this recipe: Mr. Beer Tangerously Hoppy IPA and New Belgium Citradelic Tangerine IPA.
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    Calidelic Mandarin IPA ?

    I've got a Cream Ale recipe in the works and I'm saving my flaked corn for that but that would work well. I ended up using a little Belgian biscuit malt along with the 2-row, then went hop-happy with Summit, Citra, Simcoe and Mandarina Bavaria.🍊🍊🍊
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    Calidelic Mandarin IPA ?

    I'll chuck the Caramel 120 and go with something a little lighter, then substitute Pale DME for LME. Other than that, I think I've got all those hops on hand for a mid/late summer session IPA.
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