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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Shrike in Something other than booster   
    You certainly can do that.  The CAL is the HME I use the most for playing around with.  I usually use one booster pack, 6-8oz grains, and a hop boil along with dry hopping.  They've all turned out pretty well.
     
    By itself it's pretty bland, but with a few additions you can make some damned tasty beers with the CAL.
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Jdub in Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen   
    Sorry for the slight delay getting back to you but I'll get on that right away!
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Jdub in Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen   
    Sorry for the slight delay getting back to you but I'll get on that right away!
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Jdub in Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen   
    Sorry for the slight delay getting back to you but I'll get on that right away!
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Jdub in Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen   
    Sorry for the slight delay getting back to you but I'll get on that right away!
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Jdub in Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen   
    Sorry for the slight delay getting back to you but I'll get on that right away!
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Big Sarge in Did I screw up my St Patrick's LME entry?   
    I don't know...no one wants their Stout to be darker. 
    Just sayin'
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Cato in Something other than booster   
    I have a backlog of booster, and I use it when I can. I haven't noticed any flavor issues with it at all.
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Cato in All grain Irish Red Ale   
    Also a great way to keep the fermenter busy in the quest for that ideal taste and proper color. I love a challenge like that and taste testing/judging the results!
     
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to RickBeer in Something other than booster   
    FYI, you can edit posts to fix spelling errors...
     
    Your question was answered by Bonsai & Brew.  On any recipe, you can add some LME or DME instead of booster, in addition to booster, or just because you want to.  If you look at Mr. Beer's deluxe refills, they show you WHICH LME you would normally use.  Note that you usually can not go wrong with Pale, others will alter the flavor more.
     
    With a standard can of Mr. Beer, I would never add more than a pound of LME, usually 1/2 pound.  
     
    Rose's Rambling Red already has LME, and adds booster.  Doubling the LME and knocking out the booster would have the same ABV impact, but would alter the flavor a bit more.  
     
    LME and DME are interchangeable, just in slightly different quantities.  DME is basically LME without the water in it.
     
    1 pound of LME = 0.8 pounds of DME.
    1 pound of DME = 1.25 pounds of LME.
     
     
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Nickfixit in Something other than booster   
    In adding Extract, I figure that Mr Beer has formulated their HME for the desired flavor.
    If you add other than Booster or VERY Pale malt you will change that. I am not saying that is good or bad, you have to taste it first to see. 
    Booster will keep the intended flavor and add alcohol and body. 
    If you like it more malty add malt
    If you like it more hoppy add hops,
    if you  like the balance but want more intensity add malt AND hops to keep the balance.
     
    Adding Wheat malt is a nice way to go often, it does not change flavor much, maybe mellows it a little and it adds body and head retention.
     
    In terms of how much, the Mr B packs are intended to add 1% alcohol to the brew. So 1 or 2 Malt packs will get you from  ~3.3% ABV to ~ 4.3% or 5.3%. Booster adds ~ 1.2%
    Some brewers here make monster beers and get much higher than that.
    Much will depend on the yeast, which will convert 70 to 80+ % of the sugar depending what kind (attenuation.)
     
    So yes, you can certainly add and most of us do, but what to add depends what result you want. You can look at posts here or ask or look at Mr B. recipes.
    Start off slow with adds until you get a feel for what you like.
     
    I am still wondering about the aversion to booster.
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to gophers6 in Something other than booster   
    I'm in the minority around here, but I have nothing against booster. The new smaller packs will add about .6% abv without changing the flavor. I think it helps a little with foam too.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Cato in 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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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Cato in 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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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Cato in 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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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Cato in All grain Irish Red Ale   
    Gonna brew a Howling Red Ale using @sabres032's 204 AG recipe!
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Cato in All grain Irish Red Ale   
    Gonna brew a Howling Red Ale using @sabres032's 204 AG recipe!
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Creeps McLane in MUG Nationals   
    I have changed my entry styles. Maybe the beers will turn around but as of right now I didn’t feel my pale ale was good enough for competition. Good thing I have so much beer on hand. #beersquirell @AnthonyC
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to JoshR in MUG Nationals   
    Confirmed! The competition is still on. I won't be organizing it, but I will be competing and judging, so be sure you bring your best beer, boys! 😈
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Jdub in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    what do y'all think about this recipe? just went to my LHBS today and got a bunch of stuff
     
    MRB Octoberfest HME
    1 lb Briess Traditional Dark(or Golden Light, I have both) DME
    4 oz Vienna Malt
    4 oz Munich Malt
    Tettnang Hops (1/2 oz)
    Wyeast Kolsch Smack Pack liquid yeast
    maybe 1 MRB booster?
     
    looking for some additions or subtractions, or go ahead and brew it!
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to zorak1066 in Newbie needs brew plan confirmation   
    only a matter of time until everything you look at you will ask 'can i put this in beer?' or 'can i make beer in this?'
    soon you will be coming up with recipes  like smoked chipotle porters or banana rye bread hefeweisen... hmm...  that sounds interesting to me. a hefe made with a rye/wheat grain bill, fermented hot to make banana esters.
     
    welcome to your new obsession.
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Cato in 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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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from D Kristof in Conditioning/Cider flavor   
    He went the way of @MrWhy.  In other words, who knows???
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Brian N. in Backstory on my brewing experience   
    I tasted a good many home brews for years, some very good and others not so. Always looked like too much work and waiting. But after 25 years of marriage, my wife ran out of unique gifts, until MB. Small batches easy process and an hour in the kitchen so  I gave it a try. My first beer was not great but there was hope and the support of this forum. 
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Nickfixit in Backstory on my brewing experience   
    I tried in the UK in the 1960's using HME from Boot's drug store. (Yeah, I am no spring chicken either which is one reason I like 2 gal LBK that I can carry, instead of 5 gal monsters.)
    Dissolve malt and sugar yeast and wait. I also tried using grain and hops, what a pain.
    No info about sterilization/sanitation except wash thoroughly.
    I covered my plastic pail with a tea towel to keep dust out.
     
    I got alcoholic beverage for sure. It tasted beerish  but not great. I gave one to a neighbor and he walked around his yard for an hour with a colander on his head (don't ask).
     
    I tried again in the USA in 1980's. I  got some beer but not great again.
     
    When I found Mr. Beer 215 brews ago It was so easy and results were good enough that I continued.😀
     
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