Shrike

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  1. That's one tasty, profitable accident for MRB! I've done similar things throwing together a marinade for some meat. We'll be eating dinner, my wife will say "This chicken is great, you can grill it again anytime!" And I'm sitting there thinking "Damn, I need to remember what I tossed in there!"
  2. This is currently one of my favorite brews. I've got around 18 left from my batch and could probably toss them all in the fridge and kill them over the next few days. Must...be...disciplined.
  3. Welcome back, men! Glad y'all have just been on sabbatical.
  4. Welcome to the forum and to the hobby!
  5. Same here, I haven't had a single issue with the forum.
  6. That's next in my queue, too; should be brewing it in about 10 days or so.
  7. Proper sterilization is of course a must. But I'd use bottled spring water instead of tap water. As far as heating the water, boiling it is boiling it, regardless of whether it's on the stovetop or in the nuker. The MRB directions don't require you to boil the water for a few minutes. You bring it to a boil, remove it from the heat, and add the HME.
  8. I'm with zorak. Coolers are cheap and easy. I have two LBKs, so I use two coolers. I keep several one-liter water bottles in the freezer. I have a MRB thermometer on each LBK. One bottle of ice keeps the temperature of the wort right around 64-66. I swap the bottles out every twelve hours for the first two weeks, then I swap them out once a day for the last week when I let the temperature come up to around 68-69. As zorak said, It's the temperature of the wort you need to keep an eye on, not the air temperature where the LBK is. Fermentation creates heat, so your wort will be warmer than you desire if the air temp is 72. Now, having said all that, if I had the space to put a full-sized fridge with a temp-controller in my man-cave, I would. But I don't, so I stick with the low-tech solution. It works well and allows me to brew year-round, even when the room my coolers are in hits 75* during the summer months.
  9. What's the kit that you're brewing?
  10. The MRB cans contain hopped malt extract (HME). This is NOT boiled, just added to water that has been brought to a boil then removed from the heat. Microwaving the water to boil it should work just fine; the water doesn't care how it's heated. Now, if you're talking about recipes that require hops to be boiled in LME or DME, that's a different story.
  11. I'm not-so-patiently waiting for my Nilla Porter to be ready. I've got another 6-8 weeks before minimum conditioning time. Must...be...patient!
  12. If I had to pick just one I'd go with Witch's Flight. But if I were to do a top five it'd probably be: 1) Witch's Flight 2) Angry Bovine 3) Calavera Spiced Chile Stout 4) American Burleywine 5) Lock, Stock, and Bourbon Barrel Stout Runner-up: Noche del Lobo I'm not including any of the ones that I've tinkered with by adding different grains or hops.
  13. I'm with Bonsai, go for it. I can't see it hurting the final product.
  14. I found my notes, here's what I did: - 1 Porter HME - 2 Robust LME instead of 2 smooth - Steeped 2oz each of roasted barley, oat flakes, 2-row, chocolate malt, and Munich malt.
  15. You made a mistake in the exact same abbreviation for which you're trying to correct the dude.