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    Shrike got a reaction from Brian N. in Alcohol content   
    Anything that contains fermentable sugars will raise it.  Table sugar, malt extract, honey, Lucky Charms cereal, agave nectar, maple syrup...etc., etc.  Each of those will have different impacts on the final taste of the beer, though.  I recommend doing a web search, as there are too many variables to list.
     
    Additionally, you can just add booze to the LBK or to each individual bottle at bottling.
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    Shrike reacted to McSquirrely in Very Disappointed in Mr. Beer   
    I certainly understand your frustration and you are right to continue to get it set straight.  I do want to take the opportunity to say that since starting my new hobby with a MRB kit (like you) last Fall (and after making at least 4 additional purchases of extracts and equipment with MRB since) I have personally had no issues whatsoever with MRB.  I think this has to be a rare circumstance with this company.
     
    I hope you get things straightened out soon and that you have not lost all faith in MRB as a company.  They have been great for us, so far, and I would hate to see you lose interest in what can be a fun and fascinating (not to mention rewarding) hobby.  Please keep us informed of how things work out.  
     
    ps: with Tim on your side, you have exactly the right advocate, imho.  Good luck, Gary.
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    Shrike got a reaction from Big Sarge in Very Disappointed in Mr. Beer   
    That's extremely atypical, IME.  MRB has always had top-notch customer service.
     
    Even Wayne Gretzky missed the net on occasion.  Doesn't mean he wasn't a great shooter.
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    Shrike reacted to MRB Tim in Very Disappointed in Mr. Beer   
    Hello again Mr Sweat,
     
    Your second (tested) replacement, along with the 2 free refills that I promised, are set to be delivered tomorrow. Please message me here for tracking information. I'm sorry that this was insufficient in making up the inconvenience of the wait to you. I apologize also that my communication was insufficient. Tyson was trying to offer a faster solution, not weasel out of sending a replacement, and I'm sorry we created the impression otherwise. Other than having your second replacement tested (which I did) and including $50 of free stuff (which I did), I failed to consider any other ways I could have made it right. I would offer you a refund for the initial kit, had you purchased it from us directly. You are quite correct that our service was poor in this case, and I apologize for however my personal failures negatively impacted your view of this company. I wish you the best of luck in your brewing endeavor, regardless of where you get your supplies. 
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    Shrike got a reaction from Big Sarge in Very Disappointed in Mr. Beer   
    That's extremely atypical, IME.  MRB has always had top-notch customer service.
     
    Even Wayne Gretzky missed the net on occasion.  Doesn't mean he wasn't a great shooter.
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    Shrike reacted to Jdub in Timeline chart explanation   
    it's at the bottom of almost every MRB recipe online description. I would suggest that you do some reading.
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    Shrike got a reaction from Jdub in Timeline chart explanation   
    Think of it this way: after bottling, the yeast are busy eating the priming sugar and producing CO2 to carbonate your beer.  At 70*, this takes about three weeks.  When that's over the conditioning period listed on the chart starts.  Flavors meld and improve and the yeast, having no more sugars to eat, start eating other compounds and "cleaning up" your beer. In some beers this period can be quite short, such as IPAs and weizens.  Others, especially high ABV brews, need more time.
     
    Now in reality, as Rick said conditioning is occurring simultaneously with carbonation.  But to put this simply, MRB's chart has three weeks fermenting + three weeks carbonating + two weeks bottle conditioning =  eight weeks, or two months as in the chart.
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    Shrike got a reaction from Jdub in Timeline chart explanation   
    Think of it this way: after bottling, the yeast are busy eating the priming sugar and producing CO2 to carbonate your beer.  At 70*, this takes about three weeks.  When that's over the conditioning period listed on the chart starts.  Flavors meld and improve and the yeast, having no more sugars to eat, start eating other compounds and "cleaning up" your beer. In some beers this period can be quite short, such as IPAs and weizens.  Others, especially high ABV brews, need more time.
     
    Now in reality, as Rick said conditioning is occurring simultaneously with carbonation.  But to put this simply, MRB's chart has three weeks fermenting + three weeks carbonating + two weeks bottle conditioning =  eight weeks, or two months as in the chart.
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    Shrike reacted to Jdub in 6qt Insta-Pot   
    lol....in the past i went commando with the boil additions and then hop sacks for the dry hop. i now have a hop spider that i think is great. brewed a batch this weekend (pliny clone) and when i dumped out the spider into my sink while cooling my wort, i swear there was a couple of lbs of hop gunk in there that didn't go into my fermenter.
     
    10 lbs of grain? wow. ya i've just done the 2 gallon PM recipe 2x with dme, grains and hops. bout to brew it again. for this recipe i favor the small batch b/c it's just me drinking it and the hops fade over time, but delicious! brew on. 
     
    hey what size mini fridge did you get to fit your 3.5 gal ss brew bucket in? 4.4 no freezer? i'm in the market.
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    Shrike reacted to Cato in Caps Not Sealing   
    True enough, but in the winter I'll include a PET with each batch because at 67-68F my beers take a bit longer to fully carb. Squeeze test let's me know when I can sample the trub bottle.
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    Shrike reacted to gophers6 in Caps Not Sealing   
    There's something drastically wrong with a guy that squeezes his glass bottles to check for carbonation.
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    Shrike reacted to Fire Rooster in 6qt Insta-Pot   
    Works like a charm for grain steeping and 60 min hop schedule boil.
    "Keep warm" button allows it to stay around 155 for steeping.
    "Saute" button set at the "more" level, allows a slow continuous boil.
    Found 3 slight variations of Zombie Dust clone, trying all three.

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    Shrike reacted to pborder in First batch   
    Pipeline has begun!  Irish Stout in bottles and Oktoberfest in the LBK.  I used the booster this time just to see.  It was kind of a pain stirring slowly to get it to dissolve so we'll see if it was worth it.
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    Shrike got a reaction from Cato in Bottling wand   
    I bottle over my open dishwasher door so that all drips go down the drain.
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    Shrike got a reaction from Cato in Bottling wand   
    I bottle over my open dishwasher door so that all drips go down the drain.
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    Shrike got a reaction from Cato in Bottling wand   
    I bottle over my open dishwasher door so that all drips go down the drain.
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    Shrike reacted to DrMJG in Time to get the Weißbier ready   
    Today I made my personal variation of the Black Moon Weiss. In keeping with the traditional lower ABV I did not add booster, as I have done in the past.  Wort had a nice flavor and the batch should finish out crisp for the spring.
     
     

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    Shrike reacted to DrMJG in lagering is soooooo long   
    The results were quite good, though a little more waiting time will improve this result.  Next time I will add a tad less sugar for carbonating  and perhaps let it ferment a tad longer to have opening a bottle a bit less of an adventure!
     
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    Shrike got a reaction from Cato in Propping Up Your LBK - No Trubal   
    The LBK is also good due to its manageable size.  I'm pushing 50, with shoulder and back issues.  Carrying an LBK is a lot easier than lugging around a five gallon bucket.  If I want to brew a larger batch I can just split it between two LBKs.
    And yep, if I brew a batch I don't care for I'd rather have to choke down two gallons of it versus five.  😜
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    Shrike got a reaction from D Kristof in Risk vs Reward   
    I usually go 10 minutes because at that point I can handle the hop sack after draining without it being too hot.
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    Shrike got a reaction from Cato in Propping Up Your LBK - No Trubal   
    The LBK is also good due to its manageable size.  I'm pushing 50, with shoulder and back issues.  Carrying an LBK is a lot easier than lugging around a five gallon bucket.  If I want to brew a larger batch I can just split it between two LBKs.
    And yep, if I brew a batch I don't care for I'd rather have to choke down two gallons of it versus five.  😜
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    Shrike got a reaction from Cato in Propping Up Your LBK - No Trubal   
    The LBK is also good due to its manageable size.  I'm pushing 50, with shoulder and back issues.  Carrying an LBK is a lot easier than lugging around a five gallon bucket.  If I want to brew a larger batch I can just split it between two LBKs.
    And yep, if I brew a batch I don't care for I'd rather have to choke down two gallons of it versus five.  😜
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    Shrike reacted to Don H in Propping Up Your LBK - No Trubal   
    Sounds like you and I are exactly the same in our thinking. I want this to be fun. The LBK is just the right size for trying different types of beer. I'm still brand new at this too. I'm still waiting for my very first batch to firment. (Five more days! Yay!) If it were to turn out bad, I'm not losing a 55 gallon drum or anything. I still have way too much to learn before trying bigger amounts.
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    Shrike reacted to Jdub in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    yes, i mashed about 10am this morning. went well. didn't hit my OG #'s. came in a bit lower than i wanted. this recipe called for hop stand at flame out. cooled to 180 deg and whirlpooled for 20 minutes. i think i messed up in beersmith with boil time. changed it at last minute from 60 to 90 min boil. realized i had overlooked that. don't think BS adjusted. not sure. oh well. i made beer! smelled great.
     
    also bottled up my 2nd round of Black Moon Rising. recipe using MRB Winter Dark Ale. put it in 740ml PET bottles. put it away and will crack one in about 3 or 4 months.
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    Shrike reacted to Bonsai & Brew in Putting it all together...   
    I think my German version of Anchor Steam will benefit from a one month lagering period, but this is pretty tasty.  The aroma is pronounced and reminds me of freshly baked bread cooling on the windowsill of a Prussian cottage on a crisp October afternoon.
     

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