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  1. MiniYoda

    The Real Mr. Beer - Live Stream Thread

    Durn. Was hoping that I could ferment at a 72, as that is the coldest I can keep my apartment without going bankrupt. Yes, I can use ice bottles. I might be doing that, but for now, the brewery is closed. I'd like to experiment on ciders prior to Autumn, so that they will be ready for the prime apple picking season and family holidays. Someone on the broadcast asked about cider recipes, and I mentioned the recipe database. I started the thread as "database", but it probably will stay as a spreadsheet..........at least for a while. It is located here: http://community.mrbeer.com/topic/35926-creating-a-recipe-database/?do=findComment&comment=469952 Open the spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel, and with <CTRL><F> do a search on Hard Cider. There are 8 entries, and the one that catches my eye the most is the Mulled Cider. I might make this one, but order the mulling spices that come with Yule Like This Ale instead of having to deal with what the grocery store sells. Carmel Apple, Hopped Apple, Blueberry Apple, and an "apple pie" with grains all are on the list of recipes to attempt.
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    how to handle a true lager?

    The one thing I haven't fully understood yet is the lagering/conditioning temp. My understanding is, ales condition at the same temp as they fermented, normally 65-68 degrees. Lagers ferment in the lower 50's but a true lagering (I have two of them going from March until September) will ager in the 30's. What would happen if I lagered in the same temp as fermentation for 4-5 months?
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    Tell Yoda where to go

    South Dakota and Washington State are definitely on the list (never been to either one), but at the moment I'm not able to afford an endeavor of that scale, both in money and vacation time. Someday I will
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    Tell Yoda where to go

    After careful consideration, Yoda's next beer adventure will be.......Lexington, KY, Memorial weekend. Yea, not a major event. Lexington is about an hour from where I live now, and not a major Mecca for craft beer enjoyers. However, there are some nice breweries, I have some friends I haven't seen in over a dozen years who live there, and my parents are buried at a cemetery about 30 minutes south of there. It would be nice to visit them. It's not an official MUG meeting, but if anyone is in the central KY area, let me know. I'm toying with the idea of what to do for the 4th of July. It's on a Wednesday, and if I take two days off (either Monday/Tuesday, or Thursday/Friday), I can do a 5 day beer adventure. I need to work out several things first, such as which two days I can take off work, and where I'm going to go, but I've got ideas. Yoda
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    Carbonation

    The carbonation has to come out, one end or the other. The only thing better than a 5 second burp in front of your wife is to wake your wife up at 1am, cover her head with the covers, and yell FIRE IN THE HOOOOOOOOOLE for 5 seconds. adoY
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    The Real Mr. Beer - Live Stream Thread

    FYI, I had multiple problems trying to view the feed today. I tried going in and out a few times, closing my browser and pulling it back up...nothing. I'm a computer geek by trade, so I know the basics. Recheck the firewall. Nope. Clear out the temp files and cache. Nope. Gave up. Tried it again about 3 hours after the episode was over. Nothing. Then, I remembered something I used to tell people when I first started in the corporate world on the help desk. First restart the computer, then power off/on Restart worked. AAAAARRRRGGGGHHH Although, Now, I can watch back episodes Yoda........going back to Computer Sciences 101
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    The Real Mr. Beer - Live Stream Thread

    still hoping for a beginners show on the hard cider recipes...........
  8. I'm still slightly overwhelmed as to how many recipes there are just using Mr. Beer products. I've been asking myself, okay, what do I order next. I thought, wouldn't it be helpful to have a searchable database, so that I could say "show me all recipes that use the Oktoberfest, and let me know how long each take", or show me all recipes that use have pumpkin and have a ABV above 5". I'm an IT geek, part server admin, part programmer, part DBA. I knew putting all these recipes in a database would be perfect to store and search. But as with anything, baby steps. Attached is MrBeerRecipes version 0.1. It's a spreadsheet right now, not a database. It's more of a starting point where people can submit suggestions on what to add, and how to format the fields. Once I have all their recipes in, both current ones and archived, I will explore a way to put the file on the cloud for all to use. I will then research a way to create a database where people can submit their own recipes. I'm opening the floor right now to suggestions. As I type this, I just thought of another field to add: Seasonal (Christmas, fall, etc) MiniYoda MrBeerRecipes.xlsx
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    Creating a recipe database

    Gee.....no updates in six months, then two in less than one week. This time, added the three new National Parks recipes, plus a few minor fixes here and there. Note to Mr Beer folks. The picture for Hidden Lake Amber shows a DME, but the recipe is calling for an LME. Just wanted to check and find out which is correct MrBeerRecipes.xlsx
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    Creating a recipe database

    First update of the year. Just adding the latest recipes. If I missed one, please let me know MrBeerRecipes.xlsx
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    Tell Yoda where to go

    Yea, well I probably would have to fly, and have a layover somewhere in South Dakota. In time, but it'll be a while before I can afford to fly. Yoda.........In an airplane
  12. Per request, I'm updating this post with the details of the meeting What: Mr.Beer User Group meeting in Munster, Indiana. When:: Friday, April 13 through Monday April 16 Definite attendees: @MiniYoda, @Creeps McLane, friend of Creeps McLane. @MRB Josh R, @C-ya Possible attendees: @scouterbill Hotel: SpringHill Suites by Marriott. 9651 Calumet Ave. So new that Google maps doesn't show it, and Google Street view shows it under construction. It is located on a golf course, and is the closest to 3 Floyds (a 10 minute walk to/stagger back). For reference, 3 Floyds is at 9750 Indiana Pkwy Proposed schedule (open to suggestions)@Creeps McLane - Friday evening - Bar/Room hop. There aren't many bars in the area, most places frown upon bringing outside alcohol into a bar, and most police frown upon open containers in public places. So, to avoid the hassle, we will "bar hop" between our hotel rooms, which each guest hosting a local/home brew sampling. We can call for pizza delivery. If the ladies prefer wine, let me know what type and I'll get a bottle of Kentucky wine. Also might be able to find something from Kentucky for the kids. - Saturday morning - After sleeping in a bit (we'll probably need it) and breakfast, we'll work on a care package for our thirsty friends in Arizona. - Saturday afternoon - Head to 3 Floyds. Tours are offered every hour between 12:30 and 5:30. Once we get a head count of who is going, I will call the pub and see if they can schedule a private tour for us. Regardless, we'll be there for a while, so we probably can do more than one tour. Note that the Cubs host the Braves at 1:20pm CDT and the White Sox visit the Twins at 1:10pm CDT, so things could be crowded at that time. - Saturday evening - Open. Stay there, go back to the hotel for more sampling, or go to True BBQ. - Sunday morning - Again, sleep in late (we'll probably need it again, and it *is* a vacation). Finish care package for Arizona with 3 Floyds beers. - Sunday afternoon - I'm open to suggestions. There is a place called "Brew and Blooms" a bit north in Hammond IN. Per the pictures on Google, they indicate that they are "home brewing and urban gardening". Their Facebook page indicates that they are open 10am to 6pm Sunday. Also Byway Brewing company isn't very far either. - Sunday evening - One last gathering at 3 Floyds for a final toast. - Monday - Back home again, unless you need to leave Sunday.
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    MUG MidWest meeting

    There are plans for "something" in October. I can't release details yet, but I will soon. For now, everyone and all keep the days of October 11-16 free.
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    MUG MidWest meeting

    A great day today with the MUG Midwest team. we got a late start, well deserved considering the beers we enjoyed Friday evening. finally got our act together and made it to 3 floyds. The tour was very good. If you make it to this place, definitely do the tour of their facility. lots of beers sampled, and FINALLY @C-ya joined us. Due to a personal matter, I left, and freed up my seat for him. About 6:30pm we gathered in Josh's room for another beer sampling. C-ya brought an excellent Oktoberfest beer. We went through all 12 of Bonzai's beers, and our official beer judge said they were mostly excellent. Two had issues, and I'll PM him directly, but overall great beers Sadly, c-ya, creeps and friend Jeff will be leaving tomorrow. Josh and I will be in town, but probably do things on our own until late tomorrow when he has to leave. I want to thank *EVERYONE* at Mr. Beer for this event, and letting Josh join us. Creeps, C-Ya, and Jeff, great meeting you guys, and hope to see you in October Yoda
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    MUG MidWest meeting

    For the record, if you don't know who is who, I'm the one who is drunk
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    MUG MidWest meeting

    Trust me. They will be sampled and judged....by one pro and three amature beer judges And enjoyed by all
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    MUG MidWest meeting

    Summary of yesterday and plans for today Day one was a lot of fun. When @MRB Josh R arrived, @Creeps McLane, his friend Jeff and I were ready to go to 3 Floyds for supper. Josh was ready to eat too, so we waited for him to unload his car and we all went to eat. We did sample some of their beers, but that's more planned for today. When we got back to the hotel, the hotel staff allowed us to use the conference room for our tasting of beers we brought. Small samples of each, but there were a LOT of different beers. So many that we couldn't finish all that we wanted to sample, and haven't even looked at the main event, @Bonsai & Brew's shipment. Today, once we get up and start moving, we'll go back to 3 Floyds for the tasting and tour, and we'll return here to sample Bonsai's beers. I'll post the results of those either late tonight or tomorrow morning @C-ya, I will send you a personal message with my phone number. Call or text when you arrive, and we'll tell you where we are
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    MUG MidWest meeting

    Cheers
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    MUG MidWest meeting

    Dag nabbit. I will tey it tomorrow
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    MUG MidWest meeting

    Josh has arrived and we are all hungry, ao we're going to 3 floyds now for a bite and a beer
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    MUG MidWest meeting

    As we wait for Josh to arrive, @Creeps McLane, his friend Jeff and I have sampled the four commercial beers that I brought. Creeps video recorded it, and we'll have it posted in the near future.
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    MUG MidWest meeting

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAhGAdeyOTw
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    MUG MidWest meeting

    Because of me, he went on untappd earlier today. He is still trying to find the time to add his beers. He'll add friends soon
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    MUG MidWest meeting

    For those going to the big shin-dig this weekend: https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/Munster+IN+46321:4:US Anyone coming in from the north, this means a long sleeve shirt and a light water-proof jacket Anyone coming in from the south west, this means a thick sweatshirt and water-proof parka Yoda......I'm a born northerner. T-shirt and run when it's raining.
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