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  1. Brewed Mad Ludwig Marzen and Austin Pils. Fermentation started on Feb 3rd as true lagers at about 57 degrees. Bottled Feb 24 and conditioned for three weeks at 65 degrees. Put the bottles in the conditioning fridge at 65, then slowly lowered the conditioning fridge to 35 degrees About 2 degrees/day drop in temp. Transferred the bottles (both batches, 18 bottles each) to my regular fridge on 3/10. They have been lagering in the regular beer fridge at 35ish degrees since March 10th. Not *quite* true Marzens, but 'bout as close as a first timer could do. Opening this to the public. First, WHEN DOES OKTOBERFEST START??????? Nevermind that one....I can look it up.....that was out of frustration. Honestly, when would you start to crack open beers fermented with Lager yeast since February? And how much hop flavor has been lost, resulting in a malty twang?
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    lagering is soooooo long

    I just wanted to see how these recipes would do after 6 or so months of cold lagering. This year Oktoberfest starts September 22nd, so I'll crack the first ones then.
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    MUG Nationals

    Registration - Check Hotel - Check Flight - Resolve next week Rental Car - Probably next week Personal expenses - No earthly idea how to do this one. Figure out what beer to bring...…….that's a tough one I went a bit rouge on the hotel. My plan is to arrive Wednesday 17, and fly out on Tuesday 23, thus I'm there for about a week. While the hotel that Mr. Beer is selecting for the event is excellent, since I'm going to stay more days, their rate will change for the non-conference days. Instead, I'm staying at the Extended Stay America -Tucson Grand Road. It's with walking (staggering) distance of the Sheraton Tucson, and between us is an IHOP in case I want breakfast (which I rarely eat). Plus with the savings, I get to sample more Tucson breweries Work on Flight will take a bit longer Rental car can wait a while What beer to bring...…...um...……. Can't wait for October
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    MUG Nationals

    got an email a week or two ago. @MRB Josh R @MRB Tim are you able to discuss this on the forum?
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    MUG Nationals

    So, have a question about the home brew competition, and since there is no official thread (yet), I have to post it here. Do I need to mention any or all Mr. Beer products used in making the beer?
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    just bought the international discounted sale that Mr. Beer has. Between those six, and an American Light, I should be able to start the brewery up again soon. Hopefully Yoda, Senior Master Brewer of Dagobah Brewery.
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    The Real Mr. Beer - Live Stream Thread

    It was great to be back on and able to watch the live streams again. Thanks @MRB Tim for the video on Yule Like This Ale. I still have a few bottles of the first time I made this recipe, bottled December 23 last year. Throwing out some ideas on the chat area about holiday beers, including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Winter in general made me "chomping at the bit" (as they say in Kentucky) to get started brewing again. I'll start cleaning the brewery (aka Kitchen), and evaluating my tools of the trade this weekend. Perhaps I can ferment a Saison soon while I wait for the temps to cool down a bit, and work on a brewing schedule. Yoda
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    Here we go again

    And yes, I did see Mama Mia #2 this weekend. Don't ask, don't tell (but it was a very good movie) Thinking another mid-west get-together. While I have no problem with another visit to 3 Floyds, I'm open to suggestions on where to go this time. There are a lot of great breweries in the mid-west area. Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and other areas in between. Not going to plan anything yet, perhaps a get-together in March/April of next year. Just opening the table for ideas, as far as where and when. Yoda
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    One Gallon Glass Fermenter?

    no, you still need the two gallon fermenters for those recipes. These are good for making 1 gallon all-grain batches. One thing you could do, though, is get two of them, make a regular recipe from Mr. Beer, and split it between the two fermenters. Then you could experiment by dry hopping one with one type of hops, and the second with a different type of hops.
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    Chantilly Lace

    I've made the Chantilly Lace before, and first thing.....yours came out amazingly clear. Congrats. Mine came out malty too, and I thought about adding a dry hop to offset it if I do this recipe again. Secondly, yes, many of Mr. Beer recipes come out darker than they advertise. Personally, color doesn't matter, because I can't taste or smell color. I just chalk it up to "it's an ale, and ales are amber". Having said that, there will be a flame war about colors of beers, colors of ales, and colors of lagers. But to me, the color and clarity of your beer looks great. Yoda
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    Too long?

    I can acquire it..............
  12. Okay, so not official, but then again, what is...... Event: Jungle Jim's International Craft Beer Festival When: Saturday June 16. Their festival starts Friday, but I can only be there Saturday 16, 6pm Where: 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, OH Attending: @MiniYoda Probable/Possible: @D Kristof @scouterbill Further details: http://junglejims.com/craft-beer-festival/?utm_source=cmgo&utm_medium=prog_soc_craft_beer&utm_campaign=audex I've bought the ticket for Saturday, plus a reservation at WoodSpring Suites Cincinnati Fairfield. I have to get up WAY too early in the morning the next day Sunday. Need to be back in Louisville Sunday before 11am, to meet up with someone to watch Germany vs Mexico in World Cup Football. Therefore I won't be able to hang out Sunday, but I can probably do something late Saturday morning/early afternoon. And to make it official, I'll be wearing a (Cincinnati Reds) Mr. Beer t-shirt. Yoda
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    MUG MidWest Meeting #2

    We will keep an eye open to find out when is the next one, and will post as early as we can
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    MUG MidWest Meeting #2

    Dang. Wish I had stayed longer. For the record, I was getting very tired, and my knees were giving out on me. Text time I will be in better shape
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    MUG MidWest Meeting #2

    Having a great time with @D Kristof . Noticed on the wall, they have a dozen Cicerone exam certificates. All but one are green beer server. One is a true bronze bordered ciceron. Impressive
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    MUG MidWest Meeting #2

    Having a great time with @D Kristof at municipal brew works.
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    MUG MidWest Meeting #2

    I will say that between the Braxton headquarters and the Braxton labs, this alone made the trip worth it. An amazing variety od different flavors. Thank goodness I'm only doing flights and not full pints
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    MUG MidWest Meeting #2

    Made it to Northern Kentucky early enough to stip by The Party Source. Huge liquor store with a very impressive section for pick 6. Spent too much money, but got some interesting stuff. Hanging out now until 11, when Braxton Labs opens. They have a beer releasing today that is Chardonnay Barrel Aged Hibiscus Gose....gotta try that one. From here, I will go to the regular Braxton brewery for a flight, then on to the hitel room
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    MUG MidWest Meeting #2

    So it looks like this is a go. To summarize, @scouterbill will be at Jungle Jims on Friday. On Saturday morning, he and I will met at Braxton Brewery in Northern Kentucky, on his way back home and my way up. I will meet up with @D Kristof at the event. I will PM the two of you my cell phone number so that we can stay in contact.
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    Apricot Amber Ale

    A long time ago I posted a link to Oregon Fruit, but it looked like they only sold wholesale from the web site.
  21. Had a great time at the MUG Midwest meeting. Thanks again to all who made it. I will try to schedule another one for next year. I'm hopeful that other people will step up and try to hold a "local" or "regional" meeting for their area. If you want to do one, please send me a personal message, and I'll tell you some of the things to do and not do to make it work. One of the things I enjoyed most was sitting in the hotel rooms and sharing/discussing beers. This is not something I can easily do where I live. The places close to where I live have very few taps, and most people drink American lagers, not craft beers. There are several excellent breweries in Louisville and many places that have lots of craft taps, but to drive there and back (30-60 minutes) is risky. What I'd like to do is go somewhere, meet up with beer aficionados, and share/discuss beers. I'm wanting to do weekend drives to places for now, perhaps fly to places in the future. Weekend get-aways for a pint or two. So, tell me where to go. I'm thinking of weekend trips to Indianappolis IN, Columbus/Dayton/Cincinnati Ohio, Nashville/Knoxville TN, and perhaps St. Louis MO. If you live in or near these areas, let me know what weekend is good for you, and I'll schedule some time off to pay you a visit.
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    MUG MidWest Meeting #2

    trust me, Jungle Jim's is AMAZING. I have been there many times. I will be there
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    MUG MidWest Meeting #2

    no prob. save your money and time for mid-October. rumer has it...
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    MUG MidWest Meeting #2

    Sadly, I'm in for the Saturday afternoon round of this meeting, and have to head back to L-Ville way-too-early Sunday morning. But, For the those who care less, please post your thoughts, opinions of the Jungle Jim's event. Thanks iniM odaY
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    MUG MidWest Meeting #2

    My ticket for Jungle Jim's came in the mail yesterday, so baring medical or vehicle issues, I'll be there
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