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  1. I am currently thinking things over for a MUG Midwest meeting, similar to the one we had this year in Munster IN. Here are some thoughts: - Naturally, even though it's "Midwest", anyone/everyone is invited. - If we get a date and location set up early, more people can participate, including those from more distant locations. - I'm thinking it should be held in April, like last year. Most of the snow should be gone from this area by then (although it did snow on us on the day we departed this year) - We could bring our own beers, but unless we have someone who is BJCP or has similar qualifications, I'm not sure about making it a competition. Some locations I'm considering are: - Munster, home of 3 Floyds - Columbus, specifically https://www.brewdog.com/usa/doghouse - Cincinnati. Lots of great breweries there, as well as in Northern Kentucky (specifically Braxton) - Indianapolis. - Louisville. Yes, my home, but I know it well and know the best breweries. I'm open to other location suggestions. Also, I know that Louisville has a company that can take us by van to various breweries, so that we don't have to drink and drive. I'm sure other communities have them as well, or we can hire an Uber van or some other company to truck us around. Please feel free to post suggestions/comments here, or to me by personal message.
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    Cigars and Craft Beer

    I can honestly say that the only tobacco smoke that entered my lungs was of the second hand variety. Smelled cigs, pipe and cigars, but never appealed to me. I've associated cigars with cognac, but not craft beers. I'm watching this thread
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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

    I never saw the final results. Where are they posted?
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    Creating a recipe database

    Slow day at work, so I figured I'd update and post the latest version of the spreadsheet. Only changes are the addition of new recipes MrBeerRecipes.xlsx
  6. 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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    MUG MidWest meeting

    Bring them with you to the 2019 Midwest meeting?
  8. 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 Nationals

    My understanding is that the home brew competition has also been cancelled, but @MRB Rick and @MRB Tim can confirm this
  10. 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

    So, I'm planning out this season's brewing schedule. While I probably won't do any lagers until March (to keep it consistent with the Marzen style), I'm considering to start thinking about buying a new fridge. The old one I had, normal size and could hold 4 LBKs, died, and I have to replace it. I'm leaning toward a mini/dorm fridge, one that would hold two LBK's comfortably. I'm open to suggestions on any brands/models.
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    lagering is soooooo long

    Well, I guess it paid off. A friend who loves German culture and is very particular about her beers opened one of my Austin Pils that I've had lagering in the fridge since about March or April. She gave it a 4.5 out of 5 on Untappd, and said it was very good. She will try the Mad Ludwig's Marzen either tonight or tomorrow. Still have a dozen bottles of each in the fridge. If I go back to making more lagers, I'm going to need another fridge.
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    lagering is soooooo long

    Need two more bottles of beer to finish the 99 Bottles badge on Untappd, so I figured I'll go ahead and crack open one of each of these. First up, Austin Pils. Probably the most clear beer I've ever made. Carbonation was a bit high, which is normal for the stuff I brew. I have no sense of smell, so don't ask me, but I think there were no off-odors. Taste was very clean and crisp, almost zero hop flavor (which I expected some from a Pilsner, but not if it aged this long). Very happy with this recipe! The last swallow was a wee bit hoppier and less carbonated, so I'm guessing my first impression of the flavor was offset by the carbonation. The best way to describe Mad Ludwig's Marzen would require language that would ban me from this forum. Also extremely clear, no haze at all, as expected from a beer in the fridge for about 6 months. Very low carbonation, which is surprising for my brews. PERFECT color, and with the understanding that I have no sense of smell, I could smell this one as perfect in malt. I still get the carbonation mouth feel, but there is no head....interesting. Overall, if you want a great Oktoberfest beer, brew these two in March to true-lager rules, and sit on them in the fridge until late September. I'm keeping them in the fridge until next month, then sharing them with friends. Yoda
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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

    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.
  18. 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..............
  23. 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