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  1. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by Timelordjason in Second Thoughts on a Porter   
    Yeah I did see that.
    so i was wondering about the other options.
  2. cheech226 liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in Cold crashing - what it is, and why do you care?   
     
    Great to see that you are enjoying your new hobby.  The thing about this hobby is patience.  I mucked up a few brews in my time because I was trying to do too much too quick.  the key to this hobby is, patience.  Read and learn, as your beer ferments and carbonates.  It takes time to make a good beer.
     
    Personally, I went from a bad mac & cheese to an impressive biscuits & gravy.  I wanted to do better, and I learned that if I studied, and took the time to do it  better, I had a better result.   A lot of time and practice.
     
    Enjoy your new hobby, and keep us updated on how you are doing.
  3. Creeps McLane liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in MUG MidWest meeting   
    Doubt we'll have to do anything for planning a hotel, as I don't think we'll need enough rooms to justify requesting a  group discount.  My vote is that we all call the Spring Hill Suites and reserve things on our own.
  4. Creeps McLane liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in Second Thoughts on a Porter   
    just ordered three of these,
     
    https://www.mrbeer.com/barleys-brew-chocolate-orange-stout
     
    To make a nice six gallon batch of stout.  Now, I'm having second thoughts.  Each one requires 3 oranges, which means I have to buy nine oranges for this 6 gallon batch.  I'm reconsidering what I want to do.  First, I can do what I did, an buy the oranges.  Second, I can buy orange peal from the spice isle in the grocery store.  Second, I can do "something else", such as PB2, Oregon Cherries, or......I dunno.  Keep the chocolate, but add "something"
     
    What y'alls think?  "suck it up, buttercup" and buy the nine oranges, short cut with orange peal from the spice rack, or some other flavor?
  5. Creeps McLane liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in MUG MidWest meeting   
    Waking up.............I will be working on a hotel room for one this coming week (busy week at the office, but I'll keep us posted)
     
    Doubt we can do a group hotel thing.
  6. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by MRB Rick in MUG MidWest meeting   
    That could be interesting to make it out there. Please edit your first post with all the information so that people don't need to scroll down to get the details. At least one of us from Mr. Beer should be able to make it, Pat is from Chicago, I am a Purdue grad and ran hotels in Merrillville before delving into beer in Arizona, so we know our way around the midwest. One way or another, I think we can do something.  
  7. D Kristof liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in MUG MidWest meeting   
    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
     
    Possible attendees:  @Creeps McLane, @MiniYoda, @hotrod3539, @C-ya. @scouterbill, and perhaps a member of Mr. Beer
     
    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)
     
     - 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.
  8. Creeps McLane liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in Second Thoughts on a Porter   
    just ordered three of these,
     
    https://www.mrbeer.com/barleys-brew-chocolate-orange-stout
     
    To make a nice six gallon batch of stout.  Now, I'm having second thoughts.  Each one requires 3 oranges, which means I have to buy nine oranges for this 6 gallon batch.  I'm reconsidering what I want to do.  First, I can do what I did, an buy the oranges.  Second, I can buy orange peal from the spice isle in the grocery store.  Second, I can do "something else", such as PB2, Oregon Cherries, or......I dunno.  Keep the chocolate, but add "something"
     
    What y'alls think?  "suck it up, buttercup" and buy the nine oranges, short cut with orange peal from the spice rack, or some other flavor?
  9. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in Recipe suggestion   
    Mr. Beer's web site has a very good method of narrowing down their recipes by selecting the HME and/or other aspects.  Also, if you have Excel, you can use the spreadsheet I created
     
    http://community.mrbeer.com/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=3813
     
    It helps in narrowing down recipes and shows full ingredient lists, etc.
     
    MiniYoda......shameless self promotion.
     
     
  10. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in Recipe suggestion   
    Mr. Beer's web site has a very good method of narrowing down their recipes by selecting the HME and/or other aspects.  Also, if you have Excel, you can use the spreadsheet I created
     
    http://community.mrbeer.com/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=3813
     
    It helps in narrowing down recipes and shows full ingredient lists, etc.
     
    MiniYoda......shameless self promotion.
     
     
  11. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by Shrike in Recipe suggestion   
    Using the porter, you can't go wrong with Black Beer'd Porter or Staggerback Stout.  Both are damned tasty beers.
  12. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in Recipe suggestion   
    Mr. Beer's web site has a very good method of narrowing down their recipes by selecting the HME and/or other aspects.  Also, if you have Excel, you can use the spreadsheet I created
     
    http://community.mrbeer.com/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=3813
     
    It helps in narrowing down recipes and shows full ingredient lists, etc.
     
    MiniYoda......shameless self promotion.
     
     
  13. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in Recipe suggestion   
    Mr. Beer's web site has a very good method of narrowing down their recipes by selecting the HME and/or other aspects.  Also, if you have Excel, you can use the spreadsheet I created
     
    http://community.mrbeer.com/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=3813
     
    It helps in narrowing down recipes and shows full ingredient lists, etc.
     
    MiniYoda......shameless self promotion.
     
     
  14. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by Jdub in Recipe suggestion   
    I'm a newbie. I have a bottling day coming up this weekend and don't want my LBK sitting idle for long after this run. When I got my rig I got several extract cans. I have an Am.Porter and an Am.Lager refill left. Is there a great recipe anyone recommends with either one of those cans? Also I have a great local HB shop I can get ingredients at too.  Thanks
  15. SilverBrewerWI liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in Alcohol Free   
    No, too sweet.  I still vote make the wort but don't add the yeast.  Good malty/hoppy flavor, and it'll clean your innards
  16. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by MRB Josh R in New Recipe!   
    Purchase while you can. This recipe is VERY limited, and when it's gone, it's GONE. Keep in mind that it comes with a liquid yeast that is good for up to 6 gallons so you can split it between a few batches, if you wish. Once opened, put the rest of the yeast in a sanitized container and refrigerate. Use within 2 months.
  17. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by DrMJG in Going beyond the Newbie Skills.   
    As I keep reading in this forum and other brew making sites. I see a Lot about moving to a secondary fermenter.  As I plan on getting a 7+ gal conical, in part to make larger batches of some of the kits as well, perhaps,  making my first all grains, at what point should I move to secondary fermenters, as opposed to the LBK method of the basic kits?  Inquiring budgets need to know what I will need.
  18. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by RickBeer in making Australian Sparkling Ale beer   
    When you cap the bottle and walk away, the yeast all yell out:
     
    SUGAR!!  SUGAR!!!
  19. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by Timelordjason in Cold crashing - what it is, and why do you care?   
    Doing my first batch now
    Using your awesome explanation I think I want to keep going until I can make a perfect ribeye and smashed bacon taters.

    P.S. your guys posts are really helping me out on avoiding newbie mistakes and i think my first bath american light is going to turn out just fine. 
    I am already building myself a closet cabinet and planning on getting some more bottles and another LBK. I am already hooked before even the first taste. I am planning doing regular beers and ales since the lagers will be impossible for me in a small apartment and no real way to ferment at low temps. Anyway this cold crash idea was very useful info and I am going to do this this weekend before I bottle my first batch. Thank you guys.
  20. D Kristof liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in MUG MidWest meeting   
     
    Tell her "Fewer pee breaks than driving".
     
    Sorry, but was married, and she loved coffee
     
     
  21. D Kristof liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in MUG MidWest meeting   
    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
     
    Possible attendees:  @Creeps McLane, @MiniYoda, @hotrod3539, @C-ya. @scouterbill, and perhaps a member of Mr. Beer
     
    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)
     
     - 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.
  22. D Kristof liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in Creating a recipe database   
    just a few minor changes this time:
     
    1)  Added an Information tab to explain the columns in the spreadsheet.  Changed "Mash" to "Recipe Type"
    2)  Added Mr. Beer's recipe Hope To It Blueberry Cider
    3)  Removed Black Moon Rising.  The HME (Winter Dark Ale) was a seasonal which is no longer available.  Note Millennium Falconers Flight Red
    might meet this fate in the future
    4)  Fixed some Ideal Temps.  This includes the Bell Saison yeast based recipes
    5)  Added Cooper's recipes.  Yea...minor change.  First version of this tab, more changes on next spreadsheet
    - If there was a Mr. Beer recipe equal to a Cooper version (Abbey Double), I didn't create a record.
    - If there was a Mr. Beer recipe that was similar to a Cooper recipe (Brew de Ale Ze Bub), I added a new record.  It's usually a hop thing.
    - Several of their recipes included the HME Winder Dark Ale.  This is a seasonal which is no longer available, so I didn't add these recipes.
    - For Category and Style, I mostly left this blank.  I'll revisit this in the next update, but PLEASE help me fill these in
    - More than one Cooper's recipe didn't have an HME.  These are listed as in the new Recipe Type as "No HME"
    - Thanks to @MRB Tim for helping me with the DME conversion
    - For flavor, if it said low I went malty, for medium I went balanced, and for high I went hoppy
    - For FG, I used the higher of their two numbers.  Using this number, the ABV, https://www.brewersfriend.com/abv-calculator/  and some creative thinking, I came up with OG.  If no FG given, OG and FG are red.
    - I have no information for SRM or IBU, so please help here too.  I would love a laminated card that I could hold against a glass and come close to the SRM, but I'd need a formula for IBU, as I hate high IBU.
    - For hops and grains, I went with Mr. Beer's equivalent amount (one 0.5oz pack instead of 12g pack, etc)
    - There are situations where the yeast and/or hops they list on the recipe aren't available on Mr. Beer site.  These are red.  If there is an equivalent on Mr. Beer's site, please let me know and I'll note it, but for now I'm keeping the ingredients listed.
    - Another note about hops.  If Cooper said "hops" I added a Muslin Sack, one sack for every 0.5oz.  Some people like to go with sack during boil, some don't.  If you don't want the sack in the boil or dry hop, don't order it.  :-)
    - For temp range, I'm going with Mr. Beer's information on the page where they sell yeast. For optimal temp, it's a best guess.
    - For yeast that Mr. Beer doesn't sell, I looked it up on the Lallermand's web site
    - Condition time is 2-4 weeks, total time is 2 months, for the most part.  As always, comments welcomed, especially if you know how to convert OG
    to condition time.
    - There is a LOT of red on the spreadsheet now, and some stuff that I think is wrong.  Mostly, the ABV of Cooper's recipes.  I seriously really want some help with this spreadsheet.  If I don't get any help filling in the blanks, I'm going to have to do the drastic thing.  Brew these recipes myself.
    - I only added the Craft recipes because they used HMEs available on the Mr. Beer's store.  I can add the other recipes, but we would either
    need to find a way to buy Cooper's HMEs or convert the HME to Mr. Beer's HME.  Also, these are 20-23 gallon recipes, so I'll have to add a
    column for Recipe Size (2.25 gallon and 6.5 gallon).  To make the larger Cooper's recipes, you'll need this:
     
    https://www.mrbeer.com/brewmax-6g-fermenter
     
    and I get 1% of every sale.  Ha.............Ha.........Ha
     
    6)  Added a Community tab.
    While it isn't possible right now to do an online database, that doesn't mean we can't keep a log of our own recipes.  To start it off, I put my recipe "Lost My Way To Munich.  Helles", which was an attempt at Munich Helles with only Mr. Beer products.  I'm welcoming everyone to send to me their recipes.  For now, I'd really prefer to keep recipes with only Mr. Beer products, after all this is a Mr. Beer Recipe spreadsheet. Please send me as much info as you can, including OG/FG/ABV/SRM, etc if you have it.  Also as much instructions as possible, since there isn't a recipe page for your recipes (unless you have one).

    7)  Fixed a dumb-butt spelling mistake.  Surprised no one caught it (or no one is reviewing this spreadsheet?)  Yes, there is a difference between Pilsner, and Pilsen malt
     
     
    Future versions:
     - Correct Temp Range based on yeast and Mr. Beer's information on their store's web site.  Unless there is reason not to do this
     - Fix more missing information
     - Add Coopers 20-23 liter recipes.
     
    MiniYoda..........I think I'll go to Outback for Supper Friday
    MrBeerRecipes.xlsx
  23. Creeps McLane liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in MUG MidWest meeting   
     
    You're right....I wasn't paying attention when I wrote down the most recent post.  I've corrected the post so that the correct weekend, April 13-16, is listed.
     
    Sorry 'bout that.
     
    P.S., updated the times of the baseball games.  The Cubs and White Sox play at the same time on Saturday 14th, so things could be crowded that afternoon
  24. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by Creeps McLane in MUG MidWest meeting   
    You switched the date. Let me look at my calendar again
  25. Shrike liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in MUG MidWest meeting   
     
    It was my intent to bring an ample supply of Louisville/Kentucky beers for all that attend to sample.  In part I will use a box that holds 24 bottles.  Once we've emptied the box, we will go out and fill it backup with 3 Floyds beers and ship it to you.  I'll address it to Cooper's DIY and not Mr. Beer, to help hide the contests.
     
    And you ship your AZ beers to us, care of the hotel which we will stay in, we'll probably  be able to ship you some of our home/local brews back to you in the same box. 
     
    I'll be working on hotel suggestions, and contact 3 Floyds to see if they give brewery tours, later this week/weekend.