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    MiniYoda reacted to kedogn in US-04 or US-05   
    US-05.  For what I brew, I can use it in almost everything... almost.  
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    MiniYoda reacted to Creeps McLane in US-04 or US-05   
    05. Did i win the lifetime giveaway????? Way more versatile. Probably the most common strain of yeast in the US
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    MiniYoda reacted to Shrike in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    Speaking of which, Forum Friends, they are coming.  Let's greet them warmly and help them...no matter how many times the questions have been asked and answered.  😜  We were all newbies once.  I don't know if I'd even still be brewing if it weren't for the great advice I found here.


     
     

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    MiniYoda got a reaction from McSquirrely in Hop Chart   
    In case this is useful to anyone,
     
    https://vinepair.com/articles/flavors-aromas-craft-beer-hops-ipa/
     
     
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    MiniYoda reacted to Stevo0083 in Northwest Pale Ale   
    May give this a go Sunday.
     
     

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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Bonsai & Brew in Miller Lite   
    Water.
     
    Sorry, but if I didn't say it, a dozen other's here would.  And Miller Lite is my go-to beer when I just want a good buzz
     
    Miller Lite is a lager, which would take extra equipment for a brewer, such as temperature control device and a dedicated fridge.  You'd have to at least start with the CAL HME, and step some light grains, then ferment with a lager yeast.  I have strong feelings that it isn't possible to make a Miller Lite with what Mr. Beer sells online.
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from McSquirrely in Hop Chart   
    In case this is useful to anyone,
     
    https://vinepair.com/articles/flavors-aromas-craft-beer-hops-ipa/
     
     
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Cato in Miller Lite   
    I was once told that if you put 20 economy experts in a room and asked them one question, you would get 25  different answers.  :-)
     
    I will again apologize to the OP, @Lionfan67.  I didn't mean to insult this person.  I was hoping to point out that brewing classic American lagers isn't easy, it's not something that can be done with Mr. Beer's recipes, and most home brewer are in the hobby for craft style beers.
     
    If you would forgive us, @Lionfan67, we would be happy to help you with starting a hobby of brewing beer.  Understand that something like Miller Lite won't be something you will brew your first year, but with practice, you can brew some tasty beers.  You might even enjoy different flavors and styles of beers, and sharing them with your friends could start a friendly competition amongst you that could grow.  Classic American Lagers are cheapest bought in the store.  Craft beers outside that style are easy to make on your own, and something you be proud of.
     
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    MiniYoda reacted to HoppySmile! in Miller Lite   
    Doing good Sarge! Just working all the time from my so called promotion! Lol! Thought finally I earned the respect from 33 years in the industry! Nope! Lol! Finally getting to brew some beer now!!!
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    MiniYoda reacted to Brian N. in Miller Lite   
    Two sides to every story (perhaps three or four). If someone likes a particular beer, so let it be. Brewing MB recipes may be a learning process in two ways. First, learning to brew. Secondly, a sophistication of the taste buds and learning to appreciate more flavorful styles of beer. RickBeer  is correct, AB InBev may control much of the market, but hey I like some of those beers anyway. I've grown since my college days drinking Rolling Rock, but still drink a couple every now and then. BTW -just thought that I would add that I graduated college in 1979 - long before Rolling Rock was bought out. 
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from McSquirrely in Hop Chart   
    In case this is useful to anyone,
     
    https://vinepair.com/articles/flavors-aromas-craft-beer-hops-ipa/
     
     
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    MiniYoda reacted to McSquirrely in Hop Chart   
    It's useful to me!  Now, all I have to do is figure out which hops the wife bought recently at the Christmas bazaar; maybe this will help.  Whatever they are, they're freakin' delicious as a hop tea additive and I'm using them fast.  Thanks!!
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from McSquirrely in Hop Chart   
    In case this is useful to anyone,
     
    https://vinepair.com/articles/flavors-aromas-craft-beer-hops-ipa/
     
     
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Shrike in Miller Lite   
    With all due respect, @zorak1066, I'm going to have to challenge this statement.
     
    Today I bottled the Winter Dark Ale....19 bottles.  The price of the HME is $22.  Add two gallons of water from the store (less that $2), 19 bottle caps (2 cents each), some expense from the electricity when boiling the water (none from washing/sanitizing, as I don't pay the water bill), taxes and shipping costs to get the HME, etc, etc, etc.  But overall, I can't imagen having spent $38, or $2/bottle for this recipe.  Would you go to your favorite liquor store and spend $2 for a bottle of a beer of this style?
     
    Tomorrow I am brewing the Abbey Dubbel.  The kit is $33.27. again add about $1.75 for two gallon jugs of water, 18 cents for the bottle caps, etc, etc, etc.  I still don't see it costing more than $47.50 overall for 19 bottles of this (20, if I'm lucky).  That's $2.50/bottle.  Try to find this beer in a bottle for that price in the store.
     
    Sometimes I brew 5 gallon batches from Brewer's Best.  Online I can find them for less than $40.  5 gallons is 640 oz, which is about 53 bottles.  Now, for easy math, let's say I spent $48 to buy the kit and have it shipped, taxes, jugs of water, bottle caps, etc, etc, etc, and let's say I only got 48 bottles, (trub, etc, etc, etc).  That's about $1/bottle.  Rather nice price for a craft beer.
     
    Now, you are going to say "hey...….ignore the bottling.....it's $5 to $8 for a pint of a craft beer at the local breweries".  True.  But now you are talking larger batches, and all grain, kegging, CO2, etc, etc, etc.  I'm not going to do the math on that because I don't do all grain.
     
    If you get Mr. Beer on one of their sales (I bought both the Winter Dark Ale and the Abbey Dubble on 30% off), yea, I can see where even brewing beer with Mr. Beer kits is actually cheaper than buying it commercially.  There are other ways to think of savings:
     
    - If I brew the beer, you grill the burgers, and we'll chill out by the pool.  Free food for me, free beer for you.
    - If I brew six different recipes, I'll give you a 6-pack of different beers for Christmas.  How much do you spend on Christmas gifts for friends/family.
     
    Overall, I still think home brewing, be it Mr. Beer kits, online 5 gallon kits, etc, is cheaper than buying in the store or at the local brewery.  Plus, you can share with family/friends, and earn bragging rights.
     
    P.S.  I'm only referencing craft beers.  Yes, it would be hard to brew an over-produced American Lager at home for the price you can buy it in the store.
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Shrike in Miller Lite   
    With all due respect, @zorak1066, I'm going to have to challenge this statement.
     
    Today I bottled the Winter Dark Ale....19 bottles.  The price of the HME is $22.  Add two gallons of water from the store (less that $2), 19 bottle caps (2 cents each), some expense from the electricity when boiling the water (none from washing/sanitizing, as I don't pay the water bill), taxes and shipping costs to get the HME, etc, etc, etc.  But overall, I can't imagen having spent $38, or $2/bottle for this recipe.  Would you go to your favorite liquor store and spend $2 for a bottle of a beer of this style?
     
    Tomorrow I am brewing the Abbey Dubbel.  The kit is $33.27. again add about $1.75 for two gallon jugs of water, 18 cents for the bottle caps, etc, etc, etc.  I still don't see it costing more than $47.50 overall for 19 bottles of this (20, if I'm lucky).  That's $2.50/bottle.  Try to find this beer in a bottle for that price in the store.
     
    Sometimes I brew 5 gallon batches from Brewer's Best.  Online I can find them for less than $40.  5 gallons is 640 oz, which is about 53 bottles.  Now, for easy math, let's say I spent $48 to buy the kit and have it shipped, taxes, jugs of water, bottle caps, etc, etc, etc, and let's say I only got 48 bottles, (trub, etc, etc, etc).  That's about $1/bottle.  Rather nice price for a craft beer.
     
    Now, you are going to say "hey...….ignore the bottling.....it's $5 to $8 for a pint of a craft beer at the local breweries".  True.  But now you are talking larger batches, and all grain, kegging, CO2, etc, etc, etc.  I'm not going to do the math on that because I don't do all grain.
     
    If you get Mr. Beer on one of their sales (I bought both the Winter Dark Ale and the Abbey Dubble on 30% off), yea, I can see where even brewing beer with Mr. Beer kits is actually cheaper than buying it commercially.  There are other ways to think of savings:
     
    - If I brew the beer, you grill the burgers, and we'll chill out by the pool.  Free food for me, free beer for you.
    - If I brew six different recipes, I'll give you a 6-pack of different beers for Christmas.  How much do you spend on Christmas gifts for friends/family.
     
    Overall, I still think home brewing, be it Mr. Beer kits, online 5 gallon kits, etc, is cheaper than buying in the store or at the local brewery.  Plus, you can share with family/friends, and earn bragging rights.
     
    P.S.  I'm only referencing craft beers.  Yes, it would be hard to brew an over-produced American Lager at home for the price you can buy it in the store.
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    MiniYoda reacted to zorak1066 in Miller Lite   
    hoppy, stop wasting perfectly good vodka in coffee.  you put rock and rye in coffee.. or seagrams.
    incidentally- discovered McCormick Distillery's 360 Vodka. cheap.. smooth... no headache. good stuff. i would rate it better than luksasova.
     
    as for sticker shock with mr b kit prices.. when you do the math for cost per gallon, yeah.  it's not cheap... but when you consider that they have done most of the work for you....
     
    i used my mr b days to build up skills enough to do 5 gallon kits (which are still not very economical).. and this lead to all grain. AG brewing once you gather all the equipment is dirt cheap. lots and lots of work..  but the savings are good.
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    MiniYoda reacted to Stevo0083 in Miller Lite   
    Welcome! Lots of sound advice here. Brew the CAL straight up like mentioned before and enjoy!
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    MiniYoda reacted to Big Sarge in Miller Lite   
    Hoppy strikes again, comes out from under his rock every 27 1/2 weeks or so. 
    How the hell are ya?
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Big Sarge in Miller Lite   
    @Big Sarge….ask this question again in about 6 months.  I think he found another rock
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Big Sarge in Miller Lite   
    @Big Sarge….ask this question again in about 6 months.  I think he found another rock
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Bonsai & Brew in Miller Lite   
    Water.
     
    Sorry, but if I didn't say it, a dozen other's here would.  And Miller Lite is my go-to beer when I just want a good buzz
     
    Miller Lite is a lager, which would take extra equipment for a brewer, such as temperature control device and a dedicated fridge.  You'd have to at least start with the CAL HME, and step some light grains, then ferment with a lager yeast.  I have strong feelings that it isn't possible to make a Miller Lite with what Mr. Beer sells online.
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from RickBeer in Miller Lite   
    @RickBeer please feel free to correct anything I'm stating that is wrong.
     
    1)  Miller Lite is a lager, not an ale.  Basic recipes on Mr. Beer's site, and most other kits on other locations, are ales.  To me, Lagers are more crisp tasting than ales.
    2)  I've brewed CAL as an ale, and while the color is off and it is more opaque than an American Adjunct Lager, it didn't come out that bad.
    3)  It is very difficult, if not somewhat impossible, to brew a beer based on only Mr. Beer recipes/ingredients and clone a commercial beer. 
     
    That being said, the beers you can make from Mr. Beer's recipes are very good, and with some time, skills and patience, they can be excellent.  Enjoy your new hobby.  When I started, I wanted to brew beer cheaper than I could by it in the store.  I discovered the art of the science and the science of the art, and a LOT of new beer styles, and what make them that way.
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from RickBeer in Miller Lite   
    @RickBeer please feel free to correct anything I'm stating that is wrong.
     
    1)  Miller Lite is a lager, not an ale.  Basic recipes on Mr. Beer's site, and most other kits on other locations, are ales.  To me, Lagers are more crisp tasting than ales.
    2)  I've brewed CAL as an ale, and while the color is off and it is more opaque than an American Adjunct Lager, it didn't come out that bad.
    3)  It is very difficult, if not somewhat impossible, to brew a beer based on only Mr. Beer recipes/ingredients and clone a commercial beer. 
     
    That being said, the beers you can make from Mr. Beer's recipes are very good, and with some time, skills and patience, they can be excellent.  Enjoy your new hobby.  When I started, I wanted to brew beer cheaper than I could by it in the store.  I discovered the art of the science and the science of the art, and a LOT of new beer styles, and what make them that way.
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Bonsai & Brew in Miller Lite   
    Water.
     
    Sorry, but if I didn't say it, a dozen other's here would.  And Miller Lite is my go-to beer when I just want a good buzz
     
    Miller Lite is a lager, which would take extra equipment for a brewer, such as temperature control device and a dedicated fridge.  You'd have to at least start with the CAL HME, and step some light grains, then ferment with a lager yeast.  I have strong feelings that it isn't possible to make a Miller Lite with what Mr. Beer sells online.
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Bonsai & Brew in Miller Lite   
    Water.
     
    Sorry, but if I didn't say it, a dozen other's here would.  And Miller Lite is my go-to beer when I just want a good buzz
     
    Miller Lite is a lager, which would take extra equipment for a brewer, such as temperature control device and a dedicated fridge.  You'd have to at least start with the CAL HME, and step some light grains, then ferment with a lager yeast.  I have strong feelings that it isn't possible to make a Miller Lite with what Mr. Beer sells online.
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