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    MiniYoda got a reaction from D Kristof 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 reacted to Lionfan67 in Miller Lite   
    What is the best recipe that is closest to Miller Lite?
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from McSquirrely in Why do "homebrewers" treat Mr. Beer users like pariah?   
    ok, time for my 2 cents worth (cause I'm broke and I ain't got more).
     
    Mr. Beer is how I started brewing.  Point blank, if you can make soup, you can brew their beer.  Don't like it, then you didn't do something right.  Brewing beer takes time and patience.  You have to learn the "art" of cleaning, sanitizing, waiting for fermentation, waiting for carbonation, waiting for conditioning.  Home brew isn't quick, but Mr. Beer's kits and recipes make it very easy to get started, and make nice tasting beers.  From here you can grow further, and from here you can help others start in the hobby.
     
    Want a cheese burger, go to McDonalds, or grill it yourself.  Want a nice sit-down meal, go to a restaurant, or make it yourself.  Want a nice beer, go to the store and buy it, or brew it yourself.  "Yourself", means you can make something creatively, learn how to do it, and do better/different next time.  Or else, go to the gas station and buy some over-produced American lager, and drive through McDonalds for supper on the way home.
     
    This is a great place to get started, and learn the art of the science.....or the science of the art.  If an all-grain home brewer snuff their nose at you, fine.  Your are having fun brewing, learning and sharing.  And if you want, you can expand.  I'm almost ready for all-grain, and about ready to start studying to be a ciceron.
     
    All because of Mr. Beer...…….And Cooper's.  Cheers
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from SilverBrewerWI in Sanitizer   
    first, sorry to correct you, but it doesn't sterilize.  sanitize and sterilize is slightly different.
     
    Second, I think it's been posted here before, but I think the Mr. Beer team doesn't recommend more than a day.  That's my usual rule of thumb.  Make what I need for the day, pour it out if I didn't use it.
     
     
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    MiniYoda reacted to RickBeer in Sanitizer   
    1) You can't look at powder and analyze what it is.  If you bought bulk powder, it should have a name, and then you know what you own.  Laundry detergent looks the same also...
     
    2) Mr. Beer's sanitizer can be stored, for a week, in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  Then it needs to come to room temp to be used.  If you just want to clean with it (not sanitize), then you could store it longer, but the oxygen content is gone at that point.
     
    3) Sanitizing a hop sack, or a measuring cup, or such can be done with a pot of boiling water.  Or a cup of boiling water in a microwave.
     
    4) You should NOT store things with liquid sanitizer for periods of time.  StarSan, an acid, will eat through things like chrome.
     
    5) I use a batch of StarSan for several months, stored in a bucket with a lid.  
     
    6) Mr. Beer sanitizer, made at double strength, can in fact be used for cleaning.  If you read the packet, it says "No-Rinse Cleanser".  There are products that are similar to this, i.e. One Step and Easy Clean.  LD Carlson, who makes Easy Clean, told me that it's the same as One Step, but can't be labeled as a sanitizer because they haven't gone through the process ($$$) to get it labeled as such.  
     
    7) The dishwasher can be used for sanitizing, but it's not recommended.  Bottles don't get properly washed inside, and rinse agents aren't good for beer bottles.  Utensils would be fine going through a sanitizing cycle, which is not the same as heated dry.  You could also bake metal utensils in your oven to sanitize them.  But that's all pretty silly, when dipping them in sanitizer is a one and done thing.  I would not store anything for a period of time and then consider it sanitized.
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    MiniYoda reacted to SilverBrewerWI in Sanitizer   
    I've learned a lot reading your posts and several others going back years....and yes, rick, yours too..hehehe
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from SilverBrewerWI in Sanitizer   
    yes, I'm being corrected on that.  I've been in this hobby for three years, and STILL learn something new almost every day.
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    MiniYoda reacted to SilverBrewerWI in Sanitizer   
    I understand that, but Mr Beer said in full strength, their product can be used as a cleaner and, well, it works very well.  You just have to rinse it well afterwards, you know, before sanitizing in my case, using starsan
     
    edit:  what rick said
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from SilverBrewerWI in Sanitizer   
    first, sorry to correct you, but it doesn't sterilize.  sanitize and sterilize is slightly different.
     
    Second, I think it's been posted here before, but I think the Mr. Beer team doesn't recommend more than a day.  That's my usual rule of thumb.  Make what I need for the day, pour it out if I didn't use it.
     
     
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from McSquirrely in Sanitizer   
    I'm probably going to be chewed up and spit out like cheap bubble gum on this forum for saying this, but
     
    When it comes to utensils, brewing pots, whisks for aerating the wort, spatulas to remove as much HME out of the can as I can, everything goes through the dish washer.  If the sanitizer cycle (extreme heat) is good enough for my plates, cups and utensils, it's good enough for the brewing tools.  I just leave the stuff in the dishwasher until I'm ready to brew.
     
    But, I'm a bachelor who lives on tv dinners, so the dishwasher is used only for brewing stuff.
     
    As you know, you can't put an LBK or PET bottles in the dish washer, so that's when I use the sanitizer. 
     
    Oh, and if you have something small that is non metallic and non soft plastic (Tupper Ware, Muslin Sacks, etc), add water and microwave for 3 minutes. 
     
    @RickBeer   batter UP
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    MiniYoda reacted to McSquirrely in Sanitizer   
    It's about the same stuff as MRB sanitizer, one can't tell the difference on close inspection. 
    I ask because with recipes like Pumpkin Rising, when you need to make the puree and spices after the first week, there's some sanitizing you need to do.  The single packets that come with the extract are used in the kegging and bottling stages, half for each.  So, I bought more sanitizer for when I need to clean utensils, etc. for use in mid-stage, so-to-speak.  I'll also need some (very little) when I add the vanilla extract to my rendition of 'Nilla Porter - an experiment I'm calling Villy M'nilly. 
    Since I kegged the Villy M'nilly today and will need to add the vanilla in a week, I thought I'd hold some of the sanitizer over from the kegging step to sanitize the utensils, etc.  What I actually did was drop the measuring spoon into some of the sanitizer (in a small jar) and will leave it there till it's time to measure out the vanilla next week.
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from McSquirrely in Sanitizer   
    Not sure what you bought, but...
     
    If it says "sanitizer", and is meant for beer/wine/distilled/etc, then ok.
    If it says anything about wash, or has any aromas/colors/detergents, that's not sanitizer.
    If it is a dry powder, keep it sealed as long as possible.
    If you mix it with water, it'll last about a day, at worst two.
     
    Mr. Beer's recipes and kits come with sanitizer, and rarely should you need to buy more.  Once you move on to larger equipment, you will use more, but personally, anything that touches my wort goes into the dishwasher and I hit the Sanitize mode.  That includes glass bottles, after properly washed with an oxy product.
     
    if it is truly sanitizer, just keep your powder dry, and you'll be fine
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    MiniYoda reacted to McSquirrely in Sanitizer   
    Anyone know how long sanitizer, once mixed with water, will keep and still be effective as a sterilizing agent?
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from McSquirrely in Why do "homebrewers" treat Mr. Beer users like pariah?   
    ok, time for my 2 cents worth (cause I'm broke and I ain't got more).
     
    Mr. Beer is how I started brewing.  Point blank, if you can make soup, you can brew their beer.  Don't like it, then you didn't do something right.  Brewing beer takes time and patience.  You have to learn the "art" of cleaning, sanitizing, waiting for fermentation, waiting for carbonation, waiting for conditioning.  Home brew isn't quick, but Mr. Beer's kits and recipes make it very easy to get started, and make nice tasting beers.  From here you can grow further, and from here you can help others start in the hobby.
     
    Want a cheese burger, go to McDonalds, or grill it yourself.  Want a nice sit-down meal, go to a restaurant, or make it yourself.  Want a nice beer, go to the store and buy it, or brew it yourself.  "Yourself", means you can make something creatively, learn how to do it, and do better/different next time.  Or else, go to the gas station and buy some over-produced American lager, and drive through McDonalds for supper on the way home.
     
    This is a great place to get started, and learn the art of the science.....or the science of the art.  If an all-grain home brewer snuff their nose at you, fine.  Your are having fun brewing, learning and sharing.  And if you want, you can expand.  I'm almost ready for all-grain, and about ready to start studying to be a ciceron.
     
    All because of Mr. Beer...…….And Cooper's.  Cheers
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    MiniYoda reacted to McSquirrely in Why do "homebrewers" treat Mr. Beer users like pariah?   
    If MRB hadn't made things so easy (to get started) I doubt I'd been starting myself.  I happen to live in a state where Craft Brewing should probably be made the State Industry.  Very blessed with a plethora of small, craft brewers in just about any town big enough to have a jail and a post office.  I owe MRB a lot and am in sync with you  on your sentiments.  Here, here....
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from McSquirrely in Why do "homebrewers" treat Mr. Beer users like pariah?   
    ok, time for my 2 cents worth (cause I'm broke and I ain't got more).
     
    Mr. Beer is how I started brewing.  Point blank, if you can make soup, you can brew their beer.  Don't like it, then you didn't do something right.  Brewing beer takes time and patience.  You have to learn the "art" of cleaning, sanitizing, waiting for fermentation, waiting for carbonation, waiting for conditioning.  Home brew isn't quick, but Mr. Beer's kits and recipes make it very easy to get started, and make nice tasting beers.  From here you can grow further, and from here you can help others start in the hobby.
     
    Want a cheese burger, go to McDonalds, or grill it yourself.  Want a nice sit-down meal, go to a restaurant, or make it yourself.  Want a nice beer, go to the store and buy it, or brew it yourself.  "Yourself", means you can make something creatively, learn how to do it, and do better/different next time.  Or else, go to the gas station and buy some over-produced American lager, and drive through McDonalds for supper on the way home.
     
    This is a great place to get started, and learn the art of the science.....or the science of the art.  If an all-grain home brewer snuff their nose at you, fine.  Your are having fun brewing, learning and sharing.  And if you want, you can expand.  I'm almost ready for all-grain, and about ready to start studying to be a ciceron.
     
    All because of Mr. Beer...…….And Cooper's.  Cheers
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from McSquirrely in Why do "homebrewers" treat Mr. Beer users like pariah?   
    ok, time for my 2 cents worth (cause I'm broke and I ain't got more).
     
    Mr. Beer is how I started brewing.  Point blank, if you can make soup, you can brew their beer.  Don't like it, then you didn't do something right.  Brewing beer takes time and patience.  You have to learn the "art" of cleaning, sanitizing, waiting for fermentation, waiting for carbonation, waiting for conditioning.  Home brew isn't quick, but Mr. Beer's kits and recipes make it very easy to get started, and make nice tasting beers.  From here you can grow further, and from here you can help others start in the hobby.
     
    Want a cheese burger, go to McDonalds, or grill it yourself.  Want a nice sit-down meal, go to a restaurant, or make it yourself.  Want a nice beer, go to the store and buy it, or brew it yourself.  "Yourself", means you can make something creatively, learn how to do it, and do better/different next time.  Or else, go to the gas station and buy some over-produced American lager, and drive through McDonalds for supper on the way home.
     
    This is a great place to get started, and learn the art of the science.....or the science of the art.  If an all-grain home brewer snuff their nose at you, fine.  Your are having fun brewing, learning and sharing.  And if you want, you can expand.  I'm almost ready for all-grain, and about ready to start studying to be a ciceron.
     
    All because of Mr. Beer...…….And Cooper's.  Cheers
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    MiniYoda reacted to HoppySmile! in Why do "homebrewers" treat Mr. Beer users like pariah?   
    ditto above Creeps! I use a lot of the HME's from Mr. Beer to make my saison's/ farmhouse ales, and they turn out great! however, I do douse the extracts with a heavy hop bill to eliminate any possible " green apple " taste
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    MiniYoda reacted to McSquirrely in Why do "homebrewers" treat Mr. Beer users like pariah?   
    I couldn't agree more with that.  It's what I'm doing in this hobby - not to try and mimic everything that has already been done by better brewers than myself
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from moots in MUG Midwest meeting, 2019 edition, planning phase   
    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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    MiniYoda got a reaction from McSquirrely in Looking in my Cupboard   
    For the record I meant to say that sea salt is definitely safe.  Dang auto correct cell phone
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from McSquirrely in Looking in my Cupboard   
    Sea salt is definitely not.  I've had beers with it.  I'm interested in what others say, and how much to use for an lbk
     
    Change "not" to "safe"
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    MiniYoda reacted to kedogn in longest you have let bottles sit?   
    Mr. Owl!   Man, that takes me back to Saturday Morning Cartoons when I was a kid.  #SimplerTimes!
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from McSquirrely in 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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    MiniYoda reacted to Nickfixit in Cigars and Craft Beer   
    My impressions of tobacco smoke.
    Fortunately, cigarettes taste better than they smell.
    Unfortunately pipe tobacco smells better than it tastes.
    Very unfortunately cigars neither taste or smell good - and tend to make me nauseous. (Don't tell me to try harder - 😄)
     
    Disclosure - I smoked for ~ 20 years before giving it up for good some 40 years ago.
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