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  1. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by 76shovel in Any faster developing suggestions?   
    I've kinda locked up a pile of bottles with stouts, porters, and a bock lager. The couple brews I have fermenting suggest a 3-4 month period from brewing to belly too.  I have a nice stash in the basement beer fridge to pass the time but they won't last until spring. So what do you folks suggest for a beer with a faster development to fill that gap?  Yeah I could just hit the beer aisle on grocery day but where's the fun in that?
     
     Looking for something that might be done at 3+3 or only slightly beyond that.
     
    Thanks!
  2. D Kristof liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in Looking for a Christmas beer recipe   
     
    still waiting for you to throw one up............so to speak
  3. D Kristof liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in Looking for a Christmas beer recipe   
     
    still waiting for you to throw one up............so to speak
  4. kedogn liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in 91 Beers!   
    @epete28, I get an email every time a new thread starts.  The email came in from you as 91 beers, and I was impressed.  Best I can drink in one day is 30.
     
    Then I read the body of your email.
     
    Nevermind,
  5. kedogn liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in 91 Beers!   
    @epete28, I get an email every time a new thread starts.  The email came in from you as 91 beers, and I was impressed.  Best I can drink in one day is 30.
     
    Then I read the body of your email.
     
    Nevermind,
  6. kedogn liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in 91 Beers!   
    @epete28, I get an email every time a new thread starts.  The email came in from you as 91 beers, and I was impressed.  Best I can drink in one day is 30.
     
    Then I read the body of your email.
     
    Nevermind,
  7. 76shovel liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in Looking for a Christmas beer recipe   
    My Yule Like This Ale gets the spices next week, and bottled on the 22nd.  I'm going to give it extra conditioning time, and hope that it's ready by mid February (nice birthday gift).
  8. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by zorak1066 in My First Partial Mash.   
    re learning by mistakes.. first hand is the BEST way to learn.
     
    so I went from mr beer to 5 gallon kits with steeping grains. that went well enough so I figured lets go all grain! how hard can that be? lol.
    did my research...  got my chemicals..  now what to make for my first all grain? I know! a Russian imperial stout! so what if it has a gravity of 1.095 and a ton of grain. i'll just scale it down to fit my 5 gallon mash ton. so I thought.
     
    well.. all my research kept showing that new to ag you really shouldn't do big beers until you get the technique and the math down etc. . . but I knew better. it also showed that on really big beers a partial mash with extracts works better. the efficiency is better.  but nope... I knew better. so long story short I a) didn't mash long enough,  b- didn't sparge well enough,  and c) ended up with a fair but definitely NOT imperial stout of about 1.05 starting gravity.
     
    so I gained new insight on brewing. I still ended up with drinkable if not good beer. I still was able to turn the spent grain into bread later to eat with my beer... and thus the experiment was not a failure. I just wasn't as successful as I had hoped for.
     
    brewing is like that. you make mistakes. you learn from them.. and.. you can still drink your mistakes (usually).
     
    my first foray into partial mash prior to this I ended up with about 1/4 of the fermenter full of unusable thick pudding like sludge from all the grain dust and break material that made it into the beer. (palmers elevenses I think)...  I still made good beer, just not as much as planned.  I learned from that too. I run my pm through a mesh bag to strain out a lot of the grain dust.  any break material that ends in the fermenter is less, and serves as yeast food.
     
     
  9. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by Bassman in My First Partial Mash.   
    One thing that I always liked from I brewed before, extract with specialty grains, is how good it smelled and I could just taste that smell when I had a few beers afterwards.
  10. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by David Coburn in Cloning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale   
    Yeah they only have it with the 2 booster's and cleaners
     
  11. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by David Coburn in Cloning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale   
    How do I order just the American Lager HME off the website?
  12. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by MRB Josh R in New MB Labeling?   
     
    It's a "GMO-free" label.
  13. Bassman liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in New MB Labeling?   
     
    Yea.  Right.  And next thing someone is going to try to tell me that Canada is a separate country from the USA.
     
    You just can't believe what you see on the Internet anymore
     

  14. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by MRB Josh R in Dry Hop Question   
     
    I don't recommend using sanitizer because it soaks the muslin sack leaving a larger ppm of sanitizer in your beer than you should want. Save your sanitizer and use boiling water instead.
  15. epete28 liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in New MB Labeling?   
    I brought this thread back to life because of....well.
     
    So I brewed the Dad's Favorite Cream Ale.  Like I always do, I soak the LME can (American Lager) in hot water to soften up the goo inside.  As I always do, I pealed off the label before I open the can and toss it in the sink.  Something about the label caught my blind left eye, but I didn't think twice, and continued to brew.
     
    Cleaning up the sink,  I had second thoughts.  What...um...wait.  What? 
     
    The inside of the label wasn't blank, it had writing.  I can't provide a pic, because (1) the label isn't in great condition and (2) I'm drunk.  But I can easily see that the inside of the label has instructions in French and Spanish.  Step 9 in French is "mettez au frais et decustez bein" (second to last word might be wrong, perhaps an accent).  Step 9 in Spanish is Enfriar y a disfrutar.
     
    This, simplified, means "Cool down and enjoy".  Regardless, Mr. Beer is adding instructions in French and Spanish to their cans.
     
    Then I flipped over the portion of the label.  Yep, A Canadian and a Mexican flag with French and Spanish words.  I'm enjoying my brew too much to see what it says, but I know Spanish and I can recognize French.  Very nice that Mr. Beer is adding this to their product.
     
    If you see one of these new cans, I have a question.  Look closely above the UPS code and you'll see three logos. The one on the right is easy....Vegan. The middle one kinda sorta looks like Australia with a K.....I'm going to guess Kosher.  I can't make out the logo on the left due to damage to the label.  Anyone else see this, and can make out the logo on the left?
     
    iniMadoY.....I'll sober up later and figure out what I just posted
  16. hotrod3539 liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in New here and very EXCITED   
     
     
    And never be afraid to ask a question.  There is a LOT of info to gather from @RickBeer and his tagline, but if you miss something, or aren't sure of something, please feel free to ask.  We are a friendly bunch of beer lovers, and we'll help the best we can.
     
     
  17. epete28 liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in New MB Labeling?   
    I brought this thread back to life because of....well.
     
    So I brewed the Dad's Favorite Cream Ale.  Like I always do, I soak the LME can (American Lager) in hot water to soften up the goo inside.  As I always do, I pealed off the label before I open the can and toss it in the sink.  Something about the label caught my blind left eye, but I didn't think twice, and continued to brew.
     
    Cleaning up the sink,  I had second thoughts.  What...um...wait.  What? 
     
    The inside of the label wasn't blank, it had writing.  I can't provide a pic, because (1) the label isn't in great condition and (2) I'm drunk.  But I can easily see that the inside of the label has instructions in French and Spanish.  Step 9 in French is "mettez au frais et decustez bein" (second to last word might be wrong, perhaps an accent).  Step 9 in Spanish is Enfriar y a disfrutar.
     
    This, simplified, means "Cool down and enjoy".  Regardless, Mr. Beer is adding instructions in French and Spanish to their cans.
     
    Then I flipped over the portion of the label.  Yep, A Canadian and a Mexican flag with French and Spanish words.  I'm enjoying my brew too much to see what it says, but I know Spanish and I can recognize French.  Very nice that Mr. Beer is adding this to their product.
     
    If you see one of these new cans, I have a question.  Look closely above the UPS code and you'll see three logos. The one on the right is easy....Vegan. The middle one kinda sorta looks like Australia with a K.....I'm going to guess Kosher.  I can't make out the logo on the left due to damage to the label.  Anyone else see this, and can make out the logo on the left?
     
    iniMadoY.....I'll sober up later and figure out what I just posted
  18. Cammanron liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in Basic list of ingredients...   
     
    @Cammanron, PLEASE don't take what I'm about to say the wrong way.  It is REALLY not meant to be derogatory, It's just something that came into my head while re-reading this thread.
     
    What it sounds like you are suggesting is something similar to Garanimals https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garanimals, which is a method that kids can pair up clothing items to make sure they matched, based on an animal tag on each article of clothing.  What it sounds like you are wanting is something similar, where if you wanted to make a certain style beer, you would match a yellow tagged HME with (or without) a yellow tagged hop, malt extract and/or grain.
     
    The problem I see with this, again, is that in the brewing hobby, (almost) anything goes.  True most people wouldn't add a wheat LME to a Porter HME, but there are many many variations of what can, and what might, go together, that a solid color coding of each ingredient would be a challenge.
     
    Take a look at Mr. Beer's Grocery store.  Pick a category (hops, for example), then look at one of the hops (such as Crystal).  At the bottom of the page, you will see perhaps four recipes that Mr. Beer sells that has that item.  From there, you can open each recipe to see what they used as far as HME, etc, to make the recipe.  Again, just about anything can go with anything, but with this method, or my spreadsheet, you can find that certain things more often than not go with others, depending on the beer style.
  19. epete28 liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in New MB Labeling?   
    I brought this thread back to life because of....well.
     
    So I brewed the Dad's Favorite Cream Ale.  Like I always do, I soak the LME can (American Lager) in hot water to soften up the goo inside.  As I always do, I pealed off the label before I open the can and toss it in the sink.  Something about the label caught my blind left eye, but I didn't think twice, and continued to brew.
     
    Cleaning up the sink,  I had second thoughts.  What...um...wait.  What? 
     
    The inside of the label wasn't blank, it had writing.  I can't provide a pic, because (1) the label isn't in great condition and (2) I'm drunk.  But I can easily see that the inside of the label has instructions in French and Spanish.  Step 9 in French is "mettez au frais et decustez bein" (second to last word might be wrong, perhaps an accent).  Step 9 in Spanish is Enfriar y a disfrutar.
     
    This, simplified, means "Cool down and enjoy".  Regardless, Mr. Beer is adding instructions in French and Spanish to their cans.
     
    Then I flipped over the portion of the label.  Yep, A Canadian and a Mexican flag with French and Spanish words.  I'm enjoying my brew too much to see what it says, but I know Spanish and I can recognize French.  Very nice that Mr. Beer is adding this to their product.
     
    If you see one of these new cans, I have a question.  Look closely above the UPS code and you'll see three logos. The one on the right is easy....Vegan. The middle one kinda sorta looks like Australia with a K.....I'm going to guess Kosher.  I can't make out the logo on the left due to damage to the label.  Anyone else see this, and can make out the logo on the left?
     
    iniMadoY.....I'll sober up later and figure out what I just posted
  20. hotrod3539 liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in Brewing with the 3G FastFermenter   
    clean and sanitize
    clean and sanitize
    clean and sanitize
     
    you sound like a Brewer's Parrot.
     
    clean and sanitize
    AWK <whistle>
     
     
  21. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by hotrod3539 in Brewing with the 3G FastFermenter   
     
    Made a couple additions and a correction for ya @MRB Josh R ........
  22. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by MRB Josh R in Brewing with the 3G FastFermenter   
    The FastFermenter is a great way to brew your beer AND harvest yeast. A few people, however, have been confused by the instructions included in the FastFermenter kit. These instructions are intended for unhopped malt extract and all-grain brewing. You will NOT boil your wort at all when using Mr. Beer refills in this fermenter. Remember, it's simply a fermenter and nothing about the brewing process changes, other than the fact that you can harvest your yeast and easily remove trub before bottling. Here are the updated instructions for brewing MR. Beer in this fermenter:
     
    Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract, then place the unopened can in hot tap water. Using the cleaned measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your 3-quart or larger pot. If Booster Pack is included, add slowly while stirring into cool water until dissolved. Bring water to a boil, and then remove from heat. Open the can of brewing extract and pour it into the boiled water. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture is called “wort”. With the bottom valve all the way open, fill the fermenter with cold, refrigerated water to the 1-gallon mark. TIP: For best results, use bottled spring water or charcoal-filtered tap water between 40° - 60°F. Pour the hot wort into the fermenter, and then bring the total volume of the fermenter to the 2-gallon mark by adding more cold water. Mix vigorously with the spoon or whisk. Sprinkle the entire yeast packet into the fermenter (do NOT stir), then screw on the lid and attach the airlock. Fill the airlock with water up to the line. After 5 days, close the valve and remove the collection jar from fermenter. Discard the sediment (called “trub”) from the jar, then clean and sanitize the jar in boiling water for a few minutes and replace onto the fermenter. Open the valve allowing the jar to fill with beer and continue the fermentation period. Once you are ready to bottle, close the valve and remove the collection jar from fermenter. The contents of the jar, which will mostly be yeast, can be discarded or saved to ferment a future batch. If saved, put a lid on the jar and refrigerate right away until use. This yeast may be used for up to 4 weeks after refrigeration. After removing the jar, screw on the barbed hose adapter with 3.8” hose attached for bottling or kegging. You will use this hose to transfer your beer into bottles or kegs for carbonation. To reuse your harvested yeast, simply pitch into your next batch by pouring the contents from the collection jar into the fermenter when it calls for yeast.
     
    I hope this clears up any confusion about using Mr. Beer/Coopers products with the new 3G FastFermenter. But as usual, if anyone has any questions, post here, call us, email us, or reach out via our web chat. Cheers!
  23. hotrod3539 liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in New here and very EXCITED   
     
     
    And never be afraid to ask a question.  There is a LOT of info to gather from @RickBeer and his tagline, but if you miss something, or aren't sure of something, please feel free to ask.  We are a friendly bunch of beer lovers, and we'll help the best we can.
     
     
  24. MRB Tim liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in New here and very EXCITED   
     Welcome to the family
  25. hotrod3539 liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in New here and very EXCITED   
     
     
    And never be afraid to ask a question.  There is a LOT of info to gather from @RickBeer and his tagline, but if you miss something, or aren't sure of something, please feel free to ask.  We are a friendly bunch of beer lovers, and we'll help the best we can.