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  1. Thanks - I did not bottle the clumps.
  2. I took the lid off for a quick peek for a a half a minute before bottling about 30 minutes before bottled
  3. The sample does not taste or smell weird.
  4. The extract was Helles Bock Spring Seasonal 2015. The yeast is Saflager W34/70 Dry Brewing Yeast. If that helps.
  5. I cold crashed my Helles for the past 2 days. I see there are floating brown items on the top of the LBK. Is this infected? How to tell and what to do if it is?
  6. I think spring water might be better due to the mineral content helping the beer.
  7. Okay Folks - good news - the early reviews are in and the Imperial Chile Stout is Awesome! Great bold flavor. Now I am not sure I would like it with all the water! LOL! I have had great success with the Mr Beer Stouts - Lock Stock and Barrel and Chile Stout. They seem well suited to extract brewing! The chile flavor was strong, but not overwhelming. A slight bite but balanced. Thanks for all the help.
  8. Thanks @RickBeer. So would I have gotten more Krausen at higher temps because it allows the yeast to be more active early on? I am much happier with my temp controlled batches. They seem to take less time to taste good. My fridge can temp control 2 LBKs but I don’t think I can fit the 2G fermenter in there. I need to do the last dry hop on the FUnky Buddha batch next Tuesday and then bottle the weekend after that.
  9. I’m getting a little worried about the second batch of Funky Buddha IPA that I started 10 days ago. I have not opened the batch but am observing my LBK. When I made my first batch in May, it Krausened like crazy - lots of bubbles, yeast islands, foam. Very active. This batch - while I see white sediment colllecting at the bottom (evidence of yeast doing its work I assume), the top is clear - very little foam, if any on the top. I did a few things different this batch - I am temperature controlling the batch in a fridge - before I relied on ambient temperature in a cool basement. I am also doing so in an LBK rather than the upright clear 2 Gallon Fermenter. I made a batch of Oktoberfest at the same time and it is also in my temp controlled fridge and it krausened normally, though there is less white sediment at the bottom of the LBK, there is evidence of foam on the top. Should I worry? Did my pitch fail? Should I raise or lower temp in the fridge to help the Funky Buddha batch yeast? I appreciate any advice and thoughts.
  10. Okay @Shrike - It is all settled in nicely in an LBK and fermenting away in a mini fridge set for 70 degrees. I partial-mashed the Crystal and Munich and added the Pale LME plus the Falconer's Flight hops to the batch. I will report back on how it turns out. I used fresh yeast from the Long Play IPA that came with a Funky Buddha (and put the old yeast from 2014 on my oatmeal this AM for breakfast! LOL) While I was at it, I also brewed a Funky Buddha Double IPA and will look forward to bottling 2 batches in three weeks!
  11. The conditioned product was delicous! Thanks for the help!
  12. I have a 5g long play yeast pack. Can I use this with this Oktoberfest brew? @Shrike
  13. Thanks @Shrike! @MrWhy - is this really your advice?? Let fly! Weapons free!?? All the malts! :-) Seriously I do have a pale LME I can add too. Should I do that as well? PS - this Oktoberfest LME is has been in a cool cellar (my brothers) but expiry is 2014. I figure it should be good to make still though, right? I will snag a fresh yeast from a newer extract.
  14. Creative brewers - I need your help! I have an Oktoberfest Lager extract and I would like to dress up the recipe a bit. I have several grains left over from other recipes that I can use. I also have a can of Oregon Cherries and syrup (offered by Mr Beer) and brown sugar. Here is what I have at my disposal - - 1 can Oktoberfest Lager - 1 packet Falconers Flight Pellet Hops - Chocolate Malt - 4 oz - Munich Malt - 2 oz - Roasted Barley - 2 oz - flaked corn - 2 oz - Black Malt - 2 oz - Crystal Malt 40 - 2 oz I just have the standard brewer's yeast that came with the Oktoberfest extract Potential adjuncts - - Brown Sugar - Oregon Cherries in the can So what should I make here? Thanks Brewers!!
  15. Thanks @MrWhy! My pipeline is deep so there is plenty to drink before this one is ready. Now my problem is my beer fridge is full of LBKs brewing and not filled with chilled product!