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  1. hmmm the instructions on my container say 1 Tablespoon/5 gallons. I looked back at my notes and first batch was at a ph of 6.8, second batch (with the stabalizer) was 5.2 on the nose. mind you i took the readings right before mash out so i dont know if that skewed the results any. I will keep experimenting and see if i get anything different in future batches. (and get pre mash in ph reading)
  2. Interesting... I have a container of it, used it in one AG batch so far (mainly because i kept forgetting about it) and It did do as advertised it set the PH at 5.2 and i did not get any off flavors from it...... ( it was in my last batch of Bleeding Buckeye added it right after i dropped in the grains))
  3. Welcome! I think i can say for all of us (Since we all have been where you are)..... Its your first batch... at best it will be meh.. drinkable. As you learn and improve on how you do the process, it will get better. Patience is key. Read, read, read, take notes, ask questions, we are here to help, then read, read, read again. Also.. i would nudge that temp down to about 65*F for better results.
  4. Plain old oxyclean free works great as well (look for it either in the cleaning products or more than likely the laundry soap area)
  5. nope, its not rated for carbing pressures and not designed for it.
  6. Secondary fermentation is NOT done with carbonation drops or sugar of any kind. The sole purpose of secondary fermentation is to get the beer off of the trub and allow it to age and clarify without running the risk of off flavors from the beer sitting on the trub for prolonged time. If you are wanting to carbonate and condition, use a proper vessel such as a bottle or a proper stainless steel keg. The LBK is for fermentation only and not carbonating.
  7. @Werwer2018 Dude, there are many responses to your question and some explanations right here in this thread including one from a Mr. Beer CS rep himself, so yes, you did get an answer from Customer service (including an apology) It may not have been the answer you already had set in your mind you wanted (go here, they have it, brew on and enjoy) but it was an acceptable answer on how to help solve your query. The most valuable answer came from DEFbrewer that gave you information on the parent company (Coopers), which is much easier to get in store in Canada, including a store locator link that can narrow things down even more. Even if you do a quick Google search it would be of good help.
  8. Classic American light.... Condition that 6 weeks..... trust me....... BUT for a little learning process... at 4 weeks, put one bottle in the fridge for 3 full days, open and consume on 4th day. Take notes.... then wait 2 more weeks (total of 6) repeat and compare notes you will see.....
  9. Or simply dont tell them whats in the box. if properly packaged... no one will know except the sender and the receiver.
  10. For your Yeast question, i will deffer to @Bonsai & Brews reply above. For the HME question, i dont think it can be duplicated that way as the flavor profile is a bit different between the two. @MRB Josh R or @MRB Tim might be able to shed more light on the subject.
  11. What info are you looking for @C-Note 1959? Yes, it is a seasonal, they probably sold out of it, not sure if they will have more.......
  12. Naturally carbonating in the bottle (adding the sugar and capping, letting the yeast have a snack creating some co2) will produce a bit of trub in the bottles. This is completely normal and considered a good thing. As mentioned above, just slowly pour into a glass and avoid pouring the "gunk" in the bottom of the bottle.
  13. LOL! I know how you feel, i was up to 3 LBKs with in the first month. I will make one recommendation... do not go too fast, it can cause frustration, anger, and bad beer. Take the time to read, read, read and then read some more there is great information around this form, Feel free to ask questions, we are here to help. Learn and develop the process and hone it well, you will be rewarded for your efforts in the way of better beer. Cheers and welcome to your new obsession.... ooops i mean hobby!
  14. No problem! You can order just the booster by its self from the Mr. Beer website. To get the 1.3% you will need 2 of the small pouches per batch.
  15. Booster only adds abv% (1.3% to be a bit more precise) and does nothing else for the beer. Long story short.... they are not required and your brew will be just fine without it.