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  1. Welcome !!!! be sure to Read, Read, Read and then Read some more posts here on the forum! RickBeer is a wealth of information, be sure to check out his posts. As always make sure you have fun and NEVER dispose of any beer in an unworthy way, bottle it and hope for the best.....
  2. I have seen that in several of my batches. Everything comes out good so far. Tastes good, smells good ...... is good! I say Bottle it and in 4 weeks give it a taste.
  3. My current process pitches yeast at 68-70 degrees cool to 62 for 3-7 days and then continue for 2 more weeks at 65-68.
  4. If you are monitoring the Wort temp with a thermometer taped to below the wort line with a hand towel folded over it you should be ok this batch. Here is my info on the Diablo batch I did.
  5. Thanks RickBeer. Your Helpful info on this site was very valuable to me.
  6. I had that look on my last 3 batches, about two weeks in, that came out of the fermentation chamber yesterday. Every batch tasted great and the FG was right where I expected it. They are all bottled now. I think it will be OK epete28.
  7. Needing some input on my process and choice of recipe kits from ya'll... I picked up a Brewers Best American Pale Ale to brew for the first time using 2 LBKs. (Don't tell MRB) I opened the kit and inspected the ingredients.... All there... OK let's do this. Put 1 gal of spring water in pot and brought it to 160 degrees. (Only had a 2 gal pot to use) Bagged up the grains in the supplied muslin sack and tied off at the top. Steeped for 20 minutes per BB instructions. The grains smelled fresh...(What do I know though, I'm new to this addiction) The grains were then removed and drained over the pot..(Grains were cooled and then gave to my chickens) The wort was brought to a gentle boil and 1st can of extract was added. Two oz of Cascade hops were put into a muslin sack, which I provided, and put into the boiling wort for 40 minutes. After 40 min the 2nd can of extract was added, returning to a gentle boil for 15 minutes. Next up one oz of Citra hops split up into 1/2 oz amounts and put into 2 separate muslin sacks, tied off at the end and put into the boiling wort for 5 min. The 2 gal. pot is almost full now and removed from heat. Now to split this wort into two LBKs.(All equipment has been sanitized) One gal. of cold (36 degree) spring water is added to each LBK. I removed and discarded the Cascade hops while putting one Citra hop sack into each LBK. Using a measuring cup I dip out, approximately, equal amounts into the two LBKs. I topped each LBK off with more cold spring water to the 2 mark and stirred with a spoon. The OG was tested and the readings were 1.052 and 1.051. Wort was vigorously stirred with a wisk, temp stip checked to be sure it was at 68 degrees, then pitched the supplied yeast. (BRY-97) It's now in the cooler with ice at a temp of 62 degrees. The high krausen seems low compared to the other batches I've done, but it smells good. Any comments suggestions are welcome.
  8. I do have that one in bottles right now conditioning. It should be ready a week or two before Thanksgiving. It tasted awesome when I was bottling it. I think it will be a favorite around my house. I already have it added to my favorites list on MrB. Then I'll share the list to friends and family for a subtle hint for a Christmas gift.
  9. I have one also. Didn't think twice when it arrived this way. But after reading this thread i am concerned.
  10. That is awesome MiniYoda! I use your spreadsheet all the time.. It is one the best assets to brewing I have found!
  11. I chatted with Tim on the Mr Beer website and he assured me the the processes used on the Coopers website can be altered to fit Mr Beer and forum processes.
  12. Has anyone seen this page at the Coopers website? http://store.coopers.com.au/recipes/index/list/section/craft Lots of new good Ideas and some new twists on Mr Beer original recipes.
  13. 6 weeks.....Got it. I'll look up Millennium Flight Red right now! Thanks
  14. Rickbeer, Let me first say, that I respect your knowledge of homebrewing. I've learned so much from reading your posts. I'm sure that I will continue to expand my knowledge of homebrewing by studying your posts. I have one more Bewitched Amber Ale to brew, that one will be a basic brew. I shall take your advice to heart and brew basics recipes from MrBeer for a while. No Batches will be harmed (or thrown down the drain) in the making of this saga.
  15. Ya, this already has progressed into an addiction.