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  1. DEFbrewer

    longest you have let bottles sit?

    I'm like the tootsie pop owl in the 70's commercial. I don't let them sit much longer than the suggested conditioning time. I heard from the forum, here, that the yeast continue conditioning the brew as it sits in the bottle. So mouthfeel has a lot to do with it. Start with the recommended conditioning time. If the taste isn't yet right, condition another 2 weeks, and so on. Glass bottles and oxygen barrier PET bottles will let the brew remain good for a year or more, PET bottles up to a year i think.
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    Old Sanitizer

    I was intrigued with your question @epete28 . I started searching the forum and found some info that seemed sound. The no rinse cleanser is oxygen based. Sounds like the solution is activated when mixed with water and I would assume at some point in the near future ( day or two maybe) the reaction finishes. Now if you choose Starsan the reaction starts upon contact with an unsanitized surface. Starsan lasts for weeks because of this. I would use no rinse cleanser for 1 brewing session only.
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    Perfect Plastic Pint Promotion

    My wife ,opened an account to surprise me with a gift and participated in the recent Mr Beer promotional giveaway of perfect plastic pint. Before ordering she searched the Mr beer Website and found that the perfect plastic pint was a set of four. So she placed 2 American recipe orders and expected 2 sets of perfect plastic pint. She received 2 pint glasses not two sets as sold on the website. Very unexpected and i am displeased with this promotion.
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    Perfect Plastic Pint Promotion

    Tim, Seems my wife and I misunderstood the promotion.Your Right! I am not looking to GET anything more than what is fair, and I did.
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    Perfect Plastic Pint Promotion

    @MRB Tim , Thanks for the Call, I could not answer at that time. My wifes misunderstanding started when the original promotion ad said free perfect plastic pint.By the time that the LAST CALL promotional ad was up my wife had already ordered 2 American recipes. She doesn't have a pick of the original promotional ad. I know first hand that your customer service is the best I've seen.
  6. DEFbrewer

    American Series Standard Refill 4 Pack

    Each one of those cans with booster will produce a brew of about 4.5-4.7 ABV. After the 3 week Carbonation period, 1-3 weeks should be good. Good rule of @RickBeer is 3-4. 3 weeks fermentation and 4 weeks Carb/Cond. It works well for the lower ABV brews. Brew on!
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    Let's say that the can of Coopers HME you are adding is 3.3 lbs, plus 3 pounds DME should bring you to an ABV of somewhere around 6%, for 4 Gallons.
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    My order arrives today!

    I do like the ease of use of the LBK. The size fits into a cooler nicely if need be. You can also fit one into a mini fridge. or 4 or more into a full size fridge. Brewing a variety of brews at once is a plus also. I'm coming up on my first year brewing in June, and I am on my 31st through 34th batches now. I don't think i'll brew any other method than the LBK. I have 8 LBK's i use in rotation now, while 4 are cold crashing I start 4 more. Brew on!
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    2 LBKs

    4 LBK's ...
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    This is from a post of MRB Josh R some time ago. Have fun with the database. Lots of good info there. Brew on! Here is a yeast strain database I put together for our Customer Service Reps. Feel free to share it if you wish. The yeasts in green are ones we carry. Yeast Database
  11. DEFbrewer

    Mix IPA and Stout?

    So it could be a fiendishly hopped Irish American Stout IPA that is a rich, dark brew with a fiery amber color and displaying a blend of floral spice and stonefruit and chocolate aromas with intense mouthfeel and roasted bitter character and dry finish. Not even MrB has attempted this. Good luck and keep good notes for us. Brew on!
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    First batch ever: Bottling volume - extra trub?

    Its ok to put the carbo drops in first, at least that's what I do. You may find your trub bottle will be over carbonated due to extra yeast and carbo drops. Brew on!
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    First batch ever: Bottling volume - extra trub?

    Sounds like you did fine. you will get 11 PET bottles +/- 1/2 bottle each batch. That last bottle, make sure you lable it a trub bottle, because it won't taste the same as the others, because of the yeast.
  14. Here is a link on Hydrometer instructions. You may have inadvertently added air bubbles to the test tube under the hydrometer and lifted it up some when you poured the wort into the test tube with the hydrometer already inside. Not to worry though, as long as you followed the recipe and scraped and squeezed every bit of extract into the wort you can use the OG on the MB website. Follow the above instructions when you take your FG before bottling. Brew on!
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    Just try to keep the splashing to a minimum. Oxygenating the brew at this point will not do good things for it. Keep your bottles tilted and let your brew fill down the side of the bottles as much as possible. If you can get a bottling wand it will simplify things. Brew on!
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    Does yeast have to be refrigerated?

    I store all my yeast and any hops, as soon as I receive them from Mr Beer, in my refrigerator. A few hours before I use them, I get them out of the frig, so they can get up to room temp. Crazy things can go on in my life that can keep me from starting a brew. I like to err on the side of caution and freshness.
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    New Brewer

    Make sure you go to this post and be sure to read all the links at the bottom. Welcome to your new hobby.
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    Long Play IPA kit

    Try this one maybe.... https://www.mrbeer.com/brown-bag-special . If your up to a challenge. Or maybe this one.. https://www.mrbeer.com/chug-a-lugger-recipe . Easy to make.
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    Kinda stinks

    You may or may not see high krausen in the LBK in the first 2-5 days. The "stink" you smell should be CO2 being excreted from the active yeast. I have seen "scum" on my batches for a day or two when my temps were to low. When the temps got up past 64 degrees the bubbling and high krausen was quite visable. This is according to Mr Beer...."After approximately 24 hours, you will be able to see the fermentation process happening by shining a flashlight into the keg. You'll see the yeast in action in the wort. The liquid will be opaque and milky, you will see bubbles rising in the liquid, and there will be bubbles on the surface." Hope this helps... Welcome to your new Hobby....
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    making Australian Sparkling Ale beer

    You can use 2 sugar cubes per 740ml plastic bottle and probably get better results than using the carb drops.
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    Poor Customer Service

    DIYbeerCoopers is the parent company to MRBeer. It has stores in Canada that you can get MrBeer craft refills. https://us.diybeer.com/brew-cans/craft-series Here is the store locator link.. https://us.diybeer.com/store-locator Hope this helps.
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    Getting the spigot out of the LBK

    I'm sorry to hear of your misfortune. Do you have another LBK? It sounds like you sealed the lid on the LBK. The LBK does "breath" through the lid. Co2 escapes but O2 is prevented from entering as fermentation takes place. The only solution I have is to get another LBK.
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    FastFerment 3G - Initial Thoughts

    Thanks for documenting all your work with the new fermenter dubbed "HAB". Welcome Back!
  24. DEFbrewer

    Any faster developing suggestions?

    The Columbus hops really stand out and the honey gives it a dry aftertaste. I enjoy this recipe.
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    Any faster developing suggestions?

    These are some of my favorite quick turnarounds. https://www.mrbeer.com/golden-empire-ipa , https://www.mrbeer.com/thunder-bay-ipa , https://www.mrbeer.com/surly-dog-ipa-recipe