DrMJG

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  • Birthday 06/19/1952

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  1. The time has come! Two LBKs ready to start. The first new batch will be a redrew of the Grand Pilsner with my twists of os LME and a booster with Saab hops to recreate my favorite Czech style and ABV. Next will be a Dortmund style. Already lining up a Dunkleweizen and the Aztec for the first run of summer. Need to always have enough on had for those I need to help quash thirst.
  2. The time has come! Two LBKs ready to start. The first new batch will be a redrew of the Grand Pilsner with my twists of os LME and a booster with Saab hops to recreate my favorite Czech style and ABV. Next will be a Dortmund style. Already lining up a Dunkleweizen and the Aztec for the first run of summer. Need to always have enough on had for those I need to help quash thirst.
  3. Welcome to this marvelous hobby!
  4. I know I will have to add another LBK or, perhaps, the pending conical soon! I MUST increase capacity and brews to keep up with my friends!
  5. Finally at a point where I have a number of beers to choose from! (Still not enough)
  6. Alas, don't have but see how that would be great to have.
  7. I expect ALL of my wheat beers to be cloudy, just a little cloudier than I expected. I am suspicious of unclouded weiß! I suspect it will not concern me at all come consumption time!
  8. Will be putting brew #7 into the LBK today, May the Schwartz Bier with You. I won't be altering this from the basic formulation with the exception of one packet of booster. I cannot believe I have made quite this much beer since my 1st batch back in the first week of June. So I give a shout out to those who have given me advice, solved my frustrations and helped make each batch better than the last! Pros't!
  9. Bottling the Whispering Wheat. It has a great taste, ABV is good. However it is a little cloudier than expected. Not sure why, but not a real distraction as I usually prefer slightly cloudier Weißbier. Cold crashed 2 full days. Perhaps let the grains cook a little too long? But will keep a better record when I remake this.
  10. Despite my crazy hydrometer readings, the final drinking results are outstanding. I have to admit I am really happy with the results. Smooth, very drinkable with the saaz hops, excellent head, great after taste. I have made my notes on what I have done wrong, what went well. This is a keeper. Round two already ordered!!
  11. My next batches include; Dortmunter, CAL and perhaps another as well. I still have May the Schwartz in line. As there is a fairly good chance that we may move is in the works, I am keeping the list and the purchase of another LBK on hold until that decision is made. May even invest in one of those newfangled conical thingies after a new brew station is set. Besides, I will have 4 various cases until then (plus another not drinkable until March 2018).
  12. Following advice from more than one person, I cut back 1/4 tsp for each recommendation on the Mr. Beer chart. I still get good head but not fizzy beer. As most of my beers are German or Czech style, that is fine by me.
  13. Can't improve what RickBeer said for a great usable plan. Some beers do require longer conditioning; I have a bit of a mad scientist German Doppelbock that I will lager for about 6 months! (The Mr Beer instructions will give you a great guide line.) Ask here if unsure as many have made the beer you are brewing. But most are drinkable after 4 week and improve a lot with a bit more time. Hope we helped!
  14. Following advice I was given a while back, for sugaring you may want to cut back 1/4 tsp if using table sugar from the guide. As I am not a fan at all of fizzy beer, this so called "rule of thumb" works for me. If you want a fuller fizz, the chart is very good. Some domestic beers have a tad too much carbonization for me and I avoid those. You might want a "sample bottle" with full sugar from the chart and one a bit less. Then you get to find the taste that pleases you. Agree as well with a full refridg time. Helps the beer is oh so many ways.
  15. After 24 hours, krausening is active to a level I have never seen before, began calming down a bit this afternoon. Temp kept and controlled at 70º so that aspect is good. As I have never used the yeast supplied, I am a bit unaware of what normal would be. I will let it run 21 days in fermentation. It is always a delight for mr to watch and learn from the process running its course On another topic: I had my first taste of my beer made for Festzeit. Delicious taste, nice finish, solid ABV. I will wait until the last week of October fest for retesting the beer. Should pick up a lot by then. For this beer 4 weeks clearly not enough to fully bloom, but better taste and finish when compared to a some of the domestic Fest beer I compared it too. Alas, not a true duplicate of my favorite, Augustiner, but not so off that it does not bring back many memories from when I lived 2 blocks from the Oktoberfest Wies'n! I love this hobby!y