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  1. Marius

    I cannot lager

    I ended up taking the ingredients, added rasberries changed out yeast and made a velvet velociraptor. Just not ready for lager yet.
  2. Marius

    Temperature Question??

    I always brew at the lower end of 65 and have not had any problems with slow or stalled fermentation.
  3. Marius

    No evidence of fermentation?

    That must have made a big mess. Sorry to hear that. Now, we will never know how that beer fermented. 🍻
  4. Marius

    Apricot Amber Ale

    One teaspoon is way too much cardamom for me. This is the first beer that I would not serve to a friend. I cannot say that it is undrinkable, but the spice is overwhelming. However, I am not going to quit trying. Next time I might use a quarter if any at all. The fruit probably needs a little help to bring out the flavor. I would like to do something with mangos. Anyone have suggestions for a mango wheat ale?
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    Yeast Wars ?

    Thanks Josh. I may have been an impatient newbie. I pitched US05. That usually produces a vigorous Krausen, but nearly three days later, there was not much bubbling going on. I got worried that it was heat damaged in shipping. I pitched half of a pack of Mr. Beer yeast and it just took off. Looks great now, but I imagined different strains of yeast in there having a turf battle. Then I thought that RickBeer would give me some kind of citation for crimes against bacteria.!
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    Yeast Wars ?

    It is not important why this happened, it just is. Question- Will pitching two different yeasts in the same wort have no noticeable effect, or start some sort of yeast battle that will stress out one of the varieties? I’m sure this will result in some interesting comments. Hopefully one that is the truth.....so bring it on.
  7. Marius

    Heavy Mcwee Carbing Question

    How did the Heavy McWee turn out? Did it carb properly? I have some conditioning right now.
  8. Marius

    I cannot lager

    What temperature do you plan on conditioning? Can they be carbonated and conditioned at the regular temps or do they have to be stored at low temps.
  9. Marius

    I cannot lager

    I've read on these forums about the diacetyl rest. However, the instructions do not give further information about conditioning temperatures. I wonder what would happen if it was fermented at recommended lager temps., cold crashed, then carbonated and conditioned at normal room temperatures (70ish)?
  10. Marius

    I cannot lager

    Thanks guys, I am sure that I could ferment in the 50's with enough frozen bottles. It is the two months of lagering/conditioning that would be rough to keep up.
  11. Marius

    I cannot lager

    I recently purchased the "May the Schwarz Bier With You" before noticing that it is a lager that uses S-23 lager yeast. I cannot lager at this time since I am still using the ice chest method for fermenting only. What would be the effect if I used a US-05 yeast and brewed it as an ale? The recipe is the Bohem Czech Pils, robust LME and Saaz hops. Any experienced opinions out there?
  12. Marius

    A couple of newbie questions??

    I agree with the lower end of the temp range. I would not let it get higher than 65 especially in the first week of fermentation despite what the range says.
  13. Marius

    Bottling tips and tricks for a newbie

    Find a place to put them for three weeks above 70 degrees for carbonation. After that you can store them at room temp for the rest of the conditioning time. I've found that most regular beers are ready at eight weeks post bottling. Refrigerate one for three days to see if you like it. You will be tempted to start drinking them early, but be patient.
  14. Marius

    Apricot Amber Ale

    Bottled the Apricot Amber Ale today and still on the fence. I am hoping that conditioning mellows out the spiciness. A little taste at bottling worried me that the flavor is overpowered by the cardamom and cinnamon when I was hoping to get a more pronounced apricot flavor. I gather that when fruit is added in the beginning, much of the flavor gets eaten away. I will have to wait and see. I guess it's true, you brew and you learn.
  15. Marius

    2 LBKs

    I have two LBKs going at all times. I have been tempted to bring in a third. Does Mr. Beer add an ingredient that raises craving in beer like nicotine in cigarettes, because I am obsessed? All I want to do is to make all 90 something different beers. I am not even interested in store bought beer. 😋