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  1. Yes, I do what Jdub described and it works well. I too had to lightly sand the opening on one of my LBKs. Don't be afraid to take it apart and clean and sanitize it. Trub will get in those threads or between the nut and the threads. Don't take that chance, not worth it. At $10 a piece, buy a spare or two, and have a back up while you clean and dissemble the other.
  2. Lol, with only 2 precious gallons in the LBK, I just get OG and FG. I ferment 18-19 days take a taste sample, and if its flat beer, I rinse the spigot and cold crash. I'm usually bottled by 21-22 days. I haven't had a stuck fermentation yet, but except for my first two batches I haven't used the small MB yeast packs, and so mostly overpitching with US-05, belle saison, or Nottingham. I do pay close attention to my FG, to make sure I am in ballpark of expected.
  3. Yeah, i take mine from the spigot after stirring the wort real good to mix and aerate, to get my OG. I use a squeeze bottle with sanitizer to jet up into the spigot several times to clean it. I take it again after cold crashing and let it sit while I bottle, so it will warm up to room temp so I can get my FG. I always sanitize the hydrometer and tube before using since I return the sample for OG. For FG I sanitize as well, but I drink that sample after bottling.
  4. @RickBeer, not sure if you use Qbrew or not, but I've just been checking it out and trying a few test recipes using MB HME for PM. Regarding the gravity on the post here on the craft and regular refills being 1.036, would the Brewmax LME pack carry the same gravity?
  5. Ah, thanks for clarifying that Rickbeer! Makes perfect sense though just like tap and dies must match.
  6. Cool, I for some reason thought Dos Equis and Negra Modelo were produced by the same company, but after Googling they are not. Glad that the Negra Modelo capped okay and I'll have to add them back into my okay to buy list!!
  7. Might want to check your modelo's as they might use a different bell size, i think thats the term, than the US beers. I know Dos Equis do and won't cap with my MB hand capper. Lol, I do love my Dos Equis, but switched to Devils Backbone vienna lager a couple months ago to build up a supply. I just soak my DB bottles in hot water and unscented 7th gen dish soap. In four hours most peel right off, especially if i hold them under some hot running water while removing.
  8. I'll have to check it out.
  9. I know this is an old thread but glad I found it this morning searching threads about Qbrew! I downloaded it recently along with the screwybrewer MB HME data. Since I've just started brewing PM recipes, I've just been practicing with Qbrew building PM recipes to see how additions affect OG. I'll make the corrections to my database for the craft refills. I'm not familiar with Beersmith but sounds like a similar program.
  10. Wow, Congrats on that!! I'm just learning about saisons and have my first one still conditioning for another week before I can sample one.
  11. I tend to ferment at the low end most of the time except for saison. Probably still a bit gun shy from my first two batches before I learned about temp control!!
  12. Received my order of The Best Haze of our Lives today and looking forward to adding this one into my queue. Looking at the picture I hadn't realized that the Barbarian yeast is in liquid form and the pack is about the size of a brewmax LME!! @MRB Josh R I'm guessing this combo of 2 HME's and the Barbarian yeast is a good candidate for LBK overflow!
  13. The printable instructions link for this recipe, may still need correction.
  14. Okay will remember that for in the future for sure. Was brewing the Calavera chile stout recipe and in the fermenter now so it'll be 3 weeks before I know whether that has caused any off flavor or not and still have to add the vanilla and cinnamon. Hope its not going to be a screwed up batch, but I'll definitely taste test it before bottling, so I'll know whether its worth the keeping.
  15. Thanks Rickbeer! Explains the dust in the bags. Does that effect the freshness of the grains?