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  1. Cato

    Alcohol content

    Sure, you can add another booster packet or some LME, liquid malts extract. MB sells those in Pale, Smooth, and Golden. You can read the descriptions on the online store. Two booster packs will raise the ABV about 1%, without changing the taste of the beer. I think one pack of MB LME is about .55 lbs and also adds about 1% ABV but can change the flavor of the beer. Look thru the recipes and you'll see a lot of them will show either using a bag or two of booster, or a pack of LME, to provide a little kick from what the standard can or craft refill would have. Those standard small cans of HME, are pretty weak in ABV by themselves and need some booster or LME to kick them into gear IMO.
  2. Man, if you'd have come on the forum when this first happened, we could have walked you through a light sanding on the inside, and told you to put the flat side of the nut to face the washer and you'd have been up and running that day! I've got three LBK's and I'm sure I did a light touch up on two of them and yeah one did take a few more minutes to get completely smooth, but once done they've never leaked since. Yes, I know that it'd be great if it came in perfect, but it's not a perfect world and its a plastic $10 keg. You could spend $200 on a nice kettle and still find a slight burr on the opening for the drain valve or temperature thermowell. Again maybe a touch or two with a fine metal file and you're brewing. So, if you want us to help we are all about that in the forum. Good luck whichever way you go, but if you want to put all this rough start aside so you can get brewing, let us know.
  3. Cato

    6qt Insta-Pot

    Pretty much the same recipe I used except I went AG and scaled it down for 4.25 gal in BS so it could all fit in the kettle. Also scaled the IBU's from 60 down to 49. Should yield me about 4 gal bottled and ABV of 6%. I ended up going with S-04 and fermenting at 65F.
  4. Cato

    6qt Insta-Pot

    Yes, I got a Magic Chef 4.4 no freezer. It'll hold the 3.5 gal brew bucket and an LBK at same time, which is a good combo. It will also hold my 7 gal fermenter by itself. I use the bigger one for 3.5 to 4.5 gal batches since it just me drinking it, though I'll share a few here and there with my neighbors.
  5. Cato

    Timeline chart explanation

    Welcome to the forum @Khamp! Agreed that chart can be a little misleading on your first brew. Oh, and welcome to RickBeer's dry sense of humor. I'd almost wager that he knows those charts by heart, well if he was graced with one! However, he is quite helpful and has some very good reading in those links below his name. Good luck on your brews and definitely pay attention to your temp control. Putting the LBK in a constant 64-65 spot or in a cooler with a pint of frozen water changed out at 12hour periods will be a key factor in getting successful brews. Ask away if you have questions.
  6. Cato

    6qt Insta-Pot

    Hope so, with 10.5 lbs of grain and 5oz of Citra! Lol, all those hop additions nearly has wiped out my supply of throwaway hop sacks. Seriously though I'm looking forward to it, and immediately liked the recipe.
  7. Cato

    6qt Insta-Pot

    Lol, I sure hope their beer is good. Can't get it around here, but the recipe I'm using for my clone looks to make a nice pale ale, so I didnt alter it except for a little reduction in IBU's from 67 down to 49. My fermenter is bubbling some nice smells already from the blow off jar.
  8. Cato

    Caps Not Sealing

    True enough, but in the winter I'll include a PET with each batch because at 67-68F my beers take a bit longer to fully carb. Squeeze test let's me know when I can sample the trub bottle.
  9. Cato

    Putting it all together...

    Brewed today and did my first water additions. I have to get a finer reading scale as mine could only get me close on less than a gram measurements. BS had a target of 5.2 I think and I read 5.35 with the meter. Fairly close I guess but my scale was not sensitive enough. Baby steps, but I'll get it dialed in. Meter works great,lol, operator work in progress.
  10. Cato

    Caps Not Sealing

    Likely so. Most LHBS would carry it. I use it more on my stainless fermenters, and favor the MB sanitizer for my LBK's, but anytime I'm going to be using both I'll go with the Starsan. Works great on my kettles too!
  11. Cato

    Bottling wand

    I do it over a pail lined with a garbage bag, and then dump the trub and paper towels from clean up in it. When it's all bundled up and in the trash, it's like it never even happened. Of course, SWMBO knows I've brewed, bottled, whatever, and will even taste a sample and feign interest but I favor keeping it under the radar.
  12. Cato

    Putting it all together...

    Lol, yes I think I knew that but thought you might like the video from another brewers set up. Probably old hat to you but I'm a bit of a machinery junkie, having spent my working career in shipyard, newspaper production, and commercial printing. Now that I brew I love looking a how breweries are set up.
  13. 3 weeks is safest I'm sure but I've always gone 18 days with 3 day cold crash. When I can't cold crash because of another fermenter in the mini fridge I'll sometimes let the first one go 21 and then bottle, but haven't noticed any difference in hydrometer between 18 and 21 days.
  14. Cato

    Putting it all together...

    We have a small local brewery that has one. I'm going to have to stop by there, soon though I don't know if they'll let you see it or not. @Creeps McLane and @kedognwould like it I think since they do sours.
  15. Cato

    Putting it all together...

    Time for you to get a cool ship! You could do great things with one, and it would be awesome.