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  1. Cato

    Timeline chart explanation

    Summons to Ann Arbor, likely in the mail.
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    6qt Insta-Pot

    With S-04 I start out at 64 and I listen each day to the blow off jar bubbling frequency and as soon as it passes it's peak, then I'll go up to 65 for the next week and then to 66. My goal is to try and keep them somewhat active to clean things up. I had read that S-04 can get off to a quick start and finish early, so whether my little method actually is valid with this yeast, I can't say. We'll see if my final gravity supports it. It did last time I used this yeast but that could've been a one off.
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    Alcohol content

    If you add the two bags of booster to say the Oktoberfest it would not ruin the taste and raise the alcohol level close to 5% according to MB description.
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    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.
  5. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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!
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    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.
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    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.
  16. 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.
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    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.
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    Putting it all together...

    Time for you to get a cool ship! You could do great things with one, and it would be awesome.
  19. I use sugar dots. 1 dot= 1/2 tsp. Mr Beer direction tend to over carb. I use 1 sugar dot per 12oz glass bottle or 2 sugar dots when using the 740ml PET bottles. For a 16.9 oz , 500ml bottle I use 1 sugar dot and then add a 1/4 teaspoon of sugar. Hope that helps.
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    Ah, 8 oz Citra and 10 lb of 2-row hit the front porch this morning, which is perfect, because it'll be nasty stormy nor'Easter starting Sat night and all day Sunday will be windy and rainy. Brew day! Try my hand at a Zombie Dust Clone. I'll do a full volume boil and plan on netting about 4.5gal Be my first Beersmith brew and water adjustments, plus using ph meter to chart how I did. I'm excited! Running short on time to get a nice batch bottled before knee surgery mid February. Hate the thought of downtime and ewww surgery, but limping around like I've been on an unstable knee isn't getting it.
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    Risk vs Reward

    Lol, it may be overkill but I spray starman on both sides of the hops packet at the top where I cut it.
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    Risk vs Reward

    While dry hopping can be intimidating at first, as long as you are careful, the reward is well worth it IMO. I usually do it the last 5-8 days before cold crashing or bottling. I'm not a fan of excessive IBU's in my beers, but I am a fan of the aroma and flavor the hops impart. I'll use my brewing software to calculate the amount of bittering during the boil and make those additions and then depending on the style , say it's a pale ale, I'll dry hop to really enhance the flavor and aroma without adding IBU's. I just sanitize my hop sack, take some star san and spray around the fermenter cap, open and lightly drop it in. I've not had nor heard anyone get an infection issue by dry hopping this way. Risk worth the reward? Yes, big reward.
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    Zombie Lust. I've not had the 3 Floyd's Zombie Dust, and Total Wine doesn't have it but looking at clone grist and hops, it fits a brew I can drink. I used a gift card to order some extra 2 row and 8 oz of Citra, everything else I have on hand. I noticed some people either use S-04 or S-05 for their dry yeast. I'm thinking S-05 would make for a crisper finish, which might pair well with all that load of Citra.
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    5.3

    Dawg, I'm really looking forward to that! Input my water report from Deer Park and have a recipe and supplies ready to go for next week. Have one fermenter left to clear out of the mini fridge and bottle, then I'm good to go.
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    5.3

    Jeez I just saw that I paid $8 for these and they're worthless.
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