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  1. From what I have been reading on the mead forums, you never want to boil honey. They say you lose flavor if you do. Nothing can grow in honey, so there is no reason to boil it. I have made 3 mead's, so far, with one still in an LBK, and making another tomorrow, and I have not boiled my honey, and they turned out great. I cannot get my house cooled down, so not making beer right now. The wine yeast I use for mead goes up to 95 degrees, and I can keep a LBK around 74 degrees.
  2. Trolby, no matter where I would buy the ingredients to makeup the same kit that Leeners sells I would have to pay postage, no local home brew store,and the postage from leeners is cheaper for me, as I live one state over. There is one other place that I know of that sells 2 gallon kits for Mr Beer lbks, Homebrewers Outpost, but they are a lot more expensive than the kits from Leeners. I will price the ingredients from one of the brewing supply places with flat rate shipping first before I place an order. I do not see these kits as a gimmick, anymore than the 5 gallon kits sold by Northeren and others. Of course it is probably cheaper to go to an lhbs, but if like me the closest one is over 2 hours away online is cheaper, or at least more convenient.
  3. I was looking on Leeners web site for a mead kit and saw they have Better Mr kits that have grain and DME included, the kits are MR Beer LBK size. I was wondering if anyone had tried them? They only have 3 different kits, but I thought I might try one.
  4. russki wrote: realracer2 wrote: This turkey fryer may be good if you get a good one, I did not, and I never heard back from the company after I contacted them when mine burnt up after the 2nd use. Fortunately I can use it on my stove for Mr Beer size brews, by taking the inside tub out, and may be able to use it outside with a gas burner. Did you buy it from Amazon? They have a great return policy, especially if you have a defective unit. All you need to do is log into your account, go to the order, and click "return item" - you can print a return label on the spot. I've never had issues returning stuff to Amazon. A few weeks ago I got a digital thermometer that read 10 degrees off, and got my money back in no time.[/ Unfortunately being stupid after the fryer worked the first time I got rid of the box it came in. I live in a very small house with no room to store empty boxes. I guess I could contact Amazon, but I would have to find a box to send it back in. I am also not sure if it is past time that Amazon would take it back.
  5. This turkey fryer may be good if you get a good one, I did not, and I never heard back from the company after I contacted them when mine burnt up after the 2nd use. Fortunately I can use it on my stove for Mr Beer size brews, by taking the inside tub out, and may be able to use it outside with a gas burner.
  6. Amazon seems to still have a stock of refills. I ordered some refills from Amazon on Wednesday and got them Thursday. Amazon only had one or maybe two that showed low stock.
  7. mnstarzz13 wrote: realracer2 wrote: Well, I never did get to brew in my Cajun injector turkey fryer, I turned it on for the 2nd time today to heat up the water and it caught on fire. I have contacted Cajun waiting to see what they do about it. It electric, not gas silly Hope it was the only thing damaged!! Yes, I smelled the fire soon enough that nothing else was damaged.
  8. Well, I never did get to brew in my Cajun injector turkey fryer, I turned it on for the 2nd time today to heat up the water and it caught on fire. I have contacted Cajun waiting to see what they do about it.
  9. Glad to hear it went well. I may try the foil insulation and grill to rest the basket on, still waiting to receive supplies for my first try with the fryer. I still need to figure out where to brew with the fryer so I can take the basket out.
  10. I just received mine today. It sure was well packed and does not look too bad for the price. My cabinets are 18 inches from the counter,and are only about a half counter deep so I can slip the fryer under them with enough space to open the lid and use the controls, but to get out the removable strainer I will have to use a counter with no cabinet above it for actual brewing. I am not sure when I will get around to trying my new fryer,no ingredients for an all grain brew,and no LHBS so I will be following Russki's posts.
  11. Good luck. I will be watching for your posts on how the brewing goes, because after reading your post on the turkey fryer, and seeing the video I ordered one. It is out for delivery now. I have been wanting to try all grain, but was looking for a small setup an old retired guy like me could use easily.
  12. I am glad you posted this, it seems to be what I am looking for. Here is a link to it in action. http://www.professionaldeepfryer.org/demo-all-grain-brew-with-an-electric-fryer.html
  13. I have the old Tap a Draft that took two cartridges and like it. I had someone give me the new one cartridge Miller draft keg, like the new Tap a Draft, and found that it leaked Co2. I have also read on one of the brewing supply web sites, forget which one, a couple of reviews of the new Tap a draft with one cartridge and both reviews said the new model leaked Co2 causing the beer to go flat.
  14. Do you have a way to post pictures of these barrels? I would be interested in seeing them.
  15. I have been looking at small wooden barrels for dispensing whiskey. I never thought of a barrel for beer. It would seem without added pressure for beer you would need to drink the beer fairly quickly to hold carbonation. I have seen pictures of beer being dispensed in casks in bars, but again I wonder if they are low carbed beers that they go through very quickly.
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