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  1. 5 hours ago, Creeps McLane said:


    See, are we talking about the “tablespoon” of vanilla, or the “tablespoon” itself. Im guessing any food product sold on the shelf should be “food grade” and free of bacteria. The tablespoon itself on the other hand, i would sanitize. 

    I thought it was obvious you were talking about sanitizing the spoon. 

    If nothing else, at least there is activity in the New Brewer thread.😊

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  2. 9 hours ago, ewildcat7 said:


    I am confused about the recipes.  I printed out the older one before Mr. Beer updated them and now I see 3 different temperature ranges:


         old recipe - between 65 and 70

         new recipe - between 70 and 78

         what hotrod said - between 64 and 67


    I guess 70 would be the closest to overlap all of them?


    Also, the fermentation time varies greatly between the new and old recipes.  The old one says at least 6 months, but the new one says 2 weeks.  That is quite a difference!

    I think you're confusing fermentation time with conditioning time.

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  3. On 9/8/2019 at 9:06 AM, Nickfixit said:

    Drink beer, rinse out well, using small finger to remove the ring of bits stick inside the neck. 

    At bottling, clean deposits inside with soft, bottlebrush, sanitize with Mr B sanitizer. Make sure to invert bottles to get caps and threads wet (and caps of 12 oz bottles)

    Glad to see someone else using the finger in the bottle trick. If I don't do this, I end up with a ring where the top of the beer was. 

    You know there is a certain poster on here (not naming him but his last name rhymes with deer) who thinks I'm imagining "ring around the bottle." 

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  4. 2 hours ago, StretchNM said:

    I bought some PBW and am going to clean the Keg again with unscented soap, sponge, and then PBW. Then I can still sanitize it before setting aside to get ready for the next batch (which will be within days).


    The first time for sanitizer I used MrBeer's no-rinse packet as instructed, but then I bought some "One Step" and thought I would use this solution on the next brewing/bottling. Plus, I don't think my Voodoo refill came with any sanitizer. What do you think of One Step? Probably not as good as Star San (?). I might try some of that next time.


    I also visited a nice home brewery store in a large city near me (El Paso) and learned a lot about adding steeping grains, etc. SO, thanks for getting me started learning about that. I don't think I'll delve into that quite yet. Maybe after a couple of three successful brews are under my belt.

    I thought Mr B sanitizer was One Step.

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  5. 11 hours ago, kedogn said:

    I have yes.  I have done it with toasting my own coconut and tossing it straight in... that was a HUGE nightmare.  I have done with toasting and putting it in a sack and DH'n with it.  The problem I see is that what you really want is the oils that come with toasting and a couple of things happen here: 1) It takes a boatload to get a decent coconut flavor and 2) These oils reduce head retention and basically make the beer look flat and IMO, almost unappealing when it is poured.  I like a good, chocolaty, head on my porters when poured.  The way around this is coconut extract.  Using extract does at least 3 things for you: 1) No toasting, no mess! 2) Easier to control flavor profile & be consistent with it  and 3) Gives you head!

    Kedogn, not trying to argue with a pro, but my brew had a real nice head.

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  6. 16 hours ago, McSquirrely said:


    The 'beer as usual' must have been a porter.  MRB American Porter?  Also, I was a bit surprised you added both the coconut and the vodka.  Pouring booze into the lbk seems....odd.  But I don't imagine it was very much, just enough to cover the raw coconut?  Thanks!  If I can come up with something that comes even remotely close to what Santiam Brewing has concocted I will be happy.  AG brewing would probably be better - but I'm not there yet.

    Yes, Mr B American Porter HME.

    Josh told me soaking the coconut in vodka would bring out more flavor.

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  7. I made a Coconut Porter a while back. I got my advice from Josh at MB. Here's my notes:


    1.Made the beer as usual

    2.After 7 days put 7 oz of unsweetened shredded coconut on a cookie sheet and toasted it in the oven till brown.

    3. Put the toasted coconut in a bowl and cover with vodka for 3 days.

    4. On day 10 poured the bowl of coconut + vodka into lbk

    5. Ferment another 10 days 


    Turned out great. Maybe my best brew ever!

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  8. 10 hours ago, Colin said:

    Thank you everyone. I’m new to this so please excuse me if my questions seem dumb. I ordered the Oktoberfest and the Pilsner, and they both came with 2 bags of booster. I’m not sure if I should be adding both or just one. I do like a stronger beer, so I was wondering now if 2 bags would ruin the taste of the beer, or increase the alcohol level. 

    Not dumb questions at all. Heck, most of us like helping newcomers. We've all been there.

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  9. 15 minutes ago, pborder said:

      If possible eventually I want to get where I have a batch ready to drink, a batch aging in bottles and a batch fermenting in the LBK.


    There you go! Get a nice pipeline going.

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