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Everything posted by gophers6

  1. FWIW. This is the best beer I've made with the Bew. AA. 4 oz carapils steeped 8 oz amber dme 1 oz Williamette hops ( no sack) boil 5 minutes with the dme BAA HME Mr B yeast
  2. They cut the size of the booster bag in half from what it used to be. IRRC Booster contains some maltodextrin, so it helps some with foam. You don't want to sub corn sugar for booster.
  3. I think the new smaller booster packs add about .7% so a can of HME and a booster gets you a hair under 4%.
  4. That's the same way I do it and it dissolves readily compared to using cold water.
  5. Sounds good. You don't want foam when bottling. Now store them in a dark place around 70 degrees for 4 weeks.
  6. The original post is 5 years old for gawd's sake 😊 but I found my notes. I used 2.5 oz of cacao nibs in a 2.5 gal batch. I put them in after the steeping grains and boiled them 5 minutes, then added dme and hme. Notes say it turned out great! Hope this helps.
  7. I've cold crashed 24 hours a couple times out of necessity and was surprised how much it helped. Not saying it's ideal, but it was certainly worthwhile..
  8. I'm in the minority around here, but I have nothing against booster. The new smaller packs will add about .6% abv without changing the flavor. I think it helps a little with foam too.
  9. For refills, I'll go with American Porter.
  10. There's really nothing to be gained by sampling it now. Wait till the 3 week mark. Then taste a sample. If it's flat and not sweet, it's done.
  11. Have you had other people taste it and see what they think?
  12. I'm not as advanced as you. I just write it on the calendar that hangs above my desk.
  13. That shouldn't be. Heck, I just snug it a little by hand, not using much force. Never had a leak.
  14. If that's the reason for the $10 sale, they ought to be telling us that. Don't just send them out leaving folks to wonder.
  15. Actually, Mr Beer read on this forum (7 or 8 years ago) that users were getting better results going 3 weeks so they finally changed the instructions.
  16. The print is kind of faint.
  17. I've stored for as long as 1 1/2 years in regular plastic w/o problem many times. I really don't know what the oxygen barrier bottles are for. Maybe there's people who store forever?
  18. Carbing and conditioning can be thought of as one process. Generally, a minimum of 4 weeks at room temp after bottling. Then move a bottle to the fridge for 3 days of cold conditioning and drink it.
  19. Root beer bottles are not recommended because of the smell. I've used lots of Coke and Pepsi bottles and they've lasted for years. Because they are clear, keep them in the dark after bottling.
  20. I use 7th Generation Free and Clear that I found on Amazon. This was a few years ago and it only came in 8 bottle cartons. I have enough to last several lifetimes.
  21. I have a neighbor who home brews and he never refrigerates. Bottle conditions for 4 weeks, moves them to the basement where it's upper 50's and drinks them. To each his own I guess.
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