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  1. ibike4fitness wrote: I wanted to get one more batch brewed before the new year rolled around. Since I had a can of Classic American Blonde Ale from a previous three-pack purchase from Amazon and a can of Mellow Amber UME, I decided to brew the Jamaica Mon' according to Mr. Beer's recipe and directions. RECIPE INCLUDES: 1 Can Classic American Blonde Ale 1 Can Mellow Amber UME 1 Pouch Booster™ 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of beer mix) 1 Packet One-Step™ Sanitizing Cleanser Once again, I wanted to add a cup of honey to boost the alcohol but decided a 6.0% ABV summer ale was strong enough. I filled the keg up to the 8.5 quart (2.13 gallons) mark. Mr. Beer suggests to let this brew lager for 4 weeks. I'm going to go 3-3-3. This brew should be ready on Washington's Birthday! You've one upped me as my #10 is Jamaica Mon! I'm curious what color yours turns out as I've stated elsewhere mine's almost black.
  2. In October I was fermenting Eng. Nut Brown + Mellow Amber. Our furnace went nuts, we woke up it was 80 degrees. Took all day to cool down. The beer turned out pretty darn tasty. Will never know what might have been.
  3. It's not bad the next day, just a little under carbed.
  4. bpgreen wrote: norman1 wrote: Sham Addams wrote: Was the MA UME overly dark itself? If I recall it is a light color like motor oil, but better tasting. MA UME itself was quite dark, all 4 cans have been quite dark. Maybe on the order of used motor oil. Have these been sitting around for a while? Did you check the expiration dates on the cans? Sometimes, malt extracts will darken with age. Cans were here about 6 months but still had 2 years left before exp. date.
  5. TJTHEBEST wrote: I brewed up the jamaica mon and its actually lighter than i thought it would be. Maybe you just gotta wait til you drink it or something. If you look at the recipe section they have pictures of each brew. Jam. Mon appears to be a copper color beer, looks nothing like mine.
  6. Sham Addams wrote: Was the MA UME overly dark itself? If I recall it is a light color like motor oil, but better tasting. MA UME itself was quite dark, all 4 cans have been quite dark. Maybe on the order of used motor oil.
  7. mxstar21 wrote: Did you add anything that could have contributed to the dark color? Please give your whole recipe. Followed recipe for Jam.Mon. (American Blonde+MA+Booster.)
  8. I remove from heat before adding the cans.
  9. Just bottled my 4th batch that I've added MA UME to and they've all turned out black. 1. BRA+MA 2. VL+MA 3. ENB+MA 4. Jamaica Mon which is American Blonde+MA. I was sure this one would turn out lighter but nope, black again. Is this normal? How dark can the Creamy Brown be if MA is black?
  10. I've never seen anything other than standard refills in stores.
  11. I just bottled my first brew with pellet hops (Augsburg Dark.) I did not use the hop sack because I wanted the hops spred throughout the keg. I had no problem clogging the spigot even when I raised the back of the keg to completely empty it. Is this the way to go or was I just lucky?
  12. For an experiment I've got a standard refill of wheat + honey in the fridge for 6 months and it still tastes great.
  13. Brewmaster from Mr. Beer told me over the phone to put the stove on low heat while dissolving booster, not cold water like the instructions say. No clue why instructions say cold water.
  14. Booster is definetly not just sugar. It does add body without making the beer watery or cidery.
  15. If you look at the pages on this site where they list the 180 recipes and their characteristics, it appears that adding 1 cup of honey adds about 1.2% to the abv. Before they recalculated abv a couple months ago adding 1 cup raised the abv by .8%.
  16. Howcome the recipes with an HME + UME are now 4.5% but the deluxe refills are still 4.6% ?
  17. You guys told me 1/4 lb for a 2 gallon batch. My first attempt with steeped grains is fermenting now.
  18. Why can't we pour pellet hops into the wort and stir them in rather than put them in the sack? It seems like they would get blended into the entire batch better than just sitting in the sack in the keg.
  19. I just ordered some stuff from Midwest Supplies. They sent an instructional dvd with it. Holy Crap! If I had to do all that they're showing (buckets and hoses and copper cooling tubes) I'd say forget it. Mr. Beer is about 1/10th of the work.
  20. Sham Addams wrote: norman1 wrote: I cracked open my first Octoberfest tonite. Descent taste. Descent head, but it's almost black. Any store bought Octoberfest I've had is a medium brown color. I used the VL HME + MA UME + 3/4 cup honey. Why so dark? Did you boil? Just boiled the water, then removed from heat and stirred in ingredients according to instructions.
  21. I cracked open my first Octoberfest tonite. Descent taste. Descent head, but it's almost black. Any store bought Octoberfest I've had is a medium brown color. I used the VL HME + MA UME + 3/4 cup honey. Why so dark?
  22. LowTech wrote: Stop Children, what's that sound, everybody look what's goin'round... Buffalo Springfield
  23. mcgrewc wrote: norman1 wrote: OK, I bought some steeping grains. Since I will only use .25 lb at a time is there a good way to store the unused grain. I got the unmilled grain. How about a Ziploc in the freezer? Also, does steeping grain change the ABV? Thanks I store mine in a ziplock in the fridge. Someone somewhere sometime wrote some reason for not freezing them but somehow I've forgotten somewhat of why that was. How about the ABV question?
  24. OK, I bought some steeping grains. Since I will only use .25 lb at a time is there a good way to store the unused grain. I got the unmilled grain. How about a Ziploc in the freezer? Also, does steeping grain change the ABV? Thanks
  25. Recipe for Midlands Mild call for 1/4 cup molasses.
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