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  1. Thanks Investingdad, I thought that might me the case, just not very hoppy. I just was wondering if those here more knowledgeable than I might have a better handle on it.
  2. I left out that maybe I am psychologically "tuned" to feel they are go down easier because I brewed them or possibly they are just better than store bought.
  3. Thanks for your input Brewmeister and your points are well taken, but I guess I didn't really make myself clear because your points were addressing questions I did not ask ,I get too wordy and away from the point sometimes. I am not complaining, actually the opposite, I am wondering why my homebrews seem to go down easier than bought beers. Is it because the standard packs, (the only ones, I've brewed so far that are in the drinking stage), are 1)lower in alchohol than store bought(though the "lite beers" don't go down as well as my homebrews) 2) Not as hoppy as they are 3) the carbonation is more "balanced" because of carbonating in the bottle instead of being "forced" carbonated. (Other that the one brew that was in the keg too log because of an unexpected trip, I have been very satisfied with the carbonation I am getting.)
  4. Now that I have been drinking my own Mr. BEER brews, it seems that when I buy a store beer, even the more expensive ones, they don't go down near as easy as mine. So far, I have only drank the standard packs. I have brewed 2 deluxe but neither is in the drinking stage yet. I am getting ready to brew a premium pack but since I am going to be gone for 2 weeks soon and I didn't want it to be in the keg too long, I am waiting until just before I leave. Could it be that mine are lower in alcohol, (standard packs), because I am carbonating in the bottle rather than force carbonating like most breweries, or because so far mine aren't very hoppy? All I know is that I have yet to be disappointed in any Mr. BEER brews, even the WCPA, except for the High Country Canadian that didn't carbonate very well because it was in the keg too long (another trip). Tasted good, just a little flat. After I get back, I am going to start fooling around with some of the suggestions on the recipe forum andor the Mr. BEER advanced recipes. Any thoughts?
  5. Leave it to an author to reference the mighty Monty Python's Flying Circus.
  6. Thanks everybody, what I am hearing is that I am not unusual. Sorry for the paranoia but I worry that I am going to spend around 6 weeks into each brew roughly and I sure don't want to loose any "product" from something that I could easily control. I have the ingredients to do the Witty Monk and after that one goes in the keg, I am going to start experimenting with more adjuncts and/or forum/my own reicpes. I feel a lot more comfortable when I can bounce my concerns off this forum. If things don't change, I am going to have to invest in MORE KEGS!!! Thanks guys.
  7. I saw a little bit of what I am asking on another thread but just to calm my paranoia. Does everyone else come short when bottling the liter bottles. I bottled my Red Ale last week with the wand bottling system for the first time and even though I filled the MR Beer keg to a little over the 8.5 mark, I only was able to completely fill 7 of the liter bottles. I had the same problem on all of my previous (all he says, all of 5 batches) brews but just evened out all 8 to the same level. This may be too much head space but if I left the bottles until they were rock hard, I only have had one batch that didn't carbonate enough. That turned out just to be me jumping the gun on the carbing and conditioning as the last bottle was very good. Am I not filling the keg sufficiently? I have a few A&W Root Beer Pet 20 ouncers. I am thinking of using 6 liter bottles and 2 of the 20 ouncers per keg if it ends up that I am OK with the water levels. Thanks for all the advice I have received on other subjects so far. Have the Deluxe Pack Irish Stout in the keg right now.
  8. Thanks yankeedag, I wouldn't have thought of that. Will do.
  9. Just an update on the Vienna Octoberfest. It was just a simple standard pack so I wasn't expecting anything great but after 2-2-2 I popped the first bottle of the half batch I was cold conditioning and tasted really gooooood. Girlfriend liked it better than Alaskan Amber. If she starts drinking my home brew, I will definitely have to get MORE KEGS!!!!! I am almost afraid that when the Bewitched Red Ale with Mellow Amber gets done that she won't let me drink any of it but want to keep it all to herself!! Well I should be bottling that Tuesday, clean the keg and start the St. Patrick's Stout with Creamy Brown on Wednesday.
  10. Thanks to BrewMaui and everyone else that has taken time to respond to my initial post.
  11. Eric, thanks for the input, but as far as bottling is concerned, shouldn't it work the same? When the readings stop changing, it should be time to bottle right? You don't really bottle when the hydrometer reaches a certain point but when it stops changing or am I wrong?
  12. D Rock you are D Man. Thanks. I used the refractometer as one of the tools to tell when my fruit was ready to pick. Certain varieties had to have certain Brix if you wanted to pick before the "general release" date, and it was also a useful tool if you wanted to wait to pick. It helped to determine if the fruit was getting past certain limits for different types of storage. This will save me a few bucks that I would have spent on a hydrometer that I can spend on better temp. control, more kegs, or even better-----MORE BEER!!!
  13. I was just on northern brewer website, looking at the johnson controller, when I noticed that they sold refractometers as well as hydrometers. I used to grow apples for a living and have a damn good refractometer. It measures Brix, a measure of dissolved sugar in water. It wouldn't give me precisely specific gravity but couldn't I use it similarly to a hydrometer? When the Brix stops changing, it is time to bottle? I say this because, measuring out a few drops from the keg to the refractometer is a lot less wasteful of beer than what you would need for a hydrometer and a lot simpler than some of the "set ups" that I have read on the forums. Couple of drops a day-----hey.
  14. I really didn't get involved in these forums until recently and started to get really paranoid about fermenting temperatures after reading some of the threads. The first batch was in our living room close to my "office", about the most consistent temperature in the living area of the house, when it was cccooooolllldddd outside. We heat by fireplace and with me on the road at that time, the house was't consistent in the temperature. Loved the WPA, good flavor just seemed a little weak alcohol wise (after looking at the ABV on site I found out why). Second batch, Canadian High Country, in fermenter for week and a half and then I was gone for 3 weeks, when got back, bottled it, but didn't seem like got good carbonation when I started drinking, chalked it up to too long in fermenter ( now realize, just didn't let the "sleepy yeasties" long enough to wake up and go back to work.Found that out when bottling my 3rd batch, the Octoberfest. Thought I had drank all the Canadian but still had one bottle. Drank it while bottling, had fine carb.) Still tasted good though just a little flat. Well, the Wheat Weizenberg that I will be bottling this weekend, I was worried because we have had a few high 80 degree days when the house got pretty warm. Bought they temperature strip and was relieved to find that the last day that we had 80 degree temperatures outside, the keg just got to 76. Took a lot of worry off my mind. I am still thinking of buying a mini-fridge with an outside controller for summer brewing,(trying to save money on the AC) but at least I know that though I need to watch temps. I don't have to be toooooo obsessive about it. I thank the Beer Borg for all the information on these forums.
  15. Tnanks to dag and es. I went back to the information on the ordering entry and it specifically says, "not compatible with standard Mr. Beer spigot" oh well. I have more beer that UPS MISROUTED!!!!! should have been here yesterday but unless I get more kegs, can't brew anyway. The brews I have done so far have tasted reaaly good but made the mistake of not trusting what may come out the first couple and waited until they were drinkable to start the next batch. As a result, I am sitting here with beer almost carbonated, beer almost fermented, but no beer to drink except store bought. Oh well, once I get an inventory built up, one keg should keep me in beer easily. If not, MORE KEGS. Give me a year and I will be fully assimilated into the Borg. I am in awe of you that have multiple kegs, multiple systems, and everything.
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