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  1. Nice find! There's nothing like getting something free while drinking home brew. Cheers! :chug:
  2. BadHorsie wrote: ZekesWickedHardCoreBrew wrote: My wife just encouraged me to get my 4th fermentor ...clearance at k-Mart for 25.00 ( it was the whole delux kit !) I have three going at a time right now and one backup ... I can't wait until some of mine conditioning are ready .... I am in a fortunate situation. I do all the cooking and all the brewing. I second the idea of getting a hydrometer and would suggest running satellite for testing purpose so that you are not depleting your beer to test. what do you mean by "running satellite" :S
  3. Awesome! Thanks, guys, for all the advice. I'll be sure to check that post yankeedag. Cheers! :chug:
  4. jungerer wrote: Or you could start adding additional DME/LME to MrB recipes to give your beer a little more ABV, body, etc... I'm currently steeping .25lbs Crystal, .25Carapils with each MrB recipe, along with adding a pound of either Light DME or Amber DME depending on the recipe. Hmm, that sounds really interesting. Is the DME used to replace Booster?, and also do you add hops to balance the extra malt?
  5. SiriusDG wrote: One thing I recently read about, but have not had the opportunity to try yet, is making a hop tea...that is, steep the pellets in really hot water for a few minutes...then strain the tea out and pour that into the keg after krausen falls. That sounds really interesting, and undoubtedly above my brew-expertise at the moment - hopefully not for long. BTW I was really impressed with your mini-mash post, and to be honest am honored that you took the time to respond to my feeble thread. I am trying to learn enough about brewing so that I can deviate from the premixed MB cans and really "get my hands dirty". Someone had mentioned DME's as a good place to start... Cheers! :chug:
  6. crazybrody wrote: Wouldnt a grassy tone be good for a baseball team or do you play on artificial turf? Just kidding. :laugh: LOL I love the quick wit crazybrody, and I appreciate you taking the time to help me out. I think you're right about just following the MB directions. That should give me a good base to work from. Cheers!
  7. Right on. Thanks guys. I guess I AM reading too much into this. So basically Mr. Beer has done all the work, all i need to do is combine what they send me. What if I want to get my hands dirty?
  8. Hello all! I'm guessing this is a total n00b question, but heregoes: I'm going to be whipping up a batch of First Pitch Pilsner so that it is ready to drink for my baseball team's first game this season. But I'm having a problem - the more research I do on brewing the more enlightened and confused I get at the same time. Here's the recipe as per MB: 1 Can High Country Canadian Draft 1 Can Pale Export UME 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of beer mix) 1 Pouch Booster™ 1 Packet Sterling Pellet Hops Here's the dilemma: Basically the instructions say to add the hops at knockout. I'm concerned, and have been warned, that by doing it this way there's a chance that the pellet hops might add a grassy tone to my brew. So I thought it might be a good idea to add the hops about 15 minutes before end of boil. Now here's the question. Do I add the HME & UME to the pot and wait for the hot break before adding my finishing hops? Should I just add the hops after the Booster is dissolved and then boil for 15 minutes then add the HME/UME? Or should I just dry hop it and call it good? Any suggestions are appreciated. :chug: Cheers!
  9. sweet set up dude. So what do you think, sharks pens Stanley Cup 2010
  10. Souldog wrote: more beer here wrote: Trub -while it certainly not kill you do you really want to drink it ? I mean really look at it -Now would you want that running rampant thru your bowels? Well, he's goofy enough to ask if he can drink the trub, so I say let the man go for it and live a little. Drink the trub. LOL! I'm with Souldog on that one. Life's short, drink some trub. :throwup:
  11. Hello all! I'm guessing this is a total n00b question, but heregoes: I'm going to be whipping up a batch of First Pitch Pilsner so that it is ready to drink for my baseball team's first game this season. But I'm having a problem - the more research I do on brewing the more enlightened and confused I get at the same time. Here's the recipe as per MB: 1 Can High Country Canadian Draft 1 Can Pale Export UME 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of beer mix) 1 Pouch Booster™ 1 Packet Sterling Pellet Hops Here's the dilemma: Basically the instructions say to add the hops at knockout. I'm concerned, and have been warned, that by doing it this way there's a chance that the pellet hops might add a grassy tone to my brew. So I thought it might be a good idea to add the hops about 15 minutes before end of boil. Now here's the question. Do I add the HME & UME to the pot and wait for the hot break before adding my finishing hops? Should I just add the hops after the Booster is dissolved and then boil for 15 minutes then add the HME/UME? Or should I just dry hop it and call it good? Any suggestions are appreciated. :chug: Cheers!
  12. Is corn syrup the best sugar to use for batch priming or are there alternatives?
  13. Silicone whisk is awesome for non stick, and the spatula works wonders getting the HME's outta the can
  14. That temp is well above boiling and sure to kill off any organisms that might be present. You might want to rinse them out beforehand just as a double precaution. The amount of sugar sounds right, depending on the size bottles you are using. And the wand will not clog up from the sugar. It helps in keeping your beer clean and non-aerated. Cheers!
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