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  1. Jerik

    Cocoa Beans

    Hmmmm, that is true about the fat content. I'll have to do some research on it and maybe a micro batch just to test it out!
  2. Jerik

    Cocoa Beans

    I tried raw Cocoa beans for the first time a few days ago, and all i could think was, wow! this flavor profile would go great with beer as a bitter/aroma agent. Anyone with experience with such things have good tips on what kinds of beer this might be utilized in and in what capacity? And dont worry, i will experiment with it on my own as well!
  3. So I did my first 5 gallon batch a few weeks ago and had a boil over situation. I also did not know that people siphoned the wort out of the boiling pot so as to leave the grain and hop sediment behind. I also waited somewhat long to transfer to the secondary, so it sat in that hop trub for a little longer than normal. The recipe OG range was about 1.050-1.055 and my OG came out to about 1.031 Needless to say, it no longer resembles an American Amber and instead tastes alot like an IPA. Not in a bad way, just very interesting. Otherwise the still fermenting beer tastes pretty good. The Hoppy flavor will probly blend better with some conditioning, but do you think it will lessen with time at all? I think at this point so little of the wort survived the boil overs that without the strong hop bitterness it might actually taste a little bland. Still a good home brew though!
  4. Mr Beer is the most fantastic beginner home brew system I have ever encountered. I have been brewing for 5 years now. As I have moved from the beginner steps of Mr Beer to the more advanced recipes, I have noticed a major difference to this kit compared to others. Mr beer not only tells you how to brew some beer fairly quickly, it tells you the why's, how's, and becauses's that every other system, kit, or set lacks. Most other kits come with guides, and there are even books that come complementary with some Brewers Best kits that sell for $14, that tell you kinda how to brew, but not why, not in detail, and not in any discernible difficulty curve. Whenever I brew even grain recipes, the book in hand used for a checklist is the Mr Beer brewguide Not only that its good for the newbs, its excellent for the advanced brewers. These forums are some of the most active, and definitely the most useful and friendly, forums online today about home brewing! Honestly, there are better prices and better selections on other sites, but Mr Beer makes up for that with its incredible knowledge driven approach to creating good beer, which is why i think alot of advanced members stick around. As I move to more difficult setups and techniques, the advantage I gained from Mr Beer adds invaluable quality to my skills and beer. For anyone who is new and might be wondering whether there is a better place to be or not, look no further!
  5. Today i did my first 5 gallon batch using brewers best american amber. Im pretty experienced, at least in the LBK, so I wasnt too concerned about moving up to 5 gallons, although its been several months since ive made any beer at all. I made a huge mess, made mistakes at several turns, and did just about every no no in the book! It was great! I finally understand the meaning of the word boil over! I had a ton of fun, and the new challenge reminded me why i got into brewing in the first place. In several weeks ill have a somewhat mediocre [and hopefully infection free] homebrew. I bet itll be one of the best tasting beers ive ever made.
  6. Hey (North) Texas Brewers, anybody thinking about going to the bluebonnet brew off? El-Linko I believe its march 23, 24. In Irving, so it be most convenient for the DFW area. I've never been but its all about homebrew, so how could it not rock? :chug:
  7. Joechianti wrote: Anyone know of a good LHBS in the Plano area of North Dallas? I have a friend who's trying to get their retired dad started on the obsession, poor guy. She would like to bring him to a good LHBS to get the juices flowing. I'm in Austin and don't know my way around Dallas area at all. Thanks for any tips. As a matter of fact one of the better Dallas brewstores is in that area. Tell them to check out homebrew headquarters homebrewhq.com I'm a little to far away for it to be practical, but I've only heard good things.
  8. BigRigRob wrote: Hehehe,.... Justin, up behind Texas Motor speedway. :silly: Thats cool, I live in Denton while at UNT, not too far from the race track.
  9. yea, If I notice a crimp didn't seal as tight as I would like, I 90 degree it. Otherwise I find they're pretty good
  10. When I first started I used standard 20oz soda bottles. I liked them because if i over carbonated they had more give in them than glass. Plus unbreakable and no capping. Now that Ive been brewing for awhile I've moved to 12oz glass bottles so that i could share my brew with friends. The glass and real bottle caps gives the brew a look of professionalism that is worth a little extra effort. I bought new bottles for me, and am just re-using old generic bottles my friends can just throw out when their done.
  11. I agree on the most part. The only way I've noticed the off flavors receding is by long conditioning periods, or as others have said by using more than one packet. I can't tell I've used Mr. Beer yeast after about 2 months of conditioning. Still, kinda a high price for something that shouldn't really be an issue in the first place.
  12. Yep, sounds like Mr. beer yeast twang Have no fears though, I've found that taste will mostly go away with conditioning.
  13. I like the map, thats kinda cool. I'm surprised we don't have as many DFW area people. San Antone and Austin are quite a drive. As we've said, Texas is a big ol place.
  14. If you do open one and dont wanna drink the whole thing, it is technically possible to reseal it. Champagne's are actually bottle carbed similarly to how we carb our beers, then they are opened to get the trub out, and resealed. (Called Remuage) Carbonation builds back up over time. >put simply As far as Home brewing goes, I've sneaked sips out of a few of my bottles before, and as long as you seal them up tight they usually arent hurt. Some recarb fine, some end up a little bit flat, unsurprisingly. Up to you really, but remember patience is a virtue
  15. Ya, I wouldnt worry! If its a question of it making you sick, the beer experts say if you can swallow it without vomiting, there probly aint nothing in there thats harmful. Beer might not taste the greatest, but conditioning works wonders
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