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Everything posted by pocketjr

  1. Trying to make a "dry" MRB extract brew, but not sure what to use. I want it to be clean and crisp, but I don't want it hoppy like an IPA. I've never had a Bud Dry or Molson Dry, but I assume these would be the examples? Suggestions?
  2. I think I'm going to have to make a road trip to Pottsville, to try this one. They sponsor certain event nights for my hockey team (Flyers) and we can't get it in Canada, so I have to drive to the states if I want to taste it. Maybe a brewery tour and a Flyers game trip idea for next season?
  3. Wow dude. That sounds painful. Rest up!
  4. Anybody know what Coopers extract is the mimic of MrB American Ale?
  5. Learned lots from yesterday (Surly Dog), thanks guys. What's the brew for today?
  6. I've noticed that amazon has the refills for roughly $25-$30, with free shipping over 25 or 29 (I can't remember). I did come across a couple of refills that were listed for $60+, but I figured out that if I type "Mr Beer (insert refill name here)" I'll get the cheaper options. Heck, one guy is selling the Long Play IPA for $90, but when I type "Mr Beer Long Play" into the search I found it for $26. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01D5J6Y84/ref=s9u_simh_gw_i1?ie=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01D5J6Y84&pd_rd_r=b514ae99-2cbe-11e8-a28c-89c23149c043&pd_rd_w=AKS8g&pd_rd_wg=dNrau&pf_rd_m=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB&pf_rd_s=&pf_rd_r=WP7QKYYJ5PHP6PC640H3&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=07871b8e-d32a-4963-b98f-ba712077f7f5&pf_rd_i=desktop Hope this helps.
  7. I can see the seasonals that are available go all the way back to Spring 2014. Was there no winter seasonal between Fall 2014 and Spring 2015?
  8. Thanks Rick. My issue is I still haven't made all of the MrB basic refill recipes (ex refill + booster), so I'm still not sure what each one tastes like itself. I figure I should probably get to know all of these before I go any further with experimentation. Also, my wife is a light beer drinker. I'd like to make the CAL for her in the basic recipe way just to see if she likes it. I thought about just doing 2 CAL's in one LBK, but then I thought that might make the beer stronger than the basic recipe.
  9. While my LHBS stocks the MrB refills, they do not carry the booster packs that would be used for a basic refill mix. What would be a good substitute for the booster? Please don't suggest the DME/LME because that would change the colour and mouth feel. I'm looking for an exact(it) substitute for the booster. Would Coopers Brew Enhancer I or II work? The LHBS carries those.
  10. Going back over this topic…. How did I not notice this? Your warehouse is in Mississauga?????? Where? How do I get a job there? Can I take my pay in MrB refills? I live on the border of Brampton/Mississauga.
  11. Perfect! Looks like I'll be drinking this autumn brew in the winter, but I don't mind
  12. Any idea how long this will be available? I really want to order it, but my wife's bday is coming up as well……. obviously the wife's bday wins in terms of importance, so I'll have to wait to order this tasty treat.
  13. So far, I'm thinking Diablo with the Grand Bohemian? Add some hot peppers at the end of fermentation maybe? I'm not sure what hop additions would go well. The Diablo should give it the hop/bitter, while the Pilsner will give it the dry finish, I think/hope. I'm trying to find info on adding peppers, it seems that if we're going for flavour it's suggested to add them to the last 10 minutes of the boil, but if we're going for heat it's best to dry hop them.
  14. There's a commercial playing on the radio a lot lately for Sleeman brewery, which involves their embracing their "notorious past". It has different secret knock combinations like there would have been back in the prohibition days, and then a random name for the knock. The first one is called "Rattlesnake bootstrap". I looked it up, and there is no actual brew that is named as such and now I feel like I NEED to come up with a brew with this awesome name. I'm not even sure where to start other than to have a brew that has a little bite to it, maybe like an IPA. There's not a lot of snakes up our way, so I really have no idea here. The bootstrap part? Well…. I guess that would be dry? Maybe? Any and all suggestions/ideas here are welcome. Maybe we could make this a collaboration?
  15. The current recipe does not however :/
  16. So a friend of mine that has been brewing off and on a for a few years now wants to start experimenting… with cinnamon. His only description to me was that he wants to make a beer with ginger…… or cinnamon. I have no ideas, because I would put neither in my beer personally but I told him I would ask you guys. I think he wants to make something resembling a ginger beer. Any ideas?
  17. The Kitchen Stuff Plus I was at was in Mississauga's Heartland shopping centre. There's a bunch in the GTA though. One in Whitby which would be closer for you…. North Whitby E2 - 320 Taunton Rd E, L1R 0H4 Whitby
  18. That's odd. Not enough sales maybe? I saw the Canadian Blonde and Oktoberfest Lager at Kitchen Stuff Plus this weekend for 17.95. They had the starter kits for 49 bucks too.
  19. My wife wanted to go to Kitchen Stuff Plus this weekend. I ended up picking up a 6.2 litre stock pot, which I think my wife was more impressed with than I was. Something about it's a Henckel and only 60 bucks? I have no idea. I was just happy that I got a good stainless steel pot for my MB batches again. The downside… I spent the money I was going to use for an order today. DOH!
  20. The pot I gave away was a 5.7 litre. It was perfect
  21. So the Coopers equivalent of Brewmax - Smooth would be….the Amber UME?
  22. I made a mistake. I introduced my best friend to the Mr Beer system and got him hooked. That wasn't the mistake…. the mistake was that I gave him my brew pot because my wife bought me a 10 gallon pot for christmas last year and for some reason I thought I wouldn't need the little one I was using for my Mr Beer batches. Now I haven't made a Mr Beer sized batch since, and I can't find the same pot I gave away! This led me to wonder…. What equipment do you guys use on brew day? What size and brand is your MrB pot? Do you use anything others might not?
  23. Yep. Well, my LHBS sells the MrBeer refills. They do not, however, carry the booster or the Brewmax Softpacks. And if you're thinking the opportunity might be to pick up a bunch in Buffalo and drive it back to Toronto without declaring it….. you know they can seize your car right? lol
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