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  1. Great, thanks! Definitely adding some oats to my next stouts and porters!
  2. I have an unrelated question - except that it's also about an Irish Stout. I'm going to be batch priming this weekend and then kegging into a 3-gallon keg. (Like the 'real ales' in England, which are keg conditioned with priming agent, and then dispense from the keg with the internal carbonation, rather than attaching a CO2 tank.) But I'm looking for a way to get a more creamy carbonation -- I generally just use table sugar, which gives my lighter beers a crisp carbonation that's perfect for them, but for a richer, creamier beer, I'd like more of a creamy carbonation. (I know Guinness does this by carbonating with nitrogen rather than CO2.) But does anyone have any suggestions for alternate priming sugars that will give a more creamy carbonation? Should I just use a little less? I've read that mixing in some oatmeal into the brew will increase the creaminess in the end, which is well and good for my next batch, but too late for the fermentation for this batch. Any suggestions? (Sorry to side-track this thread; I didn't think it was necessary to start a second thread called "priming sugar for an Irish Stout" even though my question is slightly different in nature.)
  3. I'm making a dark Irish stout and I'm looking to get a creamier foam rather than the more sparkling carbonation I get with regular white table sugar. Ill be batch priming in a 3 gal keg. Any recommendations to get that good Guinness foaminess? thanks!
  4. Actually, the cold water must have brought it down more than I thought, because there's fermentation happening - I've got a nice layer starting to form on top. Now, what about off-flavors? Am I screwed, flavor-wise?
  5. I haven't brewed in a while, and i was going on autopilot and without thinking I pitched the yeast almost immediately after pouring the just-below-boiling wort into the cold keg. What's the result of pitching the yeast above 80 or so degrees? (This was probably around 150-180 degrees!) Does it make it bitter? It's supposed to be a malty English ale; not really a hoppy recipe. What's the potential result? Thanks!
  6. Thank you very much! I had gotten a Coopers kit a couple of years back and it came in two separate canisters, so I just mixed/brewed them one at a time. I have two LBKs, so I could do that. Thank you - I'll give this one a try.
  7. I started this in a different thread, but the more I think about it, the more I realize I don't have a lot of time to brew a batch -- which is the main reason I got into MrBeer in the first place! I'm trying to make an all-extract English bitter, and I'm looking for advice/recommendations from anyone who has tried: Munton's Premium Bitter kit Munton's Nut Brown Ale kit Munton's Yorkshire Bitter kit Coopers International Series English Bitter kit Any preferences/advice what to stay away from? Generally Munton's superior to Cooper's, or other way around? (I know Coopers bought MB, so maybe that's a loaded question on the MB forum!) As I recall, you can take any of those 5-gallon kits and just cut them in half for the LBK, which is as easy as it gets! Just trying to get a decent-quality pub-style beer with minimal effort! Thanks, all!
  8. Thanks! Actually, the more I think about it, the more I realize I don't have a lot of time to brew this batch; which is the main reason I got into MrBeer in the first place. So, calling anyone who has tried: Munton's Premium Bitter kit Munton's Nut Brown Ale kit Munton's Yorkshire Bitter kit Coopers International Series English Bitter kit Any preferences/advice what to stay away from? Generally Munton's superior to Cooper's, or other way around? (I know Coopers bought MB, so maybe that's a loaded question on the MB forum!) Just trying to get a decent-quality pub-style beer with minimal effort! Thanks, all!
  9. Hi, all. Long time no brew, but I just had a delicious beer, and I'm wondering if anyone can give me some advice on an all-extract clone that can come close. I'm looking for an extract that can clone a good English pub beer - a mild or bitter . . . something like Adnam's Southwold Bitter, if you've ever had that. I see Munton's and Cooper's both have an all-extract "bitter". Has anyone tried those? Can you recommend one over the other, or something else? THANKS! Tom
  10. Hi, everyone. I've been absent from Mr Beer for more than half a year . . but I'm back and once again/still looking to find a way to make a nice malty Southern English Brown Ale through Mr Beer. "English Brown" is still an option under Recipes -> By Style, but there are no actual recipes listed. Is this an indication that maybe there will be a nut-brown malt returning to Mr Beer in the future? I've been waiting, but is it for naught? I made a Coopers ale, and was disappointed with the result. I'm not interested in doing a full all-grain batch; I miss the old Mr Beer Nut Brown Ale and Creamy Brown. Yum. Anyone know if that "English Brown" category is ever again actually going to have a recipe listed? Thanks!
  11. "mashani" post=268684 said:If you are using the Muntons GOLD kits they come as 2 cans, you can just use 1 can in an LBK and save the other can for another batch. No need to split them. They make excellent, authentic, english style beers. You will just need to pick up a second packet of yeast for the second batch. Wait, I saw it was two cans, but I figured that was two five gallon batches, i.e., four Mr Beer batches. I'm only going to get two batches out of this? It just got twice as expensive.
  12. "bpgreen" post=268068 said: "bpbpthomas" post=268057 said:I'm looking at the Munton's Old Ale premium kit (http://www.muntons.com/homebeer/countries/uk/prem_ale.htm), and the "simple instructions" include: Clean and sterilise all equipment. Remove label and stand can in hot water for 5 minutes. Pour the can contents into the sterilised fermenter. Add sugar or spray dried malt extract. The "gold" kits are more like Mr Beer: boil water, add the HME, cool, add yeast, set to ferment. But has anyone done a premium kit? What does "add sugar or spray dried malt extract" mean in the directions? It means that the kits are designed for 5 gallon batches, but the HME alone will produce a thin, low alcohol beer. To increase the alcohol content, add sugar. To increase both the alcohol content and body, add DME (spray dried malt extract is a type of DME). Okay, I have some DME in my fridge. I'll start the water heating, add one pound of amber DME, bring it to foam, and then remove from heat and add 1/2 the can of HME and yeast. Thanks!
  13. I'm looking at the Munton's Old Ale premium kit (http://www.muntons.com/homebeer/countries/uk/prem_ale.htm), and the "simple instructions" include: Clean and sterilise all equipment. Remove label and stand can in hot water for 5 minutes. Pour the can contents into the sterilised fermenter. Add sugar or spray dried malt extract. The "gold" kits are more like Mr Beer: boil water, add the HME, cool, add yeast, set to ferment. But has anyone done a premium kit? What does "add sugar or spray dried malt extract" mean in the directions?
  14. "mrblase" post=267861 said: If I split this and make 1/2 a batch in a LBK, how long will the second half of the Munton's last after it's been opened? Yes you can split the can and use half later. I do that with the Cooper's 5 gallon refills and haven't had a problem so far. Just pour about an ounce of cheap vodka on top of the unused portion in the can and seal with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until needed. I've gone as long as 8 weeks with no problem. Awesome, thanks!
  15. I found the answer to my own question: it says it's a 5-gal batch that can be split in half for two Mr Beer batches. My other question: I do have multiple LBKs, but I only have one 3-gal corney keg to dispense from. If I split this and make 1/2 a batch in a LBK, how long will the second half of the Munton's last after it's been opened? Can I brew up 1/2 the can of Munton's extract, put a lid on it (do they come with lids like Mr Beer HMEs?) and stick it in the fridge for 4-6 weeks until I'm ready to brew the second batch? I suppose I could get 2 LBKs running, and put 1/2 into my 3-gal corney and bottle the rest. But does Munton's keep, once it's opened?
  16. "PatBattle" post=267690 said:Seems to me that if Mr.Beer isn't providing what you need, you should branch out. If you're looking for an extract kit that is pretty much equal in complexity to the Mr.Beer ones, the Munton's Gold Old English Bitter or Highland Heavy; Munton's Old Ale, Bitter, or Nut Brown; Mountmellick Export Ale; Coopers Classic Old Dark or English Bitter; or Woodforde's Wherry Bitter, Nelson's Revenge Special Bitter, or Admiral's Reserve Strong Ale (among others) might be to your liking. Most of those are available on Amazon, at a LHBS, or at an online HBS, and, as discussed ad nauseum in the last month, all are much cheaper than Mr.Beer. Thank you! I'll go online and start ordering Muntons from now on. The Old English Bitter and Old Ale, Bitter and Nut Brown all sound like exactly what I'm looking for! I haven't used Munton's before. What batch size are those made for? Are they for 5-gal, so I'd split one can between two LBKs? Or do they have 2.1-gal refills? Thank you again! Sounds like my problems are solved.
  17. "gophers6" post=267839 said:Does anyone know that they actually will replace the premium line, or are you just assuming it because they used to have it? Customer service told me "maybe sometime in the future we might have some premium options similar to what we used to, but not identical."
  18. Yes, technically they're all ales, because of the ferment temp, but I'm talking stylistically, with the malty (as opposed to hoppy) profile and amber to brown color and a robust body and low carbonation.
  19. Unbelievable. All of the refills and recipes based on an actual ale have disappeared. I talked to MB customer service, and they said "maybe sometime down the road maybe we'll have something kinda like that." I'm sorry, but if I'm not mistaken, all beer comes down to either being ale or lager. Maybe it's not the most popular thing in the USA, but true ales/English brown ales are one of the staples of brewing. How can it not even be an option? I ordered a can of the "American Ale", which is sitting in the LBK, but I don't have very high hopes. Major bummer. If anyone has a stockpile of ENB HME, drop me a line. I'll pay dearly!
  20. What about these? http://www.mrbeer.com/category-exec/category_id/118
  21. I've been gone from here for many months - since I had a bad experience with MB customer service. But my pipeline has run dry and I want to give it another shot. I see that about 1/3 of the recipes that used to be available are not even listed anymore, and even the ones that remain seem to be sold out or no longer available. Does Mr Beer no longer make English Nut Brown Ale HME? More disappointment from Mr Beer.
  22. mnstarzz13 wrote: If it were mine, I'd be frustratd but would not be "an angry customer" I would feed UPS an ear full for sure! I have had this happen before with them and have gotten the run around. But really - if it was really taken by someone I do not know how much liability they have. Usually they only leave items outside if you have previously signed off to say its ok to do so (therefor taking on any responsibility in exchange for the added convenience) although that may no longer be true. I would not DEMAND or expect that mrb ship another order with out going thru the SOP as D said. If they did, it may create an issue where more people try to abuse the process. Hey, now. This is my complaint. I'm the one who hasn't gotten my beer. And I did not DEMAND Mr Beer ship another order. I expressed my frustration that I don't have my beer yet. I didn't blame Mr Beer. I said in an earlier post that I wasn't complaining about the customer service.I'm upset that I don't have the Winter Seasonal, which--as I've been saying for months--I feel would have been better served by all of us having in August or September so that it could actually properly condition in time for the holidays. I just want my beer. I don't care whose fault it is. I waited, I called dibs, I ordered, I paid my money, and I don't have beer. And I won't for who knows how many more weeks. I had my pipeline planned out to brew this two weeks ago, and I still have no word when I'll get it. That's it.
  23. Well, sadly, it's been about a week, and I still have no idea when or if to expect my two batches of English Ale. I'm really disappointed that I ordered this in the first day of dibs (getting charged 3x the correct shipping rate), and then--when I did not arrive--nothing being done. I'm reading about all of the guys who have already brewed their winter seasonal, and here I am, just sitting here, with nothing in either keg. I wonder if I haven't brewed my last batch of Mr Beer.
  24. themaddkat wrote: it says one cooked can of pumkin stuff do i have to cook it or is precook iam confused The stuff in the can is precooked. You can use it straight out of the can.I added a can, and honestly I can't taste any pumpkin in my final batch. But I overdid it on the nutmeg and cinnamon, or allspice, or whatever the MB recipe calls for. Go easy on the spices. But the pumpkin? I know it's in there, but if I didn't, I don't know that I could identify it as an ingredient in the brew.
  25. Diane B. wrote: I too am sorry to hear about your missing package. I wanted to explain and clarify some things to give you a better idea of what's happening with the tracer. We do ship in non-logo'ed boxes with the return address as Catalina Products, as Brian said, and exactly for the reasons previously stated, as well as not to ruin any surprises for someone receiving a gift. So whoever that may have taken it most likely didn't know what they were taking. Once the package is picked up by UPS it becomes their job to deliver it promptly and correctly. As long as the address is correct and their system says they delivered it they perform a trace to see what happened to it, which means the driver actually re-traces his steps and many times the package is found quickly. Since their policy is to ask for 5 business days to conduct the trace, we must allow them that time to conduct it. Once it's complete, they notify us and then we can send out the replacement. The upside is the warehouse is near you so as soon as we get the word from them we can ship and you'll get it within a day or two. It totally sucks if it really was stolen and not just lost or mis-delivered, I'm hoping they will find it quickly - it happens quite often. Hi, Diane. I appreciate this response. I was mostly frustrated at not getting my beer!!UPS has actually been in touch with me twice today, to confirm my address and what happened. Unfortunately, the driver who worked yesterday is off today and tomorrow, so he can't retrace his steps until Saturday. Oh, well. I'll get it eventually, and I'll make some good beer. I appreciate your response. And the nice guy I talked to this morning at Mr Beer, too.
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