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  1. Kealia wrote: For sure I'd do the pilsners with the S-05 for a nice clean finish. Thanks for the input. I forgot, I also have White Labs WLP320 (American Hefeweisen Ale) that I can harvest.
  2. I have several cans of MB HME (listed below) and I'm adding DME to each for simple 2 Gal recipes. My question is on the yeast. I have a few options on the shelf and want to see what everyone might recommend. Basically looking for which yeast to pair with which HME. I understand that I can go to the LHBS for specific yeast, but I want to experiment with what I have (yeast starters and yeast washing). MB HMEs: -Witbier -Doppelbock -Pilsner -Czech Pilsner -Porter -Vienna Lager Yeast on hand: -Safale US-04 (English Ale) -Safale US-05 (American Ale) -Wyeast 1056 (American Ale) -Wyeast 1388 (Belgian Strong Ale) Let me know your thoughts on combos. Thanks.
  3. Oh, this one sounds like fun! It sounds like a chemistry experiment, though I never liked chemistry much. In my opinion, if you identified honey as the problem, then you need to change it up and make it a variable. That's the only way to be certain. Set all other ingredients constant (malt, hops, ginger, etc) and vary the honey with several differnt versions, like you mentioned. To me, this is the fun kind of experimentation. I'm heading in that direction soon. Good luck.
  4. Try your local homebrew store, if there is one nearby. I got a 5 gal kit for under $100, but no glass carboy. The next step up was about $150, but didn't seem worth it just for the carboy and some little extras. The buckets have been fine for me so far. If no LHBS, try some of these web sites... www.brewmasterswarehouse.com www.morebeer.com www.northernbrewer.com I haven't priced out anything on those sites, but they seem credible and a good place to start. My brother-in-law loves the recipe builder on Brewmasters Warehouse site and has had good experiences with orders from them.
  5. c_s_stanley wrote: First six bottles looked clear as water but the last two were a little cloudy. I was sort of of thinking that nearly all of my beer would be cloudy as I bottled. But I do have to say that the smell got my taste buds working. Its gonna be hard to wait another month to pop the top. May do the 2 weeks and crack one open to see what it tastes like. You should do a bottling taste test. That's always fun. It should be flat beer at bottling time, but all the young flavors are there for the tasting. I just bottled my Holiday Winter Warmer (LHBS recipe, 5 gal batch) and the taste on that bad boy was awesome. That really get's me excited about what the flavors will mature into by the time conditioning is done.Need to repeat my mantra again...patience, patience!
  6. Congrats on 30! Fun milestone, just don't over analyze life stuff. Big brews for the big 3-0...sounds about right. Enjoy.
  7. Awesome, thanks for the pic and the quick reply. Also good to know that it's only sold in stores. Looks like a good solution for batch priming my MB kegs.
  8. FrozenInTime wrote: Nice pics truckndad. This is a very easy way to do it. IF you do not have an extra keg lay'n around, go to walmart. They sell a 2.5 gallon slim line for $7 that works great for this. That way you can have your kegs full of beer. The slim line is clear, you can see every thing going on in it. The lid is big, not hard to use and easy to clean. :silly: Does anyone have a picture of this slim line item? I've searched the Wally World website and haven't found anything close. I'm looking for a cheap "bottling bucket" for the MB kegs. Thanks.
  9. Sounds like a plan. I'll start a new thread and post the experimentation I do with 5 - 1 gal batches. It will just be a while before that happens, though, as I'm in the process of moving. Fun, fun. Quick solution for the others who are going to do the splitting...use water first to see what happens when splitting a 5 gal batch into two MB kegs. Better to use water before screwing it up with real beer.
  10. more beer here wrote: I split it right down the middle.I split the wort between the 2 kegs and then split the yeast as well.Never have had a problem so far.... Thanks for the info. Splitting the batch sounds like fun and opens the door for a whole lot more experimentation. Here's one of my splitting goals...take a 5 gal batch, split it into 5 - 1 gal carboys, and try something different in each carboy (different yeast, hops, etc). I just need to get those small carboys, pretty cheap at my LHBS.Thanks again.
  11. Couple of basic questions on this splitting process... -Do you put the wort into a 5 gal container, add water to get to 5 gal, and then split it? Or split the wort into the MB kegs, then add water? -When do you pitch the yeast, into the 5 gal batch or the two split batches? Just want to see what others may have done here. Can't wait to try this process sometime.
  12. Fuzzyman81 wrote: No - that is part of the reason I was looking to get into homebrewing - so I could make beer I really enjoy. I admittadly have not tried alot of different beers. While this will make most home brewers cringe I am sure, right now I am a Bud Light, Bud Select, Miller Light and the occasional Woodchucks Granny Cider kinda guy. I have tried a couple of Brown Ales over the past few years that were decent but nothing "great". I guess that might be part of my problem is I don't have a large knowledge base of other beers to compare anything to. I have been trying to find a site that compares the basic Mr. Beer flavors and tastes to that of the store bought beer varities so I would have something to compare it to. A good place to start is at your local beer shop, especially if you can find one that sells individual beers, usually craft/micro brews. Try all different types of beer styles...lager, wheat, pale ale, IPA, brown ale, etc. There are tons of variations on each style, some good, some bad. Try a couple types and see what works for your taste, then focus your MB brews on those styles. Ah, experimentation is tough work, but someone has to do it.
  13. Quick update on this totally over hopped brew... Went 3 weeks in the primary and now have 3 weeks in the bottle. The initial taste at bottling was a total HOP BOMB! I tasted again at about 9 days after bottling...still a hop bomb, and tasted like I was eating the actual hop leaves. Very intense. I tried another one tonight (3 weeks after bottling). I have to say that the hops only smoothed out slightly. The color and clarity were great with a nice full head. The aroma was big hops and damn near over-powering. It makes you think twice about taking a sip. Then you take a sip, because you are a hop head damn it and you're not afraid. The initial taste is smooth and inviting (like a nice blonde should be), then the hops come to town on the end of the taste and on into the after taste. And these are the kind of hops that linger and stay long past their welcome, like that one uncle at Christmas time. Except this uncle brought some kind of green plant for an appetizer and no one can shake the taste in their mouth. The bottom line here...learn from your mistakes, whether they be hop or malt related. Then make sure to drink your mistake beers at the end of the night because these suckers will ruin your palate for anything else. Cheers!
  14. FedoraDave wrote: Good advice up above, and I might as well add my two cents. My philosophy, as I've stated before, is to use the Mr. Beer recipes as-is, without changing a single thing in the ingredients or instructions. They've been developed to produce a certain brew, and the brewmasters at MB have decided that's what they were aiming at. Since I've got three kegs already, I figured I'd devote one to DME recipes and experiments and developing brews on my own; the other two are just for Mr. Beer recipes. And I know I'll have a good product in the end, with a minimum of fuss, since Mr. Beer makes it easy to brew great beer. That being said, you're free to do whatever you like with any ingredients you like. Using QBrew to help you balance things out would be helpful, should you go this route. FD, I like the 3 keg rotation idea. I just got a couple more recently and I'll probably use some kind of similar version to your idea. Although, I am partial to stronger brews (5.0% +) and the MB brews are slightly lighter. But I figure I have to give them a try first. Just tried my first ADIPA last night and truly like it. Great flavor, just needs more condition time.So maybe 1 keg for MB brews, straight up, 1 keg for MB variations, and 1 keg for LME recipes of my own making. Sounds like a fun plan.
  15. Man, that is the worst part...choking down some awful beer just for the bottles. I can usually get through most beers, as long as they are not terrible. I recently worked my way through an entire case of some rough tasting beer (not completely terrible), only to find out that the bottles were not good for reuse (double lip that makes bottling really difficult...the borg had the advice on them). That was some tough news!
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