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  1. I tapped maple syrup this year. I love the taste of it, and was wondering if I could use it to make some beer. I've considered using a recipe that calls for honey and substituting it. I know that real maple syrup has to be refrigerated. Any advice?
  2. Thanks to all, It was pale ale, I fermented it for 2 weeks at about 70 degrees, then conditioned for 2 weeks. I put the bottle in the fridge for about 3 days.
  3. I'm on my second batch. The first wasn't a total disaster like I thought it would be. I've fermented the brew and I like the taste, but I'm afraid that when I add the sugar for "carbonation and conditioning" it will be sweet. On my first batch, that is what happened. I let it condition for an additional week, but it still had a sweet taste. Can I cut some of the sugar? Or is there something else to try?
  4. Thanks a lot. I appreciate the advice
  5. You are saying ferment it in the Mr. Beer fermenter for 2 weeks, add the sugar and bottle it for carbonation for two weeks, and then wait 2 more weeks for conditioning. Is that correct? Should the carbonation and conditioning be done in the refrigerator?
  6. Well, I averted destruction on my first attempt. It all worked out ok, but I have a question on sweetness. I followed the fermenting directions, and started conditioning after a week and a half. I tested the concoction before bottling (standard blonde ale) and it tasted ok. I added the sugar and set the bottles away. But, when I tried it after a week, the brew tasted a bit too sweet for my liking. I followed the directions on adding sugar, but is there a way to do this without adding sweeteners? Did I do something wrong that made it sweet? Thanks to anyone who can help.
  7. Yes, there is bubbling and settling on the bottom. I put a little in a shot glass, and it had what resembled a head. Is it worth continuing?
  8. Yes, there is bubbling and settling on the bottom. I put a little in a shot glass, and it had what resembled a head. Is it worth continuing?
  9. This may be a really dumb question, but how do I know if the yeast was killed. I was curious to find out what would happen (and I didn't have any yeast) so I put the stuff in the barrel and started the wait. How will I know if things worked or if they are a bust?
  10. It was the standard pale ale. They were not boiled, but got pretty warm. I'll get a new packet of yeast. Thanks.
  11. I goofed up on my first try. I wasn't paying attention to the packets and put the yeast in when I should have put booster. Is this batch destroyed or salvagible?
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