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  1. "Wings_Fan_In_KC" post=350312 said:FLA: I haven't had plans to make the AMC brew but after reading your take on it....i may just do it. Nice. If you do, let me what you think. Like I said, it's not really my favourite style of beer. But my wife and her friends enjoyed it. That was good enough for me. The lime in it was not over powering, though no additional lime to the beer was needed. Like in a Corona, etc. We had a few bottles of it the last time we had 'Taco Night' at the house. Everyone seemed to enjoy it, which is always a good sign to me as a brewer.
  2. I did a variation of the Mexican Cerveza for my wife last month, where I used 1 oz. Saaz hops @15 minutes and .5 ozs. of Hallertaur hops @10 minutes, and the beer came out very good according to her. I drank a few, just not my style of beer. If you're interested, here is the recipe for an LBK size batch of what I made. Recipe: 1 Can Aztec Mexican Cerveza HME 1 lb. Light DME 1 oz. Saaz Hops @15 .5 oz. Hallertaur Hops @10 11.5 Grams US-05 Yeast Zest of 4 Limes (flame out) 1/2 Cup Limes Juice (flame out) Procedure: 1.5 gallons of water Stirred in the DME as the water was heating up Brought to boil Added Saaz Hoops @15 Added Hallertau Hops @10 Flameout Stirred in Aztec Mexican Cerveza HME Stirred in Lime Zest & Juice Chilled wort Wort transfer to LBK Topped off with freezer cold water Aerated wort Pitched yeast I did not sanatize the lime zest, much other than using some diluted StarSan on the outside of the lime, before shaving the zest off into a sanatized bowl.
  3. Hey, I just saw that last weekend. Visited Lindstrom, Minnesota for my brother in-laws 40th birthday. Went to a brew pub called 'The Happy Gnome' on Monday for lunch (and beers) before we flew out. Cool spot and they had a good selection of beers.
  4. "ddaley" post=342632 said:I don't have a brew supply shop within an hour drive for me to get hops so that's kind of my problem with trying this recipe. If things keep coming up like they are and I don't find time to bottle the batch that I have in by the weekend perhaps I'll have to make a trip up and get some hops to try this recipe.... Any flavor notes? You mentioned your wife likes BL Lime, did it turn out like that or do you have anything you could compare it to? Really tempted to give it a try but do agave instead of lime juice..... It had more of alime taste than the BL Lime did to her. I don't really drink these types of beer so I would not know how or what to compare it to. I brewed it pretty much for my wife. She said it seemed to have more body to it than the BL Lime, more mouthy to her. Now she is not a HUGE beer drinker, but likes what she likes. She seemed to like it more than the BL Lime. Sorry. Like I said, I am not a drinker of this sort of beer, so I really don't have anything to compare it to. But she and her friends seemed to really enjoy the beer. That was good enough for me.
  5. "unkyjack" post=342429 said:Thank you for the info! I have a can of Aztec Mexican Cerveza I've been wanting to brew, but with a little added pizzaz. Your recipe is just what I've been looking for. Thanks for sharing. Jack Sounds good, Jack. Let us know how it turns out for you :cheers:
  6. "unkyjack" post=342268 said:FLA Brewer . . . Looks like a tasty recipe. What was the total boil time? Jack It turned out well, and my wife liked it very much. 15 minutes boil time. Once the DME was added while the water was coming to a boil. I did not need to boil the DME any extra before adding the first hop addition. Once the water was at a good rolling boil, I added the first hop addition and started my boil timer for 15 minutes. Boiling the DME by itself for too long can change the colour of the end beer. Once it it dissolved into the water, you can begin adding your other ingredients and follow that timing for your recipe. If it does not call for say a 60 minute boil. There is no need to do a 60 minute boil of just the DME and water.
  7. I did a Mr. Beer sized batch of this at the end of last year for my wife, who likes the Bud Lime beer. This is what I did to the recipe to kick it up. It turned out very good and my wife loved it. You can also use your Agave Nectar instead of the 1/2 cup of lime juice if you prefer. I just did not have Agave Nectar on hand at the time of brewing this up. Recipe: 1 Can Aztec Mexican Cerveza HME 1 lb. Light DME 1 oz. Saaz Hops @15 .5 oz. Hallertaur Hops @10 11.5 Grams US-05 Yeast Zest of 4 Limes (flame out) 1/2 Cup Limes Juice (flame out) Procedure: 1.5 gallons of water Stirred in the DME as the water was heating up Brought to boil Added Saaz Hoops @15 Added Hallertau Hops @10 Flameout Stirred in Aztec Mexican Cerveza HME Stirred in Lime Zest & Juice Chilled wort Wort transfer to LBK Topped off with freezer cold water Aerated wort Pitched yeast I actually did not sanatize the lime zest, much other than using some diluted StarSan on the outside of the lime, before shaving the zest off into a sanatized bowl. I also went with the standrad 3-4 timing as well. Meaning 3 weeks fermenting, 4 weeks in the bottle at room temps for carbonation and conditioning.
  8. I do too. Dropped in last night and had a nice chat. I like the idea of live chatting with other brewers. Good stuff, and nice job on the upgrades.
  9. "T8r Salad" post=341681 said: If SWMBO happy, everybody HAPPY!!! [attachment=11554]bowdownwoman.jpg[/attachment] Truer words have never been spoken. Happy wife = Happy Life. She'll come around to home brews once you get your pipeline going and her tastes come around to better beers. Just like the brewing process, it takes time.
  10. You can always make yourself a spider and have the arms sit above everything so just the bag/grains are deep enough into the kettle. This would allow the grains the proper depth in the boil as well as keep the bag off the bottom of the kettle. Also, nothing else going into the kettle for the bag to tear or puncture on.
  11. Having a few hydrometers never hurts, as already mentioned above. I have three hydrometers and a refractometer if you ever make the jump to all grain brewing. But yeah, as others have stated, just a regular hydrometer and a thermometer for for checking the temps during the boil, etc.
  12. The thing I always say about size (no pun intended) is that if you go with the 2000ml, you can do any size batch you most likely ever do. If you get a smaller one, and upgrade at some point. You may have to buy another flask to do bigger starters. Easier to by big and have the ability to always use it. Rather than buy smaller and have to replace later on to do bigger batches. Just my $0.02 on it.
  13. You're right there. This worst part especially before you have any sort of pipeline going is the waiting game for carbing and conditioning. Congratulations on getting that first batch in the bottles. Your first batch may not be the best beer ever. But it will be YOUR beer :cheers:
  14. Not exactlly sure how well this will turn out. Here is an image of our first labels. Tried to stay simple, cost effective to print and keep with the overall theme of what we have going.
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