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  1. Thanks to everyone for their input. I'm going to drink a winner someday soon. Also, Chris... I sent my question (similar to yours) to the brewmaster and I got this advice: Hi Ethan, It sounds like your temp may be your problem. The dry ale yeast we provide with the HMEs needs to ferment between 68-76 degrees. If the temp drops below that, the yeast basically goes dormant. So if your beer is at that temp, the fermtnation can quite easily not finish. Which means that there are extra unfermented sugars besides the priming sugar in your bottle, which equals too much CO2 for the space. You can either ferment in a warmer spot, or you can also just use a different yeast - we have tons that would be perfect for your room temp: http://www.mrbeer.com/category-exec/category_id/93. Let me know if you have further questions, and happy brewing! Cheers~ Brianna C. Customer Service
  2. The instructions for Mad Dog IPA read: 2.5. Once the Booster™ is fully dissolved bring to a boil. Add Northern Brewer and Columbus hops (in hop sack). Boil for 5 minutes (stir occasionally), then remove from heat. Add 1 cup of dark brown sugar, stir to mix well. 2.6. Stir HME and UME into mixture. This mixture is called the wort. NOTE: HOPS MAY APPEAR AS GREEN LEAF PARTICLES AND WILL NOT DISSOLVE. KEEP HOPS IN FERMENTER THE ENTIRE FERMENTATION PERIOD. 2.7. Pour wort into keg. Bring the volume of the keg to the 8.5-quart mark by adding more cold water. Add Cascade hops (in hop sack) Stir vigorously to mix well. Am I supposed to put the boiled hop sack, AND the unboiled cascade hops into the fermenter? Or do I only put the unboiled cascade hops into the fermentor?
  3. I'm having the exact same issue. I'm gonna try using less sugar on my next batch (knock on wood) but it's the mad dog, and junk yard dog IPAs so I won't know if I made a mistake for 3 months. I've tried the same methods for 3 batches so far, and although the flavor of the Bombay Bliss IPA (add fresh ginger), and 3 spice lemon weiss recipies were very delicious... I was burping like crazy, and it made the batches barely drinkable. my questions for less carbonation are: - Am I using too much sugar (even though, I'm pretty close to the instructions)? -Am I not supposed to use ALL of the booster? -Should I let it sit longer? or shorter? -How do I get bigger bubbles? (mine were like champagne bubbles as well)
  4. Thanks... & I do agree w/ that. Green Flash is my favorite of that list. BTW, (2 questions)... What is a Grapefruit HopBomb IPA? and I'm still trying to get all my acronyms down, what is an ADIPA? PS: I'm about to order The Mad Dog IPA recipe, and the Junk Yard Dog recipe. I figured it would be a good idea to stick to the recipes for a while, until I get something I like.
  5. I just drank the first few pints of my first batch ever... (pause for applause) BUT, I gotta say, I wish I had better results (it was the basic West Coast Pale Ale). It could've been any number of things. It tastes like beer, but bland, and it seems waaay ...(burp)... too ...(burrp)... carbonated... (BLUUURRP!!!) I'd love to know anyone's tips for my next batches the 3 spice honey weiss and the Bombay Bliss IPA (-w/ extra cascade hops, and some fresh ginger)... ALSO, I'm about to order my next few batches today, and I wanted to know if anyone wanted to make any suggestions for a good IPA recipie. My favorite IPAs are: Green Flash, Drake's, Andersen Valley's IPA, Racer 5, & good ole Lagunitas IPA. If there's any recipes (or recipes w/ augmentations that a beginner can handle) that are comparable to these, I'd love to know. ANYwho... I was feeling defeated, but then my lady reminded me that this is my first batch ever, and encouraged me to get back on the horse. I feel like when Luke got blasted by the remote ball droid thingy... it hurt, but then Obi Won said "You've just taken your first step into a much larger world".
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