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  1. Just popped open a bottle from my 2nd batch... The flavor is there but it isn't as strong. It must be the pumpkin putting this flavor into the brews......... :throwup:
  2. Yea, I'm beginning to think that the pumpkin could be the issue. We'll see in a few weeks when I open one from the other batch. I've also noticed that the basic kits (wcpa, bra, etc...) have a slight off flavor as well. I always seem to get a bit of a "wine" aftertaste, although very slight. Someone recently got me a Brewers Best kit and I'm interested to see the difference in taste when compared to a Mr. B kit.
  3. I used canned pumpkin puree, maybe the can it came in transferred some flavor?
  4. yankeedag wrote: What kind of pot did you use in the making of this brew? I used a circulon elite series pot... The same one I've used for all of my other mr. Beer brews
  5. swenocha wrote: My Defibrillator Doppelbock had that flavor. I always assumed that I let my fermentation temps get out of hand, but I'm not certain. Regardless, as TXBrew says, time can cure what ails a beer (except when it doesn't). I am 11 months out from brewing this (10 months in the bottle), and the flavor has almost gone away... I'm certain it wasn't my temps because I change out my frozen water bottles daily. Whenever I check the temps they're never above 70. We'll see... I brewed 2 of these back to back. Hopefully the 2nd batch doesn't have this taste because I have family waiting to drink it!
  6. I'm thinking it might be the cinnamon?
  7. Well, I just opened up a bottle of pumpkin ale that I bottled in July 14. It has a nice color, smell and is well carbonated. But, yes there is a but, I have a problem. While the initial and middle off the taste is good it finishes with a metallic flavor. I can't figure out why it has this distinct flavor. Here is the recipe: RECIPE INCLUDES: 1 Can West Coast Pale Ale HME 1 Can Mellow Amber UME 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of HME) 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser YOU PR0VIDE: 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar 1 Can Cooked Pumpkin Puree (around 16 oz.) 2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg I also added 1/4 tsp of pumpkin pie spice. Any thoughts?
  8. ILoveLamp wrote: The only investment I made in 5 gallon batches was a 6 gallon bucket and a paint strainer bag from Home Depot. Other than that just more bottles. I think you'll find as I did that partial mash or all grain tastes better than extract. At least it does to me. If you put 2 beers in front of me, one extract brewed and one partial mash I could tell the difference no problem. Its pretty easy to get started. I just did a 5 gallon IPA partial mash with 9 pounds of grain and 1 pound of LME with 4 oz of hops for a grand total of around $25. If you want to get into partial or all grain you may need to invest in a bigger brew pot. BIAB is the easiest way to get into it in my opinion. The best thing you can do is what you are already doing, ask questions on this borg. This place is where I discovered BIAB. I always wanted to go all grain but didnt want to buy all the equipment needed until I saw someone on here mention BIAB one day. For a 5 gallon batch I use a 4 gallon brew pot that can hold 10 pounds of grains. Its easy to be intimidated by I just got a 5 gallon setup on craigslist for 50 bucks. I'm curious, though, about the size of the pot I'll need for a 5 gal biab. Ive looked around and almost everything I've read says I'll need an obscenely huge pot. How do you make it work with only a 5 gallon pot?
  9. uconnrh11 wrote: Slightly off topic, but do you use northern brewer often? I was just looking around on their site and it looks reasonably priced. Do you brew 2.5 gallons only or do you do the full 5 gallons?I haven't tried northern but have looked at their site and agree it seems reasonable. For these kits I do have a setup for 5 gallon brews but I also like brew them and split them into 2 mr. beer kegs. Ends up being less than the full 5 gallons but I tend to like the stronger flavor and slightly boosted ABV. Interesting. I was thinking about getting a 5 gal set up but I don't think I have the space. How do you split the 5 gal kits between the 2 lbks? Just eyeball it or what? I like the prices better on northern brewer than... Eh hem... Somewhere else :whistle: .
  10. uconnrh11 wrote: TMed wrote: I just placed a order today for the midwest supplies pumpkin ale that I will brew next week for the fall. Nice. I have the same kit arriving saturday. Have you brewed it before? If so any pointers? Slightly off topic, but do you use northern brewer often? I was just looking around on their site and it looks reasonably priced. Do you brew 2.5 gallons only or do you do the full 5 gallons?
  11. I cracked open a bottle of pumpkin lager (http://www.mrbeer.com/product-exec/product_id/146/nm/Pumpkin_Lager). Now, I know it needs much more time to condition, but I had an itch to see how it was coming a long. It was in the lbk for 22 days and has only been in the bottle for 2 weeks. I must say, even though it's only a few weeks old, it's quite delicious! I can't wait until October rolls around to open one up and enjoy it on a cool, fall night. It's nice and clear. The carbonation is a little weak and there was almost no head after pouring. The flavor is really smooth. I can't taste any pumpkin in it but I can certainly make out the spices. If any of you have had "Post Road's" pumpkin ale I'd say it's close to that. On a side note, I have another batch of this fermenting now. It has another 7 days in the lbk and I was wondering what an additional can of pumpkin would do to it? Any thoughts?
  12. I think I'm gonna brew it by itself after reading all of these. I got another kit yesterday and I was thinking of ways to tweak the basic WCPA recipe without buying more "stuff"
  13. How do you more experienced brewers think WCPA would taste with the additions of: Orange zest Lemon zest Coriander I would really appreciate some of your thoughts/opinions on this. Thanks! :cheers:
  14. I'm on my 2nd batch of the pumpkin lager and haven't had ant issues. Im not sure if the porter would act much differently...
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