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  1. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced loss of carbonation with the 1/2 liter PET bottles. The first time I used them, 3-4 of the bottles had little to no carbonation. I thought maybe I just didn't take care in bottling so I tried them again. On the second batch all but 4 of the bottles had not carbonation. To be sure it was not me, on a third batch I used 3 of the 1/2 liter bottles, 4 1 liter PET bottles and the rest in 12 oz. glass bottles. There was no problem with carbonation in the 1 liter or 12 oz. bottles but the 1/2 liter bottles again had problems. I've contacted Mr. Beer customer service but they haven't answered.
  2. Thanks so much! I really love making my own beer whether it be a Mr. Beer recipe, a trumped up version of Mr. Beer or one of my own concoctions! Up until now I've been steeping grains with extract and I'm ready to make the jump!
  3. http://www.midwestsupplies.com/3-gallon-partial-mash-system.html http://www.midwestsupplies.com/media/downloads/243/3%20Gallon%20Partial%20Mash%20Instructions.pdf I'm still new but I thought this might be a good intro with 2 gallon batches which is all I can do in an apartment in Florida.
  4. First off, please excuse my ignorance. I've seen a 3 gallon partial mash system from a distributor made for 5 gallon batches. My question is if I wanted to use this system for a LBK size batch, what is the difference from all grain brewing? Am I missing something?
  5. If I am doing an extract with dry dme and a hop boil with steeped grains, should I add a clarifier like irish moss?
  6. I've been obsessed since August '11 and I now have 5 LBK's. Once the new locking spigot is available I will probably go up to 6 or 7 and will use one for batch priming or buy a 6 1/2 gal. set up. :party:
  7. I am not sure about boiling the HME which is all the ADIPA has. By boiling the hopped extract, you may be changing the flavor profile of the HME. I've read that doing a hop boil with the UME is acceptable but you may wish to get some more advice from those with more experience than I. For your next batch, you may just want to do a dry hop after about 7-10 days of fermentation or as previously suggested a hop boil with a UME or after having steeped some grains. :party:
  8. Congrats on the new additions to your family, the LBK and the daughter! Good luck with both!
  9. Congrats on successfully making beer! That first taste of your own beer is great! Keep on brewin'! :party:
  10. Howdy and welcome, Cleveland and USMCMatt! @Matt, don't throw away the refill that comes with the kit. It is probably a WCPA w/booster. Nothing at all wrong with that beer. It is better with the UME but still good beer. Happy brewing! :party:
  11. Howdy and welcome! I'm four months into the obsession and patience is still the hardest part, although I am getting better! I let my OVL carb/condition for a full 4 weeks before doing a tester, then let the rest go another 2 weeks. Much better after the 6 weeks than the 4. Again, welcome! :party:
  12. Howdy and welcome! As has been said, you're making beer! Don't overthink things to start with. Follow the directions and you'll be fine. Ask questions because a lot on here really know their stuff. Again, welcome! :party:
  13. Howdy and welcome! Go 3 weeks in the LBK then bottle. If you like highly carbonated beers, go with their recommended amount of priming sugar. If not, go with a little less. Most here will recommend going exactly by instructions for the first few brews so that you get a base of what to expect and it's pretty good advice. :party:
  14. Howdy and welcome! Enjoy your brew! :party:
  15. Howdy and welcome! Sounds like your first should turn out good! Keep on brewing and asking questions. These people know their stuff and always seem to be willing to help! :party:
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