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  1. I brewed one of my first batches the Steel Jan way! It came out great! If you thought a Mr Beer kit was quick, this speeds it up even more.
  2. thump one of the bottles of water, you might see it freeze before your eyes.
  3. Fun times with no wort bittering..... http://www.homebrewtalk.com/bittering-hops-in-15-minutes.html
  4. Aroma, and maybe 15% of the bitterness? Some even say the "having to boil hops with wort" is a myth. Boil up some hop tea, and taste, my guess is that it will be pretty bitter.
  5. 4 cups of hot wort into 2 gal of chilled water will give you a pretty good pitching temp. A full pot of hot wort into maybe ~1 gal of (what temp?) water will most likely give you well over 80* water. What were saying is, extra water in the boil is not that big of a deal. Pitching yeast in too hot a temp will defiantly give you some off flavors. These may condition out over time, but it may take well over the recommended 4 weeks.
  6. The draft brewer just looks like a keg + regulator + lines and adaptors. You'd still need co2, fridge, taps.
  7. Next batch, make sure to pitch the yeast in fairly cool wort. It should be close to your fermenting temps. 68-72*. Pitching too hot, 80-95* will not cause the yeast to die, they will love it, and go crazy reproducing in the hot tub, unfortunately they will also create a bunch of nasty tastes and smells that you really don't want in your beer.
  8. 5. http://www.amazon.com/Capella-Flavor-Drops-Big-Squeeze-Servings/dp/B005KFTDLW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1419954632&sr=8-3&keywords=bacon+flavor Try a drop in your next beer.
  9. American Lager bitter? yagottabepullingmyleg
  10. The yeast will find that sugar. So, no real problems. (insufficient aeration, proper temp for pitching, stressed yeast, etc. could cause off flavors, but you will get beer)
  11. There are spreadsheets and apps you can use for correction. The one below is close enough that you'll probably have a greater margin of error from reading your hydrometer. http://seanterrill.com/2012/01/06/refractometer-calculator/
  12. give the bottles a little agitation, and wait two more weeks.
  13. Over time the essential oils will break down. Much of that is due to oxidation, so the less o2 you get at bottling the longer it will last.
  14. Not a Brewmaster but I'll give it a shot.... 1. If you have a longer boil to do, for getting more bitter out of your hops, DME may be better. LME tends to darken the longer the boil. 2. DME works great as a top off for all your recipes. Buy in bulk it will last longer, then when your recipe calls for x lbs of malt, and you only have (or can only purchase) x-1 lbs of LME, you can make up the difference with your stash of DME. DME also nice to have around if you are making a yeast starter.
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