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  1. heh heh heh.....call me crazy, but I do drink the trub from the bottom. However, I do not pour it into my glass. I just drink it from the bottle after the pour. Rick
  2. Take a look at the MrBeer recipes page: Mr Beer Recipes They have a lot of good recipes over there, so you should be able to find something that appeals to you fairly easily. Although, you may also find many that suits you and thus makes the choice tougher. Also, take a look at their Craft Series Refills. All four make a really good brew. Rick
  3. Yes you can. Or, you could order a 2nd LBK from MrB and brew up different beers. This is a great way to get more practice and to try lots of styles while you find your favorite(s). I have 3 MrB LBKs that I kept in constant rotation for a good while. Really helps build the pipeline of beer. I've also brewed up 4.5 gallon batches and then split that between 2 LBKs. Lots of possibilities. Rick
  4. Like swenocha, I too use the unscented Oxyclean Free. I find about a 1/4 scoop works well. I fill the keg completely and let it soak for about an hour or more. Use the spigot and drain some into a bowl for soaking the spigot later. Drain out some more until about half full (or less), and then use a soft cloth to wipe down the inside. Drain the rest of the way and then rinse very well. Afterwards, remove the spigot and place into the bowl of Oxyclean water obtained earlier and let it soak for a while. Rinse well afterwards. Rick
  5. The inside of the LBK lid will often have residue from high krausen. I suspect you are seeing the same thing. No worries. Rick
  6. That is pretty much how I do all of my fruit recipes now. If a recipe calls for 2 cans of fruit, I generally add 1 can on brew day and the other can a week later. I brewed up the original "Chocolate Covered Cherries" recipe about 19 months ago. Everything was pretty much straight-forward. Pretty good results. Rick
  7. Booster is not required for any of the refills. It is an adjunct similar to sugar that can be added in moderate amounts to any beer. In the early days, the MrBeer basic refills used Booster, while their newer refills use more malt instead (much better in my opinion). Rick
  8. I concur with Robert on this. I've made the "Mountain Raspberry" recipe 3 times and did not have any issues with seeds. In fact, I was able to use my bottling wand when bottling these. I do believe you'll like this brew. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the "Mountain Raspberry" turned out. Received quite a few complements on it, even from those who are not keen on beer. I hope it turns out well for you. Rick
  9. Mr. Beer's flat shipping rate of $7.95 is a pretty good deal when you have a nice size order. Typically, I'd order 3 or 4 refills/recipes at a time and possibly even throw in a few accessories that I needed at the time. Also keep an eye out for MrB specials and limited time offers that can also help you save. Harder on the pocketbook when you hit that checkout button, but you'll be setup in refills for a good while. If you have a local home brew store close by, you might check and see if they carry MrB refills. My LHBS does and I've picked up a few this way as well. Rick
  10. Rick, You might want to check out the recipe for the "Blue Patriot": RECIPE INCLUDES: 1 Can Patriot Lager HME 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of HME) 1 Pouch Booster™ 2 Cans Blueberries in Light Syrup 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser I made this last summer and it was very tasty. I received quite a few compliments on this brew. Welcome to the obsession!! Rick
  11. I agree with Samueld here. The 1 oz packets are generally used in 5 gallon batches. If it tastes too light to you on drinking day, add a fresh lime wedge to your glass and update your notes to increase the amount on your next batch. On batches where I've used fresh lime zest, I've used right about 1/2 oz, give or take a little. I've also gone both the boiling route and straight into the LBK, although, because I do use fresh lime zest, I would dip my limes in One-Step before zesting. Since this is packaged lime peel from the LHBS, you'd probably still be ok, but the safe bet is to go ahead and boil in water for 5 to 10 minutes. Don't boil in the HME. Good luck and I hope it turns out the way you want. Rick
  12. Typically, I will harvest about 21 bottles of the 12 ounce glass bottles, give or take a bottle. Rick
  13. As Jeff mentioned above, just keep your yeast in the refrigerator and the hops in your freezer. You'll be fine. One other thing I might mention - if the recipe you are thinking about ordering now contains liquid yeast, you probably want to check into how it is shipped and whether or not they use cold packs for shipping. For dry yeast, you'll be OK shipping in the heat. Myself, I prefer to get liquid yeast at my LHBS. But many have ordered liquid yeast online without issues. Rick
  14. Though I've not tried this with lemon juice, I have done it with lime juice several times with excellent results. In all cases, I've used an entire 11.5 grams of Fermentis dry yeast (sometimes dry pitched and others rehydrated) for a LBK sized batch. I do believe, however, that I've been below 100 mL of juice each time - never measured, just used what I squeezed from 3 limes. [Edit: just went and measured using my previous receptacle, and it is indeed right at 95 mL, give or take a little] Rick
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