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  1. My favorite beer: Bavarian Weissbier with Golden LME. Heck, while a bit on the light side, I don't mind that standard brew done straight up. Great flavor. Best extract here, IMO.
  2. I got tomorrow off. Going to do some reading.
  3. Some guy at the bar told me two days ago he stopped brewing beer a year ago. I told him I brew four MB batches every month. He then came up to the bar this afternoon and gave me five beer mixes -- two Dutch Lager and three Czech Pilsner from "Beer Machine." Never heard of that one, but I'm wondering if I can do these mixes in my MB fermenters. What the heck -- I got four MB fermenters that will be empty this weekend. Might just toss these mixes in and see what happens. No big risk. The instructions say to just mix with water -- no boiling.
  4. I added the yeast @ 65 degrees. Good news: activity has kicked in. I think my worries were premature.
  5. I had an MB Sticky Wicket Oatmeal Stout from the spring that I made several days ago. There appears to be no activity on top. I'm assuming a lot has to be going on below -- right? I hope it isn't dead.
  6. @Gringojoe: I had a similar question a few days ago. This place is a great resource. And based on the feedback, I'm going to let my beer ferment three weeks, followed by four weeks carbonated/conditioned at room temperature. It's tough because I lack patience! Some call this the "3-4." Good luck. Side note: I started brewing back last spring. I'm over 30 batches into this. Only a few stinkers. My favorite without question is the Bavarian Weissbier Deluxe. That's the one with the LME package. I really like it without the LME, too. Just a little lighter.
  7. Does the last "2" in 2-2-2 mean in the refrigerator with these simple Mr. Beer refills? Does anyone here NOT cold condition in the fridge? The reason why I bring this up is that my best tasting beers are not the ones I've been cold conditioning. I just bring up a few beers in the morning to put in the fridge, and then drink same in the evening. Thanks in advance for your input.
  8. I liked both the ADIPA and this current one. Both struck me more along the lines of a Pale Ale. Hoppy -- yes, but not as hoppy as I though an IPA should taste. Still good. Two thumbs up with Diablo. And I do miss ADIPA, too. The head retention very good in both cases. Both good straight up. IMO.
  9. I have been using Domino Dots. My beer comes out fine. Is corn sugar supposed to be better?
  10. I have done two batches of Diablo IPA straight up, too. And I agree -- the head retention is the best. I'd have to say this is my favorite of the Craft Series.
  11. The finish reminds me of SNPA. We all have different tastes and takes, but SNPA came immediately to my mind after my first pint of Diablo. Nice biting pale ale. Little darker in appearance, I'd say.
  12. I'm not a hop-head either, but I do like Sierra Nevada. I've had lots of IPA before, with most being a bit too hoppy for me. I think this Diablo brew is more in line with a Pale Ale. And I do think ADIPA was like that, too. But yes, I do like this Diablo a lot. I love the bite.
  13. I bring you GOOD NEWS! Just finished a 2-liter bottle of the new MB Diablo IPA. I did it straight up and according to 2-2-2. Nice and hoppy! Now I like the old ADIPA, but this is better. Little bit more malt and more bite, IMO. I'm very excited by this new "Craft Beer!" Since I did the whole series, I'm going to dive into the Winter Lager, NW Pale Ale and Bewitched during tomorrow's NFL games.
  14. Using two cans of Mr. Beer/Coopers HME is a mighty expensive batch. You reach a point where things can get cost-prohibitive -- right? I added 1/2 lb. of Golden LME to the Bavarian Weiss last week. They call this refill 'Deluxe.' I'd try adding LME or DME first.
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