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  1. Ok the beer in the bottles is super cloudy and developing the film on top. Probably gonna pop the lid and throw these out.
  2. Bottled two six packs out of this. Really did not feel worth it at all to try to squeeze a little more out of the gallon left in the LBK. It's a shame really, I got back into brewing because I had prickly pear cactus fruit on hand, and I really liked Shiners Prickly Pear beer 😕
  3. Hate to take the lid off, but this is definitely infected. The big white bump is just the hop sack but there are little pellicles around it and a white sheen.
  4. Hmm I have a predicament then. I'd just really hate to toss this batch, but I have a white sheen and definite pellicles. It looks like the beginning of the infection though, so maybe no off tastes because it's pretty young. I do have a corny keg, so maybe I should do that?
  5. I've heard once you get an infection, it can be very hard to clean out. Also I wish this were merely buckeyeitis, but I have a definite white sheen on top and some big nasty bubbles. I'll post a picture once I figure out what to do with this batch. On reflection I'm not worried about using the glass bottles again, but I am worried about future contamination with this bottling wand. So that's why I'm hesitant to keep using this lbk and trying to limit what is exposed to this beer.
  6. I should also say, I'll probably throw out this lbk? Although it is 8 years old, it's not been particularly heavily used. Is it better safe than sorry, or do you think a bleach soak would do the trick? I also am not gonna use the bottling wand. And is it ok to reuse the glass bottles with a bleach soak? I'm using my commerical 12 oz bottles so I won't be upset if they explode.
  7. Hey all, Started brewing with Mr. Beer nearly 8 years ago. Gave up the hobby for nearly a decade and now back at it. I made a prickly pear ale based on Mr. Beers old cherry tart recipe with the American lager extract and pale lme. Instead of cherries I added my own prickly pear syrup from frozen and crushed prickly pears (added at the 8 day mark). All was fine, and at the 17 day mark I dry hopped citra hops in a muslin bag that had been boiled for five minutes. Now at day 21 I check and there is an infection! Was it the hops? Was it the prickly pear that I did not pasteurize (next time I'll use campden tablets)? Was it just opening the top and letting in oxygen/bacteria? Who knows. What I do know is I have a very good looking pellicle on the top of my lbk that I did not plan for. The good news is I just sampled the beer, and there is no off smell I can detect. In fact, this is without a doubt the best tasting beer straight out of the lbk I've ever had. I'm not sure what if anything the infection is doing, but I'm getting a good clean crisp taste, nice citra hop aroma, and nothing off that I can detect. Based on expertise gleaned from these forums, I have decided to forgo the cold crashing and go ahead and bottle straight away today. I'm posting to ask if there are any special precautions I should take bottling? Should I leave extra beer in the keg so that the pellicle doesn't get sucked into the bottles? Any tips and advice would be appreciated, and of course if bottling this is a bad idea please let me know! Edited to add - I will be keeping the bottles in a coleman cooler in case they do explode. Gonna give them two weeks to carbonate and refrigerate them immediately so they don't explode hopefully.
  8. On top of this, could I add more yeast to the mix to remedy the problem?
  9. I was cold crashing my keg before I bottled it, and it turns out I had my fridge too cold. Anyways the beer partially froze over... Will this ruin the beer or kill the yeast? Am I still good to bottle, carb, and condition?
  10. Well, those most have been the days! We mostly just drink crappy cheap beer now... Cheers
  11. So I want to make the Sutter's Gold brew. I know for the "Saflager W-34/70 Dry Lager Yeast" you have to ferment between 48 and 62 degrees. What would be the easiest way to do this. I have a mini fridge, would putting it on the warmest temperature put me at the ideal spot? I also have a cooler that i could pack with some ice but that seems more difficult to keep the keg at 48-60? What is the easiest way to ferment at this temperature?
  12. Thanks Joe, I will definitely look into that! The wayback machine is incredibly helpful, I can't believe I didn't know about that. Do you think I could substitute the old OVL with the new Octoberfest HME?
  13. First, I know there have been threads on this, but I am not familiar at all with this new discussion forum interface so I couldn't find out how to search for old threads. I haven't been on the forums for a long time, so I figured I would just post a new thread. I have two leftover cans of Mr. Beer's old Whispering Wheat Wiezenbier. I couldn't find any of the old recipes, so I was wondering if people had any suggestions so I didn't have to brew it straight up. I want something relatively simple, but still good. I am willing to buy hops, fruit, other ingredients to add to it. Any help would be appreciated, because I can't find anything on the old recipes. Cheers! Buckeye
  14. I also brewed this one straight up. It's been conditioning for two months just because I couldn't find the occasion to drink it. Tried it the other day and it was fantastic.
  15. Thank you. I think new brewers are their own worst enemies :laugh:
  16. I just took a hydrometer reading and got around 1.010 so the yeast did its job. The only thing that concerned me was the sheer amount of trub. My hydrometer sample was very cloudy and bubbling almost like it had been carbonated. I think there was a build up of sediment around the spigot. I am going to give it another week in the tank and cold crash it to make everything settle down, but I think I have beer. I was just a little concerned with my sample though.
  17. I have my other keg going right now too or else I would rack it into something else. I think I'll just let it sit for now. It seems fine, but I am going to taste it in about a week. Upon further inspection with a flashlight I did detect a very faint krausen ring around the top. I know I shouldn't open the lid, but I didn't smell anything sour.
  18. They are supposed to add about 1.1% to the abv, so two of them should get you close to one old ume can which was about 2.3%.
  19. I used a halved vanilla bean in my chocolate vanilla porter. I sanitized it in vodka to bring out the flavor.
  20. I started the Northwest Pale Ale + Pale LME last week and pitched one coopers/mrb dry ale yeast. I haven't checked on it for seven days, and today I found that there was almost no ring on the top part of the keg that I usually get. There was a lot of malt in the batch so I expected a lot of foam but hardly got any. There is still a lot of trub on the bottom so that leads me to think the yeast is working, but I am worried about the batch. I do have an extra packet of yeast that I can pitch. Also there seems to be some weird bubbles in the keg I haven't seen before. I uploaded some pictures. I couldn't get a good picture of the so called bathtub ring because it was only a few centimeters and very faint. Does it look okay to you guys? [attachment=9348]2012-11-11_14-00-13_885.jpg[/attachment] [attachment=9349]2012-11-11_14-01-19_586.jpg[/attachment]
  21. I have a bad habit of wanting to get a good smell of inside the keg. I always put my nose right over the opening to do this. I guess I shouldn't but I haven't had an infected batch yet!
  22. "Gymrat" post=295580 said:If you like presentation check out the caps at midwestsupplies.com Funny you should say that because I plan on purchasing the American Flag caps!
  23. Thanks for the advice everyone. I just stumbled upon a few reviews online where where some of the plastic parts had bent over time or someone got a defective capper. But I think as long as I take care of it, it will be a worthy investment. I am kind of picky on presentation, so I am trying to replace my PET bottles with all glass, so I am definitely going to buy the capper in the OP. Cheers! :chug:
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