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  1. What drops out is a combination of yeast and trub. I'm sure some live yeast drop out as well. When you bottle the beer it's impossible without a multimillion dollar filtering system to remove all the yeast so some is inevitability going to end up in the bottles.
  2. "Sundance" post=361380 said:I may be off base here, but if you want to spend a few more bucks, getting a good liquid yeast would probably help the flavor out, too. From what I've heard and read on this forum, yeast makes just as much if not more of an impact on taste as the other ingredients do. That really depends on the yeast. Most dry yeasts these days are of great quality. Unless you have something like a Belgian or a Hefe yeast the flavor profile will be negligible or very similar.
  3. "Wilipepper" post=361334 said:Do you boil the honey and ginger or put them in raw? From the MR. Beer Instructions. Sub DME for the Booster. My recommendations is to use 1/2 lb of DME as the Honey itself will increase the ABV as well. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of the Classic American Light hopped malt extract (HME), and then place the unopened can in hot tap water. a Place 1 packet (1/2 oz.) of Saaz pellet hops into the hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess material Using the sanitized measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart pot then SLOWLY sprinkle in the pouch of Booster™ while continually stirring to avoid clumping. Bring this to a boil, and then remove from heat. Pour the HME, 1 cup honey, 1 teaspoon grated ginger, and hops (in hop sack) in and stir until thoroughly mixed.b This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort. Fill keg with cold tap water to the 4-quart mark on the back.c Pour the wort into the keg, and then bring the volume of the keg to the 8.5-quart mark by adding more cold water. Mix well with the spoon. Sprinkle the yeast packet into the keg, then stir vigorously and screw the lid onto the keg. d Put your keg in a location with a consistent temperature between 68°and 76° F and out of direct sunlight.e Ferment for 7-14 days. After approximately 24 hours, you will be able to see the fermentation process happening by shining a flashlight into the keg. You'll see the yeast in action in the wort. The liquid will be opaque and milky, you will see rising bubbles in the liquid, and there will be bubbles on the surface. Cool, eh!?
  4. Would help if you gave us an idea of what beer you are making so we can help to make a determination. Adding DME will help in adding flavor but it will also add the toe ABV. It just depends on how much you add as to how much it will affect the Alcohol level. Consequently adding most flavoring that has sugar will increase the Alcohol level but it may not be significant enough to be a concern.
  5. If you ever want to Doctor it up, add 1/4 of Liberty Hops and 1 lb of DME for a 15 min boil. It makes for a mighty tasty brew.
  6. Do you have Qbrew? If not you should. You can absolutely make a good beer with that combination. Are you going to be using a Wheat Yeast with this?
  7. "VTGroff" post=358896 said: "tbwrangler2000" post=358811 said:Anybody now of a great Samuel Adams Boston Lager clone recipe? I want to find something easy and around 5% abv. I've honestly never tried it, but I have a sinking feeling that that Mr. B "Patriot Lager" Deluxe Refill comes pretty close to what you're requesting. Get that, swap out the provided yeast for some US-05 and ferment it as close to the low-60s as you can get it and I bet you'll be satisfied with the results :chug: While Patriot Lager is good it tastes nothing like Boston Lager to me.
  8. Why can I not delete a freaking post?
  9. "Sundance" post=358465 said: "HazardousBrewer" post=358429 said:Resurrecting this thread. The House of Representatives voted 58-33 On April 2nd for a bill to make it legal to brew beer at home in Alabama. Rep. Mac McCutcheon narrowly fought off, with a 40-36 vote, an attempt to amend the bill and require home brewers to register with their local sheriff. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate. What a travesty. What is the world coming to? People brewing their own beer at home?! What will be next? LEGALIZED CRACK?!! Actually this hobby is kind of addictive... If you all are interested in how it went, hop on over to BasicBrewing.com and give a listen to the Alabama House of Representatives talk about it. I apologize in advance but I find it hard to believe there are still people in this day and age who think like many of them do.
  10. Resurrecting this thread. The House of Representatives voted 58-33 On April 2nd for a bill to make it legal to brew beer at home in Alabama. Rep. Mac McCutcheon narrowly fought off, with a 40-36 vote, an attempt to amend the bill and require home brewers to register with their local sheriff. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate.
  11. "TJZ" post=357531 said:How do I make a starter? The instructions on the yeast say to smack the package and shake it up good, then let it sit out at 70 deg for 3 hours before using. Is this making a starter? No that's just waking the yeast up from their long naps. A starter is used to double or triple the amount of yeast cells. For 5 gallon batches the amount of yeast in a Smack Pack or a Vial is only about half of what it needs to be. Here's a good video from Northern Brewer about making yeast starters
  12. Uhh to each their own but this sounds like a passing fad to me. I'll stick with conventional beer thank you.
  13. Boiling the HME will just negate everything that's in it. It's pre-hopped and pre-boiled so that will serve to do is change the flavor and bittering profile of the beer. You really need some DME or LME to boil hops with.
  14. "Darth Trumpetus" post=357212 said:I noticed another comment suggesting adding a pouch of LME. I have the Baby Got Bock on order and saw that the recipe uses two different LME pouches. I wonder if it would be best to order an extra pouch of the LME for each batch??? I'm interested in adding hops to my brews. Is there a good source for what type of hops to add for various brews and when? Your best source of what hops to use with the HME's is to look at the Mr. Beer recipes and see what hops they use in those. I took Liberty hops and added those to the Patriot Lager and they worked out great. It is one of my favorite beers to date. I didn't have any Mr. Beer LME's on hand so I went with this recipe instead. Mix in 1 pound of Briess Golden Light DME and do a hop boil of 1/2 oz of Liberty hops for 15 minutes and dry hop 1/2 oz of Liberty Hops in the LBK.
  15. "JohnDubya" post=357095 said:Wasn't there mention some time back that these brewries filter out the yeast and deposit a generic yeast to bottle prime with? Wow if that's true then this whole venture would be worthless.
  16. "Gymrat" post=357081 said:I never did like those tasty brew calculators. I find the clumsy. Try this one http://www.brewcalcs.com/ or the ones on Screwey's site. +1 for the one on Screwy's website.
  17. "oly" post=357057 said:The short answer to question 2 is yes. However, you want to start small (around a cup or so of starter wort) and work your way up to a larger amount (increments of ten volumes is a common figure, but smaller volume increments will increase your chance of success). This puts less stress on the yeast, and reduces the chance of mutation. Obviously, using more than one bottle increases your yeast count and chances for a good result. I've harvested Bell's yeast from a single bottle though, and it performed very well. Generally, you want to harvest from the Brewery's smallest beers if they use the same yeast for all of them. The less alcohol there is in the bottle, the greater the chance of good yeast health. Thanks oly that's great information and exactly what I was looking for. Maybe I need to invest in a smaller flask just for these to start out with.
  18. That's a long list of beers Swen. Didn't realize there were so many of them. Thanks for that I'll have to keep a tab.
  19. There have been some topics the last days on the subject of yeast so I thought I would as a question of my own. The subject of Commercial Beers that are bottle conditioned have come up a few times I wanted to see if I could compile a short list of those that are. I'd like to be able to replicate some beers and getting yeast from bottle conditioned beers would allow that and also be more cost effective if you already have the beer on hand. So with that said: 1. What are some examples of bottle conditioned beer? 2. Is one bottle enough to create a starter?
  20. Another great resource for free. How To Brew
  21. Different yeasts are used for different beers. I've used Dry (US-05, MR Beer, Nottingham) & liquid (British Ale, Belgian Ale). All have different flavor characteristics and differing fermentation properties. Brew Your Own has a chart for yeast strains that you should get familiar with. Yeast Strains Chart
  22. As long as the cubes fit they will both work the same. You'll just have to play around to see how many cubes you need to add per bottle to get the carbonation level you are looking for.
  23. If filled to the recommended 8.5 quart mark it is 2.125 gallons
  24. "m3n00b" post=356292 said:That's a big can! It's a big beer.
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