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  1. Randy1640, Speaking as a n00b myself the hardest lesson I had to learn when I started on this quest of beer brewing was, Patience. It was hard. I'm a really impatient person. And yes I still perv the keg every once and a while :blush: BUT it was a very good lesson learned. Additionally everyone who contributes to this forum has always been very kind and always willing to help. Even if that means repeating that same answers on duplicate posts. The idea is help everyone. And thats why I keep coming back. I have learned more from digging though 4 years worth of posts here than I have from any Beer Making book. These folks are the best. Now I will agree that Mr. Beer's marketing is BS. 2-2-2 is especially BS. However, it was enough of an initial hook to get me into brewing, and for that I'm thankful. Hang in there and stick with it because there is no feeling better in the world then cracking open your own home brew, taking a sip and saying to yourself, "Holy crap, I made beer!"
  2. 4 weeks it is! I also put less priming sugar in this batch compared to my past straight Mr. Beer recipes. I followed screwy brewers tool on his site. I did just check the bottles and there is some trub developing on the bottom. So if yeasties are poop'in they're eat'in. Which means there be bobbles in the bottle. Thanks guys! :chug:
  3. I steeped oatmeal for the 1st time just this past weekend for an oatmeal stout. I steeped 2 cups of rolled oats in a nylon steeping/dry hopping bag @ 160 degrees F for 30 mins. Based on the very viscus liquid left behind I'm sure I'll add some great mouth feel to my stout. I went with the rolled oats as many people here have said that regular instant oatmeal (powered stuff) make a real mess. Rolled worked out great for me, but I'll have to wait a few months for the results :laugh:
  4. Hi All, I bottle a brew about 11 days ago and the PET bottles are not even close to rock hard. Carbonation has never taken this long before... Is it because I cold crashed for a week? Possibly taking the yeast out of suspension? Of note, the very last bottle I filled, which has a bit of trub, does feel hard like it carbonated. Would the next step be cracking the bottles and adding a few specs of dry yeast?
  5. Hi All, This question is mostly for the Hard Cider Jedi masters (yes Nong that means you!). Is there anything I can use instead of lactose to back sweeten/ cut down on conditioning time? My wife's lactose intolerant.
  6. Here ya go! http://web.archive.org/web/20110101131503/http://www.mrbeer.com/product-exec/product_id/240/nm/Cowboy_Honey_Wheat1 :cheers:
  7. I have an LBK in the fridge right now cold crashing and decided to throw in about .5 oz of Cascade hops (in a sanitized tea ball infuser). It's been about 3 days, and I'll bottle this on Saturday. On a few other forums folks were saying that it adds a bit of a muted hop character unlike the more in your face aroma of dry hopping at fermentation temps. Of course this also depends on the kind of hops ect... I wonder if the alpha acids react different at different temps. Anyone have any experience doing this? Thanks!
  8. Hi! I know is not particularly in the style of a traditional Dubbel to dry hop, but I was just curious if anyone has done it. And if so what hops are recommended. This Dubbel was from a Brooklyn Beer refill kit I got on the cheap at Bevmo. All gain. Its been in the keg about 2 weeks. Styrian golding hops came with the kit for the boil.
  9. I recently brewed up a Wee Heavy (old recipe) with Scotch soaked oak chips. I toasted about 1/2 the chip and then soak all of them in the Scotch for about 48 hours. I pitched the chips right after the I pitched the yeast. It's been in the LBK for about 2 weeks now and the oak flavor is very present. I got hint of the scotch too. I'm betting this is going to mellow out very nicely during conditioning. I've seen most people recommend adding the oak chips after fermentation but I wanted to try it this way for the hell of it I'll be sure to report the final out come.
  10. "Wings_Fan_In_KC" post=314198 said:I would have looked him in the eye, said F*CK YOU and walked out. YOU sir are my hero. :cheers:
  11. Old Recipes http://web.archive.org/web/20101230070246/http://www.mrbeer.com/category-exec/category_id/147
  12. Hey DaleR, My 1st batch was also ACL. I decided to follow the instructions to a fault to learn the process ect... One thing I can say about this recipe is PLEASE leave it in the LBK for at least 3 weeks. I bottled mine at 2 on the day and it had a hint of cider that still lingers even after 6 weeks of conditioning. :sick: Again, its all part of the process Have fun, Welcome and Happy Brewing! :chug:
  13. @Foothiller Sounds good. I was a little confused about the bourbon chips as well. Honestly I just can't bring my self to waste any of my Scotch or Bourbon hahaha I bought 2 bag, which is the equivalent of 2 gallons (i think). Would it be ok if I just doubled it up and did a 2 gallon batch? I'm sure the LBK will handle it ok. Looks like I should probably head back and buy a few more bags :laugh:
  14. Hi All, Went down to my local BevMo to do some early deal scouting when I ran across a suspicious looking sack of grain. Turns out it was a 1 gallon (BIAB?) kit for an all grain Dubbel. Complete with yeast, sanitizer ect, for only $4.99! Anyone every try this out? I've never done a 100% grain brew but I'm excited to try! Here's a link to the instructions I found... http://brooklynbrewshop.com/directions/Brooklyn%20Brew%20Shop%20-%20Bourbon%20Dubbel%20Instructions.pdf You think I should just follow the instructions to the letter? OR add some MrB fix'ins?
  15. Hi All! Baring we all survive tomorrow's Apocalypse/ Mayan-End-of-the-World thingy, I figured I'd start a "Sale Spotter Thread". If you see a sweet deal on MrB products, let the Brog know! So far I've seen some MrB kits at Ross for $25 (I'm sure these will come down in about a week). And for you West Coat brewers, BevMo has put their Mr Beer Mix, Variety Pack (non-coopers) on sale for $35. The word from 2 managers I spoke with is BevMo will no longer be selling MrB products and they are currently selling through their existing inventory. If thats true pricees will fall even more soon. http://www.bevmo.com/Shop/ProductDetail.aspx?D=mr%2bbeer&Ntx=mode%2bmatchall&Dx=mode%2bmatchall&Ntk=All&Nty=1&Ntt=mr%2bbeer&N=0&ProductID=13776 Good Luck, Happy Holidays and keep yours eyes peeled! :drinking:
  16. Oh man... cracked open a pouch of Mt. Hood flower hops just now and smelled fresh hops for the 1st time. WOW. Love at 1st whiff [attachment=9992]tumblr_m11mbwrDO21qd62o7o1_500.gif[/attachment]
  17. "stevecon" post=305988 said:Ok i'm going to brew a batch of the old school HME's odd balls I have left in my cupboard. I have WCPA, Cowboy, HCCD. Will any of these mix well together? I was thinking WCPA with one of the two. Has anyone tried a combo of these? TIA I'm all for going Mad Scientist. hahaha I current have a mix of sorts going on with 3 different left over old school (non-coppers) HMEs 1- Cowboy Lager 1- WCPA 1- Classic American Blond 2- Boosters 3- Fromundas Been in the LBK for about 15 days. The wort tastes amazing. Very full bodied and pretty high ABV. I held off on hops thinking it be over kill. The current bitterness is right one. Im really stoked for this batch. I'll let you know how it comes out! :banana:
  18. ...That is the question. So, this is what I have in one of my LBKs 2 Can of Octoberfest Vienna Lager 1 cup of dark brown sugar 2 Packets of Fromunda Been in the LBK for 14 days. Tastes good, if anything a little malty (or more like a hint of molasses from the brown sugar I suspect?). The hoppy bitterness from the HMEs is present in the back of the mouth. Rich sweetness but not cider. I was wanting to add a little bit of hoppyness to the nose. Would dry hopping this late in the game accomplish this? I was planning on leaving it in the LBK for another week anyway... If YES what hops would you recommend? I'm looking for a flowery, crisp aroma. Maybe fresh hops, instead of pellets? hahaha (I hope this makes sense.) [attachment=9951]200906_hamletarnie-thumb-434x312.png[/attachment]
  19. Hey zobel0022, Yes and no. Looks like they are backordered on this site. These are also the old, non-coopers, refills which are AMAZINGLY better then the current ones IMO. BevMo still has these in very limited supply. The manager at my local BevMo is an avid home brewer and mentioned that they are just selling though the current inventory of refills. I think they are $40 there. One thing you'll want to do, if you find some, is open up the box and check the expiration dates on the cans. Honestly I've used expired HME cans, and they still taste amazing. Maybe just a little darker than normal Good luck! And keep posting deals as you find them! (Keep you eyes peeled post-christmas)
  20. Fascinating video about beer science.
  21. Hahaha you guys are a riot! Thanks again!
  22. Hi Guys and Gals, Long time lurker 1st time post. So, could obsession be defined as 1 Mr. Beer kit bought on a whim a month ago, turning into 3 new batches simultaneously brewing this month? OR just crazy, dumb luck? hahah Believe it or not I found one of my kits on the side of the road being thrown out with the trash! A picture on the side of a box of a middle aged gentleman holding up that iconic frosty beer mug suddenly caught my eye. I quickly pulled the car over. Sure enough, a BRAND NEW never used Gold Edition kit! AND crazy enough this happened about an hour after I bought a brand new kit off a guy on craigslist for $10. Needless to say it was one of the awesomest days in my life. hahaha Welp, just wanted to say hi! And thanks for all the tips and advice I've assimilated over the past couple of weeks. Cheers!
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