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  1. I didn't brew a beer that I thought was good until I added steeping grains and hops to the Mr. Beer recipes. I think I've read on this forum that CaraPils improves almost every batch.
  2. I'm in Port Washington. Is there a home brewers club on Long Island?
  3. For some reason my wife is very excited about me getting a Johnson controller .
  4. "zorak1066" post=382913 said:my solution when spliting a batch into 2... do the steep and boil as though doing a 5 gallon batch. cool the wort. use a sanitized 4 cup measuring cup and put one full measure here... one full measure there.... continue til done. top off both kegs to the desired level. one advantage this has is that i run each cup through a sanitized strainer to not only aerate but get out the crud prior to fermenting. you should end up with both batches coming out nearly identical. sure it takes time but it beats playing one potato two potato and counting out each grain to get an equal balance.. or just gambling on a split. I use a siphon to divide the batch. It's an inexpensive tool that really makes life easy for a lot of brewing jobs.
  5. Welcome! This is a great, helpful forum. I started 6 months ago with zero knowledge about brewing. I had the Mr Beer kit that came with a West Coast Pale Ale. It was very average but I learned about the the basic process of sanitizing ,making a wort, fermenting and bottling. I've raised my level a lot in the last 6 months and that is all due to the info and help from this forum. I still have a long way to go but everything I have made up until now has always been drinkable and lately I am really starting to like what I'm brewing Your going to have a lot of fun with the new obsession..
  6. I'm still not clear how much coriander and grains of paradise I should add. Is it1/2 tsp of coriander and a 1/2 teaspoon of grains of paradise for a 5 gallon batch?
  7. I'm bottleing the 420 Wheat on Friday. I found the Grains Of Paradise at Whole Foods in NYC. They sell a medium size jar for under 5.00 dollars . I picked up an orange extract but I'm not sure if I will use it. The recipe calls for 1/2 tsp of coriander and Grains Of paradise. ( as per Screwy) Am correct in using 1/2 tsp of coriander and 1/2 tsp. of grains of paradise. Peel of two oranges for a 2.5 gallon batch? Not 1 /2 tsp grand total of both spices? The orange extract is probably very concentrated . I'm afraid I'll ruin the batch . I think I will zest a couple of oranges. I have to find out how much orange peel to add to the priming sugar. If you read this Screwy I'd appreciate your feed back. Thanks.
  8. I used the whole packet. I have for every LBK size batch. I'm going to start brewing 5 gallons . It's its too much work for 2.13
  9. It would be good to trade. I've never tried to ship beer but others have done it. Lets trade a bottle. I don't think the golden lme is wheat.,Ithink it is a darker roast but I'll have to check. It was an accident !
  10. I've finally brewed one that I really like! I followed borg member Chizzle's post about brewing MB Howling Red with tweaks. Here is the recipe: Howling Redhead Ale Recipe Howling Redhead Ale Style American Amber Ale Brewer CD Batch 2.13 gal Extract Recipe Characteristics Recipe Gravity 1.057 OG Estimated FG 1.014 FG Recipe Bitterness 34 IBU Alcohol by Volume 5.5% Recipe Color 14° SRM Alcohol by Weight 4.3% Ingredients Quantity Grain Type Use 1.00 lb Amber DME Extract Extract 0.25 lb CaraMunich - [sweet, Malty] Medium crystal malt Grain Steeped 0.25 lb Carared - [body, Head] Grain Steeped 1.87 lb Mr. Beer/Coopers Oktoberfest Lager Extract Extract Quantity Hop Type Time 0.50 oz Cascade - Unmistakable grapefruit aroma and flavor, signature hop of many American ales Pellet 17 minutes 0.50 oz Cascade - Unmistakable grapefruit aroma and flavor, signature hop of many American ales Pellet 7 minutes 1.00 oz Mr. Beer/Coopers Oktoberfest Lager Pellet 5 minutes Quantity Misc Notes 1.00 unit Safale S-05 Dry Ale Yeast Yeast American: Temperature Range: 59°-75° F 11.5 GRAMS I messed it up and used a Golden LME instead of the amber LME that the recipe called for. I also used Hallertau for the last 5 minutes instead of the Mr. Beer/Coopers Oktoberfest Lager Pellets. I want to share this one but I only got 20 bottles out of the batch.It is too good. I might have to hoard this one.
  11. I've finally brewed one that I really like! I followed borg member Chizzle's post about brewing MB Howling Red with tweaks. Here is the recipe: i just deleted the post because the Howling Red Al had steeping grains and hop additions. ;
  12. St. Patrick's Irish Stout was the second Mr. Beer brew that I made. I didn't add anything. It was straight up Mr. Beer. Except I fermented for 3 weeks and after bottling let it condition for 6 months. The only thing that I changed was the carb level. I wish I kept good records, but it was very under carbed. I honestly have a hard time drinking it and I love Guinness. My wife and I fell in love with Guinness when we took a trip to Ireland. This is really nothing like that beer. The Guinness in the Irish pub is very creamy, with almost no hops and very low carbonation. (at least that's how I remember it). Does the creamy body come from the nitrogen tap that they use? It must take the bar tender 5 minutes to pour the pint including the time the head dies down and they top it off. I gave one of my Irish Stouts to my wife and she told me it tasted like prune juice. She drank it all anyway.
  13. "Screwy Brewer" post=379150 said: "Banjo-guy" post=379117 said:I've brewed a wheat 5 gallon batch of wheat beer following Screwy's 420 Wheat recipe. I realized that he added corriander and orange peel during the boil. I'm going to bottle it in a few days. How much should I add to a 2.5 gallon batch that is in the fermenter. I could let it wait a few days extra before bottling if it would help to get more flavor out of the seeds and orange peel, For a 5 gallon batch I use a 1/2 tsp. of crushed coriander and grains of paradise, so halve that for a LBK sized batch for starters. Boiling them for 10 minutes in a hop sack, then cooling before pouring the 'juice' into the bottling bucket should do the trick too. As for the dry orange peel I've always added them to the boil 10 minutes before flameout, so let me know how you make out boiling them in a quart or so of water too.Just to make it idiot proof for me. 1/2 tsp of coriander and 1/2 tsp. of grains of paradise. Peel of two oranges for a 2.5 gallon batch? I've never used grains of paradise. I hope my LHBS has it. I wonder if I could find in a good supermarket or spice store. Thanks for the recipe and the advice.
  14. I'm going to batch prime. Do have an idea about how much I should use? Screwy said this in the original post " Adding a tiny amount of freshly crushed Coriander, one small pinch Grains of Paradise seed and about an ounce of bitter orange peel to the grain bill creates a very interesting wheat beer that's refreshing and citrusy. That is when adding it during the boil. Even so the amount is " add a tiny amount " Maybe I should pm Screwy.
  15. I've brewed a wheat 5 gallon batch of wheat beer following Scewy's 420 Wheat recipe. I realized that he added corriander and orange peel during the boil. I'm going to bottle it in a few days. How much should I add to a 2.5 gallon batch that is in the fermenter. I could let it wait a few days extra before bottling if it would help to get more flavor out of the seeds and orange peel,
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