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  1. MVK

    Rum Beer?

    This is EXACTLY what I'm looking for. Thanks Christ872!
  2. MVK

    Rum Beer?

    That's what I was figuring, around 1oz per 12oz. So you added to the bottle and not to the fermenter after primary? That might be a little better, as I wouldn't have to commit an entire batch to it, just a six pack or so, as a test run. I would still add the same sugar for carbing, correct?
  3. MVK

    Rum Beer?

    I searched the forums for this, but doing a search for rum pulled in any post with forum in it, so it didn't help too much. Just wondering if anyone has added rum to their brew, from what I've read, it should be put in during secondary fermentation. I'm guessing that it would be like a dry hop, though I think it would impart some flavor in the beer as well. I'm not looking for anything overpowering, just a little taste of it. Looking to do something maybe with some agave nectar at flameout, and maybe a half cup or a cup of rum along with some coconut extract after primary fermentation. I've read elsewhere that some have done this with porters, however I was thinking of using the Patriot Lager as a base. Any thoughts or suggestions on this, and has anyone done anything similar? Thanks in advance.
  4. Quick question on dry hopping without the muslin sack... Should the broken up hops be floating up on top of the wort? I dropped them in last Wednesday, after 15 days of fermenting, and it seems I have a layer on top of the beer in the LBK. I plan on cold crashing tomorrow, until Saturday, will this drop down into the trub then? Thanks.
  5. I did the Bewitched Amber Ale with no LME/DME additions on Jan 21. I added 1/2 oz Willamette to the HME at flameout and let it set in for about 7-10 minutes, took it out, then poured the wort into the LBK. I dry-hopped with Fuggles for 7 days. Turned out very good, somewhat similar to Killians Irish Red Ale, I believe it is better though.
  6. "FrozenInTime" post=312340 said:An easy non-MrB DME batch to do: Smithwicks clone .5 lb carahell (steeped) 6 lbs Light DME 1 oz UK first gold leaf plugs 60 min boil 3/4 oz uk fuggle hop 15 min Boil 3/4 oz uk kent golding hop 15 min boil 1 tsp irish moss 15 min boil 1/4 oz uk fuggle hop Flameout 1/4 oz uk kent golding hop Flameout 11.5 g S33 yeast Would Willamette be a good substitute for UK first gold? This looks like a recipe I'd like to try. Also, I assume this is for a 5 gallon batch, correct?
  7. I can tell you what I did, but it will probably get blasted by the others here. 4 cups tap water 1/2 cup corn syrup (about 6oz) 2 cups Corn Flakes (regular old cereal, not Flaked Maize) in a muslin sack (about 2oz) put in a pot and boil for 20 minutes take out muslin sack and pour cold water over it, then put aside or throw away keep boiling for another 10 minutes or so, then turn off stove/remove from heat Add Aztec HME and Pale LME Put into LBK over 4oz of cold water, then fill with cold water on top of wort. stir vigorously for 2 or 3 minutes Pitch yeast on top After 10 days in LBK, add in 1/2 oz of Tettnanger hops in muslin sack After 18 days in LBK, bottle It's only been 8 days in the bottle, but I figured I'd toss one in the fridge for a few hours, then in the freezer for 10 minutes and give it a taste. It's not bad at all, though at this point there is little to no head, and I expect it to clear up a bit in the next few weeks. I expect it to be much better at the end of the month when I let my wife crack into them. It's definitely stronger/fuller tasting than a Corona, though the ABV came out to about 4.0%.
  8. I think the Classic American Light is quite overlooked by some fellow beginning brewers because of the connotation of the name Light and the look on the can screams Coors Light. I think it's a pretty good beer brewed straight up. Maybe not the ABV that everyone is looking for, but I prefer taste and drinkability to ABV anyway. I'll be brewing up another batch for my 4th brew this coming weekend.
  9. Do any of the fellow brewers do taste tests on their beers? I did a little taste test with SWMBO tonight. I brewed up the Bewitched Amber Ale on MLK Jr Day, with added Willamette hops (1/2oz) on flameout on through to just before pitching yeast, then on day 14 I dry-hopped with 1/2oz fuggles. It was bottled 16 days ago, but I tried one on Friday night and it tasted really good already. So figuring this was my easy extract version of an Irish Red, I picked up a 12pack of Killians Irish Red yesterday for comparison's sake. I poured about 6oz of each into glasses and had her taste test them. Unfortunately after going back and forth for a few minutes, she decided the Killian's was a little better because it went down smoother. I personally enjoyed the homebrew a bit better, but maybe with another 2 weeks it gets a little more 'smooth' to her. At any rate, she really thought they tasted very similar and I must say, for better or worse, I thought they were very similar as well. Maybe in 2 weeks I'll pick up a 6 pack of Smithwicks to compare to. I'm quite happy with how this one came out, especially considering it was my second brew. I have the Aztec Cerveza in the LBK now, ready to bottle next weekend. If I can get similar results with SWMBO in my taste test against Corona, I may just be 'allowed' to expand my efforts to a 2nd LBK.
  10. I have a few of these green plastic bottles around, wondering if the shape of them would cause any issues if I used them to bottle? I'm not too concerned with the light, as they'll be in my dark basement, but will there be any issues caused by the abnormal shape? Thanks in advance.
  11. Back to the OP, I'm thinking of ordering the St. Patricks Stout next go around, would be brewing sometime in May I'd guess.
  12. "Creativewoody" post=339216 said: "MVK" post=339212 said:Best decisions I've made are to 1) get the Aztec Cerveza recipe as my third batch 2) ask her to help me out with the brewing of it Of course she didn't do much, just sort of stood around and watched, but she felt included, and that is a good thing. I was then able to order up 2 more deluxe refills along with a bottling wand shortly after finishing up with no complaints/comments/smart remarks! I JUST bottled the cerveza today. Added 1/4 cup lime to the boil and some light dme. all i can say is....DANG!!! I just tossed in some Tettanger hops to dry hop for the next week and a half or so. Today was day 12 of fermenting. Took a hydrometer reading, it was at 1.010 (OG was 1.036). Tasted okay, I'm sure it will be better in 9 or 10 days when I bottle. I added some lime zest in a hop sack while the water was boiling and left it in after flameout and adding/mixing the HME. Removed before pouring into the LBK.
  13. Best decisions I've made are to 1) get the Aztec Cerveza recipe as my third batch 2) ask her to help me out with the brewing of it Of course she didn't do much, just sort of stood around and watched, but she felt included, and that is a good thing. I was then able to order up 2 more deluxe refills along with a bottling wand shortly after finishing up with no complaints/comments/smart remarks!
  14. So I want to put my order in today, as I have a coupon code that expires tomorrow. I figured out how to edit my Homebrew Club order to get what I want, and have the coupon code applied, how do I get to put the order in? I see the next shipping date field, but that only allows a future date, so it can't be today. I tried to put tomorrow in, and it just kicks over to Monday. My order is over $50, so I want to take advantage of the free shipping, just can't figure out how to get it in. Please help!
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