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  1. "RickBeer" post=344215 said:Some observations on both the fruit and the honey. Fruit - make sure you're adding puree'd fruit for better effect and add it 7 days into the 21 day fermentation. Honey - a couple of tablespoons will have no impact. Honey ferments almost totally out. I've made two batches of Firecracker Red Ale (old Mr. Beer recipe) that uses 1 cup of honey, and you can detect it, but barely. Look into the Mr. Beer recipes that use honey and you'll find a cup most if not all of the time. I'm going to steep grains in my next few batches for the first time, and there are several grains that give a honey-like taste. Thanks for the info! i added the honey and i swear we can taste it, a nice smooth beer (obviously no carbonation at this point) and a slight sweet taste to it. My wife swears she can taste the honey without any issue... After 10 days in the brewing room, it may be done! Original SG was 1.052, and I am now at 1.015 which is spot on according to the recipe...just under 5% ABV. Going to let it site another couple days and then check it again to be sure it has not moved.... I want to cold crash this batch, but my second LBK is being used to brew my blueberry ale... My plan is to cold crash for 3 days in the fridge and then transfer to a sanitized pot, mix in my priming sugar (going to do a batch prime this time) clean out the LBK and transfer back in to it to bottle the beer....its a crappy process to go through but i wasnt smart enough to void using my other LBK.
  2. So something bizarre happened to my Hefe, thankfully only a couple of bottles. Every bottle i have opened to drink (7-8 so far) have been awesome, good head, decent carbonation, no issues. But last night i had two bottles in a row that were completely flat, no carb at all. They got primed and racked at the same time as every other bottle that have turned out just fine... I am thinking contamination in those two bottles is a possibility? Any ideas? Not too worried about it as the rest of the bacth has been just fine...but would like to at least explain it...
  3. "zorak1066" post=343721 said:new-ish to brewing here but if you add all the blue berry at the start of the fermentation, the yeasties will digest all the sugars and you will end up with just a slightest hint of blueberry in the ale. if you add half in the primary fermentation, then rack on top of the rest of the blueberries at about day 10 you get more of the flavor. the more experienced brewers can give you pointers on this better than i. my one fruit ale was largely a disappointment. Thanks for the tip! I added them all at day one, so i suspect i will get just a hint of blueberry. Its been about 7 days now so i may go get some fresh ones and put them in their in a couple of days.
  4. Just a comment on my honey ale.... Never had a honey ale before, so i took the Jamaican Mon Kit and added a couple tablespoons of honey too it, wow what a difference! Its still brewing, but preliminary taste testing make me feel like this one is going to come out awesome! It will be a great summer beer, that is if i can keep it downstairs and not in the fridge until May! My blueberry ale I am not so sure about quite yet, I dont taste much if any blueberry in it, granted its only been about 8-9 days but it seems to be very weak on the flavor side...
  5. Bottled the Pumpkin Ale tonight after cold crashing it for a bit, very nice batch. The wife likes it a lot. It now sits for another four weeks and it should be ready to go! The Wheat Ale I made is ready to drink now, have 1/2 the bottles in the fridge (one in a glass next to me now!) the other 1/2 will be left to condition another week to see the difference in taste. Since I had an empty setup, i started a blueberry ale. So I have: Wheat Ale - 7 bottles in the fridge...8 bottles still in the storage room. Pumpkin Ale - 14 bottles conditioning in the storage room. Honey Copper Ale - brewing started two days ago. Blueberry Ale - brewing started tonight! I need to get drinking, I am going to run out of bottles! Warning! BEER IMAGES! Photos of the Wheat Ale poured into a glass for the first time tonight!
  6. First pour straight in the glass... And settled in the glass! Taste is very nice, smooth and almost a vanilla/clove tinge to it, a slice of orange in it is a nice addition. No more green taste at all, I am sure the other bottles i left conditioning will be even better in a week or two!
  7. I actually took your advice, it made the most sense. While they taste good now I bet in a week they will be better. i put 7 bottles in the fridge and left the other 8 in my storage room where I brew. "Jimjohson" post=340825 said: "rdrivas" post=340820 said:So I have been hearing different opinions about when to put the Hefe in the fridge. Most say not to wait the normal 3 weeks + time, but instead go with 2 weeks. i opened a bottle after 1 week and the beer was still green, sweet taste, almost like champagne... Just opened it again after two weeks and it tastes much better, smooth, IBU is very low. Has an almost vanilla taste to it, not the green taste any more.. Thoughts on putting it in the fridge? The color looks great and my ABV is right around 4.8% which is higher than expected... You can drink it now, but if you wait it will taste better. I would, if I couldn't wait, just cool a couple for consumption leaving the rest on the shelf untill needed. Every day of shelf time will only serve to help. In the end it's your brew, do what you think is best. I can't wait till my wheat beer is ready. I get to bottle next Sat., in theory. :cheers:
  8. So I have been hearing different opinions about when to put the Hefe in the fridge. Most say not to wait the normal 3 weeks + time, but instead go with 2 weeks. i opened a bottle after 1 week and the beer was still green, sweet taste, almost like champagne... Just opened it again after two weeks and it tastes much better, smooth, IBU is very low. Has an almost vanilla taste to it, not the green taste any more.. Thoughts on putting it in the fridge? The color looks great and my ABV is right around 4.8% which is higher than expected...
  9. Looks like my ABV will be right around 4.3% or so....not too shabby for my first beer with a bunch of different ingredients!
  10. Waited another 6 days and measured it again, looks to be the same exact reading... Looks like it is the same as before, may be time to Cold crash it, has a bunch of particulates in this one!
  11. I have a pumpkin ale I am brewing now (tastses good so far!) and it has pumpkin mixed in along with nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar. This one I am going to try cold crashing as i think it will help remove some of the extras in there from this type of batch. My Pale Ale and Hefe came out looking fine, so I didnt do those at all. My next batch will be either a copper ale with a bit of honey in it so i wont do that one, but if I do a blueberry ale like another mentioned, i will crash that one for sure... So 2-3 days at fridge temp should be sufficient? I just put in my sugar drops and then bottle cold? Letting it sit in the storage room at 66 degrees to warm back up and carbonate? Also, i thought about batch priming as opposed to right int he bottles for the pumpkin ale...so the steps would be: 1. Cold Crash 2-3 days in the fridge 2. Remove from fridge and add priming sugar. Or would it be: 1. Add priming sugar (for 2.5 level i need 14tbsp of sugar) 2. Cold Crash and bottle. Thoughts?
  12. "Krc499" post=337649 said:First time brewing this, have it currently sitting on a towel and on a DVD. Will add the tray momentarily. Thanks for the heads up, would hate to have it overflow, for my sake (just recently married). Thank you! I have this same beer in my basement right now conditioning (week 1) hopefully yours comes out well for you too!
  13. "Jimjohson" post=337159 said:I hear ya I've been diligently buying bottles and emptying them of the free beer inside. I got about 4.5 cases figure I'll need 6. Tough job but somebody has to do it. :drinking: I bought the Gretsch style bottles (32 total) I need to buy some more...i was at my local hop shop today and found some of the same ones but in blue glass....must resit urge to buy! Although it would be a good way to separate my beer without doing labels..
  14. Should have the next LBk in a bout an hour, then its time to start another batch!
  15. Thanks for the heads up as always! Wife is off to get me another LBK kit at B/B/B as we speak so i can start my next batch! At this rate i need to find more bottles!
  16. i listed my pumpkin ale I am brewing in another post, see here for ingredients: http://community.mrbeer.com/forum/8-new-brewers-and-faqs/333694-pumpkin-ale And now i am seeing some progress after only 6 days in the LBK, I am curious if I am just crazy, but this batch seems to have been going at a quick pace. My original SG: My current SG (after 6 days): Using this data, it looks like my current ABV is about 4%, but could it really be close to done already??? Temp has been about 66-67 degrees and constant in my brewing room. I attached my recipe and what i did, etc.
  17. So as some may know (or not) my wife bought me the LBK kit for Xmas like a lot of people...made my first American Pale Ale in it and it came out awesome...which means i was completely intrigued by the thought of my own beer...especially since it tasted so damn good! Went on to my wheat ale, which is settling now and then started my Pumpkin Ale right behind it. The pumpkin Ale has been in the LBK for a week, SG is already lower than when i started, so its moving along nicely, had the wife taste it and even at a week old she thinks it is starting to turn out well. I then decided to go and buy three more refills....damn you LBK! The Jamaican Mon, the Bohemain Bronze and the blueberry patriot... I am heading to the local Bed/Bath/Beyond as they actually have the kit there for like $25 with a coupon my wife has...gets me another LBK, and an American Pale Ale kit too! More importantly it allows me to start my next batch of beer, which will be a blueberry ale. and then I might try a Bohemian Bronze with some honey in it as my first real experment batch. You guys were right, once you get the bug its all over but the crying!
  18. How did you make these yourself or get them somewhere else? I love this idea, might try it myself!
  19. Night of the Dead Ale... We used to go to a bar called the Blue Goose, it was always the last stop after a big night out...it was either completely packed or there were like three of us in the entire place... We used to say....its another "Night of the Dead" when it was empty....
  20. I am curious if anyone has done labels for the 16oz Swing top bottles...i made some but they didnt fit well at all...now i have sheets of them laying around... i think on a 12oz it would be ok but no these...any ideas?
  21. "swenocha" post=334121 said:Hmm... that feels like a lot of spices, pumpkin and adjunct, but pumpkin beers aren't my thing, so someone else will have to say if that is too much. We'd need to know the actual recipe (what LME and HME [i see GBCP listed... old or new version?], and how much, in particular), but I'd guess your adjunct ratio is fine, but I worry about all of that fruit and spice. Also, though you can boil the HME, it's generally not recommended (changes the hop characteristics of the HME). Extra yeast generally is not bad. Mixing yeasts may make things interesting simply because different yeasts impart different characteristics, but I don't really see that as an issue here. Here is what the original recipe calls for: 1 Can Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner HME 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of HME) 1 BrewMax LME Softpack - Golden 1 Packet Safbrew T-58 Dry Ale Yeast
  22. So i tried this pumpkin ale recipe from one of the guys here, and made a slight change to it. I added 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 cup brown sugar,and 7.5 oz of organic pumpkin, mixed it all in after 10 mins of boiling the HME and LME togethor, it smelled really nice to say the least. I then took a different approach to my muslin hop sack to see how it would work, I took 1/8 tsp of nutmeg 1/4 tsp of cinnamon 8 oz of organic pumpkin, mixed it all together and then add it into the muslin bag (like you would do with hops) and then placed it in to the brew keg as well. My thought is the spices and pumpkin were boiled into the wort, but the bag will have more of a seeping affect...curious to see how this one comes out... One thing i did screw up that I would love some feedback on...not sure if i just killed the beer or made a bad batch. I had the 1 purple packet of Safbrew T-58 Dry Ale Yeast that I added in to the keg, but when i opened the can of Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner HME it had a pack of dry yeast as well under the cover. I got a ll sideways while brewing (wasn't taking my time apparently) and I added it to the mix as well. So essentially i think i have about 1-1/2 times the normal yeast in there....maybe 2x... So here is my theory.....would it help since I now have brown sugar in the mix? Would the extra yeast help counter some of the additional sugars in there?
  23. So i tried this recipe and made a slight change to it. I added 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 cup brown sugar,and 7.5 oz of organic pumpkin, mixed it all in after 10 mins of boiling the HME and LME togethor, it smelled really nice to say the least. I then took a different approach to my muslin hop sack to see how it would work, I took 1/8 tsp of nutmeg 1/4 tsp of cinnamon 8 oz of organic pumpkin, mixed it all together and then add it into the muslin bag (like you would do with hops) and then placed it in to the brew keg as well. My thought is the spices and pumpkin were boiled into the wort, but the bag will have more of a seeping affect...curious to see how this one comes out... One thing i did screw up that I would love some feedback on...not sure if i just killed the beer or made a bad batch. I had the 1 purple packet of Safbrew T-58 Dry Ale Yeast that I added in to the keg, but when i opened the can of Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner HME it had a pack of dry yeast as well under the cover. I got a ll sideways while brewing (wasn't taking my time apparently) and I added it to the mix as well. So essentially i think i have about 1-1/2 times the normal yeast in there....maybe 2x... So here is my theory.....would it help since I now have brown sugar in the mix? Would the extra yeast help counter some of the additional sugars in there? "Fishybrewer" post=333707 said:I made a similar recipe early last summer. From my notes I can help a little, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 cup brown sugar, (optional), 15 OZ pumpkin Puree. All of these were added at 10 minutes of a boil. I had also steeped 1/4 pd Crystal 20. At day 6 in the LBK, I added 7 more oz of pumpkin puree which I sanitized in 1/2 cup boiling water. Was not my favorite beer, but it went pretty quick. Good Luck, David
  24. Anyone have an idea on what kit from Mr. Beer might have the taste and body similar to an Allagash White?
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