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Everything posted by jastew

  1. How does leaving it in the fridge longer make the head less?
  2. 7 weeks at room temp (all the rest are still at room temp), in the fridge for only two days. Interesting, not sure why would more time in the fridge matter? It wasn't overly carbonated, just a lot of head (3-4 inches in a pint glass) when poured slowly. Sit in the bottle opened before pouring?
  3. I tried my first bottle this week after about 7 weeks of carbonation and it had a ton of head. It took several minutes to settle so I could drink it. It did, however, taste great. I used 2/3 of the amount of sugar recommended by Mr Beer. Will the amount of carbonation settle out with time or continue to increase?
  4. Sorry Gopher, that bit of info would've been helpful. I've got 1 liter PET bottles and 16 oz fliptops. Not sure yet which I'll use. I'll check out the site RickBeer mentioned, but looks like the consensus is 3/4 of Mr Beer recommends. Thanks to all who commented.
  5. I'm bottling my second batch this weekend after 4 weeks in the LBK. What amount of sugar per bottle have you guys had success with?
  6. I'm read a bit on here and in Palmer on hydrating the yeast before pitching. Several say yes, do it but other's say it doesn't matter. Is it a matter of opinion or does hydrating really make a difference? Same question for aerating the wort. I did neither on my first batch and it seemed to turn out ok. Was I lucky? Hydrating/aerating - necessary or anal-retentive overkill?
  7. Any issues with halving a recipe? In cooking, this can cause problems.
  8. When I first posted here in early summer, someone posted a link to a nice, comprehensive guide on brewing. I didn't get a chance to save it off before they changed the board format and now can't find it. Can anyone help?
  9. Thanks to all. It's a deal at $15. Does anyone happen to have the flavor profile for it so I can know what to expect?
  10. Was this something MB discontinued? Someone nearby is selling a new kit for cheap with this included.
  11. I picked up a Nut Brown Ale and a Bewitched Amber Ale at the last sale. Going to brew one this weekend.
  12. First taste - not bad but not outstanding. A little "fizzy" tasting, sort of like soda water. I assume more time in the bottle at room temp might help? We opened one liter and shared it (no trub issues) but I have another two bottles still in the fridge. Can I take those out and let them "steep" some more are room temp or should I leave it in the fridge?
  13. My daughter and her fiancé gave me my Mr Beer kit as a gift and they're coming in this weekend for a visit. My first batch will be at 5 weeks in bottle this Sat so I'm looking forward to a nice unveiling with some smoked ribs and corn on the cob. Anyway I can screw up at this point if I haven't already?
  14. I'm thinking of taking advantage of the Labor Day sale to stock up on some toys. I only have the original kit at this point and am thinking of adding another LBK for batch priming, a hydrometer, and some swingtop bottles. Anything else I should add? Also, are the accessories on this site decent or should I buy from somewhere else? Lastly, anything on here I shouldn't waste money on (strip thermometer,hop scale, sugar measure, etc?) Thanks.
  15. Newcastle Brown is one of my favorites. Now I can make something like it myself.
  16. If we have to sanitize everything that comes in contact with the beer, why can we use tap water without sanitizing it?
  17. I'm looking for something along the lines of Bass Ale or Newcastle Brown. Would this be similar? Thanks.
  18. Just bottled my first batch and looking to clean the LBK. I've read recommendations here for using Oxyclean Free but I'm concerned about rinsing the residue. What quantities do you guys mix? Are there other cleaners recommended? Thanks.
  19. Yes, I'm in Huntsville. I didn't know if any of the gear would be useful down the road.
  20. Anybody know anything about these kits? Guy in town is selling a complete kit for $25. Good price if the equipment is decent. http://brooklynbrewshop.com/beer-making-kits
  21. Newbie here. First batch in bottles. 3 weeks to go.
  22. I guess this brings up another question. How little sugar will work? I generally don't care for highly carbonated beer so I will probably use much less in my next batch. How little is too little to properly carbonate?
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