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  1. 4 ozs of nibs in a LBK will give WDA a nice subtle flavor. Add to the keg after you have added the last water, be sure to use a hop sack, or they will clog the spigot at transfer or bottle time. From experience, you will need to give this ale 3 months to develop it's true flavors. They WILL come together nicely, to produce a really nice beer. Try one at 8 weeks, 10 weeks,12 weeks, etc..... and see how the fruit, chocolate, and ale mature. You'll be very happy !
  2. Try batch priming... its easier than you think. Screwys site will give you the amounts, and you can make a cheap bottling bucket buy getting a 5 gal #2 from Home Depot ( NOT THE ORANGE ONES,check the white ones in the paint dept.). Drill a hole in the side near the bottom, and insert an extra MrBeer spigot, being sure you have it high enough to sit on a flat surface. Some on here don't like buying #2's from a big box store, and believe you should pay 3X the money from a beer supply store, but I have been using these, not only for a bottling bucket, but also as secondaries, with the matching #2 cover, drilled out for an airlock.
  3. I'll make it if you taste it... ;g
  4. So are you telling me my Fireball Spearmint Red Ale on deck is not a good idea ??
  5. I have used the bottling wand with the LBK and it works fine as long as you get a longer piece of tubing. When I used the short piece that came with it, it fell off the spigot a couple times. A longer piece allowsyou to move to the bottle, instead of moving each bottle to the wand. You willfind it muce easier..
  6. As long as your temps are cool enough, otherwise it will act as insulation and keep your brew too warm, too long.
  7. You get coupons you can't use, and I don't get coupons promised. Customer Service is not their strong point.
  8. No worries, I had read that in another post here about the dangers of hops. I always hop after the steep, so it's OK. But really, thanks for bringing that up to inform others !!! I tried some people treats ( grain bars )using the same basic reciepe, but also adding some honey, maple syrup, fruits and nuts. Not bad, but I think they would be better with some darker grains than what I had. Will try it again.
  9. Um, its the manufacturer that stamps the #2, not the hardware store. If you buy the same #2 bucket from a restaurant supply store for $15.00, do you feel better because they are in the food business ???
  10. Would like to revive this thread, for any newcomers that are dog lovers. These are fantastic, So easy to make, but you need a KitchenAid mixer. With the KitchenAid, it will take almost 20 seconds to mix. If you don't have one, ask the SWMBO if she would like one, and maybe you can borrow it the day after brewing day. When I made my first batch, we passed them out to friends and family for their doga, kind of as a joke. Now they are all begging me for more... LOL Try it, your friends will love you for the homebrew, and their doggies will love you for the leftovers.....
  11. Trying to continue Foothillers start, I bottled up 3 different Porters last weekend. I offer these up not only as starting points, but to open them up for suggestions. I was trying to get a jump on my fall beers, as I don't know how much longer I can maintain brewing temps here in Nashville. If you use any of these, or tweak one out somehow, please post your recipe and results here. Also, any thoughts you have on my recip are welcome # 18 Maple Porter ------------------ Brewer: Derrick Style: Robust Porter Batch: 2.25 galExtract Characteristics --------------- Recipe Gravity: 1.056 OG Recipe Bitterness: 45 IBU Recipe Color: 30° SRM Estimated FG: 1.014 Alcohol by Volume: 5.4% Alcohol by Weight: 4.3% Ingredients ----------- CaraPils - [body, Head] 0.25 lb, Grain, Steeped Chocolate Malt (US)- [Chocolate, Coffee, Nutty, Toasted]0.25 lb, Grain, Steeped Coffee Malt - [Rich, Coffee] Use in dark ales0.25 lb, Grain, Steeped Dark LME 1.50 lb, Extract, Extract Mr. Beer/Coopers American Porter1.68 lb, Extract, Extract Falcons Flight 0.50 oz, Pellet, 60 minutes Maple Extract 1.00 unit, Flavor, In secondary at bottling, to taste Safale S-05 Dry Ale Yeast 2.00 unit, Yeast, American: Temperature Range: 59°-75° F 11.5 GRAMS Notes ----- Recipe Notes: Started 4/27/14 OG = 1.060 FG = 1.014 ABV = 6.5% 5 oz Maple extract at bottling Bottled = 5/17/14 Yeild = 13 1/2 lt & 2 12 oz # 19 Coffee Porter ------------------ Brewer: Derrick Style: Robust Porter Batch: 2.25 galExtract Characteristics --------------- Recipe Gravity: 1.061 OG Recipe Bitterness: 88 IBU Recipe Color: 34° SRM Estimated FG: 1.015 Alcohol by Volume: 5.9% Alcohol by Weight: 4.6% Ingredients ----------- CaraPils - [body, Head] 0.25 lb, Grain, Steeped Chocolate Malt (US)- [Chocolate, Coffee, Nutty, Toasted]0.25 lb, Grain, Steeped Coffee Malt - [Rich, Coffee] Use in dark ales0.50 lb, Grain, Steeped Dark LME 1.50 lb, Extract, Extract Mr. Beer/Coopers American Porter1.87 lb, Extract, Extract Falcons Flight 1.00 oz, Pellet, 60 minutes Crushed Kona coffee beans 7.00 unit, Other, Safale S-05 Dry Ale Yeast 2.00 unit, Yeast, American: Temperature Range: 59°-75° F 11.5 GRAMS Notes ----- Recipe Notes: Started 4/27/14 OG = 1.060 FG = 1.014 ABV = 6.5% Bottled = 5/17/14 Yeild = 12 1/2 lt & 3 16oz Added 7 oz crushed Kona beans #20 Chocolate Porter ------------------- Brewer: Derrick Style: Robust Porter Batch: 4.53 galExtract Characteristics --------------- Recipe Gravity: 1.065 OG Recipe Bitterness: 38 IBU Recipe Color: 36° SRM Estimated FG: 1.016 Alcohol by Volume: 6.3% Alcohol by Weight: 4.9% Ingredients ----------- CaraPils - [body, Head] 0.50 lb, Grain, Steeped Chocolate Malt (British) - [Chocolate, Coffee, Nutty, Toasted]1.00 lb, Grain, Steeped Crystal 70-80L (British) - [body, Caramel, Head, Sweet]0.50 lb, Grain, Steeped Dark DME 1.00 lb, Extract, Extract Dark LME 6.00 lb, Extract, Extract Cascade (Argentine) - Pleasant aroma with slight herbal, peppery, sweet grassy component almost like a spicy lemon grass1.00 oz, Pellet, 1 minutes Cluster - Bittering and flavor/aroma with clean, neutral, somewhat floral bitterness1.25 oz, Pellet, 60 minutes Cocca Nibs 1.00 unit, Other, 1/2 ounce Safale S-05 Dry Ale Yeast 2.00 unit, Yeast, American: Temperature Range: 59°-75° F 11.5 GRAMS Notes ----- Recipe Notes: Started 4/27/14 OG = 1.063 FG = 1.020 ABV = 5.2% Bottled = 5/17/14 Yeild = 30 1/2Lt Happy Brewing !!
  12. Welcome home Dudley... glad to see another old-timer on board !
  13. I've been using the Avery 22827 labels, which are the right size, removable, and reusable. There are 4 per sheet, and I make 1 sheet per batch, as I never have more than 4 bottles of a batch in thr fridge at a time. There is a free template for these labels you can download and save. I rename each label I make so if I brew another batch, the labels are ready to go.
  14. How do you make the neck labels ? I have a good system for the main label, but no necks. That really makes yours stand out.
  15. Specificatly, what problems occur with overpitching ? I ask because I am now in the habit of pitching full packs of 05 per LBK. It works fast, cleans up nice, and slightly higher ABV's don't bother it. Don't mention cost, because if it costs me 2 extra bucks to insure a good brew, I'll do it. Any other problems I'll take into consideratiin.
  16. I am one from the GO FOR IT camp. Your main question seems to be about when to add the fruit. Considering this is not a "real" beer forum, I'm not sure why your asking any questions here, and why you are not willing to use an ounce of energy to use the search function, and/or go to one of your "real" beer forums and ask that question. As RickBeer will tell you, that question has been asked over and over. Five minutes of research will get your mind working, and lead to hours if not days of learning what others have done. Then post this question, laying out your ideas, and ask others advice. So I say GO FOR IT, throw the fruit in whenever the mood strikes you. Just do not dare to come on here, or any "real" beer forum, and state that Mr Beer sucks, because it is 100% your fault, and not Mr Beer's. By the way, other companies sell beer kits( with grains), which I assume you consider "real" brewing. Fact is, ingredients are the same, just pre-assembled a little differently. There only so many ways to "brew" beer. Buy one of those, go all crazy on it, and when it sucks too, is it Mr Beer's fault, that companies fault, or still yours because you couldn't be bothered to do research? If you don't feel like doing a ton of work, I suggest stamp collecting..... I don't mean this to sound like a trashing of you, but this is coming from someone that has spent hours and hours doing research here and other places before asking questions. And I don't like "normal things" , like you. If your " I also don't feel like doing a ton of work" includes not typing google.com into your browser, you have destine yourself for failure. Come back with a plan, we will help you.
  17. Popped another one in the fridge last weekend and tried it last night. Not overly happy with it. Needed more bittering hops to balance, and would use a different type if brewing again. I liked the T 58 yeast. No real blueberry flavor, as I said earlier, I would use extract next time. As this is a higher gravity beer, I'm going to give more time before I render any final descision. July 4th ???
  18. +100 to Brumble Some people can deal with failure ( and learn from it), and some can't. If you can, your giong to have fun. If you can't, read every post on this forum ( twice ), then read and print out the sticky's, and follow them. There is a lot of great information here, but proceed at your own speed.
  19. Picked up the stuff to brew this. Any last minute thoughts or suggestions ??? Need to get at least a couple Fall brews in before the summer heat forces me to stop. #19 St Paul Mocha Porter ------------------ Brewer: Derrick Style: Robust Porter Batch: 4.53 galExtract Characteristics --------------- Recipe Gravity: 1.065 OG Recipe Bitterness: 38 IBU Recipe Color: 32° SRM Estimated FG: 1.016 Alcohol by Volume: 6.3% Alcohol by Weight: 4.9% Ingredients ----------- Chocolate Malt (British) - 0.50 lb, Grain, Steeped Coffee Malt - 1.00 lb, Grain, Steeped Crystal 70-80L (British) - 0.50 lb, Grain, Steeped Dark DME 1.00 lb, Extract, Extract Dark LME 6.00 lb, Extract, Extract Cascade - 1.00 oz, Pellet, 1 minutes Cluster - 1.25 oz, Pellet, 60 minutes Cocca Nibs 1.00 unit,1/2 ounce Safale S-05 Dry Ale Yeast 2.00 unit, This will be a 5 gal batch split between 2 LBK's Also going to try this one... # 18 Mocha Maple Porter ----------------------- Brewer: Derrick Style: Robust Porter Batch: 4.53 galExtract Characteristics --------------- Recipe Gravity: 1.062 OG Recipe Bitterness: 33 IBU Recipe Color: 31° SRM Estimated FG: 1.015 Alcohol by Volume: 6.0% Alcohol by Weight: 4.7% Ingredients ----------- CaraPils - 1.00 lb, Grain, Steeped Chocolate Malt (US)- 0.50 lb, Grain, Steeped Coffee Malt - 0.50 lb, Grain, Steeped Dark LME 3.15 lb, Extract, Extract Mr. Beer/Coopers American Porter 3.74 lb, Extract, Extract Falcons Flight 0.75 oz, Pellet, 60 minutes Maple Extract 1.00 unit, Flavor, In secondary at bottling, to taste Safale S-05 Dry Ale Yeast 2.00 unit,
  20. dfwddr

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    +1 foothiller. I am drinking a batch of Copper ale I did (5 gal), and split between 2 LBK's. I pitched one with 04, and the other with 05. There is a difference. Did a 5 gal Amber Bock a few weeks ago, and split with different bittering hops. Can't wait to taste the difference.
  21. Also, I am in the process of drinking a Copper ale I did. I did a LBK with 04, and one with 05. For some reason, I had it in my mind I was going to like the 04 better, but actually I like the 05 better. Can't explain why, but I do.
  22. Yes, 04 is fast. Check your FG after 2 weeks, then again 2 to3 days later. If stable you can bottle the following weekend. 1.5 # Carapils ??? Way too much I think. 1/2# would give you good results.
  23. Add 4-5 oz toasted coconut in a hop sack, and 2- 3 airline bottles of dark rum at 1 week, and you'll end up with something interesting. Otherwise you will end up with an average beer.
  24. #666 ... Do I get 3 free refills ? (Sorry, the devil made me do it...)
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