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Dawg LB O.I.C.

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  1. Your right, "insanity", your OK but if you don't have the Hydrometer leave it in the LBK for three weeks before bottling to be completely sure its fully fermented.
  2. About a month and a half for bigger batches about 3 months to AG.
  3. Congats, my first AG was a night mare too! Paid TOO much attention to detail, digital temp setup dove into the boil, I thought I had it back working, because of that I added 2.5 hours to the brewday, thought I pitched the yeast at 82 deg., new fermenting bucket and forgot to get temp strip, put on ice in the basement and put the yeast to sleep, once I added the thermometer strip! Long story short, this was kegged and carbed on 12 lbs CO2, It came out awesome from grain to glass in 3.5 weeks! Simple Blonde SMaSH, Maris Otter malt and Liberty hop.
  4. What Zorak said! I started with 1 Mr Beer kit on Dec. 27th. I now have multiple fermenters, bottling apparatus, kegging equipment, BIAB supplies, All Grain mash tun, multiple brew kettles and setups. WELCOME TO THE OBSESSION!
  5. Your good Lancerdad, the only think that will happen is you won't pick up as much flavor from the fruit from the fermentation blowing out the flavor along with CO2. BE SURE to keep the temperature of the wort under 70 deg. preferably 66-68.
  6. Brian, I think it came out around 6.2%, don't have that access right now, but I use Q-Brew for my recipes and batch notes.
  7. Have 2 right now that are 3 and 4 months in the bottle, better today than they were even ONE month ago!
  8. Pretty hard to overpitch with one 11 mg packet! That said I would rather overpitch than underpitch and have an unfinished, yeast stressed beer. I have done 5 gallon batches using a full US-05 AND the MR Beer fromunda and came away with very clean crisp beers! The only issue I see is it cost you an extra couple bucks!
  9. I did a 4.25 Gallon batch back in February came out very nice! 1 Can Bewitched Amber 2 lbs Sparkling Amber DME 2 lbs Crystal 40 steeped .5 lb Honey Malt steeped .5 oz Citra @ 40 .5 oz Citra @ 5 Dry hopped with 1 oz Citra after 2 weeks fermenting
  10. Just used some Vienna in a Pils I did Sunday, wanted to use some Biscuit but LHBS was out. He told me to munch on some of the Vienna grain for an idea of taste, I will be using it again!
  11. Good for you and yes it is an obsession! I brewed my first Mr Beer 12/27/2013, have 2 LBK's, 3 slimlines converted to fermenters, 2 6.5 Gallon Ale Pails, among grain equipment and have progressed to 5 gallon All Grain brews and kegging. Sunday brewed 5.5 gallons of batch #10 "North Port Pils", partial extract & mash!
  12. First disregard the 2 weeks stuff, if your not using a hydrometer for Original and Finish gravities leave your fermenter alone for three weeks and after bottling don't bother with them for at least 4 weeks, they take a minimum of two weeks to carbonate and two to finish conditioning at room temp. Only then go ahead and put what you will drink into the fridge for 2-3 days to let the carbonation absorb back into the beer and the trub to settle out.
  13. Diablo weight 2.86 craft refills are bigger, 1.87 lbs CAL, also with hops you add the Diablo@5 mins 1oz and CAL @5 mins 1oz and pellet. 1.089 OG and 1.022 FG.
  14. I used QBrew the hops were the last 5 minutes of boiling the water then added the HME's. I split the hope into two sacks put the hopsacks into the LBK's. I did split between 2 fermenters, very active I think it would have blown the top off if it was all in one. Check to make sure the batch size is set for 2.13 gallon. OG and FG were right there at brew and bottle time. I think it actually came out at 8.5%. This one has by far been the best tasting one at bottling time.
  15. You will need to bottle condition for 4 weeks, it takes a min of 2 weeks to carbonate correctly. Leave it be it will fallout of suspension, if you filter it you can oxygenate the beer. Oxygen is great till you pitch the yeast after that, its not your friend anymore!
  16. I just did an Imperial, used 1 can Diablo, 1 can CAL, 1 oz each Cascade, Columbus and Liberty. QBrew has it at 8.6% ABV and 86 IBU. Bottled Tuesday night, the hydrometer sample tasted VERY good! I used both dry yeasts that came with the HME's and 1) WLP001 liquid yeast from the LHBS.
  17. The hook has been set, have another one on the line! Welcome to the obsession!
  18. Can probably get away with 15-16 days on the CAL it is a small ABV beer. BUT still much better to wait three weeks w/o an hydrometer.
  19. Using the whole can of HME that weighed 1.7 kg would be just like using the craft beer sizes of Mr Beer, the only difference would be abv would be higher.
  20. Capping twist off bottles is only inviting bad things, the glass in these bottles is thinner in the neck and if they do seal without breaking the glass you have a good chance of bottle bombs!
  21. Check out screwybrewer.com for a lot of information and formulas including the correct amount of priming sugar to use wether batch priming or bottle priming.
  22. Bought a couple of slimlines for bottling, looking at them one day the light bulb went off. I found a screwdriver with a shank the same radius of the notch, heated and laid it on the cap sealing area and let it melt in then cool before I pulled the screwdriver away, repeat 180 degrees away. Looks just like the notches in the lbk and works the same way except a little short on capacity, but can use them with high yeast activity brews by splitting the wort between and using half the yeast packet in each. I just did an Imperial IPA about 12 days ago, if it was all in the lbk it would have popped its top!
  23. Use only bottles that have pry off caps, the screw off cap bottles are thinner, (bigger chance for bottle bombs), and from my LHBS they don't always seal correctly. Preferably the amber colored bottles.
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