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  1. I was wondering which Coopers extract would be the same or close to Mr. Beer American Ale. Thanks!
  2. Not too fruity for my taste buds. Sometimes its hard to obtain fruit flavor in your beer from fruit which is why some people use extracts. I've never used dry fruit but I have used strawberries soaked in vodka.
  3. I always add two cans of fruit one week into fermentation no matter what the directions say.
  4. You will need to cut a small piece of flexible tubing and connect one end to the wand and gently push the other end to the spigot on the LBK.
  5. You should condition for at least at month. Most people here follow the 3-4 method. 3 weeks fermenting 4 weeks conditioning.
  6. What can the Mr. Beer yeast handle? I was going to make Surly Dog IPA which is 8.8% according to the recipe. I was thinking of using one or two packs of Mr. Beer yest instead of purchasing the US 05. Any thoughts? This might be a question for someone at Mr. Beer. Thanks in advance for your reply.
  7. Give it a try and let us know how it turns out. I'd like to know.
  8. I guess you probably could. Just make sure you sanitize it. You can also go commando like I do. I don't use a sack for anything except to steep my grains. I know the language here will probably spark some comments.
  9. I use Domino Dots. Just drop one in each 12 oz bottle. No muss. No fuss.
  10. The Surly Dog IPA picture shows 2 packs of centennial hops and one pack columbus, but the product information states 3 packs of columbus hops. It also states that it is supposed to be similar to Flying Dog Brewery – Centennial IPA. Which is it? Thanks in advance for your response. Probably a good question for Josh or someone else at Mr. Beer.
  11. You are welcome. You have nothing to loose by trying the Chantilly Lace recipe. I've made over 30 Mr. Beer batches and have only made the same recipe twice, which was a creation of my own, because SWMBO (she who must be obeyed if your not familiar with that one yet) likes it.
  12. I made the Chantilly Lace recipe. It was similar but better than a Blue Moon in my opinion. I was actually thinking about making it again. It's a simple but tasty recipe.
  13. So for the Mr. Beer yeast would 70 be a good temp to try and achieve this?
  14. Thanks Josh. In your humble opinion which recipe do you think would be more of what I am looking for. The old Who's your Hefe of the new Whispering Wheat. I'm not liking what I read about the tartness of the WB 06 yeast.
  15. Thanks Anthony. The WB 06 yeast that the Whispering Wheat calls for is supposed to give it its banana and clove flavor. Some say that is is also tart which many dislike about this yeast. I think the higher end of the fermentation range gives off more banana and vice versa. Using the yeast you did probably changed the final product some. Not sure if the Mr. Beer Wheat yeast used in the old Who's your Hefe produces the banana and clove flavor I am looking for. Maybe Josh could help with this one.
  16. I want to brew a hefeweizen and came across two recipes. The old Who's your Hefe and the new Whispering Wheat Hefeweizen. I was wondering if anyone has tried these. I want a hefeweizen where you can taste the banana and clove similar to The Hef by Frankenmuth Brewery. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance
  17. I made the Barley's Brew "CHIPA" Cherry IPA recipe. It is one of my favorites. It's a different twist on an IPA.
  18. Yeah my electric stove would have trouble doing that. If I can get away with one gallon it would be doable. However, I do like making small batches because it gives me more variety.
  19. Hey Jim, Do you only boil one gallon of water for your 5 gallon recipes?
  20. Oddside Ales already has a PBJ beer.
  21. LME will add body to the beer and make it taste better in my humble opinion. It will also raise the ABV. I add a pound of LME to just about all of my batches you can pick it up at your local home brew shop for around $3.00 a pound if you have one by you.
  22. I made this one per the recipe as well, but used two vanilla beans. Still not that much of a vanilla flavor. Extract would probably be a better way to get more of a vanilla flavor if one was looking to do so. I was just wondering how much. Maybe a teaspoon or tablespoon. I just bought my wife some extract for baking.
  23. I was wondering if one were to use vanilla extract for this recipe. How much would you use?
  24. I use Domino Dots too. Sometimes you have to turn them the right way so they will fit in the bottle. Other than that very easy and quick process.
  25. I was kind of disappointed by this beer. It tastes good. It's just not what I expected it to be. It is carmelly as Nick mentions and not as hoppy as I though it would have been. Mine is 4 weeks in the bottle. We'll see how she turns out as she ages.
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