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  1. I love doing partial mashes, but my work schedule doesnt always allow me to. A regular extract comes in handy in how quickly I can make it up. Strangely enough though, American Ale deluxe is one my favs, and that's after having done many partials and doctored extracts.

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  2. 28 minutes ago, Mic Todd said:


    I can tell you what I tried but I'm not saying it's the best thing to do with the hops.  I brewed a delicious smelling hop tea by adding boiling water to 1/2 oz of Ekuanot Hops in my french press.  I let that steep for about 5 minutes and then poured out one shot glass into each pre-carbo dropped bottle (ummm, it smelled delicious!).  Next, I added the cold-crashed beer into each 25 oz bottle straight from the fridge after crashing for 72 hours (per Rick Beer's suggestion).


    The hop tea added to the bottle directly before bottling is supposed to impart the aromas and taste of the hops without adding the bitterness as when you hop it in the wort or in the keg directly upon addition of the wort.


    Good luck on whatever you try.  I love experimenting - and it sounds like you do too.  😎

    I knew exactly what I was going to do, but the wonderful lady at my LHBS talked me into this purchase because she was out of citra pellets. Lol

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  3. 4 hours ago, Mic Todd said:


    Do you find that adding booster packs dries the beer out a little?  I've read that on the forums but have never used a booster pack yet to find out.

    I cant say for certain if it does or not. I personally hadn't noticed. I know that honey sure as heck does though.

  4. On 9/23/2018 at 11:23 AM, Cato said:

    I have a backlog of booster, and I use it when I can. I haven't noticed any flavor issues with it at all.

    Every time I place an order I add a few boosters in with it. I use them in everything almost. No risk way adding a little bang per bottle Imo.

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  5. 7 hours ago, Mic Todd said:

    Wow, did it turn out?  Must have given that fact you are posting this.  One thing, tho.  What is CAL?  'One CAL HME;.  I know what HME is...

    It came out pretty good, but if I had to to let it condition awhile because it ended up being 6.6% ABV and it tasted a bit boozy at 1st.

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  6. 6 hours ago, Mic Todd said:

    I'm not sure what one 'CAL' of DME  (dry malt extract) is but I was planning on using 1 lb of light DME to augment the Mr Beer mix of Classic American light and try dry-hopping it near the end of the process, or even waiting till the bottling stage and dry-hopping with a hop tea.  I'm not sure if I'd need to add any other adjunct than those two.

    One pound of light DME, not one CAL of DME.

  7. 2 hours ago, Palmetto Brew said:

    I'm no expert I have only brewed five batches of beer so far but I use glass bottles and cap them and have not had any issues yet.  Keep your fingers crossed!

    I've probably made 30 batches, or close to it, and I'm scared to graduate to glass. Lol, maybe someday.

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  8. 1 hour ago, Palmetto Brew said:

    I like the extra carbonation my self so I use one carb drop that came with my recipe per 12 oz. bottle.  Turns out just how I like it.

    I dont dislike it, but with one full teaspoon there's no room for era it seems. I've had many bottles get "stretched" during conditioning, and one just plain exploded. Now that one I believe fermentation was stuck, but still.

  9. When I bottle a batch I usually pour the sanitizer from all the bottles into one of my LBKs and I just leave it until I need the fermenter again. I usually make up fresh sanitizer before I brew again, but just curious, could I just go with that used sanitizer if the LBK hasn't been opened at all?

  10. You cant draw any conclusions about the final flavor from a sample you tasted during fermentation. It will change so much in the next 5 weeks. It's your 1st batch so I know you're anxious, but try to leave it alone. Remember, every sample you pull will take away from your yield.

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  11. I use 16 oz bottles 90% of the time, and I always go with one teaspoon of sugar. I really dont have an issue with that amount of carbonation, but so many of you seem like it less carbed, so I decided to give it a shot. I've bottled a batch with 3/4 of a teaspoon. We'll see how I like it in about a month, lol.

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  12. On 8/7/2018 at 10:31 PM, Shrike said:

    As soon as I tuck an LBK away I put a reminder in my phone so I don't forget to bottle it.  20 years ago I'd have had notes all over my desk instead.  :)


    I usually do, but I'm learning a new position at work and that's where most of the focus is. I just whipped up a quick standard refill to pad the pipeline.

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