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  1. Temperature control is the key and study. Wealth of information in this forum. Cleanliness and bottling comes next. Enjoy, M
  2. Yowza, Yowza Yowza. I have a bout a dozen dead packs from the last dmn hurricane that blew threw here. I was thinking about doing nothing with them but you guys are getting crazy like my dog inhaling turkey fumes in front of the stove on TG day. Oh Well I guess its better to recycle the remains than snork them, haha Its not easy, M I have a septic tank. They will do the best good and have possible life. Cheers
  3. It has been some time for me lost all supplies but if I remember 1 cup of dextrose = 1 % boost. Dextrose does add a flavor and I used it for the burn, Ferment and conditioning. just 1 cup throughout the process. The dextrose is powder fine and always easy to work with through all the steps. Cost is minimal as well. Cheers, M
  4. Hi PB, I am returning myself. Hurricane Irma wiped out my supplies and its been rough recovering from that. There's a lot of opinions about the drops. I was using glucose or corn sugar but most senior members like powder sugar. Irish stout is a wonderful blend if bitters are desired. You can experiment with recipes once the process is relearned. Best, M
  5. Has a glass door with inside temp report but I use probes like Zorak stated this is the true wort temp. Wow what a format, Lets make Beer
  6. I use coolers in Florida for conditioning. Coleman beverage fridge with controls does both with Lager temps as needed. nice work on the frigidare. Cheers
  7. Never used the DME but read quite a bit about it. sorry But I am hooked on LME or a bath of added HME, I have some DME to try though. I like it here we learn something new always. Once one starts brewing its hard to stop when the results are positive. Not to bring up negative thoughts but the LME packages are sold in different types but powder is just plain powder. Correct me again if needed. Best, M
  8. My favorite Aztec was with a med LME with Cherries (un pasturized) sterile. 1/2 pint honey sterile. added at week 2 and 3 respectively. Strrrrrrrrong and delicious. Watch your hydrometer. M
  9. Adding an LME gives some Flavor to the brew. There are different variants. LME is simply some extra food for the yeast to consume. The byproducts from the yeast are of course alcohol and flavor. DME is a powder that has no refrence to flavor just a sugar boost to increase yeast output. (not confirmed). Most of the posts I have read from this forum is that the DME is harder to work with while steeping as it clumps up and steers away from the sugary malt that makes the desired flavors. WOW what a run on. Har, Cheers, M
  10. If it tasted good going down and sounded rough coming out. You made beer Its a like!! Har, Har Cheers, M
  11. I like it, Report in a few weeks, Watch out for heartburn!! LOL, M
  12. I like the LME is gives strong characteristic flavor to the beer. The booster powder seems like more of a chore. Zorak and Rick are champs but to each their own. Chase flavor not ABV. Best, M
  13. It also depends very much if you want the brew to be spicy or jalapeno flavored. To collect the flavor of the jalapeno add commando in the last week of ferment. To collect the spice only add after the toss. A spiced jalapeno brew will take some good planning with a basic starter malt. Best of luck with it. M
  14. Agreed some really crafty brewers have found ways to make an easy task more complicated. We are all in this together so lets keep it simple so it stays economical and fun. Whisk and toss Temp proper. Best, M
  15. I use glucose (corn sugar) across the board. It comes in powder form easy to handle. Easy to increase ABV or tweak a stout with less carbonation. Table sugar is most common but to each their own. I would stay with table sugar on root beer mixes. M
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