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  1. I know you said you've already seen our winter recipes, but I wanted to bring to your attention our community-only sale on our Belgian Spiced Christmas Ale. It's 60% off for community members. http://community.mrbeer.com/topic/32825-community-exclusive-pre-sale-60-off/?hl=winter As for ginger root, you may want to use an extract as the actual roots may harbor wild yeast/bacteria. You could boil it, but that sometimes kills some of the flavor in my experience. If you do add ginger root, peel it, grate it, and add it after 1 week.
  2. Welcome to the community, Barhound1! We're glad to hear from our satisfied customers! Keep in mind that we also have a live chat where you can speak to our customer service reps and our Brewmaster (Me! ). You are always free to call us or email us anytime and we'll get back to you asap (as long as it's not the weekend. That's when we're off brewing/drinking beer...lol). In addition to our CSRs, we also have this GREAT community of veteran and beginner brewers that are always helping each other out. Our forums are very active, and our members are very dedicated. We look forward to sharing many recipes and experiences with you!
  3. (1) None. Or at least a very tiny trace amount. (2) It makes no difference because the small amount of sugar you add doesn't affect the flavor.
  4. Set it in the sunlight in clear bottles for a few days, then it should start tasting like Corona. lol. I never could understand why many breweries insist on packaging their beer in clear/green bottles. I guess many people like that skunky, light-struck flavor. In any case, Corona isn't representative of a Mexican beer. It's mostly a beer brewed for American tourists. Most Mexicans in Mexico don't drink it. Here's a fun fact: Most Mexican beers were largely influenced by Viennese lagers. During the latter half of the 20th century, due to the influx of German/Austrian immigrants to Mexico, the emperor of the short-lived 2nd Mexican Empire, Maximillion I of the House of Habsburg (an Austro-Germanic ruling family.), had his own personal Austrian brewer that produced Viennese-style beers This influence can be seen in Negro Modelo, Dos Equis, and many other Mexican beers.
  5. Nice! Sounds almost like a lighter version of Sierra Nevada. Should make a nice session ale.
  6. Barley is correct when he says "Go lite". It's VERY easy to overdo the smoke, especially in a lighter blonde. Moked/peated malt more common in Scottish ales, porters, or other dark beers. For an LBK, you probably only need a couple tablespoons of smoked malt. Like I said, it's a pretty strong malt and it's easy to overdo it.
  7. Like I said, I don't have much experience with aging in plastic bottles, but I'm interested in hearing about other people's experiences with it.
  8. You may benefit from this post: http://community.mrbeer.com/topic/32815-hydrometers-and-specific-gravity-101/
  9. If you plan on aging for long periods of time, they could be better because they won't oxidize the beer like plastic bottles will over time. Others may have had different experiences and will disagree, but I've never personally aged beer in plastic bottles for fear of oxidation so I'm still on the fence about it.
  10. Drop the sack into some boiling water for a couple of minutes. Then add your hops and deposit it into the fermentor.
  11. Debi's a superstar here at Mr. Beer. She puts in a lot of effort to make sure our customers are happy. We pride ourselves on good customer service and Debi's a pro in that regard.
  12. Yes, that should be fine. That sanitizer goes a long way.
  13. I suppose you could just put some kind of tape around the lid to seal the seam.
  14. We do have 2 recipe subforums (Basic and Advanced). I believe we will be putting together a better recipe database in the future.
  15. That's a good idea and will be passed along to our Community Manager. In the meantime, many of our recipes have reviews on them (example below via link). Perhaps in the future, we'll have review sections for our basic kits/refills. http://www.mrbeer.com/santa-catalina-pale-ale-recipe
  16. Well, you'd better pick them up before the sale ends!
  17. Opening the lid for a fraction of a second to add hops or any other ingredients (such as fruit) is a very small risk. It's unlikely that you'll get contamination from opening your keg for such a short period of time. Out of all the beers I've brewed with Mr. Beer kits, I've never had any issues. But that should be the ONLY time you open your keg and it should be open for as briefly as possible.
  18. We've been packaging FRESH spices for the past few days to include in the kit. So there's no need to worry about the spice packs. They will come with your kit as fresh as can be.
  19. Yeah, we're calling it a "pre-sale" because we're offering it to the forum community before we offer it to the public (at less of a discount).
  20. I would avoid fermenting in these or any other water containers, unless it specifically says it's PET. The acids and such caused during fermentation can leach harmful chemicals out of the plastic and into your beer.
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