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About zaivala

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  1. The reply which straightened it out was posted while I was posting my response. No time machine available.
  2. Then what are the instructions? Same as the other, but skipping adding yeast? I've had two cans of this for some time now, and have not made it because no instructions were included, and the website does (or at least did) not supply instructions that don't state to add the yeast packet. [Edited to add: I went and checked for updated instructions; instead, the company has pulled the entire page.]
  3. Are we talking the same recipe? Belgian Spiced Christmas Ale. Ingredients: malted barley, hops, yeast. There was no plastic lid, no yeast packet. The label says, "For how to brew, please follow instructions included in package [there were none] or go online to www.mrbeer.com/seasonalinst" which is where I went and found exactly the instructions you just posted, and which, in turn, led to me starting this thread.
  4. Lots of you are guessing at what I said, but RickBeer had it right. At any rate, I made my 3rd can, and it still turned out about the same, more of a porter than anything close to what the old Amber Ale from Mr. Beer (pre-Coopers) did. I also made a batch of American Light, and the predominant comment among my flavor-testers was "tastes like Mickey's Malt Liquor".
  5. There is no yeast packet. The can says the yeast is already included. That's why I'm asking.
  6. OK, I have two cans of this stuff in hand. However, the brewing instructions just say "see the website", and the website talks about adding things which the can says are included inside the can (spice pack, yeast), so I don't actually have brewing instructions for this. The website does say this stuff has a Brew By date of August, so I'd better get cracking... any help? I'm not a first time brewer, but I haven't brewed a lot of batches and have had the kits for about 5 years, maybe 6 or 7 batches total with large gaps. I would just plow ahead, except I did that with my last 3 batches of Bewitched Amber Ale and got something that, while quite good, was not an amber ale (some discussion elsewhere in the forums, although not including my 3rd batch).
  7. I hear you, and will try again with my 3rd can... but the second batch I left in the barrel 3 weeks, not the 2 recommended... Ah well. As I said, I have had good results with this wort under previous ownership.
  8. RickBeer, the temperatures I was referring to were external -- I seriously doubt it got down to 60 inside, probably 65-67 at the coolest. The beer is not sweet, but again tastes like a dark stout, about the right amount of of bitter for a good stout -- but hardly an amber ale. JoshR, these were brand new cans of wort. Of course I don't know how long they've been in the warehouse before shipping. I bought 3 cans and still have one left, which says "Best Before 06 Nov 2015". Any more ideas? The other surprising thing about these two batches is the incredible amount of carbonation. When I make the next can I will likely just leave the sugar off in the bottling process. I use Domino Organic Sugar for my bottling sugar. When I open a bottle, I have to have a 20-oz glass ready and pour off at least 1/4 of the bottle -- more than that and the head overflows the glass, less than that and the head exceeds the limits of the bottle.
  9. I'm in Blaine, just northeast of Knoxville... I work in East Knoxville, which is about a 17 mile drive... Maybe we should start a Knoxville topic...
  10. Perhaps this is one bit of fallout from the Coopers takeover, or perhaps it's just what happens when I brew during the Winter. I made up two batches of Bewitched Amber Ale. I've made this before, and found it to be nice and balanced, not too anything but nice and mellow. Both of these batches came out very dark and hypercarbonated. It's true that my current apartment is difficult to keep warm at affordable levels, and the barrel was in the kitchen, the least-heated room in the house, but I don't think it ever got below 45. The second batch I left in the barrel a couple extra days, thinking that might make up for the lower brewing temperatures, but they are as alike as can be. Any ideas? I don't care for stouts (although, of course, this is drinkable -- I've yet to have a Mr Beer kit come out as bad as commercial beer). I'm bringing this up because I have yet a third can of wort and would like some AMBER ALE if I can.
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