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  1. Good stuff guys. I took a sample before bottling and half way through to make sure that it wasn't trub in the spigot. There is indeed trub at the bottom of the LBK. I thought along the same lines. I am going to let it sit for 4-6 weeks and see how it tastes after that.
  2. Advice required: Another update... for those who have been following, I brewed American Porter that had passed its expiry date. The process was slow, with visible signs of fermentation starting after 3 days, and high krausen happening very late... after a week or more. I bottled this batch today, and there was still a light layer on top of the beer. It is like the entire process is proceeding in slow motion. Temp held at 68 for the full three weeks. So, I decided to give it a small taste while bottling. I have never had American Porter before, but I can tell you, it did not taste good. I tried to nail down the taste... cardboard? No... I read that can happen but I don't think that was it (Although I have never eaten cardboard). My wife however, hit the nail on the head. It tasted very yeasty, and left a strong undesirable yeast aftertaste. Any thoughts on this? I am on batch 9 and am yet to have a bad batch so I have been lucky, and it was bound to happen. Any thoughts on that aftertaste would be appreciated. I finished bottling it anyway and am going to condition it. On the bright side, I bottled/tried my Bewitched Amber Ale (2nd round of this stuff) yesterday and it was better than the first time I did it A fantastic brew.
  3. Update: We are three days into the process. Last night it was still doing nothing (2 days in) This afternoon I checked on it again and there is an ok layer of bubbles and trub at the bottom. I don't know what caused it to take 2 days to begin visibly fermenting, but it seems to be doing its thing now. More updates to follow.
  4. Hello again everyone! I have read a few posts about expired kits, but I thought I would throw this on here anyway, as it is my first time brewing American Porter so I don't have any experience to go by. Basically, the store near me is no longer going to carry Mr. Beer products, so they had a big sale. I picked up six kits for a very good price, two of which were expired (Early 2015 I think): Bewitched Amber Ale and American Porter. For the price I paid, I figured, "why not try". I started both kits each in their own 8L LBK. I have brewed Bewitched Amber Ale before and after 2 days. it is progressing along just like last time. As for my Porter brew, I am 24 hours into the process, and it doesn't appear to be doing anything at all. The yeast looks to be sitting on the top. No bubbles, no temp change (sitting at room temp). Could my yeast no longer be good? I am going to give it another 48 hours to see what it does. Anyone brew Porters before? Does it usually take very long to get to high krausen? If nothing happens after another 2 days, is it salvageable, or should I just dump it at that point and move on to a non-expired kit? As always, any info would be greatly appreciated.
  5. After taxes of course :p. Though I do enjoy the price in case of emergencies and whatnot. My wife gave birth to two kids in hospital and had a private room. My bill that my tax dollar and coverage didn't cover: 15$. But, wait times if you don't have a family doc (which we are lucky to have in our rural area) can be long. But I am off topic. Thanks for the advice guys! I am going to check the Mr. Beer outlet in town and then a second brew store down the line.
  6. Question for the international buyers, especially for the Canucks on Mr. Beer (or anyone really). I live in Nova Scotia, but have a store near by that sells Mr. Beer supplies (basic refills and some supplies, LBKs, bottles, stuff like that). I am not sure what they sell for hops, LMEs and DMEs, so I thought I would check on the Mr Beer site. I was interested in brewing Horse's Ass, but my store only has basic refills (as mentioned). No worries, I thought. I can get the Classic American Light refill at my local store, I just need the Cascade Pellet Hops and the Muslin Hops Sack, both of which cost about $2.50US on the Mr. Beer site (or 3 and some change in Canuck dollars... or three loonies if you will). Then I got to shipping... 33USD for 3 bucks worth of Hops and a sack. I imagine that they must have a flat rate for international shipping. Is this the case? Anyone on here know? Is there a way around it? If not, any suggestions for someone who has never bought hops before? Is it possible to buy these specific hops through other brewing stores or does it have to come directly from Mr. Beer? I have never purchased hops before so this is new territory for me. Any advice would be appreciated.
  7. I have a buddy that got me into it. It is nice to have someone around to talk about brews with and to taste-test as well
  8. As a guy who has brewed a grand total of 10 batches of beer (still lots to learn), I can say the following: 1. You are going to have a million questions. This forum is a great place to ask them 2. You are going to do little things wrong and need reassurance. You can get that here. 3. I have asked questions on this forum enough times to know that the people here all love the hobby and are happy to help. 4. Look up the links on RickBeer's posts and read them all 5. This forum compliments the hobby very well. Enjoy!
  9. Patience is indeed the key. I found that to be the hardest part when I started my first few batches. I would check on the LBK a gazillion times a day, and then be itching to get into the bottles once carbonated. But I learned to leave the beer to do its thing. Patience pays off
  10. I agree with you all. I am also a fan of stocking up. I purchased a second LBK this year so that I could brew two batches at a time. I am far from being a big producer, but I would like to get 8 of the 2 gallon batches done by the end of June so that I don't have to brew and worry about temperature when the weather gets too hot. I can always pick it up again in the fall once things cool down.
  11. I agree with that I don't know what I would have done without this forum. Such a great tool, and it does compliment the hobby very well. Lots of great folk on here.
  12. Been there, did that, wrote this forum about it and mine turned out fine as well. To avoid this problem, tear the wet lable off before dumping the contents of the can.
  13. Thanks everyone! Looking forward to reading up and uping my brewing game.
  14. Good to know about the malt. I never thought about adding hops. Can you mix and match different hops with different refills or are there specific ones that go with each brew? I noticed that there is a description of each one on the Mr. Beer site as to what it goes with so i assume that different hops can be added to different refills to yield different results. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.
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