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Kevin Caffrey

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  1. Thanks. The sticker has consistently shown it's between 50 & 67 since I brewed it Monday night. I'm going to therefore remain hopeful that it'll be OK.
  2. Thanks Rick. You're absolutely right - I went into this recipe not fully prepared for various reasons. It's been hard to find a thermometer strip at local pet stores that go below 64. I do have the Mr. Beer one and it has the range between 50 & 67. Do you know that if it was *below* that would the strip simply not indicate anything? Anyway, temperature here for the next 5-10 days is typical winter weather for January in Fredericksburg - lows at night in 30s, highs during the day in 50s, sometimes low 60s so I'm hoping in the garage in the cooler it'll stay in the 50-60 range.
  3. Thank you Shrike. I brewed it Monday night and have had it in my garage since then in an empty cooler - but I suspect the temperature has been around 50. Do you think that will be too cold to ferment? Should I just bring it in side the house and keep it in the low 60s? Is it too late to salvage...??
  4. Thank you. Any recommendations on what local stores may have a strip on thermometer that goes below 60?
  5. The instructions for this recipe indicate to ferment between 53 & 59 degrees -- does anyone know what would happen if kept at a slightly higher recommendation such as between 60 & 64? Kevin
  6. Thanks again. Tried it out tonight w/ 1 oz o Willamette at boil and 1/2 cup maltodextrin. Just hoping for a more solid brew than the first time I tried it. Kevin
  7. Thanks for your response. I'm just trying to add flavor/aroma a little bit of the regular refill. I brewed it once before and it didn't have much character to it. Kevin
  8. I'm planning on brewing the standard Mr. Beer Czech Pilsner refill tomorrow and I have three hops on hand: Cluster, Williamette and Galena. Would any of these be worth adding? Kevin
  9. Thanks for the feedback. I'm still just brewing with the refills and the LBK. I will read some of the recipes to get a better starting point. Thanks, Kevin
  10. Any suggestions using the LBK w/ one of the basic refills. I was thinking the St. Patrick's stout adding some chocolate and maybe marshmallow fluff or a marshmallow syrup/flavoring at bottling. Something along these lines... Kevin
  11. Kevin Caffrey

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    Just some pictures of the beers I've brewed so far using the Mr. Beer LBK.
  12. From the album: Brews

    Love drinking beer out of a football. This is the basic St. Patrick's Stout recipe.
  13. Anyone have a recommendation for a Smores recipe? Kevin
  14. From the album: Brews

    Here's an Oktoberfestivus at about 4 or 5 weeks conditioned. Really tasty, robust beer. Remind's me of Beck's Dark a bit.
  15. Yup, a little less than a teaspoon seems to work best for me. Kevin
  16. Thanks - that's what I was thinking. It's a one pound bag so I was figuring I'd split it up between two batches. Kevin
  17. Picked this up today and was hoping to use it with two basic recipes. The first one would be a Pumpkin Spiced Lager: -Oktoberfest refill -8oz of the extract -6 oz pumpkin puree 1/2 orange zest 1/2 tsp cinnamon And the other would literally just be adding it when making the basic Oktoberfest refill. This is the Plain Amber extract Color 8 Lovibond so I'm thinking it will work OK with these. And to confirm - only about 8 oz should be used for the LBK 2 gallon batch, correct? Kevin
  18. This has been one of my favorites. Looking at the notes I keep, I had it as excellent at Week 4 and did not note any marked improvements at Weeks 5, 6 and there on out. Kevin
  19. So...would a standard refill or recipe work in this since it's only gallon? Kevin
  20. I actually consider that pretty kind of her to pour the beer into the solo cup! Kevin
  21. Thanks for the review. Have often thought of trying this recipe, but never pulled the trigger. I like malty beers so maybe I'll give it a try. Good luck on the Diablo IPA -- that's been one of my favorites! Kevin
  22. Well, I didn't have high expectations, but the Blackberry Grape Wheat concoction I tried a few months back came out very nicely if you like fruity beers. This one is about 60 days conditioned. Slightly hazy, slight white head, smell reminds me of some type of fruity candle you'd get from the Ice Cream man as a kid -- closest I can think of is that of a pack of Sweet Tarts or something. Anyway, got Grape Brewer's Extract and this is what I did with it.
  23. Blackberry Grape Wheat Beer. Just used a Mr. Beer weissbier refill and at bottling of a 16oz bottle added .3 ml of blackberry brewer's extract and .3ml of grape brewer's extract. Didn't have high expectations b/c it sounded like it might be a bit odd, but just a very pleasant fruity beer. slightly hazy, smells of sweet tart candy, dry -- great summer beer. This one is probably at about 60 days conditioned.
  24. From the album: Brews

    The standard St. Patrick's Irish Stout refill. Delicious here at about 11 weeks conditioned. Typical, robust irish stout.
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