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Kevin Caffrey

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Kevin Caffrey

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

    Love drinking beer out of a football. This is the basic St. Patrick's Stout recipe.
  8. Anyone have a recommendation for a Smores recipe? Kevin
  9. 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.
  10. Yup, a little less than a teaspoon seems to work best for me. Kevin
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. So...would a standard refill or recipe work in this since it's only gallon? Kevin
  15. I actually consider that pretty kind of her to pour the beer into the solo cup! Kevin
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. From the album: Brews

    The standard St. Patrick's Irish Stout refill. Delicious here at about 11 weeks conditioned. Typical, robust irish stout.
  20. I've done it once w/o a hop sack ("going commando" as many refer to it) and do not recommend it. Had lots of residue/chunks at bottling. In retrospect, I could've cold crashed and that might've prevented it, but even so, I wouldn't do it again. Kevin
  21. Brewed the following today, kind of a variation/experiment on the Horse's Ass Ale recipe: CAL + Booster 1/2 cup honey 1 oz Cluster Hops (steeped for two minutes) We'll see how it goes! Kevin
  22. I have Peanut Butter extract actually so it reminded me that this fall I may put a little of that and a little of the grape into a porter to see if I get a PB&J Porter -- though, I must admit, I'm not really that excited to try something like that! Kevin
  23. Anyone ever do anything interesting with grape brewer's extract? My son had gotten it for me as a gift a few months ago and I used it when bottling some or the standard Mr. Beer weissbier refill. Also combined it with blackberry extract to get a Blackberry Grape Wheat beer....but, not sure what to really expect! : ) Kevin
  24. I'm saving a That Voodoo That You Do for this Thanksgiving that has been conditioning since July '17, as well as a Vanilla Coconut Porter that has been conditioning since November '17. These would be the longest I've ever conditioned any Mr. Beer brews. Prior to this maybe the longest would have been 4 or 5 months.... Kevin
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