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    Used to fly airplanes as a hobby. Now instead I ride my Victory motorcycle. And of course brewing.

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  1. I think so. I'm about to find out this weekend when I fill my LBK with a lager for the next 2 months. A couple of things to keep in mind: A 2 gallon batch would probably leave too much head space for a secondary; And I plugged up the two air notches and instead installed an airlock on the lid. That's because I don't think there would be enough active fermentation taking place to keep air out.
  2. I would probably agree, but I did not want to take a chance and the new stuff is fun to use. The issue is probably more with their HME. I don't know if I was clear before, but at my home brew shop, I purchased and used their DME extract kit with all fresh ingredients. And like I said in my previous post, the beer after two weeks of fermenting was excellent. It was so good that while bottling it, I kept taking sips from the test tube I used to take the hydrometer reading from. I never thought I would enjoy warm flat beer (lol).
  3. Yup. When my third batch tasted exactly like the previous two, a gross mix of apple cider and beer, I decided to google Mr Beer green apple taste. And I too was shocked at how many people had the exact same complaint. That's when I decided to throw in the towel and purchased $150 of all new equipment at a local home brew shop. And what a difference. After fermenting my first new batch for only 2 weeks, I gave it a taste-test before I bottled it. It tasted exactly like excellent flat warm beer. Absolutely no cider taste at all. I don't mean to bash Mr. Beer. All I wanted was to make good beer from it. And I'm not advocating anyone to switch from it. But if your beers consistently taste like crap, and you feel as if you are doing everything right, then you may just want to make a visit to your local home brew shop. Oh, and if you do get new equipment, don't toss your LBK. I'm going to use mine as a secondary for my 2.5 gallon lager. All I did was tape up the notches and drilled a hole in the lid for an airlock. Steve
  4. I made the mistake of sanitizing the bottles before sampling the beer. Based on the sampling, I want to put off bottling for a few more days. Can I empty the sanitized solution back into a 1 gallon container and re-use it in a few more days? Or will it lose it's potency and I should just dump it?
  5. I sampled the Czech Pilsner after fermenting for 2 weeks and it tasted exactly like good flat beer. I was floored. The main difference between this batch and my two other failures is that now I'm fermenting in a chest freezer with a fan circulating the air, an Inkbird controller is maintaining the temperature, and the temp probe is attached to the LBK and insulated from the air (thank you Rick Beer for that suggestion). But now I'm a little worried fermenting for another week because I completely understand that while the beer is fermenting air can't get into the LBK due to the outward pressure from fermentation. But when fermenting slows down or stops, can't air work its way into the LBK?
  6. So I just tasted my German Wheat that fermented for 3 and conditioned for 4 weeks. And just like my first batch of CAL, it has a strong green apple taste that makes it almost undrinkable. The wort during fermentation was a consistent 68 / 69 degrees, and conditioning was done in that same temp range. I realized this morning that I'm using a 2 quart pot to boil my water instead of the recommended 3 quart pot. Could that be causing the green apple taste? I doubt it, but I'm running out of ideas.
  7. Rick, I too wired an always-on outlet because I originally wanted to have a fan continuously circulating air in the freezer, but then I did not like how the fan was letting out some heat from the motor so I scraped that idea. Just curious, is your always-on outlet there to run a fan continuously?
  8. I replaced my current temp controller with the Inkbird 1000. I did save a little $ by wiring it myself instead of going with the already assembled Inkbird 308. So far the unit is working as expected and I’m pleased, but there are some minor caveats: Even though the documentation states that there is an alarm when temps exceed a certain limit, turns out there are no alarms for that (only an alarm if the sensor fails). Not a deal breaker, but an alarm could be nice. There is only one temp differential setting that is used for both heating and cooling. The Inkbird 308 has separate differential values for heating and cooling. Again, not a deal breaker, but having the flexibility of setting 2 different values could be useful.
  9. Great. And it looks like your Weber is grilling nicely too!
  10. Is there a recommended replacement interval for the PET plastic bottle caps?
  11. I know, but it's a near-perfect environment. And pretty soon the LBK will be back in the cooler fermenting a new batch. Based on the lack of responses, maybe there really is no good way to accomplish this without buying a new thermostat.
  12. I'm not. All I want to do is control air temps in the cooler without the thermostat going on and off.
  13. The only thing is the LBK is currently not being used. My 11 PET bottles are currently carbonating/conditioning in the cooler. I'm assuming that you recommended taping it to the LBK because that would provide more of a wort temp as opposed to air temp? If that's the case, then would taping the probe to a random bottle suffice for now?
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