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  1. Since I was not overly impressed with CAL (it was your typical weak tasting light beer) I was not expecting a lot from the Cowgirl Honey Light.  But last night I tasted my first "Cowgirl Honey Light" and it was the most amazing beer I've made to date! I thought my St. Patrick's Stout was good but this one takes the prize. I will definitely be brewing this one again. It poured to a thick head and the head retention was long. It was smooth with a light malty flavor and a slight hoppy finish. IMPRESSIVE BEER!

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  2. I've got the Cowgirl Honey Light bottled and conditioning as we speak. It tasted great out of the LBK on bottling day so my expectations are high for it once it has conditioned. Your post (Ga Ced) is encouraging.

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  3. On 3/30/2016 at 7:16 AM, Neverbrewedadarnthing said:

    When I think honey I think bees, bears, flowers, honeycomb, beehive, a honeypot, Winnie the Pooh. When I think Orange I think...well...orange. Oranges, orange slice, orange wedge, orange tree. So, when you say a honey-orange ale, I see in my head an upset Winnie the Pooh with an empty 'Hunny' pot and a bunch of oranges. Here's a start, probably better ones out there if you dig a bit.




    I brewed my own recipe with an 8.0 ABV and I called it "Rabid Bee Nectar." On both sides of the label I placed an angry looking bee. I will have to post a picture of it soon. I've not tasted it yet because I'm allowing it to condition for at least eight weeks. I get most of my graphics off of a public domain clip art site.

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  4. 4 hours ago, wiggscory said:

    I bottled my first batch. I then put the bottles in the fridge to carbonate. Clearly, i misread the instructions. My question: can i take the beer out of the fridge to carbonate or should i just wait the 50 years it seems like it will take to finish.


    You messed up! The only thing you can do is box up those bottles of beer and send them to me and start another batch. I'll be glad to drink (oops) I mean dispose of those beers for you. Congrats on your first batch my friend.

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  5. 44 minutes ago, HoppySmile! said:

    my first attempt beer labels really sucks, but I didn't have a printer, so I went in my back yard, pulled up some colorful flowers to grind down to make my ink, cut down a ten year old tree that had sum bad branches and with sum hard work made me some sheets of paper out of it, picked most the brush hairs out of an old paint brush and hand painted these labels! Whew! and I was able to do all that in one day!!!gallery_65635_31_1378848.jpg


    LOL! And you must'ave been smoking something along with those brews you were drinking! Love it!

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  6. Hey MRB, When are you going to have the BrewMax LME SoftPacks that are out of stock, back in stock? There are several recipes I want to try that call for these "missing in action LMEs." I'm getting thursty just at the thought of running out of my favorite brews. :o 

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  7. 38 minutes ago, Coop said:

    when making these recipes with two hme's are they still 2 gallon recipes and do i use both yeast packets or just one?


    Item #7 on the brewing instructions for Powerful Patriot says to sprinkle both packets of yeast in the LBK. Happy brewing and let us know how it turns out! :) 

  8. 14 hours ago, J A said:


    The short answer to that question is: As much as you put in...

    There are ways to calculate the bitterness (IBUs). Flavor and especially aroma aren't exactly quantifiable. If you put a lot hops in at flameout or during the last week or so of fermentation (dry hopping) it'll have a strong aroma from those hops. If you put in a little, it'll be more subtle.


    Maybe that chart is confusing because it addresses percentages and times rather than amounts. The chart's only good for determining how much of a given amount of hops is going to end up as bitterness, flavor or aroma. If you don't boil, the bitterness doesn't get leached out but the oils that make aroma do. If you boil hops for a short time, some of the bitterness comes out, and more of the oils that make the flavor component stay in the beer. If you boil a long time, the bitterness comes out in the beer and the flavor component evaporates, for lack of a better explanation. It's the amount of hops you use at a certain time in the boil is that determines how strong the bitterness, flavor and aroma are.


    Hopping is complex and interesting and you could work a lifetime at exploring the different combinations and subtle interactions. For a start, find out a little about the brewing process, look at recipes (there are thousands on the internet) that don't use HMEs and look at what hops are where. Also, find information about particular craft beers - their IBUs and flavor profile - and identify what sort of hops they're using (again, tons of info on the web). Drink those beers and you can smell and taste the end result of what they're putting in. It may give you a little better understanding of what's involved. And it's a perfect excuse to drink craft beers. Research!! ;)



    Well said!

  9. 13 hours ago, Brewer said:

    I know that this may seem like a silly question but a friend of mine just gave me about 24 empty glass beer bottles (12 oz) ... Problem is that the bottles all take screw caps, not crown caps. Do Mr Beer plastic screw caps tightly fit glass bottles or can they only seal the PET bottles? Thanks


    The only thing those screw top bottles are good for is for playing spin the bottle with a bunch of beautiful women!!!! ;) If you decide to do that, invite me to play!



  10. 34 minutes ago, AnthonyC said:

    Good experiences w/brown sugar: Dark IPA, Wicked Winter Warmer, Defibrillator Doppelbock, WDA, and Vanilla Porter.


    Bad experience's w/brown sugar: Sunday Morning Coming Down, Pumpkin Rising, Oktoberfest.

    Thanks a bunch!

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  11. 44 minutes ago, RickBeer said:

    Why do you want to add it?


    I don't necessarily want to add it, I've just read several recipes that included brown sugar and I was curious as to the contributing traits of this to wort. Is it improved mouth feel, increased ABV, added flavor or what?

  12. I would like to know what your experiences have been in adding brown sugar to your mix? Positive, negative, and/or do's and don'ts??? I know that the more sugars that you add you must also increase your bittering.

  13. 18 hours ago, BeerMizer said:

    Well I now have 11 3/4 bottles of Oktoberfest Lager sitting happily in my closet. First time bottling, no problems other than....I have to wait 4 weeks....I will not open for 4 weeks, I will not open for 4 weeks.....I will not


    I went to the store and bought some just to keep me from opening mine before the 4 week mark. The 17th (which is St. Patrick's Day) will be 4 weeks so I can celebrate St. Patrick's Day properly!

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  14. 10 minutes ago, Stroomer420 said:

    this is the pic I'm gonna use for the dads favorite cream ale recipe... I think its perfect...:D.. printing them up now but the file wont load up here but ya'll get the jist of it...Might even be a whiskey bottle but when printed on label no one will know




    This one will be GREAT! You've picked the perfect beer for that label too. :)


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  15. 23 hours ago, MRB Tim said:

    It sounds like smaller bottles might be a solution. If you're using the 740 ml bottles that come with a lot of the kits, that's kind of a lot of beer for one sitting, You can see the bottle options we offer here: http://www.mrbeer.com/accessories/beer-bottles-and-bottling,



    I use 12 oz longnecks and I have six different brews I would like to compare. I have always limited myself to two beer an evening so opening six longnecks and drinking them in one evening is the problem. I'm in the medical field and could get called in anytime, so becoming drunk is not an option. 

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  16. Well, I now have a new problem! I would love to do a side by side taste test of all my different brews, however, I am acquiring so many different brews that I can't do it without opening too many beers that would then have to be either finished off or go to waste. I guess I'll just have to wait until next Christmas when my kids will be home and we can open one of each and pour a couple of ounces of each in jiggers and all compare them together. That way there will not be any waste nor will I get too bombed to remember the taste comparison. Any suggestions? 

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