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    Beer, video gaming, ham radio, and working on my retirement!

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  1. Yuck...., yarrow, licorice, chicory...no thanks. I have been reading more and maybe I need to look at recipes for stouts, porters, marzens, brown ales, etc. I have seen where several MRB recipes are 13 IBU.
  2. AnthonyC, I mean 4 or 5 packs of LME, wouldn't that be ~ 2 to 2.5 lbs? I am thinking of substituting the MRB HME can with the weight equivalent of their LME packs, and maybe steeping some grains, and using no hops. I guess it would be 0 IBU and not really “beer” as the PTB declare. Friends gave me a SN Pale Ale one time and said it was not too hoppy, but it was way too much for me. Anyway, just wondering if anyone had tried this. If not, I’ll try it later on when I get enough reserves built up and can waste a batch.
  3. So what I would I get if I steeped some grains and then added 4 or 5 packs of LME, say Robust, and then the yeast to my LBK? No hops added at any time. I like low IBU, less than 25. Would the brew be drinkable? Has anyone just used the LME packs alone and not any HME? An all malt brew???
  4. Ok, so I've just opened a bottle of the Chug a Luger that was bottled on 6/24 and fridged for the last 3 days and it is great! No cider flavor! I wish I had put more than one in the fridge, it is darn good! But I also had the GB Pilsner barefoot that was bottled earlier on June 4th and it still has the cider taste after 7 weeks conditioning. I have a Rose's Rambling Red and a Bewitched craft amber ale w/ Golden LME in my LBK's at present. Looking forward to see how they turn out. I will probably always use an additional LME/DME from now on.
  5. I have some Fleischmann's and some Lavin EC-1118 I could chunk in there, but I don't know how it would affect beer, the Lavin has high alcohol tolerance. I've used tomato paste and 20-20-20 fertilizer for the yeast when I run "other" fermentations. I'm not ready to experiment to that level on beer, I just would like some great tasting homebrew beer!
  6. Rick, I have the stick ons on both LBKs, a lab certified NIST traceable probe thermometer on both LBK's (attached per your instructions ) and I use a Fluke 62. I am not measuring liquid wort temp, I am measuring the LBK temp below the wort level.My goal is to obtain a small fridge and an Inkbird Itc-308 to properly maintain the ideal temp. The LBK's are kept in my closet during fermentation, we maintain a house ambient temp of 68°F during the day and 65 at night. I have an adult disabled son and he needs the house at that temp to be comfortable. This is definitely not ideal but I hope to remedy it by finding a used dorm fridge. You would think with school out I could have found one by now. Again I want to apologize for my frustration, I realize I have much to learn. As the Nestle Quick rabbit says: Patience is a Virtue.
  7. I'm just suffering new brewer frustrations... sorry for my rant...I have the Octoberfest HME with booster which was started on 6/9 that I will bottle this Thursday. I already have another Octoberfest MRB HME and American Porter that I will mix and start within the next week. I will not mix any more HME's until these 4 batches have aged out. ( And yes I went crazy......I ordered 10 cans of various HME from MRB) All this reading I've been doing about how sorry HME is compared to using LME and DME and hops is not helping. And the fact that the 1 gal kit w/DME and hops tasted 100 times better that the 3 HME's. The nearest LBS is over 1 and 1/2 hours away.. I do not have the luxury to afford 3 hours travel time to look and learn.
  8. My story: SWMBO gave me a Mr. Beer kit from Amazon that came with bottles and pilsner and cerveza hme's.... 5/15/2016 Mixed 1st ever beer batch using Mr. Beer ….Grand Bohemian Pilsner HME…..barefoot…no extras…. should make ~ 3.3 to 3.5 % ABV, I am a Chemistry Tech and I have OCD ...I used both the MRB sanitizer for 10 minutes and then Star-San.....I am 100% positive there is no chance of infection.... I ferment between 66 - 68 °F ; checking with 3 different temperature measuring devices and averaging .... 5/23/2016 after looking online and getting the wild hair,...I purchased a 1 gallon Craft A Brew Oktoberfest kit … 5/29/2016 Mixed 1 gallon kit Oktoberfest from Craft A Brew… had to steep grains and add hop pellets….stunk up the house,… SHMBO declared never again in her kitchen…… 6/2/2016 bought a 2nd LBK… and bottling wand,...and mixed batch Chug-a-lugger recipe – to use up the Aztec Mexican Cerveza HME that came with the original kit… 6/4/2016 Bottled the GB pilsner using MRB 740ml plastic bottles……2 carbo drops per bottle….sample tasted like cider… The bottles condition at 75°F....+ or - 1°F 6/19/2016 bottled 1 gallon Craft a Brew Oktoberfest into 12oz bottles…..used 1 Domino Dot per bottle.. sample tasted GREAT…no cider…. a flat beer flavor. 6/24/2016 tried a bottle of the GB pilsner that I put the fridge for 3 days , since it was barefoot I assumed a conditioned beer.....but a very cidery taste…had to pour it in the drain…… not happy. 6/24/2016 bottled Chug a lugger into 12, 22oz bottles, 3 dots per bottle………sample tasted like cider… again, not happy. IF, and I mean IF…. after 4 weeks, the MRB batches taste like cider and the CAB doesn’t after 4 weeks….I will never use MRB products again…..
  9. My story: SWMBO gave me a Mr. Beer kit from Amazon that came with bottles and pilsner and cerveza hme's.... 5/15/2016 Mixed 1st ever beer batch using Mr. Beer ….Grand Bohemian Pilsner HME…..barefoot…no extras…. should make ~ 3.3 to 3.5 % ABV, I am a Chemistry Tech and I have OCD ...I used both the MRB sanitizer for 10 minutes and then Star-San.....I am 100% positive there is no chance of infection.... I ferment between 66 - 68 °F ; checking with 3 different temperature measuring devices and averaging .... 5/23/2016 after looking online and getting the wild hair,...I purchased a 1 gallon Craft A Brew Oktoberfest kit … 5/29/2016 Mixed 1 gallon kit Oktoberfest from Craft A Brew… had to steep grains and add hop pellets….stunk up the house,… SHMBO declared never again in her kitchen…… 6/2/2016 bought a 2nd LBK… and bottling wand,...and mixed batch Chug-a-lugger recipe – to use up the Aztec Mexican Cerveza HME that came with the original kit… 6/4/2016 Bottled the GB pilsner using MRB 740ml plastic bottles……2 carbo drops per bottle….sample tasted like cider… The bottles condition at 75°F....+ or - 1°F 6/19/2016 bottled 1 gallon Craft a Brew Oktoberfest into 12oz bottles…..used 1 Domino Dot per bottle.. sample tasted GREAT…no cider…. a flat beer flavor. 6/24/2016 tried a bottle of the GB pilsner that I put the fridge for 3 days , since it was barefoot I assumed a conditioned beer.....but a very cidery taste…had to pour it in the drain…… not happy. 6/24/2016 bottled Chug a lugger into 12, 22oz bottles, 3 dots per bottle………sample tasted like cider… again, not happy. IF, and I mean IF…. after 4 weeks, the MRB batches taste like cider and the CAB doesn’t after 4 weeks….I will never use MRB products again…..
  10. Thanks all. Yes Rick I made a poor choice of words, it a temp measuring gun.
  11. Hello all, just wanted to introduce myself. I'm 56, been drinking beer for over 40 years (don't tell my mom) and have never ever thought about brewing my own beer. Received a MRB kit from the wife, the one with the plastic bottles and 2 cans, pilsner and cerveza. She also got me two of the American Light said they were bogo. They came with booster packs while the two in the kit did not. I have been reading the forum when I can, I mixed up the Czech Pilsner and it has been sitting in my closet for a week @ around 66-68 degrees. I have been using one of those heat guns and pointing it at the liquid in the LBK. So I plan on going 3 weeks in the keg, then bottle and will move the bottles upstairs where the temp is 75°F for 4 weeks, then put a couple in the fridge and taste. Thinking about getting another keg for 10 bucks and mixing up another batch in the meantime. I prefer dark beers most of the time, I like porters and stouts, like the Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing. I live near Asheville and hope to travel there soon and check out the brewpubs. I also love Spaten Optimator, SA Octoberfest, and pumpkin ales. I really dig those pumpkin ales in the Fall...... I usually buy several cases of PA to last me into the next year, and last year I got 6 cases of SA Octoberfest to drink to make the PA's last but they were gone by mid January. I do not care for IPA's, they are too hoppy for me. Also I hate Corona....I'm thinking of throwing the can of Aztec Cerveza in with the CAL along with the booster pack, think that will work? I'm not a big fan of Bud, or the light beers, but I need to learn the process of brewing first. Also is a bottling wand needed or can I use tygon tubing cut to the length of the bottles? I truly appreciated those who have contributed to this forum, and I look forward to brewing beer that I will enjoy. Snuffy
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