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  1. I received a MrBeer kit as a regift. It had been in a hot attic for several years. Yeast was still good. Dry yeast is tougher than we're lead to believe.
  2. I've been told a packet of Truvia in each bottle will also work to back sweeten. Haven't tried it yet, but it's on my to do list for this year.
  3. Above I used the laughing emoticon. On this comment I will use something else. 👍 and heartfelt, thanks.
  4. Are you holding out on us or will you be sharing those tips?
  5. I have used the white labs hefe yeast and will again this weekend. I use this as the base beer for my pawpaw Heffeweizen. I still have 2lbs of frozen pawpaws in the kitchen freezer. SWMBO has requested I use them a.s.a.p.
  6. OK. You've brewed a couple dozen MrB recipes. Good. If you want to learn the science find a copy of John Palmer's book. If you want to make the magic happen, we can help you do that. Malt extracts are made by allowing barley to begin germination and heating it to stop the growth and to dry it out. How they heat it, how hot they heat it, and how long affects the color, the taste and it's ability to convert starch into sugars. There are many sources available online which will explain the processes in detail. For a self education course you only need a few ounces of a base grain such as 2 row, Maris Otter, Pilsner, etc. MrBeer sell them in small quantities for additions to their recipes. The process from there is quite simple actually. If you have a large pyrex measuring cup heat 2 cups of water to 160 degrees. Add the grain to the water in the measuring cup and stir it to wet all of the grains. The next step is the hard part, you wait. After 10 minutes stir the grain and water again with an ordinary teaspoon. Taste a spoonful. Wait 10 more minutes and repeat. What you should experience is an amazing transformation. As time passes, the water will begin to taste sweeter. The malted barley contains enzymes which convert the starches in the barley seeds into sugars. The brewer controls the temperature of his mash to create the types of sugar. At temperatures near 160 degrees the sugars being created are typically not consumed by most brewers yeasts. These sugars give the brewed beer texture (I tell people to think of how whole milk feels in their mouth). At temperatures around 145 degrees most of the sugars created are easily consumed by yeast. The resulting beer will be drier (Think of how skim milk feels in your mouth). Most recipes typically call for the water to be held at 152 degrees to create a balance. The end result is wort similar to what you have with malt extracts. Simply stated malt extracts are dehydrated wort. This is an oversimplification but it's enough to get you started down the path to having a more thorough understanding of brewing.
  7. The only thing that has changed is they're taking a more militant stance on how to brew their products. Over many years people have turned to other MrBeer brewers on this forum. Because we're all brewing under different circumstances, and having different results, the directions were revised to allow more people to have more success. Times have changed. Personnel have changed. The opinion of their long time customers has changed.
  8. If his temperatures are correct, all I can think of is the bottles must be leaking. If his fermentation temperatures were higher than he thinks, there's more off gasing and less residual carbonation when he bottled. If he's lower on his carbonation and conditioning temperatures than he thinks, that contributes also.
  9. No carbonation, no head, or no head and no carbonation?
  10. One of the most confusing aspects for new brewers. MrBeer products are brewed using an ale yeast. This is because the ale yeast does not require the strict temperature control that a lager yeast requires. The HME with the ale yeast will taste similar to an identical brew with a lager yeast. The intention is for you to brew beer with a taste within the style range of the labeled HME. If you're a stickler on semantics call it Oktoberfest Ale if you like. I have brewed it both ways and none could tell which was which.
  11. The yeast provide the B vitamins which your body normally flushes out when it processes alcohol. No B vitamin deficiency, less chance of s hangover.
  12. There's never a dumb question, unless the resident guru ( @RickBeer) declares it to be so.
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