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  1. 1 hour ago, jt3_jon said:

    As someone who has only brewed with Mr. beer recipes using the standard LBK and plastic bottles, what upgrade would you recommend for the biggest improvement? Bottling in glass bottles? Looking into batch priming? Temperature controlled fridge mod for consistent fermenting temps? Something else? 

    Ps I did add a hydrometer and bottling wand to my tools recently but always looking to improve my brews. 

    This.  Proper fermentation temperature control was probably the single biggest factor in improving the quality of my brews.

    I do like bottling in 12oz. glass bottles.  I usually use one 500ml PET bottle per batch, just so I can do a squeeze test to see if it's carbonated.

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  2. 4 hours ago, jt3_jon said:

    Thanks for the reply and help! I'll save the booster for another beer. Do these packs ever expire?


    p.s. Is your signature up to date? Curious to know your thoughts on the ChromosBeer. I'm usually a stout and porter guy, but my dad prefers lagers so I'm hoping this might be a beer that will satisfy us both :)

    Chromos is probably my favorite MRB lager recipe.  My fourth batch of it is brewing right now.  It's very smooth and balanced.

    As a side note:
    I live in the Deep South so only brew lagers during the winter when the temps drop.  I ferment lagers usually at 54-55F.  Once bottled, I store them in an old wine fridge I picked up a few years back; I set the temp set at 54F.  I let them lager in there for three or four months before starting to drink them.  If I had a basement I'd just put them down there.

    There have been times when I was overstocked on lagers and had to let a batch condition at room temperature, which reached as high as 73F.  Although not ideal, I didn't notice any deterioration in the quality of the beer.

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  3. Let it go without the booster.  Booster adds ABV but doesn't affect the taste or mouthfeel.  Yep, you can use it on another brew.  I usually have about 10 packets of booster sitting around that I get with refill orders.  I use them up by tossing one into a brew here and there.  Each one adds approx. 0.65% ABV, so you can figure out how many you want to add by determining how strong you want your beer.  For example I like my stouts around 4-5% and my IPAs around 6-7%, so I use up excess booster to try and hit those ranges.

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  4. 1 hour ago, jt3_jon said:

    So I made the CHROMOSBEER Black Lager yesterday, and I swear I followed the recipe but I somehow ended up with a whole extra pack of 2-Row Malt and an extra booster. Besides worring about the effects this will have on my lager, any idea what to do with these extras? I do have a Stick Wicket Oatmeal Stout & ST. PATRICK'S IRISH STOUT STANDARD REFILL waiting to be brewed. Any advice?

    The Chromos will be fine.  It'll have slightly less ABV and a touch less body, but that's all.

    Yes, you can use the 2-row in other recipes.  Seeing that you'll be doing the Sticky Wicket, that's where I'd use it, adding it to the other grains.

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  5. 36 minutes ago, D R N said:

    Rick, I recieved 2 booster packs with my porter (HME) to make the Gila. Should I use them, Both? I planning to brew this weekend. Also thanks for tip of Cold crashing, Should I ferment for full 21 days then crash? Thanks Darren 🍺

    It's odd they included them as the recipe doesn't list them under the ingredients.  It's up to you whether to use them or not.  Each will add about 0.65% ABV.  Personally, I wouldn't as the recipe as is is already 8.4% ABV.

  6. 3 hours ago, D R N said:

    Rick, If I use the whole pack, Is there anything that could go wrong? If using 1/2 is the correct amount, I don't mind tossing out the rest. I really want to nail this batch. I'm looking forward to a Great Black IPA!! Thx Darren 🍺


    Welcome to the forum!

  7. 5 hours ago, KaijuBrew said:

    I am brewing the sunshine Mango Sour recipe.  It says to add the lactic acid "right before bottling".  That wouldn't seem to give it enough time to difuse in the fermenter among all the beer.  I am thinking of adding it a day or two before bottling.  Any suggestions?

    When I brew it I plan on adding it about an hour before bottling.

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  8. On 10/30/2020 at 2:07 PM, MiniYoda said:

    In case you didn't know, I've nicknamed my home brewery "Dagobah Brewery", and name all beers that I make after something Star Wars related.  I'm currently re-watching The Mandalorian season 1, and in Episode 4, they drink a beverage called Spotchka.  After brief research on the 'net, I found it is a blue beverage made from krill, which appears to be a blue fish.


    I was wondering, could I make an alcoholic beverage that is blue (but obviously not with fish).  Idea........blue berries.  I did some further search, and found some recipes that have blueberries, including this one:


    but it is apple based, and Mr. Beer no longer sells cider refills.  I was wondering if anyone has tried to brew a cider that did not include apple?  Wondering if I had more than two cans, perhaps 5-6, and make a blueberry fermented beverage.




    Go for it!

  9. 10 hours ago, Jdub said:

    I have a new pellet smoker that is pretty much amazing. I am also a fan of peated (Smokey) scotch. What if I put some grains on a cookie sheet in the smoker for a while for a low temp smoke? Maybe a smoked ipa? Is that gross? Or would that be remotely interesting? Should I just stick with ribs?


    If you do this, I look forward to reading about the process, the brew, and the end result.

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  10. I'm thinking of using it instead of US-05 in a pale ale I'll be brewing in a few weeks.  Anyone brew with it?  Thoughts?  Likes/dislikes?  

    I did a search for it on here and most of the mentions of it are from seven-eight years ago.

  11. Too much brown sugar can leave a flavor that some people describe as like black licorice.  To my palate, it's quite unpleasant.  I've never used more than 1 cup in a 2-gallon batch, so I don't know how much would be too much.  The test will be in the taste.  🙂


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  12. Two St. Pat's HMEs and a Robust LME will get you close to 8% ABV.

    You can add chex at the end of the boil.  I'd start with a cup and adjust up or down in future batches based on how it tastes to you.


    You can use cocoa nibs and powdered peanut butter in the boil as well.


    The powdered sugar...well, I have no idea.  I can't imagine much of the sugar flavor will make it past the yeast.

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  13. 4 hours ago, HoppySmile! said:

    I believe I still have a few cans of this stuff, dating back to 2014. Pretty sure if I chug it now I almost know I won’t get the COVID, but pretty sure I’ll get something else. It may be hardened by now, I could use it to throw at an attempted home invasion intruder? 


    Brew it.  Best case scenario you get some tasty beer.  Worst case scenario you've got a nice liquid to boil brats in.

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