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  1. 2 hours ago, Bonsai & Brew said:

    Are you logged in?  I just noticed that the Forum appeared to log me out but a quick refresh logged me back in.

    EDITED:  It happened again and that's the smoking gun.  The home page shows me not logged in.  Refreshing does nothing.  But if I click on a thread it opens up and I'm logged in.  Weird.

  2. 56 minutes ago, Big Sarge said:

    I still have an unopened bottle I brought back from Germany in 1998!


    One of the greatest changes to the JTR was the one that allowed alcohol to be considered against your PCS weight allowance instead of as a much more controlled separate shipment.  When we left Germany in 2009 we shipped a couple dozen cases of beer, 20 bottles of whiskey, several bottles of German liqueur from Ettal, and about 80 bottles of wine.  All that's left is a few of the wines.  The beer disappeared quickly... 😜

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  3. 13 minutes ago, Cammanron said:

    Nope, the Diablo kit came with carb drops but the Long Play did NOT.

    This is something from Mr.Beer, as I'm quite sure that BBaB don't put the kits together.


    Weird; that's the only LP refill available on the MRB website.  Either they do something different for Canada or someone stole or misplaced the carb drops.

  4. 2 hours ago, Cammanron said:

    The thing is, they say one thing, and the picture is another....

    ie. "Includes:

    • 1 can of Diablo IPA HME
    • 1 packet of dry brewing yeast (under lid of HME)
    • 1 packet of no-rinse cleanser"
    • ...however picture shows carb drops AND comes with carb drops

    While others show exact same picture, (different HME), says same description.. but DOESN'T Infact come with carb drops.





    The MRB craft refills for those two HMEs come with carb drops but not booster. 

    Their "regular" offerings (such as American Porter, St. Patrick's Stout, etc. ) do not come with carb drops.  But the standard refill does come with booster and the deluxe refill comes with two packets of LME.

  5. 9 hours ago, Jdub said:

    ok, so i have a Mr. Beer question for the group. I have a can of Bewitched Amber Ale that I would like to brew. I also have 1 lb of briess pilsen light dme, and 1 lb of dark dme. i have 2 mrb robust lme's and 1 pale lme. endless leftover hops in the freezer too. i could also go to the LHBS and get some grains if necessary. 


    How should I brew this?


    Edit: looking through the recipes, i'm thinking Hidden Lake Amber Ale? what else?

    Hidden Lake is a tasty brew.

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  6. I revised mine due to new recipes:

    -  Cinnamon Dulce Stout
    -  Pecan Porter
    -  Thunder Bay IPA
    -  Hidden Lake Amber Ale
    -  Solstice Sipper
    ----Transition to lagers depending on house temps---
    -  Armstrong Dortmunder Export
    -  Helles Bock

    -  ChromosBeer
    -  El Gordito enhanced
    ----Transition back to ales?---
    -  A Galaxy Far IPA
    -  Black Beer'd Porter
    -  Crafty Bitch TBD

    -  WDA TBD

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  7. MRB has greatly revised a lot of their conditioning times to much shorter periods.  IMNSHO it's simply an effort to appeal to newer brewers.  I still condition my beers for the "old" times. 


    And I don't ferment any ales (except for ones using Saison yeast) at a temp above 67F.

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  8. 2 hours ago, Marius said:

    I'm curious about how this came out. I've been making hard cider from Apple juice. It comes out pretty good, but it is dry. People who I've given it to want it to be sweeter, but the sweetness always ferments out.


    When I'd drink an Apple Brown Beery, I'd put 1/4 cup apple juice into the glass before pouring.  It gave it a nice touch of sweetness.

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  9. 42 minutes ago, Grifoni24 said:

    In regards to the timing change, I also noticed all of the beers have a conditioning time of two weeks now.  For example the Nilla Porter used to say 4 months and now its two weeks.  Also, the Lock, Stock, Barrel was 9 months to a year and now says two weeks.


    Wow.  There's appealing to a broad audience and then there's giving entirely unrealistic expectations of results.  I tried my first Lock/Stock at five months.  It was good.  At nine months it was great.  At 15 months+ it's fantastic.

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