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  1. 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: https://www.mrbeer.com/hop-to-it-blueberry-cider-recipe 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.
  2. 2020 has been a very strange year. Prost
  3. ok, sent this recipe to Facebook........let's see what they say
  4. the key to this recipe is to try to replicate a beer. It was a wheat beer aged in a tequila barrel. The flavor of agave was amazing. I need to research the ABV and IBU of it, to make sure I don't go overboard on either one.
  5. This is effectively how I plan to get back into the hobby. If/when I get back into brewing, I'll do what I did when I first started several years ago. I'll start with Mr. Beer cans/booster, then slowly do their recipes with hops, then partial mash, and gradually grow back to where I was when I had to get out. I know I will make mistakes at first, but at least it will be with cheaper recipes, and hopefully have my skills back when I go on to the more challenging recipes or create my own.
  6. It does sound like a lot for one LBK, but it has the same amount of malt as the Lock Stock Barrel recipe. I'll just have to keep a VERY close eye on it during fermentation
  7. Looks like my finances are improving, and I'm probably going back into the brewing hobby come fall. One beer I'd like to clone is: https://www.lexingtonbrewingco.com/products/lexington-brewing-company/kentucky-tequila-barrel-wheat It had an amazing flavor of agave, with a hint of lime and wheat. It's been a while since I've had it, and would like to try to make something similar. I'm thinking about starting with the recipe for "Lock, Stock, and Barrel Stout", and change Bourbon to Tequila, but obviously need to change other aspects of the recipe. I'm open to suggestions on this one. Note that I don't want to overpower the wheat part. I want more the tequila and lime flavor. Here is the recipe for LSB, and my thoughts on what to change. I'm VERY open to suggestions. 2 Cans St. Patrick's Irish Stout - Change to 2 cans of Bavarian Weissbeir, or one Bavarian Weissbeir and one Aztec Mexican Cerveza., just because "tequila" aned "Mexican" 2 Packets of Dry Brewing Yeast - no change 3 Packets of BrewMax LME Smooth - Change to 3 packets of BrewMax LME Pale, 3 packs of Golden, or mix of Pale and Golden 1 Packet of Munich Malt and 1 Packet of Chocolate Malt - Change to One Pack of Pilsen and one pack of Vienna, but I'm clueless on this one 2 Packets of Flaked Oats - Thinking no change to this one, but might change to Corn 2 Packets of Fuggle Pellet Hops - Open to ideas. Just don't want a lot of hop bitterness on this recipe 2 Packets of Oak Chips - no change 3 Hop Sacks - no change 1 Packet of Nottingham Yeast - no change 1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser - no change Add - zest of two or three limes. Not sure how many, leaning toward three, or two plus a bit of the juice Unfortunately, I don't have access to Facebook, so I can't ask the Mr. Beer brewing team for their suggestions. If someone could post this on their forum and let me know their response, I'd appreciate it. And as always, I appreciate the idea of the team on this forum. Miniyoda
  8. Ah, yes.....I remember it well. It was a very fun weekend.
  9. I thought it was Plain Old, Texas. Learn something new everyday
  10. https://www.mrbeer.com/booster adds about 3/4%. Two of them would be about 1.5% increase, so roughly 7.5% ABV. But the kit comes with one, so I wouldn't go with three. Personally, two most. Something else is https://www.mrbeer.com/brewmax-lme-softpack-robust commonly added to stouts, which adds 1% each. But that would add more stout flavor and could be a loss of the peanut butter flavor. I'm going to invite @RickBeer to this one. Maybe https://www.mrbeer.com/brewmax-dme-softpack-smooth @rickbeer, what do you think as far as adding more ABV, not affecting the flavor much, and the yeast would still be happy? Would switching the yeast to Nottingham Yeast be better? adoYiniM
  11. Personally, I've attached one of these https://www.walmart.com/ip/AcuRite-Digital-Meat-Thermometer/14913168 to the lids of each of my LBK's. Just drill a tiny hole in the center of the lid, and push the thermometer through it. I'd also recommend getting a tote that the LBK will fit in, and lots of ice bottles to keep it coo (just use a 20oz soda bottle, fill it about 80% with water, and freeze theml. If you plan to do lots of lagers, get a dedicated fridge from Craig's List and an Inkbird temp controller, like this one in the Mr. Beer store https://www.mrbeer.com/digital-temperature-controller-outlet-thermostat
  12. The recipe comes with Lager yeast, which should ferment at the cooler temp. Too warm and you'll get off flavors. You can use the recipe with an Ale yeast, but it won't be a true Schwarz Bier
  13. I'm probably in. Just need to know when
  14. I've done it once, shipping beer to friends st Mr. Beer last year. First, note that it is illegal for the most part. I say "the most part" because there are places on the web that have beer of the month clubs, and have licenses to distribute where it is legal to do so (I'm in Kentucky, and I can't join those clubs). If you ship the beer, and a bottle breaks, and the smell of beer comes out, at best it will be confiscated. At worst you will face legal action. That having been said, research the web. I know I saw one site that said to use an over sized box, line the sides with bubble wrap, cover each glass bottle with bubble wrap, and keep the bottles upright. I used a box I got from buying glass bottles from Mr. Beer, which helped keep the bottles separate. On the shipping label I wrote down "Collectable Soda Bottles" but some daring people have listed it as Yeast Samples. Also, I sent cans and bottles, so it was a balanced weight (cans weigh less than glass). Good luck Mini Yoda
  15. Who is Kanye? and where is my old geezer cane?
  16. Toast, but I've not heard of a Dark Cream Ale being popular in the Bluegrass State. What we are trying formulate is a Kentucky Common. https://homebrewacademy.com/kentucky-common/
  17. Due to financial and medical issues, there is simply no way I can make it this year. I'm hoping things will improve for me next year, if you want to reschedule it
  18. I thought it was Vitamin P for..........nevermind
  19. Due to security concerns, I don't do Facebook. 😞
  20. nice, but I'm not a "social" person. I don't have a facebook account
  21. No, I have the 6 gallon Mr Beer fermenter that is plastic. As for pointing it to a glass window for temp loss check, haven't tried it, but I would vote a low an angle as possible
  22. $10 aquarium thermometer? Sorry, but for the money, I have this https://www.walmart.com/ip/LCD-IR-Infrared-Temperature-Gun-Graden-Contact-Thermometer-50-330-58-626/124410397?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=12117&adid=22222222227162835839&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=277803106526&wl4=pla-463341585048&wl5=9014253&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=117089218&wl11=online&wl12=124410397&wl13=&veh=sem you can take multiple shots of any LBK or other fermenter, plus shoot at windows, doors, and refrigerators to check for cold air leaks. And check the temp of grains you are cooking or the boil temp of your hops.
  23. Finally got my work computer back, and so far it's stable, so I can finally post on the forum. I should be able to make it, and any weekend is fine. All I need is about a 2-3 week advanced notice so that I can make arrangements to be gone for the weekend, and get a hotel room. It would be just me.
  24. @hotrod3539, since your schedule is more restricted than ours, why don't you set the date that we hold this event? I can do just about any weekend, as long as I know a weekend or two ahead of time. @D Kristof, have you researched the beer tour busses?
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