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  1. Hi All ~ Intrigued by this new offering and its ingredients. In reading through the brewing instructions, steps 6, 7 and 8 were a bit confusing -- my apologies if I intepreted them wrong. As it reads, one would remove the grain water from direct heat, then add "dark grain water" that was steeped earlier. Bringing the wort back to a low rolling boil, one then adds "the hop sack" and let it simmer for five minutes. Remove from boil. Just to clarify (yup, I can be thick-headed): 1. Steep four ounces each of the flaked oats and 2-row at 160 degrees for 45 minutes. 2. Sparge. 3. Bring back to a low rolling boil. 4. Add the four ounces of Vienna malt in a hop sack and simmer at a low boil for five minutes. 5. Remove from heat. 6. Remove Vienna malt hop sack. No need to sparge. Add American Ale brewing extract and LME Golden. Continue onward. Again, my apologies for any misunderstandings on this end.
  2. Thanks everyone. RickBeer, Big Sarge and Brian N = I'm always careful about hand-tightening the set-up. Never overdoing it or giving it far too much gaff. We're talking plastic here -- the limitations are understood and accepted. I am curious as to how much mileage others get out of using these set-ups. Again, I don't expect it to last forever. At the same time, if there was something basic that was overlooked, I'm on that too. Placing the washer in the correct position is a given -- I always back-turn (gently reverse the outer side of the spigot counter-clockwise) before the final tightening. I give it the last quarter-turn whilst holding the interior in place. MRB Josh R = One last try will be given, perhaps this afternoon should time permit. Getting ready to do up a batch of "El Gordito". If LBK #001 fails this time, it will never be recycled. Instead, as mentioned, it will find a spot of honor in the garage -- somewhere between the 1912 NH license plate and my 1976 Central Vermont Hockey League Championship trophy. Crikey, who knew brewing could be so fun, right? Thank you, guys. Check back for the outcome, should you be interested. Cheers . Rick60
  3. Hello Mr Beer Community - Would anyone care to offer advice on the expected lifespan of an LBK? The first fermenter I began with appears to be unable to hold a viable seal on a spigot. I have tried replacing the washers on the original spigot and, when that failed, I replaced the spigot assembly with a brand-new unit. Still the damnable leakage was present when testing it with water. That said, I have had previous success when placing a #10 O-ring (3/4-inch) on the interior portion of the spigot prior to tightening everything in place. This time, however, there seems to be no bringing it back to brewing effectiveness. Do LBKs eventually wear out? This unit has produced 15-20 batches (30 to 40 gallons), so I bear it no malice -- indeed, it has my unending gratitude. And, yes, they are $10 to replace, so I probably sound like an authentic cheap bastard for inquiring about the matter. Still, I'm sentimental about the old girl and might enshrine it somewhere out on a shelf in the garage if its days have come to an end. All thoughts and observations are appreciated. Too, hats off to all the contributors here -- what a great hobby and pastime we share. The history of humankind is intertwined with its ability to brew beer. For all the BS we deal with on a daily basis, Mr Beer is a welcomed port of colorful characters, interesting stories, friendly people and helpful brewers. Cheers . Rick60
  4. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this post, as it serves as my first trip in the public forum of Mr Beer. There is a LOT to learn and you all are great sources of experience and information that will help improve the brewing skills of novices such as myself. Kedogn = the brew stand is ingenious! Well done. MRB Josh R = thank you for the clarification. To all the rest, I look forward to crossing paths with you in the future. In the meantime, here's to a healthy, prosperous and successful 2017 -- may it be full of brewing, brew-related thoughts & action, and great beer!
  5. Thank you for your responses and sharing of information. Going forward, one package of wheat it is (unless otherwise directed). Is there a difference in the yeast that is supplied? I noted some packets are made of gold foil, whilst others are dull white. Just curious, is all. Should there be any concern about rehydrating the brewer's yeast? Or just continue sprinkling it dry straight from the package into the fermenter? As for the criticism of Mr Beer or its methods, I agree with BDawg62 -- if there are issues with either, make sure to BYOB. My product will be off-limits! I have shared the end results with some fairly seasoned beer connoisseurs. The Raspberry Wheat, Belgian Blanc and Churchills Nut Brown Ale drew rave reviews.
  6. Greetings and happy holidays, all. This is my first venture into the Mr Beer Forum. I have consulted it in the past, but felt more time was required experimenting with the process before I actually stepped into the inner realm. I am still in the novice stage and apologize in advance if my inquiry tests your patience. To date, I have brewed 45 batches and presently keep six LBKs in rotational operation. So far, so good. Starting out slowly, I have taken to the more involved recipes recently. Thus far, every batch has turned out to be a success and the reviews from family and friends (with the exception of a snobby son-in-law) have been positive. Favorites include the Diablo IPA, St Patrick's Irish Stout, Raspberry Wheat and Foggy Days California Common. Did I mention a certain snobby son-in-law that visited for the holidays? And how, in his opinion, Mr Beer wasn't "real" brewing -- it was just "beer from a kit". Grrrr. I have read similar sentiments regarding Mr Beer on various sites. For reasons unknown, certain people possess a negative jones about Mr Beer. Haters have to hate, right? Any road, young Mr Know-It-All advised me that if I added TWO packages of brewer's yeast to the recipes calling for a single package, that the beer would have more "kick" to it (his attitude was that I should have already known this fact). I took his comment under advisement. Is there any truth to this suggestion? Or is it better to pitch only the prescribed amount of yeast (one package) into a two gallon fermenter? In other words, would additional yeast yield a higher alcohol content? Or would it negatively impact the finished product? Allow me to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the Mr Beer process. The LBKs are of perfect size to brew up a batch. I am fortunate to have access to pure well-water, which no doubt enhances the taste of the brew. Mr Beer's service has been terrific, and I look forward to many, many years of having fun, both brewing and learning about this fascinating craft. Thank you.
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