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  1. Havent died yet lmao. Its not spectacular but its really not bad. I think using Safale US-05 instead of the Mr Beer yeast did help (as well as a LONG conditioning period LOL).
  2. well... i was disappointment with the results... last year and completely forgot I still had some bottles in a cooler conditioning.... think this is still safe to drink LOL@! I put 2 bottles in the fridge and wait 3 days to try it
  3. *UPDATE* I had to cold-crash for a week instead of 3 days due to holidays and such. Just bottled now the impatient 3-4 weeks to let it condition at 70F +/- 2degrees to see if using Safale US-05 helped or not...
  4. WOW... I cant believe I have been away for almost an entire year.... anyways.. I am finally getting to brew again. I am going to do the Octoberfest refill again (w/o booster) but this time I am using Safale US-05. I will continue to update this thread Hope everyone has been well this past year and had a good Thanksgiving!
  5. Thanks for the tip! I will definitely keep this in mind
  6. Well I finally got down to visit one of the semi-local breweries, (SunKingBrewing.com in Indianapolis, Indiana). Between taking the "King's Reserve Tour" which had several samples, I tried a few pints while waiting on the tour to start and have a better idea of what kind of "craft" beer I like, and a better idea of what i do NOT like... What I did not like: Osiris Pale Ale Pale Ale - American 5.6% ABV 50 IBU Osiris Pale Ale is an assertive West Coast-Style Pale with a distinct citrus hop punch. I must really not like hoppy beers because they said it was a mildly hoppy IPA... not my cup of tea What I sort of liked: Sunlight Cream Ale Cream Ale 5.3% ABV 20 IBU Sunlight Cream Ale celebrates American brewing tradition by balancing smooth malt complexity with a crisp, clean finish. Sunlight was the winner of the Gold Medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival and the Silver Medal Winner at the 2010 World Beer Cup in the Golden or Blonde Ale category. This was just OK, but definitely drinkable but would not be my first choice. What I liked: Bitter Druid ESB Extra Special / Strong Bitter 5.7% ABV 41 IBU Bitter Druid is an Americanized Extra Special Bitter (ESB) in which rich malt character is followed by a crisp American hop finish. The Flannel Mist Belgian Quad 10.7% ABV 24 IBU The Flannel Mist is a Belgian-Style Quadruple that parades the complex character of dark fruit and the brightness of fresh cherry over a spicy Belgian nose. Velour Soccer Mom (2017) Sour - Ale 5.5% ABV 20 IBU Velour Soccer Mom is a crisp Sour Ale that is aged in oak barrels with fresh raspberries and hibiscus. It has a light body with a pink hue and was fermented with Brettanomyces, a wild yeast that lends a delightfully tarr character. What I LOVED: Wee Muckle Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy 10.2% ABV 30 IBU Wee Muckle is a large, malt-balanced ale with huge toffee flavors and hints of port-like character. Wee Muckle was the winner of the Gold Medal in the Scotch Ale category at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival. When the Lights Go Out Porter - Other 6.3% ABV 24 IBU When the Lights Go Out is a porter brewed with locally roasted coffee for maximum aroma balanced with creamy malt sweetness and a dry finish.
  7. This brew was the first batch that actually tasted good. Still has that slight off taste which I think is either the extract "twang" or from the Mr beer yeast.
  8. Tough loss, we almost had it. But IMO I count it as a win, the team played decent for 3 quarters... lol Hundley looked much better i think.
  9. Glad to hear it! I still have another weekish to wait. I did 4 bottles with the Mr Beer carb drops (thats all I had enough left for) and the rest i used table sugar, i have actually temp controlled the bottle conditioning this time so hopefully I will get better results than the previous 2 batches. I will probably toss one in the fridge wednesday and test on saturday or sunday
  10. I think I have been mistaken. I think that this "cidery" taste is not actually cidery but either the "extract twang" I have read about or the "off" flavor from the MR B yeast. I have brewed 3 batches, and the last one i am 100% sure it was not over 66F at any time during fermentation or pitching, and it has that same taste. I will know for sure after I try another batch with different yeast. But so far this infected batch does not taste bad just has that "twang"
  11. UPDATE: OG - 1.040 @ 60F FG - 1.010 @ 64F ABV%-3.9%? Does this look right? 3 weeks in fermenter at 64F (plus/minus 2F) Does this look right?
  12. Nice! I will be doing the same next week. Will post updates as well.
  13. I have 2 bottles of the Aztek in the fridge to try again tomorrow, without looking at my calendar I believe they are 6 or 7 weeks in the bottle now. If its to... crappy I will try drinking it with some drink mix like I have read of others doing just so they could drink a bad batch rather than dumping. I made a few errors with the Aztek, i pitched to warm and there was definitely an infection, i think it was lacto? Others have advised me to drink quickly as the sour from infections can take time to become prominent. I am hoping that the changes to my process and a stronger flavored refill will make a difference. IF not the next step will be to try a yeast besides mr b.
  14. American Lager was the first batch, it was just OK, but got better the more time in the bottles but never got "good" just drinkable. The 2nd was Aztec Cervesa... i pitched that one too hot (75f) and got infected. It is very cidery. I also have realized that the room i have the bottles conditioning is right around 70 if not slightly cooler. I will be making sure to condition this batch at 72+ It is definitely a learning experience
  15. My first 2 brews were... disappointing. Just brewed up a standard Oktoberfest refill (no booster). Did things differently this time, I bought some Star San to use rather than the Mr. Beer no-rinse, I pitched at 60f, will be fermenting at 64f for the duration, I got a silicone whisk to use rather than hard plastic, side-cut can opener ( my old one would leave shavings that I had to fish out), I whisked after pitching. And I actually remembered to take an OG reading lol! OG - 1.040 @ 60F FG - ABV%- I will update as I progress.
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