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  1. all's fine, i have fermentation! thanks for all the advice.
  2. that's the info i needed. i've made 4 batches of mrb extract, and a few using extract and grain. i still use an ice chest and frozen bottles for temp control. i've been very happy with the beer so far. thanks So much for your input....i hope the yeast works... i'll know tomorrow.
  3. the mrb instructions for the wda say to ferment for 10 - 14 days, how long did you ferment your batches for? and what do you believe the optimal temp should be? i brewed today and used the supplied yeast.
  4. that's why i questioned the wda yeast. i figure it is over a year old and i doubt it was refrigerated. i will use it tho.
  5. i think i'll start it in a bit of dme to make sure. i'd like to use what was provided but thoughts of it sitting under the lid in a hot warehouse for a year or so made me think.
  6. thanks shrike. so you're saying the old yeast that has been in the fridge would be best. the whole pack of s-04 should be used? and why not the mrb churchill yeast? mercy on the newbee questions please....
  7. my can of almost out of date winter dark arrived today. i'm concerned about the yeast that came with it. might it be too old to do the job? i do have a year old pack of the churchill nut brown yeast that has been kept in the fridge. and i have a pack of s-04 the same age ( 11+ grams) that has been in the fridge too. should i use the old winter dark yeast or one of the others? i want to brew on 10/19/19. but if i Need to order new yeast i can. tia!
  8. received my churchill today as expected. brewed it and all went well. i plan to dry hop it after 2 week in the lbk. i'll be using 1/2 oz of styrian goldings.
  9. i even got FREE usps priority shipping!! it will arrive saturday and i will brew it right up. i should have bought 2. just went back to check and sure enough the free shipping option had disappeared from the list. oh well i should have struck hard while the iron was hot. the ale is still on sale tho. i'm guessing it was a mistake. there was free shipping on orders over $25 for father's day sale. someone goofed, i did contact mr beer to thank them for the nice present.
  10. my first batch turned out great! i was looking at the mr beer store and i see the churchill nut brown ale is on sale for only $10. i had to get one!
  11. remove the rings from the caps before using. when you sanitize the bottles make sure to shake them well and then invert. they shouldn't leak now.
  12. i'm not sure of how experienced you are as a brewer. my churchill was my first brew. i think it would be best left alone. get some more complex brews under your belt and then have at it!
  13. i tried another bottle today. 2 days shy of 8 weeks. the sharpness is gone and i find it quite good. success!!!
  14. i tried a bottle of churchill after 4 weeks 3 days. pretty darn good! still has a bit of that sharpness. i'll wait until 6 weeks and try again
  15. i put my trub bottle in the fridge 2 days ago. it was only about 2/3 full and had only been in the bottle a little over two weeks. the real (yeah..) reason i wanted to taste it was to see how carbonated it was. the drops worked well. the ale had a sharp taste i'm gonna put to not enough conditioning. i'll be bottling my sam smith nut brown ale on friday and i'm glad to see the carb drops worked ok. i'll use them on that batch i just couldn't wait to try the churchill nut brown from the kit. pretty good, a little extra fizzy, but not ready. may have been oxidized too from all the head room in the bottle. i plan to do the ss nut brown ale again for my next brew with a few tweaks. the recipe is in an earlier post in this thread. all in all i'm pleased with mr beer, but i doubt i'll brew one of their kits again.
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