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  1. Creeps McLane- I'm going to make this recipe this weekend. Should get my order tomorrow with the Northwest Pale ale and saison yeast. If I add the 1/2 cup of honey how will that affect the ABV? I'll be making in an LBK, so thinking with the honey I should pitch the whole packet of yeast?
  2. Welcome! I'm new this year as well. The best I've gotten in yield is 10 PET bottles, so sounds like you did pretty well. You can learn an awful lot from these guys and read as much as you can before you start your next batch. I didn't do so well on my first two before learning about temperature control, and now on my third batch thanks to the forum help, my LBK is in my cooler with an ice bottle and maintaining 64F with a 12 hour change out of the bottles. Definitely read the pinned posts on temp control, tilting your LBK, and cold crashing. Cold crashing will greatly reduce trub in your bottles. SANITIZE everything you use. The search feature on the forum works pretty well for a lot of things, but for sure ask if you can't find an answer. Good luck!
  3. Rickbeer, yes did add the LME and hops following the recipe. When I filled the hydrometer tube I had the hydrometer in it and stopped filling when it started to float. Not sure if that was the best method and maybe should have taken more time for that. As it was, I just quickly filled it jotted down the reading, returned the sample and pitched the yeast. SWMBO needed the kitchen.
  4. Curious here as I just brewed Witch's Flight and in comparing that recipe to one I have an order in for, Rockets Red Glare, they have different OG's. Witch's Flight shows approx. OG of 1.065 and calls for US-05 yeast, otherwise a very similar recipe to Rockets Red Glare that shows an approx. OG of 1.059. Both recipes call for the same FG of 1.014 and ABV of 6.1% Does using the different yeast account for this? I used my hydrometer on my Witch's Flight but my reading wasn't close to the 1.065, I only got a 1.051 but since my first time using it with wort I certainly could have erred in the process.
  5. Lol, looks like your amp felt uncomfortable around so much CO2 and beat feet to another room!
  6. Hey Jabo, Seems several of us or more, Lol, have started out the same way before finding the forum and Palmer's book. My first two batches were a crap shoot, Oktoberfest drinkable but not great and Bewitched first sample had a bit of trub and strong cider taste. Once cold crashed though the cider taste was down to just a hint of apple so I've bottle it and hoping 5 weeks conditioning will be okay to sample a bottle. Batch #3 I'm in a cooler as well with a frozen bottle for temp control. Fingers crossed that armed with help and support on here and Palmer's book we're on the right path. Using a digital probe taped to my LBK so I don't have to open the cooler to monitor. Let us know how it goes!
  7. Jdub, so far cooler seems to be working great. I brewed yesterday and it held 62F from yesterday afternoon to this morning with just one frozen water bottle it. I have my digital probe taped to the back below the wort line. I pitched with US-05 for this recipe and I like the fact that it has a much wider temp spread than the MB yeast packet. Shooting to stay in that 62-64 range this week during high krausen.
  8. Thanks, Creeps McLane! Looks like I will have to start drinking some Sam Adams or similar, bottle capper would not crimp the Dos Equis at all!!
  9. Ewww, thanks for the warning Rickbeer, and I should have prefaced Dos Equis Ambar! My beer inclinations are more towards Vienna lagers, red ales, and have read on here about lightstrike. Hehe, I don't know if they still make Moosehead, but after drinking one years ago, I still can't do green bottles of any type.
  10. So, an older thread but since I recently got a MB wing capper, do you have to double crimp all bottles or just the odd one every now and then? I've only tried one bottle with water so far and it seemed fine with just the single crimp. Right now saving up my Dos Equis bottles and will check one of those as well.
  11. That too is my aim in getting the second LBK, plus I'd like to be able to use one for batch priming.
  12. Bottled my Bewitched Amber today, and cold crashed for 2.5 days at 36F and got a cleaner yield as opposed to my Oktoberfest that I only cold crashed for 24 hrs. Trub stayed put so much that even when I tilted the keg forwards quite a bit for that last PET bottle it never budged.
  13. Hehe, a few weeks ago if somebody told me to pitch my yeast , I'd have thought that meant throwing it in the trash! Then I opened Pandora's box and found this little keg, cans of malt, bottles, and simple instructions for homebrew. Curiosity is a killer! Hey, it was an Xmas present, as in free, low cost, no overhead, free beer, why not give it a try? Now a month later, there's another, carton of PET bottles, case of long necks with bottle capper, beers in covered bins, another LBK mysteriously appeared. Wife opens the fridge and there's a keg in the fridge, LME, yeast packets, and little packets of rabbit turds (hops). Now I've even got a wand, a little different from Harry Potter's, and my first spell produced "lawnmower beer" and second spell is a Bewitching one! Folks trouble is brewing here! I must be having fun.
  14. Lol, I knew that was coming Rickbeer! I'm not sure that's a habit I'll ever break away from at least for the first one, but who knows, if I can up my brewing game like you guys then maybe. Now the pour, I guess I've always poured down the side to avoid the foam mustache. My next one I'll give it a try as you suggest.
  15. Tasting my first sample of Oktoberfest at 3weeks. Probably needs a few more weeks, but it's certainly drinkable, so that's something positive. Got wife to try it and she said, " That's not bad at all", hey I can live with that on first sample! Carbonation seems fine while drinking but didn't produce much head when pouring.
  16. Update- after 2 days of cold crashing the lbk of Bewitched Amber, the strong cider taste is dialed way back and now is just a slight taste of apple. I'm letting the small sample I drew warm up on the counter, but feeling much encouraged about bottling tomorrow! I'm guessing that yeast settling and compaction of the trub during cold crash is responsible. Glad too that I propped up the spigot end.
  17. Nice to know as I have nearly the same cooler ready for my next batch, so thanks for sharing.
  18. Thanks for your input Creeps McLane! Hehe, not sure anything but aging in the bottle is going to help this current Bewildered Amber batch, but my next on the schedule calls for US-05 yeast, and I have some idea now on how to maintain some temp control. It's gonna get better from here on out!
  19. Thanks Rickbeer for your input and help as us new to this try to get our act together.
  20. Jdub, yes if we'd only known but that didn't happen. Still hoping that some bottle conditioning will mellow out our first batches, though that may take a couple months. Like you I'm going with the cooler and temp probe for my upcoming batch of Witch's Flight. Got a hydrometer, another LBK, bottle capper, and bottles. Not going to let these first batches get me down, if anything a bit more determined to succeed. Lol, smoking some baby backs tonight to wash away the pain! Good luck on your Munich Monster batch! We will get it right.
  21. I was two batches in before joining the forum and finding out that ambient 68F was too high for the fermenter especially that first week. Batch #2 , Bewitched Amber with an LME smoothpack I put in the fridge today for cold crashing and tasted a sample. Sample did have some trub in it but had a strong cider taste. If I cold crash for several days and then bottle is there a chance that over time the cider taste will abate? I'll be better prepared for batch 3 with cooler, thermometer, ice bottles, but hoping maybe I can salvage the Bewitched batch if possible. Lol, at least I know how to create cider with a big kick, but not sure that I can acquire a taste for it. Thanks in advance for any input, and lots of thanks for all the info on this forum for us new to brewing. It's a tremendous help!
  22. I did take a little taste when I was taking the lbk out of the fridge, as I cold crashed it overnight. It was pretty cold but didn't seem too strongly flavored one way or the other at the time. The bottles seem mostly carbonated with little to no give when squeezed. Friday will be 3 weeks, so even though that's minimum time, I'm going to put one in the fridge for a few days and see how it tastes. Probably wait a few weeks before I sample another.
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