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Don H

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  1. On 5/29/2019 at 10:35 AM, Nickfixit said:

    Here are some excellent tips for brewing and getting the result you want. I do not adhere to these to - my misfortune - I am attention deficit so try very different things each time (usually) (Sometimes I make multiple brews with very slight differences but not often.) Still, this is a good read. Also note the fermentation temperatures!

    https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/how-to-brew/4-trappist-brewing-tips-from-spencer-trappist-brewery/

     

    You're right Nik. Very good read. Unfortunately I'm a long way from getting in to this stuff. Still way too new at it! Lol


  2. 2 hours ago, RickBeer said:

     

    You're looking at this all wrong.


    Figure out what she likes.  Make her a whole batch.  "Honey, I made this JUST FOR YOU".

     

    Then make a crapload of other beers that she hates.  "But honey, you have YOUR BEER, which is MUCH BETTER than these beers."

     

    Of the dozen or so beers I make, my wife likes 4 or 5 of them.  More for me!

    I hear you Rick. Can't beat your experience! Lol


  3. Just now, MiniYoda said:

    I'd like to toss in the idea of lime zest, as per a recipe or two on Mr. Beer's inventory.

    I looked on the Mr Beer site and could only find one that had a lime flavor. A mexican type of beer. Might give that a try as well.


  4. I still have a couple more weeks before my American Light is ready to drink. I'll definitely give the squirt of lime juice or squeeze of lime a try and see how she likes it. This is really good news to me since I wouldn't want to brew a batch of something nasty to everyone but maybe her. My goal is to brew beers that I, my family and friends can all enjoy.

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  5. 1 minute ago, RickBeer said:

    Bud Light is not beer...

     

    Seriously, you can't brew a commercial beer with Mr. Beer refills, and you can't brew a lager like Bud Light, which has a lot of adjuncts in it.  

     

    The best way to add lime to a beer is to put some lime juice in the glass, or squeeze a lime in it.  

    Cool. Thanks Rick!


  6. I'm wondering if anyone can advise me on how to add flavors to the beer? My wife really likes Bud Light Lime. I wouldn't mind trying to add lime flavor to the American Light, but not sure how. And would anyone know if this would be similar to Bud Light Lime?


  7. Years ago, the city I live in ran a test of our water. At the same time, several different bottled waters were also tested. The results were that our city water was much cleaner than any of the bottled waters. Less impurities, chemicals, etc. I'm not sure how much I believe this study, however, I'm not sure how much I believe the labels on bottled water either. So being totally confused about the whole thing, I made my first batch with bottled water and my second with our tap water. It makes good coffee and tastes really good to drink. I wasn't really worried about the taste as much as not knowing if there was anything in the tap water that might effect the beer. So, I figured the best way to find out was to give both a try. Will know the results in a month or so.

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  8. On 1/18/2019 at 9:07 PM, DrMJG said:

    Welcome to the craft, Don.  feel free to ask questions.  For general things to follow, Rick is solid and has many pages to look at. Pros't!

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    Thanks man! This forum is awesome! There are a lot of people here with a lot of great advice. I'm learning a lot and have a lot more to learn. I'm on this forum quite a bit, and always find a lot of interesting posts. Really fun to read! And thanks for the classic photo! Really cool!

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  9. On 9/25/2018 at 11:54 AM, Squirley Mic said:

    Thanks Nick. That's what I will do, use the mini-fridge to cool the beer for drinking, after it's conditioned the full period.

     

    Regarding hops addition, I have an idea, gleaned from others, on how I plan to try that when I experiment with my 3rd batch.  I am going to 'dry-hop' the beer during the bottle conditioning phase, right in the bottles.  To facilitate this, I have a commandeered our spare french press.  This experiment may turn out well...or not... but at least it will be fun to try.

     

    Cold crashing?  Yeah, my b-in-b tells me this is a must (iho) and for that I was hoping the mini would work, but it's just a bit too small to get the LBK inside and close the door.  I've already decided to use our kitchen fridge instead, the wife will have to make room when the time comes.  24-36 hours?

     

    My brother-in-law has been making beer for years and he's been a pretty good resource for beer questions, except that he brews in large batches, not a LBK so a lot of what he tells me about refer to 5 gallon (and larger) batches.  I doubt I will ever go that big, tho.  I really like the size and convenience of the Mr Beer system and really do not want to get into the intricate (and expensive) hobby of assembling, steeping and cooking all the individual ingredients, let alone the cellar-ing of gallons and gallons of beer at all different conditions.

     

    I'm determined to keep this beer making FUN, not a chore or an all-consuming hobby.  The Mr Beer system seems ideal for just the kind of brewer I want to learn to be.  And, I want to try many different recipes and a lot of experimentation with them.  I really appreciate all the information you and others are willing to share with the whole community!!

    Sounds like you and I are exactly the same in our thinking. I want this to be fun. The LBK is just the right size for trying different types of beer. I'm still brand new at this too. I'm still waiting for my very first batch to firment. (Five more days! Yay!) If it were to turn out bad, I'm not losing a 55 gallon drum or anything. I still have way too much to learn before trying bigger amounts.

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  10. This will quite likely become a new obsession. Lol. Especially if this first batch turns out pretty good. I didn't have a whole lot of expectations, but then, what the heck? If I did everything right (I followed the instructions to the letter), there is a good chance this could be the best beer I've ever had! Why not? I'm a pretty patient guy so the 3 - 4 weeks won't be much of a problem. Especially if means the difference between success or failure. My problem is more likely going to be trying to do too much too quickly and wanting to do things I'm just not ready to do yet. Baby steps.

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  11. Thanks Squirley! Just checking. I believe I have the keg in a good spot in the basement for temperature. Around 65 - 68 degrees. I'm so new to this, I have no idea what to expect. Patience for education as well as brewing it seems.

     

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