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  1. Just finished bottling my first batch. I was skeptical that the beer was going to actually brew over the past three weeks, not sure why I didn’t have confidence but once I started bottling I was greeted with the most delicious bread like aroma, unmistakably beer (just flat of course). Had a little taste and was very good. You could also smell the alcohol so I guess the process worked. The bottling wand I bought proved useless. It fit nice but would barely flow. Yes I vented the top of the LBK, but even then. Ended up using a funnel and it worked fine. Had enough brew for 8 and a half bottles. Can’t wait to try it. Interesting thing about the turb. You may recall my earlier post where my spigot was leaking and so would the wide mouth if I stood it on end. So I found an angle for the LBK where the solution wouldn’t rest against the spigot or lid. That’s how it brewed for three weeks. An artifact of this is that the turb accumulated in the back corner of the LBK away from the spigot. Because I didn’t have space in the refrigerator and garage is freezing cold, I had no convenient way to cold crash the brew. I decided since the turb was all down in the bottom back corner I would be ok. No problems bottling but I expect the beer will be cloudy/wheat like but that’s ok for this first batch. Next post will be taste testing the final product.
  2. 1776 Ale spent 3 weeks in the LBK and initial taste is great! I am hoping it is ready for the 4th!
  3. I have added a cup and a half of honey into a recipe from Mr. Beer and my question is when I go to bottle my beer should I adjust the amount of sugar I use to prime my beer? The beer will be going into 12oz long neck glass bottles and according to Mr. Beer I should use 3/4 teaspoons of priming sugar for each bottle. Should I cut that amount down because of the added honey or just use the recommendation from Mr. Beer. Thanks for any help.
  4. Is there any one out there who has bottled beer in repurposed plastic soda bottles. I was thinking about using some brown plastic root beer bottles. I know there is an issue with getting out the smell. Are the bottles adequate for home bottling? Thought I would check for horror stories or success stories. Thanks
  5. I bottled my first beer one week ago. Being a curious newbie, every couple of days I would squeeze the bottles a little to see how things were carbonating. I have been following these four bottles that did not appear to be getting firm. I have made sure that the caps were tight. Today after reading everything I could find, I decided to turn them upside down and that is when I noticed a little beer dripping out. Despite tightening it seems that the bottom ring is preventing these from sealing. I quickly opened them, pulled the ring off and re-tightened. That seems to have fixed the leaking. Question- are these beers doomed or do they have a chance to carbonate?
  6. Bottled my 1st brew, the Octoberfest. It's been a week, and some of the 22oz bottles are much harder than others. I'm pretty sure I forgot to add 2 sugar primers in some of the bottles. Can I open the softer ones and drop in another primer? Thanks!
  7. I just bottled my first batch a week ago. I was wondering.... Is feeling the bottles if they are firm or not the only way to tell if they are done conditioning? What are the signs that it is ok to chill and drink? Any other conditioning advice, secrets, tricks?
  8. I was surprised to see a brown bag special in a 500 ml bottle become quite swollen. Hats off the 500 mm bottle for holding back the carbonation! Should I toss this bottle after opening? Here is a pic comparing a normal carbonated bottle next to the swollen one.
  9. Bottled the batch on Tuesday afternoon, and checked on them a little bit ago to make sure everything was holding seal, etc. Everything seems fine except for one bottle that is already pretty hard (740ml plastic bottle from the kit). Do I "burp" it, put it in the fridge, or...?
  10. So I am new to the 2G fermenter and just did my first batch after doing 14 batches in 3 LBKs. I have to say I love the 2G fermenter - it feels like a step up in quality and it is easier to pour in the wort and clean due to the big opening up top. One question where instructions on the web site vary is sanitizing the 2G fermenter. On the instruction video for the 2G it says to sanitize use *half* a packet of no-rinse cleanser and rinse for *10* minutes. but On the printed card and the PDF on the website it says use a *whole* packet and rinse for *2* minutes. Which is correct? Most recipes only give you one no-rinse packet and you need half for sanitizing the fermenter and half for sanitizing bottling at the end. I guess you just need to order extra rinse packets if you use the 2G so you have some for bottling? Maybe both the half and whole instructions are both correct? A whole packet gives a higher concentration of cleanser so you only need to rinse for 2 minutes. The half pack is more dilute so you need 10 minutes of rinsing? And maybe in testing Mr. Beer learned that people generally did not go the full 10 minutes so they switched to a different instruction that allowed 2 minute rinsing? Just guessing here! Thanks in advance for clearing this up.
  11. I brewed the angry bovine recipe for the first time a week ago. Its still in the barrel and got two weeks yet before I bottle it. Figured I would design my own label for it. Then I got to thinking....always a dangerous thing, for me. And thought i would make a funny label for my latest brew. Here it is. And if you want, you can borrow it for your own bottles. If there is enough interest I can post it in an AVERY label format to make it easier for anyone to use it and/or make changes in it if they want. So here it is. The SINISTER BULL MILK STOUT. I think its funny, but opinions can vary. But I hope yall like it.
  12. Hey everybody! So, Ive read all of the intro info so far. I am making my first batch ever. I used to make wine with my grandfather as a kid. So, this seemed like an obvious hobby for me. My brother gave me an LBK kit of American light for Christmas. I had a hydrometer already (not exactly sure if I have the proper chamber for usage.) Nevertheless, my question lies within cold crashing. Does one cold crash American Light for 3 days or less? I am receptive to all possible outcomes. Also, I have the worlds smallest fridge, is there a better way? Thanks guys, M.
  13. I am going to bottle my first batch of Mr Beer tomorrow. I have the 750 o2 Pet Bottles. The recipe was Horses Ass First Question what is the difference between the regular pet bottles and the O2 barrier bottles? Becuase I am thinking about buying more so I can run another Batch. Second Question I saw someone on youtube Bottle his beer and he squeezed the bottle to remove the air is this correct way with the pet bottles? Third Question in a 750 ML Pet O2 bottle it says 2 conditioning tablets per bottle to carbonate. I have honey as my sugar in my batch, Is it ok to add a drop with the conditioning tablets to add flavor ? and do you condition every recipe at 68-76 degrees? Thanks for any help Norman Sands
  14. I bottled my first batch. I then put the bottles in the fridge to carbonate. Clearly, i misread the instructions. My question: can i take the beer out of the fridge to carbonate or should i just wait the 50 years it seems like it will take to finish.
  15. So I just finished my first batch of American light, and bottled it in the 740ml plastic amber bottles it came with(put 2carbo drops in each bottle). Now I need more bottles, I am going to Amazon and notice I have 2 options... Amber or Clear? Does this make a difference? Right now I have my conditioning beer bottles in a dark cabinet at room temperature. So does this affect the beer in any way? Thank you
  16. Hello, I am a new brewer and very excited to get started. My first batch is just about done fermenting. Probably about 2-3 days left in the Keg fermenter. I have a basic Mr Beer 2 gallon keg fermenter, and this batch is the American light. I tasted a sip and it has just a little hint of sweetness, but tastes good! So just a little time to go! I also have a 2nd batch I just made 2 days ago, Czech Pilsner with the same kit in a 2nd fermenter. So if bottling with mason jars works well I will try again. -To carbonate the beer I want to use 1QT Mason Jars. I am going to add 3 Coopers Carbonation-Drops to each jar. These use a screw on lid, and they are reusable, and glass. -So is this acceptable for carbonating? -How long does it take to carbonate 1QT jars? Thank you
  17. Can any suggest the best priming solution. I'm a beginner and I'm trying to make sure I'm doing this right. Should I use the tablets or sugar?
  18. I just bottled a batch of my goto recipe after not brewing for a few years. I cleaned with oxy free and sanitized with the white no rince powder from the LHB shop. I used my old flip tops and a small bottle I had from a lambic. This bottle came corked. I saved the cork and after filling from the keg I jammed it and smacked it down. Here's what I notice: after a few days conditioning that bottle has a slight head on it. Does that mean it is leaking gas through the cork or is it infected? Or will it reach an equilibrium in a few weeks and I can enjoy it?
  19. Got a simple Chocolate Porter working now, wondering if I should use the carbonation tablets I purchased or use sugar. I'm seeing mixed reviews on the subject; I'm thinking about doing half with sugar, the other half with the tabs. Thoughts??
  20. Awaiting the 3 week mark anxiously! My porter's gravity plateaued at 1.006FG by day 8; trying to hold out on bottling for the next 10 days (on day 11 now). Got cider going too, day 4 in ferm. Feel like a need just one more LBK or perhaps a 5gal so I can brew once a week and always have something to bottle and condition...
  21. So i'm T-1 1/2 weeks til bottling (maybe a little more with cold crashing), and I want to get the 750ml PET bottles from Mr. Beer. I was thinking of only using 6 for a batch to keep as a "reserve" and use smaller bottles to share. I would imagine it's more economical to collect used bottles and sanitize than buying more. What are the best types of bottles to use for this? What does everyone else use? TIA! NOT how I plan on bottling, btw!
  22. I have bottled 12 bottles of the Aztec +1 lb pale malt +1 lb booster +1 cup table sugar. I read the original gravity at 1.068. I am bottle priming and cold crashed the lbk for 3 days. It was in the cabinet for 3 weeks. After bottling 12 I remembered I wanted to do a hydrometer reading and did, and it was around 1.018. My question: shouldn't it be lower than that before I bottle? And if so, are those 12 bombs waiting to explode? And if so, can I pour that back into the LBK (with the little extra sugar) and return it to the cabinet to warm up, and pretend this never happened? Or is it ok?
  23. So I totally forgot to order carbonation drops for the last brew I ordered which was the Hop Head Red IPA. I had a few from my last batch and weighed one out at 3.3g. I used 16oz bottles to brew with and used 4.3g of granulated sugar which is about 2/3 less than I normally use with the drops at a rate of 1.5+/- equaling 4.95g+/- in weight. This batch of beer gives more than nice head . It is not over obundant but doing a solid obtuse pour of about 160 degrees does provide a lot of foam. This is not happening to all bottles though, I found one with a leaking gasket which poured out perfectly, about 90% of the other beers were really foamy and the other 10% as soon as I flipped the tops "POING!" the beer started over flowing right away. So I had a couple things going on which to me seems inconsistant as I measured out the granulated sugar to the T and used less than I normally do all around then when using the drops from Mr. Beer. Is there a difference between using the Mr. Beer solidified glucose versus granulated glucose for carbonation? Please note: There has to be some science involved in this so a dumb generic answer will not suffice as there is a difference in how the yeast will handle seperated glucose particles compared to a solidified glucose block that the yeast has to work through. Indulge me
  24. I'm a few days, ok 6, away from bottling my first batch. After reading a lot about how the beer will improve over time would really like to try the beer as it conditions and improves over the first 2 to 8 weeks. My first thought was to use one of the plastic bottles and just open it every week or 2 and take a taste. But after reading my thought is that won't work real feel. Then I remembered I had a few corona 7oz pony bottles. So I'm thinking of using these as my samples but I have 2 concerns. First how many drops or how much sugar should I use to prime these small bottles? Second they are clear bottles, if I let them condition in a dark location will this be OK? One final thing does the size of the bottle have any impact on how long to condition, or how long the beer will keep?
  25. I bottled my first batch today and the bottling wand leaked like crazy! It wasn't a few drips after each bottle, but a constant drip drip drip. I ended up flipping the spigot up after each bottle. My wand consists of 3 pieces: a clear tube that inserts into the spigot, a blue tip that goes around the tube, and a small blue piece with a black rubber seal that rests inside the tip. Am I missing anything? I've read about a spring-loaded wand, but wasn't sure if the Mr. Beer wands had a spring? Or is the dripping normal? Thanks.
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