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  1. Hi all. Just tasted my 3rd batch, Dry River IPA. It was my first partial mash recipe (2 row, carapils, rye flakes. With 3 zythos additions during boil). The brewing process went fine. Fermentation was robust and beautiful (couldn't help peeking). I tasted my first bottle today and it was just "ok." My two main issues are 1) zero head and 2) it was a little flat. Taste was decent (not as bitter as I like my IPAs, but I can adjust next time with more bittering hops), color is good, and it is definitely drinkable. I'm looking for a little help troubleshooting the two above issues. A summary of how I got to this point with the Dry River: Fermented for 17 days. Cold crashed for 5 days. Bottled in 16 oz. Flip Top Grolsch style bottles. My goal during batch prime was 2.0 CO2. Conditioned for 19 days. I refrigerated for 48 hours prior to drinking. As I'm getting to the end of this pint, I can say I really like it, but I would love it if I could fix these issues. Any help is appreciated. Mongo
  2. 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
  3. Hi beer guzzlers! I brewed my first batch with the LBK kit the day after X-Mas 2014. I followed the included book directions with the included Czech pilsner and even checked this forum before proceeding. I fermented for one month in a nice dark room temperature place. I carbonated 3 weeks. I popped them open last weekend, and I dunno... the beer as almost no head. I mean none. There are some obvious bubbles in the mix, but the beer seems flat to me with no head. The taste is actually okay, but its just.... flat! Any pointers for this noob? Is the Czech pilsner supposed to have a head? Did I open the bottles too soon? Should I put more sugar in? Thanks!
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