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Hello everyone. I've wanted to makemy own beer for awhile now and gotmy chance amonth or so ago when I picked up a Mr Beer. Unfortunately it didn't turn out, i think because I didn't put enough sugar in the bottles so the beer was flat. (west Coast Pale Ale BTW)

I popped into the homebrew store here where I live and got new ingredients and the fella was pretty nice and I got stuff to make a new batch, but I need a little help converting what I have to match the Mr Beer procedures.

What I got from him is a 3.75 lb can of hopped malt concentrate (Coopers Canadian Blonde) which comes with yeast, two 1 lb bags of Brewcraft Briess Dry Malt (Brewers Gold Light), an extra packet of yeast, a thermometer and a hydrometer, and sanitizer. According to the shopowner this should be enough to make 2 batches in my Mr Beer.

If my thinking is correct I am guessing I should use the dry malt in place of the booster, then the HMC is the same as the HME. Then I guess the amounts of sugar I use when I bottle should be the same as the directions specify. Also should I boil the wort for awhile or does it really matter?

Does this sound about right or am I way off? I have the next couple days off so I am hoping to get a batch started while I have the time?

Thanks in advance for any help!!

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I would agree with using that for two batches. Yes, use the dry malt in place of the booster, and the Cooper's HME in place of the Mr. B. For each batch, I would use 1/2 of the Cooper's and 1lb of the DME. You do not want to boil the HME... just follow the Mr. B instructions in that regard. Since you don't have hops, you could technically roll totally with the Mr. B... Bring water to a boil, flame out, add DME and HME, etc.

Welcome...

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Welcome aboard!

Sounds like you have a good setup for two batches.

I would store the yeast in the fridge (I use the butter drawer in the door)

Yes using DME instead of an adjunct makes a much better beer, prime as you would for Mr. beer

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Sweet! Thanks for the quick replies. The wifey is making chocolate eclairs right now and as soon as she vacates the kitchen I'm getting started! I'll be trolling these boards for a few weeks then I'll let y'all know how it turns out.

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shrimppot,

I can't add anything that Trollby and swenocha didn't already cover. I just wanted to welcome you to the forums. Let us know how your batch turns out.


Rick

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Welcome to the obsession! Don't worry the first batch usually never turns out but the next one will be great.

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Welcome to your new addiction! You are now one of us (in zombie voice). :) Have fun!

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The only thing I would add is weigh the can with lid removed and subtract the malt weight from the total (malt is 3.75#?) This will give can weight and use that to get what the can will weigh when you use half for first batch.

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Welcome aboard!

Another thing that nobody seems to have touched on is whether you only have the single LBK? If so, you need to store the remainder of the HME for a couple of weeks until you are ready to brew again.

The best suggestion I have for that is to pour a layer of vodka on the top of the HME. That will keep it from picking up any bacteria over the next couple of weeks. Then you should just be able to cover it and store in the fridge without any problems.

Have fun and good luck!!

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Welcome to the forum shrimppot!!! :chug:

Perhaps your first batch was flat because you didn't allow enough time for proper carbonation. I would suggest 2-3 weeks at room temperature, once bottled. Then a few weeks more for conditioning, prior to refrigeration.

I prefer to boil my DME. So if it were me, I'd add the DME to the water (I'd use a minimum of 6-8 cups water) as it is heating up. A wisk really helps dissolve the DME. As the wort begins to boil, watch for the hot-break. This is where it starts to foam up, and if not careful it can boil over. Once it settles down (foam diminishes), allow it to boil a few minutes more. Then remove the from burner, and add your HME - stirring until HME is completely mixed. Be careful to mix any HME that may have settled to the bottom of the brew kettle.

Good luck with your next brew. :cheers:

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"manosteel9423" post=264280 said:

Welcome aboard!

Another thing that nobody seems to have touched on is whether you only have the single LBK? If so, you need to store the remainder of the HME for a couple of weeks until you are ready to brew again.

The best suggestion I have for that is to pour a layer of vodka on the top of the HME. That will keep it from picking up any bacteria over the next couple of weeks. Then you should just be able to cover it and store in the fridge without any problems.

Have fun and good luck!!

Actually, the vodka is just to keep mold from forming. LME is dense enough that bacteria isn't really a problem. Mold can form at the surface in areas with humidity (not a problem for me). It's still usable even if it molds, but I would not want to use it if it's moldy. If you refrigerate it and use it within a few weeks I doubt if the vodka would be needed. I've stored it at room temperature for six months with no problems, but humidity rarely gets as high as 10%.

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+1 to the mold. While it is unappealing its no problem at all. What about a piece of seran wrap over the top and then put the lid back on just to ensure a tighter seal? Either way with one LBK, and alotted time for fermenting the first batch, I really dont see mold being an issue. Sounds like a solid recipe. :chug:

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:borg: Welcome to the beer borg information center shrimppot. You will be assimilated. Resistance is Quite Futile: We have beer.

seems as tho everything has been covered. Take the information and use it as you wish.

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