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mjkatona

Did I fubar this?

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First time newbie brewer using the Pale Ale that came with the MR Beer kit. Here is what I did and I'm not sure if what I did was right or not (but it was fun) .. SO comments will help...

1) Fermented 14 days placing the LBK in an igloo cooler keeping the temp between 68-74 by rotating frozen water bottles.
2) Put the LBK keg into the fridge for 2 days
3) Bottled into 1 pint swing-top glass bottles with 1 tsp of priming sugar

I now have them conditioning back in the cooler between 68-74 for another 14 days. Thoughts?

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I haven't looked at priming sugar amounts for individual bottles in quite a while, but it sounds like you are doing things right. I'd give it a month to carbonate completely though. The CO2 will be better dissolved into solution at that point, so you will have better head retention and smaller bubbles.

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You sound like you did pretty much everything right, nice to see you researched before jumping in!

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Sounds good so far, but the one thing I would perhaps suggest is to lower that fermenting temperature just a bit more. The 65 to 70 range would be a better bet for keeping away the fusels. I used to run my fermenters in the 65 to 75 range until the first time I got the curious aroma and flavor of nail polish remover in my beer. That's when I got the coolers and moved into the 60 to 70 range. Didn't happen until my ninth batch, but one time was too many for me.

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Sounds like everything went smooth for you mjkatona before you know it you will be enjoying a Beer that you made yourself!

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