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I saw the sale and thought it would be a good time to "stock on up" so to speak.
'been reading that most are driven away from the prices etc, but I know that I like
the simplicity and also not having to split a 5 gal recipe....kinda difficult for some.

Mr Beer not only had the great sale on recipes, but they also honored a coupon
which dropped my jaw. :charlie:

Only been brewing just over a month, but I do know that I like beer,
and I do like brewing, MR Beer, and partial steeps, and full steeps.

I seem to go overboard on a lot of things, but again I needed to get in at good prices,
so I did.

Ordered tues night and it was shipped today.
I expect it delivered tues/wed next week.

Here is my list of recipes:

Defibrillator Doppelbock
Snake Eyes IPA - NEW!
Novacaine - NEW!
Boysenberry Tart - Newly Ref
Wild Wheat
Apricot Wheat - NEW!
Blackperry Trio - NEW!
Booberry Gobbler - NEW!
Cheery Cherry Perry - NEW!
Who's your Hefé? German Hefeweizen - Newly ref
Brown Eyed Girl
Heavy McWee
That Voodoo That You Do - NEW!
Columbus' Cascading Amber Ale
Cowgirl Honey Light
Surly Dog IPA
Sutter's Gold
Chocolate Covered Cherries
Bohemian Bronze
Rose's Rambling Red
Chocolate Porter
Olé Molé Stout
Dad's Favorite Cream Ale - NEW!
Pumpkin Weissbier
Shillelagh Stout - NEW!
The Velvet Velociraptor - NEW!
Rhapsody on Blue
Downtown Amber Ale - NEW!
Ye Auld Dubliner- NEW!
Munich Malt Monster - Newly Ref
Brigid's Blonde - Newly Ref
Liquid Daydream - NEW!
Blonde Ambition - NEW!
Biere De Framboise
Double Black Diamond - Newly Ref
Hop Head Red - Newly ref
What The Helles, Bach? - Newly Ref
All American Gold - NEW!

Yes, that was my order, along with a 5th LBK (mostly for back up and bottling keg)
and bottling wand/spigot and spare airlock for my 7/8gal bucket.
(realized I needed a second airlock to brew in the bucket after racking wine to carboy and using airlock)

I have to compile a spreadsheet or list of ingredients to then list the exp dates etc
and also know that I can yield to the original recipe and sway over to a new brew by
adding in hops, using different yeast or simply adding LME or DME

Would like to finish that this weekend before it arrives to take inventory and also
stock it up nice until needed.
(someone wants to help compile list, that would be great just let me know!!!)

So this is the thread of my journey I plan... to take a stroll down Mr Beer Lane!

Post any thoughts and recipes that would benefit a tweaking.

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WOW I bet that is the second :borg: history maker today. Togorok may be losing his title for most batches brewed in a single day soon.

JoeChiante you might have just been de-throned as the bargain shopping king. ;)

You'll be wanting to check Craig's list for bottles. :whistle:

Did you remember to set aside enough money for the forklift you'll need when the order arrives?

Way to go but at $7+/- flat rate shipping I'm not sure Mr. Beer will be posting the heart symbol on their reply. :P

Brew on brother and we will be wanting to follow your reviews as make your way through that big ole inventory. :cheers:

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OMFG

Barley quivers all over the world.

You just have to give us a hint on that bill.

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"Togorok" post=389469 said:

Lol i would be the next john bobbit if my wife saw an order like that

That would be funny. As long as there were no more hard feelings.

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All I can say is throw away every bag of booster you get and substitute... Str8 up every recipe I have made with it has a tang that wont go away

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"SelfFueled" post=389455 said:

I saw the sale and thought it would be a good time to "stock on up" so to speak.
'been reading that most are driven away from the prices etc, but I know that I like
the simplicity and also not having to split a 5 gal recipe....kinda difficult for some.

Mr Beer not only had the great sale on recipes, but they also honored a coupon
which dropped my jaw. :charlie:
Only been brewing just over a month, but I do know that I like beer,
and I do like brewing, MR Beer, and partial steeps, and full steeps.
I seem to go overboard on a lot of things, but again I needed to get in at good prices,
so I did.
Ordered tues night and it was shipped today.
I expect it delivered tues/wed next week.

Yes, that was my order, along with a 5th LBK (mostly for back up and bottling keg)
and bottling wand/spigot and spare airlock for my 7/8gal bucket.
(realized I needed a second airlock to brew in the bucket after racking wine to carboy and using airlock)

I have to compile a spreadsheet or list of ingredients to then list the exp dates etc
and also know that I can yield to the original recipe and sway over to a new brew by
adding in hops, using different yeast or simply adding LME or DME

Would like to finish that this weekend before it arrives to take inventory and also
stock it up nice until needed.
(someone wants to help compile list, that would be great just let me know!!!)

So this is the thread of my journey I plan... to take a stroll down Mr Beer Lane!

Post any thoughts and recipes that would benefit a tweaking.

my first thought is: I love you man and I betcha Mr Beer loves you more. That is one order short of a full cabinet. Good job and enjoy and once you get the pipeline built full-tilt, let us know and we'll celebrate!!!

:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

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The funny thing is moments after I placed the order, I thought ohh shhhhip, i forgot a few things.
Shoulda got a couple hydrometers too.....oh well can place another, as the recipe sale is good until end of month.

Talk about overboard, you dont wanna know my history, lol.

Was just at St Boniface tonight, the newest brewery in town.
Serious hops going on in their brews, but mighty tasty (not too big of a hop fan also)

Not sure if there is a brew out there, but one of my futures will be hopgasm for sure.
That is what came to mind.
Wanted to ask if they do that inline fresh hop tap system thing, geez

Yeah, I want to keep this thread as my journey.
A memo to keep in mind of all the thoughts and ups and downs.

I woulda had a different outlook if MB didnt allow the order,
but since they did, I will praise them every step of the way.

Having owned many a business (35 yr old) I know that they prob had decided on this,
and yeah 7 packages ranging from 12-36 lbs, it will hurt...but they'll make up for it.
Prob same day, lol.

My first order only a few weeks ago

4 MR.BEER® Gold Beer Kit - Scratch n' Dent!
1 1776 Ale
1 Belgian Blanc (archived)
1 Bavarian Weissbier
2 Oktoberfest Lager

They didnt have the scratch n dent after that....as I went back for more.lol.

Drinking the Oktoberfest and Czech Pilsner now (bottled just over 3 weeks ago)
Oktoberfest needs more body- which I just read can come by being in the fridge for a few weeks.
I will try to condition room temp another week and try again.

The Czech Pilsner, now this I like. (Bottled 7-3)
Little low on flavor and body, no head.
Carbonation nice, bubbling in the glass still (half full)
Light on the eyes.
A bit green and touch of apple, but flavor is good overall and hops are
balanced just the way I like.
Almost reminds me of a watered down lager with a touch more hops..best one liner to describe.

I have the aztec Cerveza and the Bavarian Weissbier up to.
Only tried the Cerveza a week or two ago (about 1-2 week in the bottle)
yeah, not ready lol. Still beer though.
Will wait prob another week or so to try again.

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As you're learning, the more time conditioning at room temp, the better.

I agree with the comment about not using Booster. Person opinion, some seem to like it.

It's your money, but I might have done some things different. Some thoughts, worthwhile and worthless.

- Before you get into recipes, play with the base refill and learn the difference between Oktoberfest, Oktoberfest plus booster, and Oktoberfest plus an LME. I think you'd discover that adding up to a pound of LME per refill is highly desirable.

- While Mr. Beer has some interesting recipes (I haven't looked at the newest), some aren't really recipes in my opinion. If you look at recipes by HME, you'll see that some are quite similar. Bohemian Bronze is Oktoberfest + pale LME + booster + hops (dry, for aroma only). Rose's Rambling Red is Oktoberfest + smooth LME + booster. In my opinion, if you do Oktoberfest + a pound of LME you get a result that is better than both.

- If you're going to do that many, LME in bulk or DME would be much, much cost effective. I haven't compared the cost of all the options, including 25% off (and your coupon), but Mr. Beer does charge a lot for a pouch of LME. If you're buying a few batches, and the recipes are different LMEs, it may be great. But buying 35 at the same time it might have worked better the other way.

- You've already done some of it, but brew the base refill before playing with the recipes. Then save the base refill so you can compare it to the base plus LME, the base plus LME and hops, the base plus LME, hops, and booster, and other recipes using the base. You'll learn a lot.

- In addition to tracking in a spreadsheet, take a marker and write the expiration dates on the cans. Put all the dry yeast in a ziplock bag (box, it's own refrigerator since you have so much... :)) to keep them fresh. All of the non-Craft refills use the same yeast, so use the oldest first.

- Brew the liquid yeast batches soon.

- Mr. Beer lets people review the recipes, but not the base refills (????). Please do so. No one does, you find 2 or 3 reviews if you're lucky. And compare them - tell people (us) that ABC isn't as good as DEF which uses the same base refill.

Lastly, adopt one of us. You just spent like $600 on beer refills. We need to be adopted by you... :laugh:

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Holy crap! :ohmy: I now know who will be the MrBeer BOM for August! :whistle: :cheers: :party:

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"Knightmare" post=389598 said:

Holy crap! :ohmy: I now know who will be the MrBeer BOM for August! :whistle: :cheers: :party:

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Yeah he should start working on his bio.

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Rickbeer,

Thanks for the insight, some REALLY good ideas there. :banana:

I may have to post an ad looking for an adoptee!

Yes, the liquid yeast will be up to bat first, as it has to be fresh.
Yeast starters can also be used to for ones a couple weeks out.

AND you are correct on the review mess on the site.
None to be found and the ones that are found...some are for other refills???
I read some that were mixed up or from another something or other.

With a huge corp as coopers, they should work on that review thing a bit better.
Maybe with the forum revamp, they will then have a site revamp, lol.

Thanks everyone for the funny's haha. They're GRRRRREAT!
And anyone that lends feedback, I thank you!

With having our 4th child on the way (Dec13) time is not on my side,
however, now Mr Beer has made more time and I can not only
homebrew my beers, but can spend more time with my kids.


edit: Also, I cannot see AG brewing in my future (at least not near future)
so MB does all that work for me, and that is the price that you pay, which is fine and dandy.
Not unless a brewery is started....lol already been thinking.

Rob

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My wallet is trembling in fear just looking at that order, you have your brew days full for a while! :woohoo:

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Made my full list of ingredients up.

Turns out no liquid yeast.
12 packs of upgraded dry yeast though

I got some cider, which will be interesting
When I first started to try beer long ago and such, I hated it.
I used to get ciders and love them and also Amaretto Sours, yum.

The only HME I did not get was the NWPA
But a nice selection otherwise.
Looks like I might have to order a couple more during the sale, maybe.

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Note to Mr. Beer. If you leave a review, give a coupon. In the age of Social Media, sometimes your own social areas are discounted. But anyone trying to buy a kit, sees what is on your site, they may not go out to Facebook.

Plus you own your site and this form is yours, not Facebooks. Info gathered is yours not theirs.

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Well, that should keep you busy for a little while :woohoo:

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IDK, was just looking at the recipes, seems like a lot of them have several reviews.

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"gophers6" post=390279 said:

IDK, was just looking at the recipes, seems like a lot of them have several reviews.

There should be dozens, if not hundreds, of reviews. Many have none, or 1-3. Not very useful.

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"RickBeer" post=390280 said:

"gophers6" post=390279 said:

IDK, was just looking at the recipes, seems like a lot of them have several reviews.

There should be dozens, if not hundreds, of reviews. Many have none, or 1-3. Not very useful.

After first joining up, I tried to leave reviews; now matter how many reviews I submitted, none were ever posted. Have you ever had a review posted?

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"Rebel_B" post=390284 said:

"RickBeer" post=390280 said:

"gophers6" post=390279 said:

IDK, was just looking at the recipes, seems like a lot of them have several reviews.

There should be dozens, if not hundreds, of reviews. Many have none, or 1-3. Not very useful.

After first joining up, I tried to leave reviews; now matter how many reviews I submitted, none were ever posted. Have you ever had a review posted?

I reviewed several recipes a couple years ago, they got posted. Maybe you gave a negative review. :laugh:

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i find it highly suspect that so many of their recipes have ZERO reviews or only one. i shop also on another site that each recipe easily has over a hundred reviews.

wonder why mb has so few on file?

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Yes very few reviews.  And yes, there are a couple recipes with 5 or more reviews,

but that is the exception. 

I did see a Rickbeer review on there for JamaicanMon I think.

There are tons that do not have ANY reviews and also all the new have none.

As mentioned, there should be tons of reviews.

I would think that they have to be verified before placing them on the site,

and looks like maybe they stopped doing that.

Some are recent though.

Maybe I should try to review to see if it will be put up?

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Just brewed up Columbus' Cascading Amber Ale.

Wanted to bring a bit more color and flavor to the show.

Tried to use the "craft" series refill and picked out that one.

Was thinking between a few and that one seems to stand out from a

few others using the Bewitched Amber Ale craft HME.

OG 1.059-60 (still trying to get accurate sights on the hydro!)

I went commando with the two 1/2oz hops

It was supposed to get the 1300g HME and also a Smooth softpack....

BUT after I finished I took a peek at the softpack pouch and noticed...

PALE!

omg, not sure how this will turn out but either way it will be good, lol (smiley)

Anyone think this will have a negative effect?

Other than the color not being as dark as it should,

do you think the flavor will be drastic?

Thanks

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SelfFueled said:With having our 4th child on the way (Dec13) time is not on my side,

however, now Mr Beer has made more time and I can not only

homebrew my beers, but can spend more time with my kids.

This is what it is about, family and beer. Good on ya Rob.

Besides it's only about 100 gallons of beer, I've done 80 this year myself.

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Just got a few more items, delivered today.

5 gross metal caps

32 plastic bottle caps

Bottle brush (just in case)

Hydrometer (third, just in case)

LBK (6th, just in case)

el Diablo Blanco IPA

KTs Caramel Apple graff

POTUS Honey Porter

Turncoat IPL

American Burleywine

Blue Patriot

Patriots Pride

La Vie Boheme

Saazquatch Imerial Pilsner

Uncle Monkeys Dunkel

Camillas Folly

Spiced Christmas Ale

Also went to the ultrasound appt. today, Its (gonna be) a Boy!

We were planning on a third girl, My oldest, soon to be 13 is our son.

So two girls (8 and 2yrs), two boys.

Wifey wants to shop for boy gear, so I am happy  for that,

and she is happy and waiting for end of Dec to have a baby and then get her drink on!

She could only do a drink or two/week, but I think only 1st trimester or something...now she has to wait.

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