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Anyone out there like Diablo?  I have brewed 5 different batches from the "standard refill" series and am now looking to try something different.  So... is it any good?  Any suggestions for refills that anyone has enjoyed?  I am not looking for a particular taste, just looking to try the various refills, so I am open to suggestions.

 

Also, are deluxe refills worth a go?  The difference, from what I can tell, is the addition of LME.

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The addition of extra malt is worth the cost. You may want to add additional hops, if you like.

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3 minutes ago, Brian N. said:

The addition of extra malt is worth the cost. You may want to add additional hops, if you like.

 

Good to know about the malt.  I never thought about adding hops.  Can you mix and match different hops with different refills or are there specific ones that go with each brew?  I noticed that there is a description of each one on the Mr. Beer site as to what it goes with so i assume that different hops can be added to different refills to yield different results.  Feel free to correct me if I am wrong. 

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Diablo IPA is a very tasty craft on its own, but I would think that any of the Diablo recipes would be even better.  Good luck!

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Not sure if these qualify as refills, but they were pretty great:

 

Sugar on Top IPA

POTUS Honey Porter

Chewbeerca

Nilla Porter

Sunday Morning Coming Down

Defibrillator Doppelbock

Wicked Winter Warmer

Witches Flight

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11 minutes ago, Nathan08 said:

 

Good to know about the malt.  I never thought about adding hops.  Can you mix and match different hops with different refills or are there specific ones that go with each brew?  I noticed that there is a description of each one on the Mr. Beer site as to what it goes with so i assume that different hops can be added to different refills to yield different results.  Feel free to correct me if I am wrong. 

 

Have you searched the 'recipes' section of the website?  You can filter the selections by extract, and then pick a recipe that sounds good to you! 

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17 minutes ago, Nathan08 said:

 

Good to know about the malt.  I never thought about adding hops.  Can you mix and match different hops with different refills or are there specific ones that go with each brew?  I noticed that there is a description of each one on the Mr. Beer site as to what it goes with so i assume that different hops can be added to different refills to yield different results.  Feel free to correct me if I am wrong. 

 

You can add whatever hops you like. They vary depending on strain, but there are MANY hops that are suitable for IPAs. I recommend checking out my hop chart for descriptions on the many varieties (it admittedly needs to be updated). https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11GCu5NxT5UYQVFN6VpukG_4T_GS_MSwr7fESWgtXAUg/edit?usp=sharing

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@Nathan08

 

As @Bonsai & Brew mentioned, taking some time to explore the recipe section is well worth it. The recipes are tried and true variations on what Mr. B has to offer.

 

Personally, the thought of just straight brewing up a can at this point does not particularly excite me. I want to either steep some grains, add some hops...do something. (It is a character flaw, I am sure.)

 

Another thing to try are the seasonals. I am quite happy with the ESBs I've brewed. One I think was straight (but not sure. I did not take good notes back then) and one that I hopped with Goldings.

 

I've got a dortmunder that I brewed ale style and added some hops as well.

 

But check the recipes! Lot's of great stuff there.

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2 hours ago, Nathan08 said:

Anyone out there like Diablo?  I have brewed 5 different batches from the "standard refill" series and am now looking to try something different.  So... is it any good?  Any suggestions for refills that anyone has enjoyed?  I am not looking for a particular taste, just looking to try the various refills, so I am open to suggestions.

 

Also, are deluxe refills worth a go?  The difference, from what I can tell, is the addition of LME.

 

I have a can of Diablo I'm waiting to make, let us know how you liked it. I'm in the same boat, just looking to try different cans first.

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13 hours ago, MrWhy said:

Personally, the thought of just straight brewing up a can at this point does not particularly excite me. I want to either steep some grains, add some hops...do something. (It is a character flaw, I am sure.)

 

So far, my steeped grain/extracts are better by far than any of my straight extract brews. Can't wait to start sampling the AG batches. ;)

 

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There are many avenues to explore, extra hops, steeping grains, additional malt, on and on. What makes it a great hobby is that you can pick and choose, go at your own pace, enjoy your brews, and there is no pressure. Lately, time has been a factor for me, and the few brews I made are just extract with additional malt. And, I don't feel as if I "cheated". The beers are delicious. For me, part of the enjoyment of brewing has been participating in this forum, I've learned quite a bit and consider the forum members friends (yes, you to Rickbeer!  :D )

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I agree with that :) I don't know what I would have done without this forum. Such a great tool, and it does compliment the hobby very well.  Lots of great folk on here.

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Like I've said many times, if I hadn't found this forum I'd probably still just be making standard refills. (not that there's anything wrong with that)

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