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Hello everyone,

 

This may have already been covered and I just couldn't find it. I have only been brewing for a couple months now and decided to go with 5L kegs. The two gallon recipes fill one keg plus four bottles. I really want to get it down to filling two kegs and maybe two 500 ml bottles (only bottling to allow easier sampling by my friends/neighbors). So, my question(s) is this:

 

- I like pilsners such as Urquell, ales such as 1776 or Dales, and Kolsch's. Looking at 2 gallon recipes linked below, is there a way to increase it to 3 gallons with using things such as an extra DME soft pack? If not, how would I go about increasing the fermenting volume to about 3 gallons while preserving the intended taste?

 

https://www.mrbeer.com/shade-tree-kolsch-recipe

https://www.mrbeer.com/1776-ale-recipe

https://www.mrbeer.com/grand-bohemian-czech-pilsner-deluxe-refill

 

v/r

 

Rotty

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2 minutes ago, Rotty said:

Hello everyone,

 

This may have already been covered and I just couldn't find it. I have only been brewing for a couple months now and decided to go with 5L kegs. The two gallon recipes fill one keg plus four bottles. I really want to get it down to filling two kegs and maybe two 500 ml bottles (only bottling to allow easier sampling by my friends/neighbors). So, my question(s) is this:

 

- I like pilsners such as Urquell, ales such as 1776 or Dales, and Kolsch's. Looking at 2 gallon recipes linked below, is there a way to increase it to 3 gallons with using things such as an extra DME soft pack? If not, how would I go about increasing the fermenting volume to about 3 gallons while preserving the intended taste?

 

https://www.mrbeer.com/shade-tree-kolsch-recipe

https://www.mrbeer.com/1776-ale-recipe

https://www.mrbeer.com/grand-bohemian-czech-pilsner-deluxe-refill

 

v/r

 

Rotty

 

Simple answer.  You can't.

 

Can you turn a 2 gallon HME recipe into a 3 gallon batch?  Yes.

 

Can you do that without changing the flavor profile?  No.

 

Adding LME /DME and hops will allow you to brew a 3 gallon batch with the same ABV if you figure it out.  What it will not have is the same malt profile, the same hop profile, therefore it will not have the same flavor or aroma.  Since you don't know what hops Mr. Beer uses, and can't replicate what's in the can, you can't up it by 50% and make the same.

 

Will it be good?  Possibly?  But it won't be the same.

 

You can also fit a max of 2.5 gallons in a Mr. Beer LBK.  In reality, you'll get out about 2.25 gallons of usable beer at best, and that's with cold crashing.

 

On a similar note, find any commercial beer you like.  Now, you want to make it via Mr. Beer's HME recipes.  Not possible.  None of the Mr. Beer cans will replicate a commercial beer.

 

HOWEVER, you can look for clone recipes of commercial beers, ones that are made with LME/DME and hops, and configure a 2.5 gallon recipe to maximize a Mr. Beer LBK.  Or you can use a bigger fermenter...

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I have the 3G conical. Although I haven't produced any bad beers yet and my neighbors have all liked what I have done. I am not feeling quite ready to jump into full on recipes. I guess I'll try a couple partial mashes first to see how that goes then start full on recipes. Thanks.

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@Rotty, if you add water, LME, DME, hops, etc., you will change the flavor profile of the MrBeer HME. The bigger question is, "changed it by how much?" That can only be determined by you the brewer and your ability to taste the differences.

Reading about classic styles, practicing steeping grains, practicing partial mashes, dry hopping, hop boils etc., you can make each batch your signature brew. 

The opportunities are endless. The only restrictions are how adventurous you are, how quickly you can learn new skills, and how fast you can drink beer to free up bottles and storage space for your pipeline.

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