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As someone who has only brewed with Mr. beer recipes using the standard LBK and plastic bottles, what upgrade would you recommend for the biggest improvement? Bottling in glass bottles? Looking into batch priming? Temperature controlled fridge mod for consistent fermenting temps? Something else? 
 

Ps I did add a hydrometer and bottling wand to my tools recently but always looking to improve my brews. 

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1 hour ago, jt3_jon said:

As someone who has only brewed with Mr. beer recipes using the standard LBK and plastic bottles, what upgrade would you recommend for the biggest improvement? Bottling in glass bottles? Looking into batch priming? Temperature controlled fridge mod for consistent fermenting temps? Something else? 
 

Ps I did add a hydrometer and bottling wand to my tools recently but always looking to improve my brews. 



This.  Proper fermentation temperature control was probably the single biggest factor in improving the quality of my brews.

I do like bottling in 12oz. glass bottles.  I usually use one 500ml PET bottle per batch, just so I can do a squeeze test to see if it's carbonated.

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Different bottles won't affect your quality at all.

 

Batch priming also won't affect quality.

 

Temp control will affect quality.

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On 4/18/2021 at 6:35 PM, RickBeer said:

Different bottles won't affect your quality at all.

 

Batch priming also won't affect quality.

 

Temp control will affect quality.

Disagree about bottles. Nothing like waiting a month to try your brew in PET bottles and you discover a bad lid seal and it’s flat. Never has happened to me with glass. I would recommend start collecting glass bottles, a bench capper and an inkbird. If you want to go crazy find a mini fridge to hook it up to. 

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On 4/18/2021 at 3:46 PM, jt3_jon said:

As someone who has only brewed with Mr. beer recipes using the standard LBK and plastic bottles, what upgrade would you recommend for the biggest improvement? Bottling in glass bottles? Looking into batch priming? Temperature controlled fridge mod for consistent fermenting temps? Something else? 
 

Ps I did add a hydrometer and bottling wand to my tools recently but always looking to improve my brews. 

As stated above, temperature control will provide the largest and quickest improvement. The other stuff will help but concentrate on temperature control. Dorm fridges are cheap this time of year on FB Marketplace. Even a small one can hold 2 LBK's (which can be used to split a 5 gallon batch).

 

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