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Old 12-29-2010, 06:19 AM   #1
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Getting gifted a Mr. Beer for christmas re-sparked my interest in the hobby, but i wasn't going to use the basic kit that came with it, after talking with a couple people around here i decided to go for an IPA, using 4lb 2 row, the hopped LME that came with the kit, 1oz simcoe @20min, and 1oz amarillo @5min

i also wanted to see if my hot plate could even come close to boiling 20ish qts of wort

i heated up 18qts of water to 165, and put my grains in in a nylon paint strainer bag, maintained about 155* for 60min.

wanted to "mash out" at 170, so i turned the heat up a bit, completely lost track of what i was doing and ended up hitting 180 for a second or two, but not too worried, cuz if it's one thing i learned from here, it's still going to be beer and i shouldn't worry.

i mashed at about 70* efficiency, which i was pretty happy with given this is my first time with this method

got the wort up to about 200*, added the can of LME, put the lid on and went to grab a beer and watch tv. about an hour later, the temp topped out at 210, and wasn't even close to boiling..

so out came the propane burner and within a few seconds had a nice heavy boil

other than one minor boilover the rest went without headache.

i found the bag of "booster" that came with the kit, and threw that in at flameout (as far as i can see, can't hurt, it's basically corn sugar)

it's chilling in a snow bank right now, once it's cooled, i'm pitching a vial of WLP-001

i've got a whole bunch of pics to come, but figured i'd put this up and see what you guys had to say

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Old 12-29-2010, 08:54 AM   #2
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i'm convinced this is going to be a very interesting brew when all is said and done... i'm getting a 1.082 OG reading right now, and i realized during this reading i never let everything settle out of the wort before racking. oh well

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Old 12-29-2010, 01:40 PM   #3
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you have the right attitude for brewing that's for sure. congrats on your first mini BIAB/partial mash.before you know it you'll be making a larger bag for that larger brew kettle you know you'll get soon.. then it'll be a full size BIAB

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Old 12-29-2010, 05:19 PM   #4
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haha the first couple things i made i was so nervous about screwing something up, and everyone here just kept telling me RDWHAHB, so that's more or less what i did..

i outfitted my Mr. Beer cap with an airlock, been sitting for roughly 8hrs and no active fermentation signs yet, but i can see a thin krausen forming

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Old 12-29-2010, 07:14 PM   #5
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quick update, there's a nice krausen that's formed, but the airlock i installed onto the mr.beer lid isn't doing anything, probably not sealed up tight enough.

here's my pics from this adventure:















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Old 12-29-2010, 10:33 PM   #6
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Nice work.

I'm pretty sure you won't be seeing any airlock activity. The lid is made so that it can vent the CO2 when needed.

Check Revy's posts here (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/mr-b...estions-46360/) if you're interested in doing AG with Mr. Beer. I'd start at post #659

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Old 12-29-2010, 10:55 PM   #7
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Nice work.

I'm pretty sure you won't be seeing any airlock activity. The lid is made so that it can vent the CO2 when needed.

Check Revy's posts here (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/mr-b...estions-46360/) if you're interested in doing AG with Mr. Beer. I'd start at post #659
thanks, yea i've got a nice krausen going, and no airlock going, when i get this all done i'll see if i can make a gasket to fit in the lid.

i just picked up a thermometer and stuck it onto the front of the fermenter, at it was at 78degrees.... got a swamp cooler going to cool it down to 68
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just pulled a gravity reading on this, of 1.018, which gives me about 8.5abv after 5 days started dryhopping today (in primary) for about a week. put the hops in a muslin bag to help keep from adding to all my trub that's already going to be a problem.

it certainly smells like beer, looks like very cloudy beer. waiting for some of the sediment in my hydrometer sample to settle before I can say anything about it tasting like beer



and after letting my sample sit in the fridge a bit to let the sediment settle out, it tastes like beer too. def tastes like an IPA, albeit still a pretty green one, but it's got a LOT of potential. once the dry hopping is done i should be able to bottle it and let it age, and it should be awesome

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So you mashed 4 lbs of 2-row in 18 qts? BIAB typically has some thin mashes but that might be the record for the thinnest ever! Hope it worked out well for you. I'm interested.

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Old 01-07-2011, 06:36 AM   #10
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yea, I let my sample settle out some more, there's a weird bitterness that i'm not sure what it is, hoping it'll disappear with age, but it's got a nice piny/citrus taste upfront from the simcoe which i'm really digging. i think simcoe might be my new favorite hop, at least for this style.

I need to start converting this recipe to a full 5gal batch so i can keep some on hand at all times

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