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Old 12-16-2012, 01:11 AM   #1
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Default Mr. Beer Second (and final) Batch

Aztec Mexican Cerveza
Light gold color, clean refreshing taste with a crisp finish, this is a classic Mexican style beer best served ice cold

sku# 11961
ABV: 3.7%, SRM: 2, IBU: 13

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It is God Aweful.

This is the 3rd day in the fridge.

Maybe fermenting in the closet (in Florida) at 75-79 degrees didn't help.

Maybe it is supposed to taste this way. Pretty sour and a lot darker than the profile.

Oh well.

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Old 12-16-2012, 01:12 AM   #2
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Tap water have anything to do with this maybe?

So far I think the Mr. Beer kits blow.

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Old 12-16-2012, 02:18 AM   #3
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Unless you have high chlorine content in your water I doubt it's that. I would go with to high fermentation temps. If its 76-80F ambient your beer could easily be 5-10F higher than room temp during active fermentation. You should look up "swamp cooler" it's basically submerging your fermenter in a larger bucket with water to the top of the beer. Then keep the temps around 60-65F by switching out frozen water bottles floating in the water a few times a day.

I know my mr.beer brews started coming out better when I swapped out the bag of booster for a LB of DME.

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Old 12-16-2012, 02:22 AM   #4
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Unless you have high chlorine content in your water I doubt it's that. I would go with to high fermentation temps. If its 76-80F ambient your beer could easily be 5-10F higher than room temp during active fermentation. You should look up "swamp cooler" it's basically submerging your fermenter in a larger bucket with water to the top of the beer. Then keep the temps around 60-65F by switching out frozen water bottles floating in the water a few times a day.

I know my mr.beer brews started coming out better when I swapped out the bag of booster for a LB of DME.

Just my $.02
Oh... I already bought a 7 gallon bucket, a temp controller for the spare fridge outside and have 7 more "non-Mr Beer gallons" fermenting at 68 degrees. I have 5 gallons in the bucket and another 2 in the Mr. Beer keg... all in the fridge at 68.

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Old 12-16-2012, 02:26 AM   #5
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...ABV: 3.7%, SRM: 2, IBU: 13
Kinda sounds like my urine after a good night of homebrew. Just kidding.
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Kinda sounds like my urine after a good night of homebrew. Just kidding.
That's Mr. Beer default kits for ya.
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Unless you have high chlorine content in your water I doubt it's that. I would go with to high fermentation temps. If its 76-80F ambient your beer could easily be 5-10F higher than room temp during active fermentation. You should look up "swamp cooler" it's basically submerging your fermenter in a larger bucket with water to the top of the beer. Then keep the temps around 60-65F by switching out frozen water bottles floating in the water a few times a day.

I know my mr.beer brews started coming out better when I swapped out the bag of booster for a LB of DME.

Just my $.02
There is more chlorine in my tap water than in my swimming pool. Florida tap water is horrible. For extract batches spring water is ok, for all grain I go with the grocery store water machine RO ($1.75 for 5gal at Publix) and add the salts to style.
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I was going to say that there is chlorine in Florida water...ESPECIALLY if you live near the ocean. Ill bet the water has a lot to do with the taste.

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Oh, and if it makes you feel better, my Mr. Beer kit brew sucked ass too. Moved right on up to buckets.

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if i I remember right, the first batch I ever did was a Mr beer american ale - in north tampa...but i had a softener and an undersink filter setup, and it wasn't too bad, but I was comparing it to the big boys, it was something I made that was drinkable and had the desired effect without killing me, so it was high on the cool factor, if not on the taste scale...ryno1-if you used straight tap water without at least a filter - I'd guess thats the problem, or at least most of it..the rest is probably the fact that most mexican style beers I've tried (big brewers - I never brewed one myself) ARE sorta sour...i think that's why they drop the limes in Corona's...it covers/cuts that funkyness a bit...plus-you get yer vitamin C for the day...

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