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Old 11-24-2012, 01:00 PM   #21
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My first batch ever was an octoberfest where i added molasses and brown sugar. It ended up really good. Ive moved on to better methods, but the mr. Beer kits hold a place in the casual homebrewer community. Check out the mr. Beer website and search recipes by LME type...it'll list combinations of malts to use and other "you supply" ingredients.

Basically, anything fermentable will work and anything one might add to traditional brew processes



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Old 11-24-2012, 01:02 PM   #22
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Another experiement I would like to see is if sparging really makes a difference.

And perhaps, sanitizing every thing in site vs being sloppy.

Also, using too much yeast.

I think comparing different brews while tinkering with the process doesnt prove much of anything unless you use the same exact boiled brew against various ways to achieve the beer.
Yes, sparging makes a difference. Try a no-sparge wort vs a traditionally sparged wort (or look at all the threads here on the forum about it) and see what you think.

Sanitizing isn't important, unless you want to prevent possible infections in the beer. You may or may not end up with drinkable beer.

"Too much yeast" is very hard to do on a homebrew level, but theoretically possible. The results aren't that bad, though, compared to underpitching.


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Old 11-24-2012, 06:25 PM   #23
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Another experiement I would like to see is if sparging really makes a difference.

And perhaps, sanitizing every thing in site vs being sloppy.

Also, using too much yeast.

I think comparing different brews while tinkering with the process doesnt prove much of anything unless you use the same exact boiled brew against various ways to achieve the beer.
Um, uh, are you trying to convince yourself that Mr Beer is the equal to all grain brewing?

Also, I think it's a mistake to talk yourself out of proper sanitation.

Just sayin....

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Old 11-24-2012, 07:40 PM   #24
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Um, uh, are you trying to convince yourself that Mr Beer is the equal to all grain brewing?

Also, I think it's a mistake to talk yourself out of proper sanitation.

Just sayin....

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Never said that. I was talking about the barrel.

In fact, Mr. Beer premade cans are boring and I have already bought grains, hops, Briess LME and yeast outside of Mr. Beer stuff.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:53 AM   #25
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Your beating a dead horse here. It seems your trying to reinvent the wheel. Many of the people on here are very experienced. They pretty much invented the home brewing we know today,and have pioneered many of the methods used. Your best bet is to listen to people like yooper and be glad they answered your questions. I know I am.
That being said yes the fermenter is a fermenter. The cans of beer are cans of beer, and if you go grains good, if you go all grain even better. Good luck on your brewing adventures

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Old 11-25-2012, 03:08 AM   #26
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I already got good info from Punx and Yooper... I enjoy when someone provides constructive feedback.

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I don't care what anyone says, I've made some really good beer with mr. Beer kits. I brew all grain now but im still proud of my mr. Beer ipas. I did 2 of them. I did the high court canadian draft with 1 lb of dme and 1 oz of cascade. Turned out great. I did another one with the west coast pale ale, 1 lb dme, and 1oz of cascade. While not as good as my all grain now beers, they were really good. I also used us-05 for the yeast.

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I don't care what anyone says, I've made some really good beer with mr. Beer kits. I brew all grain now but im still proud of my mr. Beer ipas. I did 2 of them. I did the high court canadian draft with 1 lb of dme and 1 oz of cascade. Turned out great. I did another one with the west coast pale ale, 1 lb dme, and 1oz of cascade. While not as good as my all grain now beers, they were really good. I also used us-05 for the yeast.
1 oz in an IPA? what size batch was this, IBUs?
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1 oz in an IPA? what size batch was this, IBUs?
1 ounce of Cascade in a 2 gallon Mr. Beer batch would be like 2 1/2 to 3 ounces in a 5 1/4 gallon batch. It should add a lot to that small batch.
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1 ounce of Cascade in a 2 gallon Mr. Beer batch would be like 2 1/2 to 3 ounces in a 5 1/4 gallon batch. It should add a lot to that small batch.
Just thinking also that the extract is already hopped so that would be 1 oz + whatever is in the kit already in 2 gallons. Didn't realise that Mr. Beer was only 2 gallons, the Cooper's starter kit which is similar but different they sell over here starts you off at 6 gallons!


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