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SudsItUp 12-31-2008 04:12 AM

Bottling Mr.Beer after 7 days and letting the rest sit?
 
I asked this question in the Mr.Beer thread, yet, I wonder if anyone else has any suggestions that have used Mr.Beer.

I am on day seven of fermentation and I was wondering if I could bottle just one bottle then let the rest sit for another week. The reason I want to do this is because it is my first Mr.Beer batch and I want to taste the difference between beer that was bottled after the minimum recomended fermentation period versus letting the beer ferment for another week.

fifelee 12-31-2008 04:14 AM

The beauty of homebrewing is that you can do what ever you want. Go for it. Just be sure that it is done fermenting or you could create a bottle bomb.

SudsItUp 12-31-2008 04:21 AM

Yeah, that is the nice thing about home brewing. The only reason I ask is because Mr.Beer doesn't allow for a hydrometer. Since it's my first batch, not one of the countless batches that I have helped my friend with, I will try it and see how it works

SudsItUp 12-31-2008 05:11 AM

F**k it. It's my first batch so I'll do it anyway. If anything it will be either a learning exprience or a good science project!

billtzk 12-31-2008 05:28 AM

Report back in this thread with the results of your test once you've concluded it. That way others may benefit from your experience.

Experimentation is fun, by the way. I highly recommend it.

SudsItUp 12-31-2008 07:02 AM

No worries. I will. I guess a few micros and some liquid courage goes a long way!


Yet, I would not necessarily recomend drunk courage to anyone...use with extreme caution!


Report of this experiment due in 7-14 days.

Parks 12-31-2008 09:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SudsItUp (Post 1034914)
The only reason I ask is because Mr.Beer doesn't allow for a hydrometer.

Huh? I use a hydrometer with my Mr. Beer fermenters. Why couldn't you?

I would either make 100% sure fermentation was complete with a hydrometer reading, or I would wrap the bottle in a plastic bag, put it in a box, and leave it somewhere that you wouldn't mind getting beer all over.

Thumper 12-31-2008 12:21 PM

Mr. Beer and taking hydrometer readings
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Parks (Post 1035087)
Huh? I use a hydrometer with my Mr. Beer fermenters. Why couldn't you?

I would either make 100% sure fermentation was complete with a hydrometer reading, or I would wrap the bottle in a plastic bag, put it in a box, and leave it somewhere that you wouldn't mind getting beer all over.


How are taking your sample? Are you opening the lid, or using the spigot? I am on my first batch (Day 11) and am considering taking a hydrometer reading as well.

Thanks.

Parks 12-31-2008 09:03 PM

I use the spigot to pour a sample into a vial barely big enough to use a hydrometer with.

I suppose it gives a small chance of infection in doing so (I've never had a problem with it), but its certainly less than the chance of opening it up and using a sterilized wine thief/baster. Opening the lid would also risk oxidation if you shook the fermenter around a little bit.

nowise 12-31-2008 10:59 PM

Hydrometers are cheap, and you will need one eventually anyway. They make a good investment (until you drop them).


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