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mrbigmuscles 10-11-2011 07:27 PM

First batch with ancient "Mr-Beer" style homebrew kit
 
So about a month ago a neighbor gave me a kit after hearing about my interest in homebrewing. It had been sitting in his basement for at least 7 years. I lost the instructions almost immediately after opening it. My question is this - there's enough dextrose included with the kit to bottle about 20 gallons of beer, but there's only enough malt/hops to make 4, 1 gallon batches. What was I supposed to do with the rest of the dextrose, any ideas?

COLObrewer 10-11-2011 07:28 PM

It was for ALCOHOL BOOSTING BABY!!!!!

ACbrewer 10-11-2011 07:29 PM

perhaps add it to the brews to get more alcohol.. Dextrose has more body than cane sugar, but is a lot worse than more LME/DME. Save it for bottling now.

Let us know how the kits come out with LME that old, I have doubts about quality of flavor.

mrbigmuscles 10-11-2011 07:32 PM

I already made one batch (after doing a lot of things wrong, pitched yeast when wort was hot, didn't add enough sugar for carbonation, didn't boil wort long enough, and more) and it tasted like iced tea with a hint of beer flavor. Like beer was trapped inside, struggling to get out.

mrbigmuscles 10-11-2011 07:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by COLObrewer (Post 3379386)
It was for ALCOHOL BOOSTING BABY!!!!!

Oh... let's say I just boiled up a batch and stuck it in the primary fermenter... would adding some of this dextrose to the primary do anything?

Pascal 10-11-2011 07:36 PM

Don't be discouraged. :mug: A few more tries and you'll have it down!

joshpooh 10-11-2011 07:37 PM

I'm surprised you got any fermentation at all pitching the yeast while the beer was hot. Seeing as how you know most of what you did wrong I'm sure the next batch will be much better.

Pascal 10-11-2011 07:38 PM

I suggest you explore the youtube home brewing realm. Tones of good videos on getting started.

Pascal 10-11-2011 07:39 PM

What sort of recipe are you working with?

COLObrewer 10-11-2011 07:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrbigmuscles (Post 3379411)
Oh... let's say I just boiled up a batch and stuck it in the primary fermenter... would adding some of this dextrose to the primary do anything?

Yes, probably make it taste like jet fuel. unless you aged it for a couple of years then it would taste like gasoline.:D

I would leave it out of your recipes and just use it for priming, maybe get some fresh hops and extract and try that also.:mug:


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