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Old 01-26-2006, 11:39 PM   #1
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Default Just got my equipment....and a big surprise

So my intermediate equipment kit arrived today from Michigan Brewing Co / Things Beer (quick shipping time but poor communication from them). Ordered it early Monday morning and got it this afternoon via UPS. It looks like I have everything but I have a few concerns.

1. The thermometer they sent was a liquid crystal thermometer, ie, the kind you stick on your fishtank. Is this normal?

2. I thought I was getting an extract kit but instead I got some bags of dry malt and 2 kinds of hops, Cascade and Columbus. This is my first homebrew so I was expecting something else. (I did receive a grain bag with it)

I would like to post the recipe, MBC Mackinac Straits Pale Ale Facsimile, so that I can get the OK from the gurus here. Is this the right forum to post the recipe?

Thanks in advance....

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Old 01-26-2006, 11:44 PM   #2
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here is the recipe for MBC Mackinac Straits Pale Ale Facsimilie

5 1/2 lb light dry malt
3/4 lb Munich malt 10L
1/2 lb Crystal 60L
1 oz Columbus hops (60 min boil)
1 1/4 oz Cascade hops (end of boil)
6 tsp. Gypsum
2 tsp. Burton water salts
Wyeast 1272 or Whitebread Ale dry yeast
grain bag
3/4 cup priming sugar


I did pick up a 22 quart stainless steel brewpot today at Walmart. The recipe calls to boil 1 1/3 gallons of cold water but at the end of the recipe it says if you have room to boil 3 gallons or more. I do not have a wort cooler so I would be using cold water in the bath tub.

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You should read Palmer's chapter on Brewing your first specialty grain beer. It'll provide the detailed instructions you need. Then ask any questions you have here.

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Looks like you're off to an all grain start. You might want to set that aside until you complete a couple extract kits. At any rate you need a better thermometer,. Get a dial thermometer.

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Looks like you're off to an all grain start.
I thought the first item was supposed to be DME...if not that's not enough grain for even a light beer.
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here is the recipe for MBC Mackinac Straits Pale Ale Facsimilie

5 1/2 lb light dry malt
3/4 lb Munich malt 10L
1/2 lb Crystal 60L
1 oz Columbus hops (60 min boil)
1 1/4 oz Cascade hops (end of boil)
6 tsp. Gypsum
2 tsp. Burton water salts
Wyeast 1272 or Whitebread Ale dry yeast
grain bag
3/4 cup priming sugar


I did pick up a 22 quart stainless steel brewpot today at Walmart. The recipe calls to boil 1 1/3 gallons of cold water but at the end of the recipe it says if you have room to boil 3 gallons or more. I do not have a wort cooler so I would be using cold water in the bath tub.
Looks mighty tasty! Did they send the 1272 yeast with it?
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Then, that sounds like a good start with a partial grain. Guess I got my wires crossed there. He could still use a real thermometer. I don't have much use for those LCD type mylar stick ons.

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Looks ok. A lot of gypsum. Does it say to add the gypsum and salts before or after steeping the grain?

Dry extract, liquid extract, both work, both have their supporters and detractors. I use liquid extract more, but a bag of DME is always good to have around for priming, yeast starters or kicking the gravity of an ale up a bit.

I suspect the LC thermometer is for the side of the fermenter. This is one of about 5 ways to monitor the temp. It works.

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yes, they sent the 1272 yeast with it, it was packaged with a gel freezer pack to keep it cool and it is now in the fridge.

also, it says to add the gyspum and Burton water salts after steeping.

so, the "fishtank" thermometer is going to be ok for now? I'll buy a new one later if I can hold off, I'd rather not spend any more $ at this time.

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