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Old 11-25-2012, 10:01 PM   #31
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Looks good! Fermentation is an ugly process but what you are seeing is the krausen forming.

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Old 11-25-2012, 10:21 PM   #32
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It looks a little weird that it is much higher in that one area, but nothing to worry about. Looks like very normal fermentation.

I alos agree with Revvy about searching CL and yard sales for the kegs and or bottle. I have one "tabbed" on CL that if I ever work in the area MIGHT have to pick up. $15 never used. Can't beat that for another LBK. haha

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Old 11-28-2012, 01:39 AM   #33
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I noticed that I havent said what I was brewing...It is this from Mr. Beer that came with my kit-
"Classic American Light
Pale Straw color, mild in flavor and lighter bodied with a crisp, dry finish. A true to character representation of our nation’s favorite beer style. Serve ice cold for a clean, refreshing taste that has passed the test of time."

Anyone try this from Mr. Beer? Good, bad, or indifferent?
I've not tried Mr. Beer since Coopers bought them out. Looking at the new HME cans they look to be the Coopers line up just renamed in smaller cans. Can anyone confirm that? Mr beer used to come with a West Cost Pale Ale Recipe which was an awesome base for many different ale recipes but not great buy its self. Also as a general rule Mr Beer HMEs are quite under hopped for the styles you may want to start doing a 40 minute boil with some unhopped malt extract and clean bittering hops. You can also up your finishing hops by adding some low alpha hops with 5-20 minutes left in the boil. Start with amounts of 7 grams of hop pellets or less.
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:42 AM   #34
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The one I just ordered as a gift came with the West Coast Pale Ale HME.

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Old 11-28-2012, 02:07 AM   #35
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mmmm old hmes if you look at the website those arn't available and haven't been since march. There is still probably 1000s of the old mr beer kits with the old hmes still sitting on warehouse shelves.

Current mr beer hme line up: http://www.mrbeer.com/category-exec/category_id/88

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So when did coopers buy Mr. Beer? was that in the last couple years?

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Old 11-28-2012, 03:22 PM   #37
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So when did coopers buy Mr. Beer? was that in the last couple years?
Last couple of months.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:57 PM   #38
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I'm actually getting my brother-in-law a Mr. Beer kit for Christmas. He's not the type who will (probably) ever get real serious about the hobby, and I think a Brewer's Best starter kit with Palmer's book would just collect dust as he'd be too overwhelmed to touch it.

As it is, he thinks it's neat that I homebrew and likes to drink my beers, but that's about it. I do think he'd use a Mr. Beer fairly regularly to make himself a quick case of homebrew though.

I'm giving him the Mr. Beer Kit, a 1lb bag of DME, a bag of corn sugar, and some extra dry yeast. I figure I'll give him some "tips" (add 1/2lb DME, use the dry yeast I gave him, and boil corn sugar in water vs adding table sugar to each bottle for priming) that should help turn out a better beer from the Mr. Beer kit.

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Last couple of months.
It was announced here in April http://community.mrbeer.com/232-brew...oopers-brewery
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I'm actually getting my brother-in-law a Mr. Beer kit for Christmas. He's not the type who will (probably) ever get real serious about the hobby, and I think a Brewer's Best starter kit with Palmer's book would just collect dust as he'd be too overwhelmed to touch it.

As it is, he thinks it's neat that I homebrew and likes to drink my beers, but that's about it. I do think he'd use a Mr. Beer fairly regularly to make himself a quick case of homebrew though.

I'm giving him the Mr. Beer Kit, a 1lb bag of DME, a bag of corn sugar, and some extra dry yeast. I figure I'll give him some "tips" (add 1/2lb DME, use the dry yeast I gave him, and boil corn sugar in water vs adding table sugar to each bottle for priming) that should help turn out a better beer from the Mr. Beer kit.

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Recipe: Best Bitter
Style: English Special or Best Bitter
TYPE: Extract
Taste: (45.0) Standard English Session beer


Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 9.25 L
Boil Size: 4.00 L
Estimated OG: 1.045 SG
Estimated Color: 6.2 SRM
Estimated IBU: 37.4 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: - %
Boil Time: 20 Minutes

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Amount Item Type % or IBU
1.10 lb Extra Light Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 40.7 %
1.21 lb Mr. Beer West Coast Pale Ale HME (8.5 SRM)Extract 44.7 % --- any light hme will work here
10.00 gm First Gold [7.50%] (22 min) Hops 19.3 IBU --- any goldings type
10.00 gm First Gold [7.50%] (Dry Hop 20 days) Hops - --- any goldings type
0.40 lb Mr. Beer Booster (0.0 SRM) Sugar 14.6 %
1 Pkgs Cooper Ale (Coopers #-) Yeast-Ale

Ferment @ 67F for 3 weeks (will finish around 1.015)

Bottle with 70g corn sugar

Leave for at least 4 weeks
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