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Old 12-12-2009, 06:48 PM   #1491
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I don't know if anyone's posted this, but Basic Brewing did an episode recently on Mr Beer.

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December 3, 2009 - Making the Most of Mr. Beer

Derrick Johnson of MrBeerFans.com shares advice on how Mr. Beer brewers should up their game. Also, listener feedback on pumpkin beers.

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Old 12-13-2009, 06:11 AM   #1492
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Derrick is a great guy and the interview is quite informative.

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Old 12-13-2009, 05:51 PM   #1493
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Default Is 5 gal bucket too big for 2.5 gal Mr. Beer recipe

I have a few Mr Beer extract kits left over from the start of my hobby but I don't have the fermenting kegs anymore. Can I ferment a 2.5-3 gal recipe in a 5 gal (total volume) fermenting bucket? Will there be too much head space?

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Old 12-13-2009, 07:51 PM   #1494
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I have a few Mr Beer extract kits left over from the start of my hobby but I don't have the fermenting kegs anymore. Can I ferment a 2.5-3 gal recipe in a 5 gal (total volume) fermenting bucket? Will there be too much head space?

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Try adding some DME to make a 5 gallon batch and appropriately hop to the style... that's what I did with a few batches and they came out amazingly well.
Check your recipe with Beer Calculus.
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Would about 1 lb DME per additional gallon of water work?

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For an American Pale Ale you would need add 3 pounds of light DME to extend a Mr Beer kit to a 5 gallon recipe... more for an IPA.

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Old 12-15-2009, 10:25 PM   #1497
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Quick question. I am going on vacation soon and was hoping to start another batch before leaving, but I would like to keep the heat low while I am away. Will it ruin the beer if I let the temp in my house get down to 55?

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Quick question. I am going on vacation soon and was hoping to start another batch before leaving, but I would like to keep the heat low while I am away. Will it ruin the beer if I let the temp in my house get down to 55?
I'd suggest you use Fermentis US-05 for lower fermentation temps since Mr Beer yeast is not top of the line. Anyone want to pipe up about the possibilities of a lager yeast ?
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Quick question. I am going on vacation soon and was hoping to start another batch before leaving, but I would like to keep the heat low while I am away. Will it ruin the beer if I let the temp in my house get down to 55?
The mid fifties may be pushing the envelope for most ale yeasts, especially at standard pitching rates. A drop in temperature from the 60's to the 50's would be even worse. Could cause a stuck ferment.

Anyone here have experience with using ale yeasts at 55 degrees?
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The mid fifties may be pushing the envelope for most ale yeasts, especially at standard pitching rates. A drop in temperature from the 60's to the 50's would be even worse. Could cause a stuck ferment.

Anyone here have experience with using ale yeasts at 55 degrees?
Maybe use a california common yeast (i.e. Wyeast 2112 or WLP810). That should work fine in that temperature range up through mid 60's.
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