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Old 09-24-2012, 05:12 PM   #4081
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I don't agree with that statement at all. You can make excellent beer using only MrB ingredients. What most people don't like is the Booster which they have since discontinued in lieu of LME.
Their new product line (since being acquired by Coopers) is now out and the feedback on the basic refills is so-so but the other product lines (Craft, Deluxe, etc.) are all-malt and should be as good, if not better, than their previous offerings.

Fear not. If you only stick with MrB you can make EXCELLENT beer. You'll just pay more than doing it all-grain which for some isn't an issue because of space, time, etc.

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Old 09-24-2012, 05:35 PM   #4082
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I didn't know coopers bought them.

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Old 09-24-2012, 06:01 PM   #4083
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Yeppers, here's the note on their page from back in April.

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Old 09-24-2012, 06:49 PM   #4084
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Alright, so on their website then, it says that the booster is used to increase the ABV from around 3.7 to around 5.2. But instead of doing that, can I just add more of the malt to the 2-gallon mixture without any of the negative consequences that seem to have so many flustered? Or, more clearly I guess, what would happen if I ferment twice the malt in the same amount of water?

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Old 09-24-2012, 07:07 PM   #4085
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Absolutely! Replace the Booster with about a pound of either LME or DME and you will be much happier with the end result. Which recipe are you looking at (which HME are you going to use)?

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Old 09-24-2012, 08:26 PM   #4086
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Will I need to add more yeast initially to add the extra malt, or will the same amount of yeast do the trick?

I've got two of their "Mexican Cerveza" style and and one "Bohemian Czech" pilsner HME products. I'll probably use the Mexican Cerveza HME first.

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Old 09-24-2012, 08:44 PM   #4087
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"It depends"

If the packets are the new ones, they are 5 grams and will be fine.
If the packets are the old ones, they are 2 grams and while they will likely be "ok", it's best to pitch either 2 of them if you have them, or get another yeast packet from your LHBS.

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Old 09-26-2012, 02:18 AM   #4088
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Big question... I went to my local homebrew store and bought a Munton's connoisseurs wheat beer kit. It came with yeast (said that I should throw it away) but She sold me on another couple packs of yeast and said the Muntons/yeast was all I would need. The label on the side of the can says that I should add sugar or spray dried malt extract. I have only brewed 3 Mr Beer refills (HME and booster). I am new to brewing and don't want to start brewing 5 gallon yet, but I have 2 Mr Beer kegs to use if I need it. What is the best way to use the muntons, should I buy something else? What do I do? Help! Jason-dahound75k@yahoo.com
PS-I would like to maybe use some fruit in this wheat-suggestions?

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Old 09-29-2012, 08:27 PM   #4089
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Hey All,

This is my second batch of Mr. Beer. I was fairly successful with the Pale Ale back in the spring and now currently working on the American Porter and am in the bottling stage. I decided to collect bottles for this batch and cap them, however, I did not collect enough by the time bottling came around. I have about 24 - 48 ounces left in the keg and it has been sitting for almost 4 weeks in the fermenting keg since the pitched the yeast. The smell has changed, not bad or sour smelling, but not as flavorful as it was about a week ago.

Is this a lost cause on the last few bottles or can it be salvaged??

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Old 09-29-2012, 09:57 PM   #4090
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Hey All,

This is my second batch of Mr. Beer. I was fairly successful with the Pale Ale back in the spring and now currently working on the American Porter and am in the bottling stage. I decided to collect bottles for this batch and cap them, however, I did not collect enough by the time bottling came around. I have about 24 - 48 ounces left in the keg and it has been sitting for almost 4 weeks in the fermenting keg since the pitched the yeast. The smell has changed, not bad or sour smelling, but not as flavorful as it was about a week ago.

Is this a lost cause on the last few bottles or can it be salvaged??
When you bottle, always bottle everything at once. If you don't have enough bottles, I'd just dump what's left. You've introduced air, which can cause it to go stale, and you may have introduced wild yeast and bacteria which could lead to an infection.
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