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Old 01-21-2013, 12:43 PM   #4491
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If you're using a bottling wand, fill it to the top, then you will have the perfect amount of headspace when you withdraw the bottling wand.

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Old 01-21-2013, 04:37 PM   #4492
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So it has been 15 days now, and I tested the FG yesterday. It read between 1.000 and 1.010. That's about where it should be right? Problem is, it tastes sweet still.

Its the MRB Mexican Cerveza recipe.

It sat in a closet in the dark for the first week and a half, at a constant (room temp) of about 70.

Then, we had a heat wave where I live, and it got up to 78, so I put it in the bathtub with some frozen 2-liter bottles. This took it way too low, down to 49 degrees (water around the LBK). I took it out 3 days ago so that the trub could settle (the temp has normalized again at about 70 degrees).

I'm concerned that it is still pretty sweet.

What should I do? Should I leave it in there for a few more days, or bottle it?
Last week I bottled a batch of Mexican Cerveza too. I think the recipe is just a wee bit sweet. I left mine in the keg for almost 5 weeks and it still tasted a bit sweet. I'd say give it another week and test FG to see if it moved at all, then bottle it.
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:50 PM   #4493
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Mr.B First batch, going into bottles today.

I plan on using my bottling bucket.

How much Corn Sugar should I boil into how much water for priming.

I read that for a 5 gallon batch you use 4-5oz of sugar, I think MRB is around 2 gallons, so how much sugar should I use?

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Old 01-22-2013, 06:58 PM   #4494
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I'm a inspiring beginner what brand brew kit would serve me best?

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Old 01-22-2013, 07:22 PM   #4495
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To be a truly inspiring beginner I think you might need to start with all-grain and temperature control and your first beer should be amazing.

But if you're an aspiring beginner, there are plenty of great kits out there. Mr. Beer works well if you're looking for something quick and easy to get into. If you think you want to get more in depth with the hobby you can start out with a five-gallon kit from any online vendor or better yet your local home-brew store (lhbs) if you have one. I recommend going with a kit that uses buckets instead of a glass carboy. They're easier to clean and much safer.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:46 PM   #4496
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Well if your in Alabama (I just assume because of your name) you wont find a LHBS because homebrewing is still illegal there. If not in Alabama Mr. Beer id a great start if you know nothing about homebrewing. A few batches and you should be ready to move on to a step up in difficulty if you like the hobby.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:21 PM   #4497
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Have to agree with the posts above. For a beginner Mr Beer is a great place to start and learn the basics of the process (make some reasonable beer too). Then, if you feel comfortable and enjoy the hobby, step up to some good extract kits, then progress to all grain.

IMHO, the trick is to have a good time, learn as you go, and have enjoy the hobby at whatever level you're at

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Well if your in Alabama (I just assume because of your name) you wont find a LHBS because homebrewing is still illegal there. If not in Alabama Mr. Beer id a great start if you know nothing about homebrewing. A few batches and you should be ready to move on to a step up in difficulty if you like the hobby.
I also live in AL. There are LHBS here. There is one in Mobile called the Winesmith.

However, I did start with MRB too. I also order my supplies from morebeer.com. Free shipping over $59. Great customer service. Matt is pure awesome.

I got some yeast from my LHBS though, and a few other small items I forgot to order.

Its 45 min from my house. Online is just more convenient and cheaper.
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Well I suppose selling grain wouldnt be illegal

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Mr.B First batch, going into bottles today.

I plan on using my bottling bucket.

How much Corn Sugar should I boil into how much water for priming.

I read that for a 5 gallon batch you use 4-5oz of sugar, I think MRB is around 2 gallons, so how much sugar should I use?
I still need help with this.
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