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Old 03-19-2008, 04:44 PM   #481
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I'm not a big fan of bitter beers like the stuff you buy at a store, and perfer a more malt style brews.
Can anyone tell me if I can brew with only UMEs and other Ingredients,
can I still make a great beer? Or do I still need to start with the basic package
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You generally make better beers using unhopped malt extract and hopping with pellets, plugs, or whole hops according to your recipe, and the style of beer you are brewing...Different styles have different levels of IBU's (international bittering units)...

BMC's (pilsners and light lagers, like commercial mass produced beers like bud/miller/coors) have the lowest amount of ibus...I like to joke that the closest they get to hops is when the delivery truck passes by a homebreww shop...IPA's and Double IPA's have amongsts the highest...

It's really hard to know what you deem "to bitter" or "Perfectly malty" since everybody's tastes are different.

But if you name some of the beers you've tried, both loved and hated, we'll tell you what style it is and help you find a recipe, or an existing Mr Beer kit to make...

You will find though as you get into homebrewing and try more of the world's great beers, your palate will become more sophisticated, and what you thought was too bitter today, may be your favorite style a year from now....
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:45 PM   #482
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Those are cool pictures thanks for posting them. I actually had a freak out when I looked at my last batch with the flash light because there was this huge nasty looking cloud-growth-thingy floating inside the Mr. Beer and it took me a few minutes to remember it was the hop sack I put in there! I was laughing out loud at myself for twenty minutes :-)

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Old 03-19-2008, 04:49 PM   #483
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Those are cool pictures thanks for posting them. I actually had a freak out when I looked at my last batch with the flash light because there was this huge nasty looking cloud-growth-thingy floating inside the Mr. Beer and it took me a few minutes to remember it was the hop sack I put in there! I was laughing out loud at myself for twenty minutes :-)

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!!!!!!

Sorry....but that's the best freakout story I ever heard...

Just think, you sorta dry hopped your first beer.
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Old 03-19-2008, 05:14 PM   #484
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Yeah, it was pretty funny. I was thinking I had some sort of nasty infection.. No apologies necessary, I love stupid stuff :-) One time when my son was about two he peed on the tile floor outside the bathroom and I come walking along and I slipped like the classic, old-time banana peel movie prat-fall, feet up in the the air and everything. Classic. And all I could think of (while I was re-setting my dislocated finger) was I wish I could have seen it because it must have been hilarious to watch :-)

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Old 03-21-2008, 07:53 PM   #485
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hey all, quite a fantastic site if i do say so myself, i honestly can't beleive i'v enever found this site before.
so anyroad, any of you guys now of any HB shops in london ontario, that carry any of the refill kits, i'm getting back into HBing, long story with SWMBO and a wedding and a bleeder or two coming along.
but anyways any help will be greatly appreciated, i'm moving back to the london area after many o yrs down in that other country, you know that country with the really weak light beers .
i'm kidding no offence to our southern cousins, but any help would be nice.
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Old 03-21-2008, 08:05 PM   #486
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Default the kegworks in buffalo ny

the kegworks in buffalo ny
has an ebay site and a web page...
I think it either "thekegworks.com or kegworks.com


They sell the kits....
of course buffalo is famous for "light beers and mildly hot chicken wings"

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Of course if you are going to an lhbs, why don't you start formulating your own 2 gallon recipes, or tailoring the recipes on this site to the small size and buy the ingredients like that...I can gurantee the beers will taste better than with the pre-hopped kits...

Don't think of Mr Beer ingredients as the only stuff you can put in it...think of the mr beer as a small fermenter. You can brew any beer in it as long as you work out the recipes...

Shaffer pilot has formulated several of his recipes to mr beer sized batches.

You can even go all grain in your kitchenand ferment in your mr beer, as long as you can boil around 3 gallons of wort down to 2 1/2 to 2 gallons on your stove....

I'm going to be forumulating an article about doing that soon...I'll be posting my progress and info here.

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I was wondering if I got a 3.3 lb can of muntons amber what else would I be able to add to it to get a good 2.5 gallon batch? would it be to much extract for a small batch?
I'd hate to only use half the can!!! hehehe
anyway here's the store near me..

http://www.smithrestaurantsupply.com...fm/4,2815.html

maybe they have enough stuff to make a good 2.5 gal. batch in stock?

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Does anyone know???
Are there expiration dates on MR Beer extract kits?

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Does anyone know???
Are there expiration dates on MR Beer extract kits?

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Uh, I can't recall...but on most canned extracts there are....

If you're finding them in someplace like bed bath and beyond or a drugstore they probably were shipped around thanksgiving as gift items...
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