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Old 11-09-2012, 01:44 AM   #1
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Hello,

My name is Michael and i am new to the hobby of brewing. I am 30years old and enjoy a great tasting wheat beer! My wife and i just got married and for a wedding gift some one got me, Yep! You guessed it! a Mr. beer brewing kit.

Last week Wed i started my first brew! I tasted this evening (8 days from the beginning) and it taste flat. So from what i read its done! time for bottling! However! its still a little cloudy so i am going to give it another day or 2 and see if it clears up ever so slightly.

I have read some nice post on here regarding the bottling phase. So no table sugar huh? any other suggestions?

Also, if this turns out good, i may buy a few more cans off Mr beer and try again. maybe get a small home kit off line of a little better quality.

Any ways! i look to you beer gods! any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 11-09-2012, 01:57 AM   #2
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Welcome to the addiction, er, I mean hobby.

I have done some table sugar to prime. Didn't by any means ruin a batch. Not ideal but assuming you used the mr beer ingredients you may not have a whole lot of ideal options.

I generally use corn sugar or dried malt extract (DME). I have also used carb drops. They are little tablets that resemble a cough drop. If you have a homebrew shop close by stop in and buy some corn sugar or DME. If not use table sugar. It is your first batch and it is a fun way to learn what changing certain things will do to the final product.

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Welcome! A buddy of mine has been using his Mr. Beer for years and loves it. It's a great way to get into the hobby.

The easiest thing to use is either dextrose (corn sugar/priming sugar) or carb tabs which you can get from local home brew stores or online. Otherwise, for a wheat beer, you can also use about 1.5-2oz (by weight) of honey added to an equal amount of hot, sterile water, though it takes a much longer time to carbonate than the first two options since the yeast has to work harder to break down the sugars in honey. It'll give your beer a nice background flavor, though.

Welcome again and I look forward to hearing how it turns out.

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Thanks for the welcome!

Well right now i am in a small pickle... My brew is going to be done in a few days(1-2) and i have no bottles...

So i am going to order some from MrBeer. Unless you guys know a better place.

Question: What do you guys do to sterilize your equipment and bottles?

Michael

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Old 11-09-2012, 02:38 AM   #5
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star san has worked for me. I've only done three batches, but so far so good! And just so you know, it's sanitized, not sterilized

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Thanks for the welcome!

Well right now i am in a small pickle... My brew is going to be done in a few days(1-2) and i have no bottles...

So i am going to order some from MrBeer. Unless you guys know a better place.
The liquor store sells bottles. Buy 2 cases and you'll have a few days to drink the contents to make room for your beer.
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:46 AM   #7
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Thanks for the welcome!

Well right now i am in a small pickle... My brew is going to be done in a few days(1-2) and i have no bottles...

So i am going to order some from MrBeer. Unless you guys know a better place.

Question: What do you guys do to sterilize your equipment and bottles?

Michael

In a pinch you can run the bottles through the dishwasher (No soap). Starsan is better, but hard to find.


Its there a homebrew store near you? You can get bottles and Starsan there.
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Additionally, if you don't get bottles for another week or even more it's not really a problem. You'll see when reading more that lots of beers are left in primary or secondary for long-long times and they get even better. Same goes for bottle aging. YES, you're going to try one a week or 2 after bottling to try it, but leaving it in there longer and longer will mostly make it better.

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google around to see if there is a homebrew club or other homebrewers in your area. If so, join them. Ask if anyone needs to get rid of extra bottles, and you very likely will get offered what you need at zero cost.

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Great ideas!

I found a local brew shop! I will drop by tomorrow after work and pick up a few bottles.

I think i will find some local brew clubs, maybe i will find one that does wine too. My second half is not a beer drinker... more of a wine drinker. hahaha

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