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Old 11-25-2012, 03:29 AM   #1
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I did everything that I was supposed to do with the Mr. Beer...sat it in a nice warm place and it is bubbling nicely. Now what? I wait. Dadgummit, waiting is HARD! What do you guys do while your brew stews in its yeast?

I was all excited last night while I was making it up...now Im just wanting to do more, but nothing to do more in. LOL.

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You are where many of us started and why we now own a number of fermentors.

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Im gonna need a brewery, me thinks.

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yeah, my wife is starting to hint that we need to get a process going. more beer = better.

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yeah, my wife is starting to hint that we need to get a process going. more beer = better.
It sounds like you are hooked and you have a supportive wife to boot! Now might be a good time to look for another Mr. Beer fermenter on Craigslist or perhaps go to the brew supplies store and get a plastic bucket fermenter. The buckets will be 6 1/2 gallons but you can do a 2 1/2 gallon batch in them just fine. It might be a good idea to get more than one of them so you can have more than one or 2 batches going at once. I have 4 fermenters and rarely have them all full at once but every now and then.....

Your local brew supply store will probably have extract kits on hand too. These will be a little more difficult than Mr. Beer kits but I think the results will please you. It also will open up a lot more possibilities for varieties of beer you can make.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:06 AM   #7
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So the bucket fermenter is all I will need foir a few weeks until the fermentation is finished and then Ill need something to rack it in (6gal carboy)? Or, wait, I could just bottle from the fermenter? Dammit, Im confused now.

Im on very little money and would like to get another kit, but cant afford to buy it all at once. What should I get FIRST with spending the LEAST amount up front?

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You can bottle from the fermenter but with all the sediment in the bottom it is more advised to rack to another bucket leaving the sediment behind to avoid alot of bottle sediment. Dissolve the amount of sugar you need for priming in a cup of boiling water allow to cool. Add this to your bottling bucket then rack the beer on top of it. This will help to mix the beer and sugar evenly.
Generally you would want to use 1oz. Sugar Per gallon of beer. This will give you approx 2.5volumes co2.

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So I dont really need carboys at all then...hmmm.

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So I dont really need carboys at all then...hmmm.
Nope. Mine are gathering dust under my workbench
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