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Old 11-05-2009, 05:43 PM   #11
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Do you prefer to brew from kits or piece together your own stuff?

If you like stouts and ambers, you would probably like porters and brown ales.
I've only brewed from kits, but I'm definitely willing to do more. And I do like porters and brown ales as well, my second batch was a honey brown that turned out a bit weak but generally good.

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If you start using primary fermenters instead of a mr beer kit, you can use an auto-siphon to gently siphon the beer. Also, if you lift your carboy/bucket up to an elevated position (kitchen counter, table, island) and let it sit for 30 minutes, the sediment will settle to the bottom again. Then, use the auto siphon.
Yes, I plan to get an auto-siphon. I just want to use the mr. beer as another primary so I can brew a small batch at the same time as a normal one. I could probably unscrew the top of the mr. beer and autosiphon out of it to reduce sediment even further.

I put a bunch of pureed cherries in the last batch and lets just say sediment was a problem. I got about 3 less bottles out of it than usual because of all the fruit getting kicked up at the bottom.
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:41 PM   #12
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Any ideas on batches? I'm not sure what brands are best since all I've done is mr. beer. I'm planning on going to the LHBS tomorrow.

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Old 11-06-2009, 04:02 PM   #13
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Any ideas on batches? I'm not sure what brands are best since all I've done is mr. beer. I'm planning on going to the LHBS tomorrow.
Stick with a tried and true recipe. You can either use a recipe from a reputable dealer or find a recipe on HBT, there are a lot of award winning brews on here.

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Old 11-06-2009, 04:04 PM   #14
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I would talk to your LHBS owner. My LHBS packages up their own kits and they know the ins and outs of those particular recipes. Your shop might do the same and could make some great recommendations.

Just tell them what kind of beer you like and see what they can do for you.

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Old 11-06-2009, 04:30 PM   #15
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Will do. I know they have all their own stuff, and it would be very easy for me to pick up all grain ingredients there when I'm ready to make that leap. Thanks guys, I'll let you know how it goes!

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Old 05-14-2010, 04:09 AM   #16
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Update time! I got lazy and waited months to actually start using my new equipment. Then I brewed, put it in the primary 2 weeks, secondary carboy 2 weeks, then bottle conditioning 2 weeks. I am now enjoying a damn fine IPA brewed by yours truly (might even enter it in a local competition hosted by TRASH)! Thanks for the advice guys, much appreciated!

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Next time you do fruit, if you don't want it to be sediment, put it in a grain bag and pull it out before racking/bottling.

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