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Old 10-27-2008, 05:37 PM   #1
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This is in regards to Mr.Beer Booster. I searched, but it's like finding a needle in a stack of needles.

When I made my second batch, I didn't use the Booster; instead going with 1lb of DME.

I have two cans of HME that I will be using for my next batches and will probably be ditching the Booster for those as well. My two questions are:

1) Can I use the Booster in ADDITION to DME? Pros/cons?

2) If I have 3 pouches of this stuff left, is it just good for the Apfelwein and that it?

Thank you very much.

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Old 10-27-2008, 05:59 PM   #2
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1) looks like the booster is just more sugar so it'll just make the beer a more alcoholic. Might want to add another ounce of dry hops to balance the added sweetness if you end up using both.
2) I've never used Mr. Beer so I don't know. booster doesn't look like it'll contribute much flavor, so it should work with any recipe, although it'll make it a little drier.

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Old 10-27-2008, 06:05 PM   #3
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Thanks. Maybe I should have explained the contents of the package; "Corn Syrup Solids".

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Old 10-27-2008, 06:18 PM   #4
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You can use the booster in addition to the extract if you want, when I did it I only used half a pouch. The real disadvantage of the booster is that if used as more than 15-20% of the total fermentable bill, it can add a cidery taste to your beer. Other than that, it's pretty neutral and shouldn't require rebalancing of the hops. Just boosts the ABV.

I did use my leftover booster for Apfelwein.

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Old 10-27-2008, 06:22 PM   #5
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Okay, good to know. I'll use 1/2 a pouch then for the next one.

Save the remaining two for an Apfelwein down the road.

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