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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-22-2012, 04:57 PM
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Posted By Justibone
Alcohol works pretty well, but I'd trust Star-San...

Alcohol works pretty well, but I'd trust Star-San more.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-17-2012, 08:24 AM
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Posted By Justibone
In my opinion, this is preference. If you want to...

In my opinion, this is preference. If you want to simulate a certain style, I guess you can follow certain guidelines, such as noble hops for German wheat beers, but when people experiment is when...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-16-2012, 06:31 PM
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Posted By Justibone
Experienced MrB brewers can go from can to brew...

Experienced MrB brewers can go from can to brew keg in ~20 minutes!

It takes me a little longer. :)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-13-2012, 02:52 AM
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Posted By Justibone
The process should be rapid if the directions are...

The process should be rapid if the directions are followed, but it's more like heating up a pizza than making one. The beer is also closer to a lager, i.e., not very malt-a-licious.

Using twice as...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-05-2012, 01:53 PM
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Posted By Justibone
Usually the best choice is to primary a beer...

Usually the best choice is to primary a beer longer. A month should be fine, so long as the yeast you used were healthy. :)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-29-2012, 04:14 PM
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Posted By Justibone
I've heard it said that the carbonation carbon...

I've heard it said that the carbonation carbon dioxide can remove some of the fruit flavor aromatics, the same way dry-cleaning works.

That's what I've heard; I'm not an organic chemist so I'm not...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-24-2012, 12:38 AM
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Posted By Justibone
The recipes from the MrB site are legit, I've...

The recipes from the MrB site are legit, I've heard. I've never done them myself. :)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-23-2012, 11:23 PM
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Posted By Justibone
I agree, don't experiment with your first batch....

I agree, don't experiment with your first batch. Just make it as awesome as you can with what you have. When in doubt, use less water. It works for Kool-Aid(tm) and it works for Mr Beer(tm)! ;)
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-21-2012, 12:11 PM
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Posted By Justibone
$15 for a refractometer? That's a steal! The...

$15 for a refractometer? That's a steal!

The downside to a refractometer is that, AFAIK, it isn't accurate for post-fermentation gravity. If you only have one or the other, you probably need the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-20-2012, 08:51 AM
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Posted By Justibone
+1 bulging. I have heard that several weeks...

+1 bulging.

I have heard that several weeks in the 30-40 degree range can kill yeast permanently, and that some people do this to stabilize back-sweetened wine (no one seems to back-sweeten...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-17-2012, 04:39 PM
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Posted By Justibone
44/16 = 2.75 pts per ounce DME per gallon. ...

44/16 = 2.75 pts per ounce DME per gallon.

1/1.8 = 0.56 pts per ounce DME per FIVE gallons.

I couldn't figure your math there for a minute. ;)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-17-2012, 10:42 AM
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Posted By Justibone
There are two very common mistakes with steeping...

There are two very common mistakes with steeping grains:

1) not crushing the grains (or not crushing them enough)
2) letting them get loose and get into the boil

Neither will (necessarily)...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-15-2012, 06:54 PM
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Posted By Justibone
No distillation is legal. Maybe the feds...

No distillation is legal.

Maybe the feds will get grumpy for any booze over 25%, but burden of proof is actually pretty strong. Unless they can demonstrate that you DID distill it, and that you...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-07-2012, 10:35 AM
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Posted By Justibone
This is, IMO, very sensible. Brew what makes...

This is, IMO, very sensible.

Brew what makes sense for you! :ban:
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-06-2012, 10:27 AM
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Posted By Justibone
Sealed? Not a good thing with fermentation....

Sealed? Not a good thing with fermentation. Airlocked =/= sealed. Sealed == bad. :(

If you want to add fruit (peppers are technically a fruit) or dry hop or anything like that, then a secondary is...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-05-2012, 11:11 AM
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Posted By Justibone
As for a secondary... I've used those 4L...

As for a secondary...

I've used those 4L wine jugs as a secondary before. There is a drilled bung size that fits them (can't remember ATM) and then that will hold an airlock. No need to buy the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-04-2012, 11:17 AM
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Posted By Justibone
In case they try to "sell" you on stuff, just...

In case they try to "sell" you on stuff, just remember: most recipes can be cut in half and brewed in a MrB fermenter. Just FYI.



5 gallons is way too much for me. I drink 3-5 beers a week, and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-03-2012, 06:09 PM
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Posted By Justibone
I think you'll like their recipes from their...

I think you'll like their recipes from their website much more.

Also, cold-conditioning makes good beer great. Leave them in the fridge for an extra week and see if you don't agree with me. ;)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-31-2012, 01:50 PM
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Posted By Justibone
The true controversy is cost. No one says...

The true controversy is cost. No one says aluminum is better... just that it might be just as good. If money was not an object, everyone would use stainless, I believe.



You can do this. Is it...
Forum: Wheat and Rye Beer 03-31-2012, 01:42 PM
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Posted By Justibone
It is sooooo good as is, I'd be afraid to...

It is sooooo good as is, I'd be afraid to experiment like that. If you really want to experiment, I'd pull off a gallon and ferment it separately.

The secret to really good German wheat beers is,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-31-2012, 01:31 PM
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Posted By Justibone
Let's not make this personal, y'all. TL;DR -...

Let's not make this personal, y'all.

TL;DR - Don't fight. Not good for newbies.

For what it's worth, when I bought my first MrB kit back in 1996, it had a WCPA extract can in it. Those were the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-26-2012, 10:45 AM
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Posted By Justibone
I've done the water bath thing with my 5 gallon...

I've done the water bath thing with my 5 gallon batches. It works just fine, of course, and makes a good, clean beer. The issue is one of convenience, and stuff growing in the water. Dumping out all...
Forum: Wheat and Rye Beer 03-24-2012, 04:28 PM
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Posted By Justibone
That's always going to happen with any hop-aroma...

That's always going to happen with any hop-aroma beer. :(
Forum: Wheat and Rye Beer 03-24-2012, 12:36 AM
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Posted By Justibone
I'm not really sure. I could bull**** you, but...

I'm not really sure. I could bull**** you, but I'm not 100% on that.

It's a place to start, though. Crystal also contributes color. I'd message Cuinrearview, or hit up your LHBS recipe expert.
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-24-2012, 12:32 AM
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Posted By Justibone
Yeah, kreusen can look pretty funky. ;) I...

Yeah, kreusen can look pretty funky. ;)

I ferment my MrB keg-thingie inside a cooler with ice bottles and cold packs to keep it about 10 degrees below ambient temperature. That's a nice way to...
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