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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum Yesterday, 05:41 PM
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Posted By bpgreen
Another thing to keep in mind is that a beer like...

Another thing to keep in mind is that a beer like a stout can hide mistakes a bit better than a beer with less flavor. People scorn the big brewers for making really bland beers, but those bland...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum Yesterday, 05:16 PM
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Posted By bpgreen
The yeast that ships with the kits is pretty...

The yeast that ships with the kits is pretty forgiving, so you're probably ok. If you give it more time in the bottle, the conditioning may help reduce off flavors.

The stuff on the sides is from...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-15-2014, 11:34 PM
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That wouldn't be the same at all. The rice syrup...

That wouldn't be the same at all. The rice syrup solids would be fermentable sugar. You'll only get starch from steeping rice.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-03-2014, 06:45 PM
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Posted By bpgreen
That's called rehydrating. For future reference,...

That's called rehydrating. For future reference, that temperature seems a little low for rehydrating. I usually boil 1/4-1/2 cup of water, then let it cool to about 95F (35C). I sprinkle the yeast on...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-03-2014, 04:17 PM
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Posted By bpgreen
I would probably take the lid off and rinse it in...

I would probably take the lid off and rinse it in sanitizer. I'd also wipe the threads off with a sanitized paper towel.

Out of curiosity, what do you mean when you say that you woke the yeast up?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-01-2014, 05:28 AM
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Posted By bpgreen
I'm not familiar with the juices, but is the date...

I'm not familiar with the juices, but is the date an expiration date or a "best by" date? If it's a "best by" date, I wouldn't worry unless it was more than a year ago. Best by dates are often pretty...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-29-2014, 04:00 AM
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Posted By bpgreen
Ok. From that description, my first piece of...

Ok. From that description, my first piece of advice is one I've given many times. Don't chase alcohol. Chase flavor. You may well find that alcohol follows, but don't focus on that. I don't do kits...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2014, 03:18 PM
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Posted By bpgreen
I haven't made that recipe, but I can tell you...

I haven't made that recipe, but I can tell you that simply switching from Mr Beer to "real equipment and a better kit" is not going to fix things. Mr Beer makes high quality extract kits and you can...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-21-2014, 05:02 PM
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Posted By bpgreen
The newer spigots need a short piece of food...

The newer spigots need a short piece of food grade tubing to attach a wand.


If you use the bottling wand, there's no need to worry about oxygenating. You can minimize oxygen without the wand,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-18-2014, 03:07 PM
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Posted By bpgreen
It would have been better if you had brought the...

It would have been better if you had brought the DME and sugar to a boil, then let it cool.

Having said that, you're probably ok. DME and sugar are both somewhat hostile to bacteria and fungi...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-09-2014, 05:46 PM
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Posted By bpgreen
I've never done what you're describing, but from...

I've never done what you're describing, but from a practical standpoint, the blueberries have sugar in them that is fermentable. It will ferment no matter what. If you try to transfer less yeast, the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-23-2014, 06:34 PM
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Posted By bpgreen
I do partial mash 5 gallon batches on the stove...

I do partial mash 5 gallon batches on the stove top. I do the boil in a 12 qt pot using the wort from the mash and add the extract at flameout. This improves hop utilization and also avoids...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-23-2014, 04:51 PM
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Posted By bpgreen
Are you interested in extract only or...

Are you interested in extract only or extract+steeping grains? I think adding grains gives you a bit more flexibility, but if you want to stick to extract only, we can come up with something.

I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-18-2014, 05:01 AM
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Posted By bpgreen
What you're planning to do now is barely...

What you're planning to do now is barely different from doing an extract batch from scratch. You're doing a full hop boil, so there's not much difference from what you're doing now and a recipe from...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-18-2014, 04:52 AM
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Posted By bpgreen
Don't over think it. You're making beer.

Don't over think it. You're making beer.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-18-2014, 12:42 AM
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Posted By bpgreen
One word of caution is that due to the way Qbrew...

One word of caution is that due to the way Qbrew does the IBU calculation, your actual IBUs are probably somewhat higher than what Qbrew shows. That might be okay, depending on what you want.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-17-2014, 10:24 PM
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Posted By bpgreen
Oops. It's been awhile since I used Qbrew, so I...

Oops. It's been awhile since I used Qbrew, so I forgot a key piece. Enter the HME in the hops tab as 1 oz for 5 minutes.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-17-2014, 09:30 PM
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Posted By bpgreen
There are databases available for Qbrew that...

There are databases available for Qbrew that include the mr beer HME (check screwy brewer's website). You add the HME in both the malt tab and the hop tab, with a 5 minute boil. But as you add other...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-17-2014, 09:24 PM
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Posted By bpgreen
One thing to keep in mind is that the Mr beer...

One thing to keep in mind is that the Mr beer recipes are all about making it simple. I don't know if any of them include a hop boil.

The "hop forward" description is probably about the flavor and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-14-2014, 12:12 AM
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Posted By bpgreen
It used to be S-33. I suspect that since Cooper's...

It used to be S-33. I suspect that since Cooper's bought them, it's the standard Cooper's ale yeast.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-07-2014, 05:17 AM
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Posted By bpgreen
Although it's possible to overpitch, it's very...

Although it's possible to overpitch, it's very unlikely in a homebrew setting. Commercial breweries use far more yeast cells in relation to the amount of beer than we do.

So the bottom line is...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-07-2014, 06:27 PM
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Posted By bpgreen
While there are other causes of acetaldehyde, I...

While there are other causes of acetaldehyde, I would expect to find additional off flavors in a beer that fermented hot. I didn't mean to imply that the only cause of acetaldehyde is green beer. I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-07-2014, 04:18 PM
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Posted By bpgreen
According to Palmer...

According to Palmer (http://www.howtobrew.com/section4/chapter21-2.html), acetaldehyde is an indication that the beer is too young and needs to age.

High fermentation temperatures are more likely...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-01-2014, 03:15 PM
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Posted By bpgreen
As skitter already pointed out, that should be...

As skitter already pointed out, that should be fine. For future batches, you can get a kit designed for 5 gallons and use half of it. I used to overfill to the bottom of the Q in the word Quart. That...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-10-2014, 02:13 AM
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Posted By bpgreen
Yes.

Yes.
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