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Old 10-11-2011, 07:45 PM   #11
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What sort of recipe are you working with?
It's dried malt extract, boiled for 60 mins, plus some kind of hops, boiled for 15 mins (I guess, since I lost the instructions). I don't know the "real" recipe for this thing.

[on preview] thanks colobrewer I'll leave it out.


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Old 10-11-2011, 09:08 PM   #12
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Fifteen minutes isn't really long enough to boil hops for bittering. In some recipes you want to make additional hop additions inside of 15 minutes remaining in the boil for flavor, but you almost always want some hops to be boiled in you wort at least 60 minutes to balance out the sweetness of the malt. I would pick a style and search the recipe database on here for your next recipe. I'm not sure how much volume a Mr. Beer kit makes, so it may have to be scaled down, but after doing that I would follow the recipe perfectly for your first batch. Any recipe lingo that you don't understand could be cleared up by other members on here or probably researched elsewhere online. If you're really serious you might consider upgrading equipment to a starter kit from an online supplier such as Northern Brewer or morebeer or if you have a local shop let them put something together for you. Although I'm sure good beer can be made with your current equipment if you follow proper techniques and use the right ingredients.


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Old 10-11-2011, 09:13 PM   #13
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:27 PM   #14
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update: the primary is foaming and bubbling like crazy. the last batch wasn't like this at all, there was barely any action. it turns out, when you do things correctly, you get better results...

and thanks for the advice and help everybody
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:46 PM   #15
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If you pitch yeast too hot a lot of the cells will get boiled to death. That's the tiny screams you heard the first time. You must pray for forgiveness from the yeast gods. You have better fermentation this time because more of your yeast cells are alive making alcohol and co2.
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Old 10-14-2011, 04:19 AM   #16
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That's the tiny screams you heard the first time. You must pray for forgiveness from the yeast gods.
Haha!

I'm glad this batch is going better! What did you add this go round? Are you still using the hops from the old kit and are you brewing in the Mst.Brew kit style 1 or so gallon fermenter?
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Old 10-14-2011, 06:54 AM   #17
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I did the same thing the first time around. My kit was 6 years old. Keep the jug for for future projects, get rid of the rest. Search recipes here ; find one or ten you like , order fresh supplies and start over. My first brew ( old mr. B... kit) tasted like --it. CHEERS
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:27 PM   #18
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Just light malt extract and hops, Pascal. same equipment and everything from the old mystery kit.

cheers to everybody


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