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Old 11-13-2011, 07:42 PM   #1
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Hi,
I'm new to homebrewing and have just finished my first brew. Its been in the bottle for about two weeks so I will be trying it tonight. Now I'm looking for my next beer to brew. I have the beginner 2 gallon kit from Homebrewers.com and was looking for more than the 15ish 2 gallon kits they offer. Does anyone know of any other places I can find 2 gallon kits? Can I use a Mr Beer recipe without using the Mr Beer kit?

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Old 11-13-2011, 07:46 PM   #2
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Hi,
I'm new to homebrewing and have just finished my first brew. Its been in the bottle for about two weeks so I will be trying it tonight. Now I'm looking for my next beer to brew. I have the beginner 2 gallon kit from Homebrewers.com and was looking for more than the 15ish 2 gallon kits they offer. Does anyone know of any other places I can find 2 gallon kits? Can I use a Mr Beer recipe without using the Mr Beer kit?

Thank you!
Make your own recipes. Austin homebrew supply or brewmasterswarehouse have what you need. Just look at the recipe section here and scale it down. Or just buy a 7 gallon bucket and start making 5 gallon batches. You can use bottled spring water to top off partial boils.

 
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:48 PM   #3
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Thats what I hope to get to eventually but I want to start off slowly with kits so I can get the hang of it. I saw a few kits from Midwest Supplies (specifically Lawnmower de Saison) and was wondering could I get a kit like this and scale it down? Would any of the ingredients, besides yeast, go bad if I only used 40% of them and put the rest aside to use again on the next batch?

 
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:42 AM   #4
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I hope to eventually make my own recipes but I'd like to brew from kits for the next few batches just to get the hang of it. I checked out Midwest Supplies and found their Saison kit and am interested in that. My question is will any of the ingredients go bad? I plan and only using 40% of each ingredient since I'm only making a 2 gallon batch and the recipe calls for 5 gallons. I think I would need to order a new pack of yeast but would the grains and such go bad if I stored the unused ingredients in ziploc bags?

 
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:51 AM   #5
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:24 AM   #6
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I would use these

 
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:33 AM   #7
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Can I use a Mr Beer recipe without using the Mr Beer kit?

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absolutely, you can. it's not designed for the mr beer kit; it's just designed for the mr beer quantity ( 2 gallons ). you can also use 1 of the big cans from any online store or any homebrew store ( 3.3 lbs ); it'll just be a little stronger, as it's designed for 2.5 gallons, so 2 cans can make 5g
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Old 11-17-2011, 04:41 AM   #8
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look into the recipes section of MrBeer, there are kits that have you add hops, spices, etc. some are really good. the Mr beer fermenter is just a 2.5gal plastic bucket effectively.
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:09 AM   #9
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Sorry for the double post above, I didn't know if the first one would go through. I'll take a look at the Mr Beer recipes for sure.

Does anyone know what ingredients from a 5 gallon kit, such as the saison from Midwest Supplies, would go bad if I brewed them in two 2 gallon batches? I'm pretty sure the yeast would but what about the grains and such?

 
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Old 11-19-2011, 02:12 PM   #10
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Look at the ingredients in the kit you want from Midwest. Take note of the quantities of each item (besides yeast). Then go to https://www.brewmasterswarehouse.com/ and make your own recipe. Don't be scared, you aren't really making your own recipe, just scaling down the one Midwest already made. Enter the ingredients (amounts scaled down) into the brewbuilder they have and adjust the size of the recipe to 2 gallons. The numbers like OG, FG, etc. should be really close if you've done this correctly. Again, Midwest has done the hard part by making a tasty recipe, you're only scaling to the size you want.
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