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Old 09-17-2012, 12:50 PM   #4051
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Try including other ingrediants. If you check the Mrbeer.com site and look at the recipes, a lot of them call for common household ingredients. I just made four a different beers a week ago. I used the following ingredients.

Brown sugar
Lemon juice
Cocoa
nutmeg
cinnamon
crushed corriander seed
honey
chili powder

Ive also used scotch in a previous recipe. Things like this help add a personal touch, and bring different layers to your beers.
Have you used the chili powder before? What else did you put in there?


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Old 09-17-2012, 02:11 PM   #4052
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So just what are these "few" additions?

I can see adding some DME/LME.

I can see maybe dry hopping.

What else?
The sky is the limit. You can steep specialty grains for more flavor/color/body/mouthfeel, you can do hop boils of various lengths, you can do a partial mash.

You don't need to use any Mr Beer ingredients at all, if you don't want to. You can do anything with the Mr Beer fermenter that you can with a 5 gallon kit, except to make 5 gallons of beer at a time. If you want to do an all grain batch, there's nothing stopping you.


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Old 09-17-2012, 03:36 PM   #4053
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Have you used the chili powder before? What else did you put in there?
Yes, it was for a stout.

Can of St patricks Irish stout, cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa, 2 teaspoons of chilli powder. I'm interested to see how it comes out.
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Yup to all of the above, scrabbler. You're only limited to your imagination! Just subbing for a premium yeast yields great results...2 grams just isn't enough, either. I have since moved on to AG brewing, but I credit mr beer for the base of my knowledge of brewing. I still use the LBK's as my primary fermenters too!
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:43 PM   #4055
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Double post. Stupid iPhone lol
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:32 PM   #4056
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Yup to all of the above, scrabbler. You're only limited to your imagination! Just subbing for a premium yeast yields great results...2 grams just isn't enough, either. I have since moved on to AG brewing, but I credit mr beer for the base of my knowledge of brewing. I still use the LBK's as my primary fermenters too!
You can also re-use yeast from a previous batch, look up "Yeast Washing". Also, you can up your yeast count by making a simple yeast starter. For the MB kits though, I've found the 2g to be fine, epecially since so many of them are of a lower gravity.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:09 PM   #4057
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You can also re-use yeast from a previous batch, look up "Yeast Washing". Also, you can up your yeast count by making a simple yeast starter. For the MB kits though, I've found the 2g to be fine, epecially since so many of them are of a lower gravity.
Yeah, I've been reading up on washing. Seems like a much more affordable option in the long run. I brewed their blueberry lightning a while ago and made my first starter from a wyeast lager yeast to use in it since I wanted to cold ferment. Came out really good! I'm sure the starter was overkill for a 2.5g batch but it was fun tinkering!
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:04 AM   #4058
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Yeah, I've been reading up on washing. Seems like a much more affordable option in the long run. I brewed their blueberry lightning a while ago and made my first starter from a wyeast lager yeast to use in it since I wanted to cold ferment. Came out really good! I'm sure the starter was overkill for a 2.5g batch but it was fun tinkering!
new kits come w/4 g yeast packets I believe.
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new kits come w/4 g yeast packets I believe.
Ahh. Cool. Haven't tried the new kits.
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Actually, 5 g are stamped on the yeast packs.


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