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Old 12-26-2013, 10:28 PM   #5301
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Just got my first kit yesterday! Made the Pilsner already, and the winter ale will be next as soon as the pilsner is bottled.

Happy to be starting off in this hobby!
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Old 12-26-2013, 11:42 PM   #5302
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My basement is also 58. I do several things:

Use yeast that will work well at lower temps.

Keep the fermenter off the floor, it sucks heat.

Place the fermenter in an ice chest, warmed with hot water bottles if necessary.

Put it near the oil burner, it's warmer over there, about 64.

I have the exact opposite problem and put my fermenters in a nice chest with ice packs to keep it cool. All these fixes sound good to me. Have you used a warming blanket? My dad uses one with his 5gal setup at times.
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Old 12-26-2013, 11:43 PM   #5303
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Just got my first kit yesterday! Made the Pilsner already, and the winter ale will be next as soon as the pilsner is bottled.

Happy to be starting off in this hobby!

Just give it time to properly condition before bottling it.
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Old 12-27-2013, 12:16 AM   #5304
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Would that mean the 14 days fermenting in the jug? I am thinking of doing it on or around day 15-16 (bottling) and then let it sit in the bottles for a couple weeks while I am deployed. Then a couple days in the fridge.

Thoughts?
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Old 12-27-2013, 12:40 AM   #5305
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Would that mean the 14 days fermenting in the jug? I am thinking of doing it on or around day 15-16 (bottling) and then let it sit in the bottles for a couple weeks while I am deployed. Then a couple days in the fridge.

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Jug? Do you mean the fermenter (sometimes called LBK for little brown keg)?

I think your plan looks good.
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:02 PM   #5306
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Hello everyone. As like many of you I just got the Mr. Beer for a Christmas present. With 531 pages of info I stopped reading at 20.

My question is, the starter kit sounds like it makes a beer just above near-beer. I'm a beer lover but would like a little kick to mine (Alcohol content). Should I toss the starter kit or can I add something to get the first batch up to where a good domestic would be?

Excited to give it a try and I can see I have a heck of a lot of reading to do.

Thanks.
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:21 PM   #5307
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Hello everyone. As like many of you I just got the Mr. Beer for a Christmas present. With 531 pages of info I stopped reading at 20.

My question is, the starter kit sounds like it makes a beer just above near-beer. I'm a beer lover but would like a little kick to mine (Alcohol content). Should I toss the starter kit or can I add something to get the first batch up to where a good domestic would be?

Excited to give it a try and I can see I have a heck of a lot of reading to do.

Thanks.
Near beer? I don't remember it being that mild when I started with Mr. Beer.

Anyhow, you don't have to toss the starter kit. Either double up the extracts that were in the starter kit by buying/ordering more. Or if you just want alcohol and body without increasing the flavor, get more "booster," which is basically corn sugar. Are you sure there isn't a package of booster in there already that you're leaving out of the equation?
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Near beer? I don't remember it being that mild when I started with Mr. Beer.

Anyhow, you don't have to toss the starter kit. Either double up the extracts that were in the starter kit by buying/ordering more. Or if you just want alcohol and body without increasing the flavor, get more "booster," which is basically corn sugar. Are you sure there isn't a package of booster in there already that you're leaving out of the equation?
Just looked at the site. I didn't realize the standard recipes were only 3.7% ABV. It's been a while, and they've also changed the recipes, so who knows. So, anyhow, just get another standard refill to match what came with your kit and add it, or here is the booster I was talking about. http://www.mrbeer.com/product-exec/p...ooster_trade_1

If there is a LHBS (local home brew store) near you, you can get an equivalent there without paying Mr. Beer for shipping on such a small item.
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Hello everyone. As like many of you I just got the Mr. Beer for a Christmas present. With 531 pages of info I stopped reading at 20.

My question is, the starter kit sounds like it makes a beer just above near-beer. I'm a beer lover but would like a little kick to mine (Alcohol content). Should I toss the starter kit or can I add something to get the first batch up to where a good domestic would be?

Excited to give it a try and I can see I have a heck of a lot of reading to do.

Thanks.
I got 2 more kits for mine for Christmas, after moving away from pre-made kits I feel I have to add to mine. I will be adding 1lb of Light LME a piece and steeping 6oz of Carapils before I boil and dump the kit + LME into the pot
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Just looked at the site. I didn't realize the standard recipes were only 3.7% ABV. It's been a while, and they've also changed the recipes, so who knows. So, anyhow, just get another standard refill to match what came with your kit and add it, or here is the booster I was talking about. http://www.mrbeer.com/product-exec/p...ooster_trade_1

If there is a LHBS (local home brew store) near you, you can get an equivalent there without paying Mr. Beer for shipping on such a small item.
Trippel-A,

Thanks for the help. I may check around my area and see where the closest LHBS is first and upgrade. I also may need a different yeast because my basement temp is below the 68-76 degree rating of the yeast provided in the kit.

Thanks,

Bill
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