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Old 11-14-2008, 08:42 PM   #1
elwask0
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Hello
My name is Jeff. I was at Rite Aid last night and saw the Mr. Beer kit sitting there. So out of curiosity I grabbed to get a price check. I thought to my self if this around $20 bucks im gonna buy it. It was on sale for $25 bucks, whooo hooo.

Ok the kit comes with the West Coast Pale Ale. This is going to be my first brew/batch. Is there anything i can add to make different, as in something in the kitchen or i can pick up at grocery store.

Also any tips would be greatly appreciated!

thanks,
El Jefe



 
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Old 11-14-2008, 08:44 PM   #2
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Your first one... I'd suggest just following the instructions and making it as intended. once you see how that is, you can play around with it and adjust it to your liking.


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Old 11-14-2008, 08:50 PM   #3
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You might get some good information from other Mr. Beer owners here:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/mr-b...estions-46360/

 
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Old 11-14-2008, 08:54 PM   #4
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I got my first Mr.Beer kit about month ago...
Brewed the West Coast PA with 1 extra cup of cane sugar... (I want higher ABV).

Well, it came out with a bit of "alcohol" after taste... It is probably from cane sugar...

Anyways, don't need do anything special... just follow the simple instructions and you'll be good.

The bottom line is Patience... Wait for the wort to cool below 80F before you pitch the yeast...Let it sit for 2 weeks if you want to.
Then bottle it... Look up prime solution for bottling to get a better idea.
I use 1/2 cup corn sugar mix with 1 cup water to make the priming in Mr Beer.

After bottling.. .just wait and wait... trust me, the beer tastes better if you wait.
You can do the same test... I tasted my first one after 1 week of carbonationg... hmm.. ok...
2nd one... another week... not so bad..
3rd one... another week...wow!!!! where did this come from?
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:34 PM   #5
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Brewing is a practice in patience.

 
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:46 PM   #6
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Brewing is a practice in patience.
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:52 PM   #7
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I higly reccomend reading this:

How to Brew - By John Palmer - Introduction

It's what I started with, and is a wealth of very useful information. In that guide, he walks you through makign an extract batch, but it's pretty much the same gig with a kit.

Welcome to an addicting hobby
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:53 PM   #8
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Yeah, why is this hobby so damn addicting?

 
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:55 PM   #9
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Be patient and be sanitary
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:57 PM   #10
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Yeah, why is this hobby so damn addicting?
Cause you all are a bunch of alcoholics. IM KIDDING lol.

But i wanted to say thanks for the advice so far. Like i said im a noob, and this hobby seems to be community based. If i learn anything new along the way, I'll be sure to share. Thanks again!



 
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