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    Do you Cold Crash? (everyone vote! especially if you don't)

    Used to cold crash every batch. But don't do much anymore, I figure the bottle in the fridge is the equivalent to clod crashing and my beers seem to be just as clear (providing I don't disturb the trub while pouring).
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    trub layer on top?

    How long was it in primary? Did you take a hydrometer reading? Probably krausen which is natural by product of active fermentation. If so, you bottled too early.
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    Mr Beer - Read all about it and ask questions

    Were it me, I'd let the MB batch sit in the fermenter for three weeks.
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    Mr Beer - Read all about it and ask questions

    As a general rule, once I close the lid I don't open it until it's been bottled unless I absolutely have to (late addition or clean the air vents from krausen overflow). My thinking is I'd rather sacrifice a few ounces to the hydro than take a chance if ruining the whole batch. BTW, the sample...
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    Mr Beer - Read all about it and ask questions

    As a general rule, once I close the LBK, I don't open it again unless I absolutley have to (late additio, clean air vents, etc.) and when I do as short amount of time as possibel and sanitize, sanitize, sanitize. My thinking is, I'd rather sacrifice a little to the hydro than ruin the whole two...
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    I got me some Demons

    One(two?) words: STARSAN. One of the things I like about the LBK is it fits perfectly on a closet shelf. So I ferment in a room that faces north and in the summer is always a few degrees cooler than the rest of the house. SO I don't usually need any drastic meaures. I don't do the swamp...
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    Beginner extract brewing howto

    You will be ok, I've even forgot to stir the wort to aerate a few times and pitched the yeast and it still came out fine. Maybe a little slow to start but one thing I've learned about yeast is for the most part if it's healthy it's hungrya and if it's hungry it will find food and doesn't need...
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    What's in your fermenter(s)?

    Because it gets so hot here during the summer, I'm trying to buld up the pipeline for my summer brews, I've got a concoction I call Cape Fear Ale, Nut Brown Ale and MB Classic American Light w/my mods, Either tomorrow or saturday I'll start another batch a Dark Forest Stout for SWMBO, my first...
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    What are you drinking now?

    Besides some free beer that I got with my bottles, of my homebrew I'm drinking Winter Dark Ale, Albert's Atomic Altbier and some Oktoberfest I brewed last fall I forgot was on the shelf.:D
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    So who's brewing this weekend?

    Dark Forest Stout, my first attempt with a fruit beer, this one is for SWMBO.
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    Mr Beer - Read all about it and ask questions

    I used to hydro the h*ll out of my MB recipes, but I realized unless I added a lot of adjuncts or stuff to the basic recipe that by three weeks it is done. Now I take a hydro sample atht he beginning, wait til at least two weeks has past, take another to determine what my final ABV is going to...
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    Extract brewing: does everyone buy kits or does anyone buy the materials separate?

    That's what I do, put em all together and see what comes out. Made some interesting beers and some complete flops as well.
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    Homebrew Club Fayetteville, NC??

    My dad lives in southern pines, where is this place at?
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    Mr Beer - Read all about it and ask questions

    FYI, if you can hold out, let it sit in the fermenter another week, the prime/ bottle and give it at least 4 more weeks, then put a couple in the fridge for a few days and enjoy.
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    Mr Beer - Read all about it and ask questions

    I do both and still use the mr beer. I don't always have the time to devote to an all day brew session. It usually takes an hour or less and I've got some beer brewing, helps keep the pipeline going. I also use the mr beer LBKs for five gallon batches, split the batch between two kegs.