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  1. seanjwalker1

    Worried this may be infected. Any advice?

    All great advise from everyone. It's does look like normal wort fermenting away. There is plethora of info available on this site and all over the net about what is truly an infected wort but not all correct info. A great place to start would be John Palmer's How to brew. Let's face it, a lot...
  2. seanjwalker1

    The Mr. Beer Hate?

    If it's been years, as in more than 1 or 2 it's probably past its usefulness. Most LME has a shelf life of 6-18 months. Worth a try I guess maybe worse that can happen is 2 gallons of water wasted and an hour or 2. Who knows? Might still be good. ?
  3. seanjwalker1

    I think my beer turned into vinegar. How do I know for sure

    When I used to do BIAB, I would place the bag in the giant colander, and use the wort spoon to push on it to get a little extra out. DON'T USE YOUR HANDS unless your going to do a vigorous boil after that....naw, I wouldn't use my hands anyway!
  4. seanjwalker1

    The Mr. Beer Hate?

    My 1st 6-7 years of brewing were Mr Beer, then BIAB then all grain last 8 year's. Nothing wrong with the little kits except lower ABV than I liked. I would always add some extra LME or DME. I still on occasion brew up a 2 gallon batch in them when my kegerator is occupied and a friend or...
  5. seanjwalker1

    I think my beer turned into vinegar. How do I know for sure

    For me low carbonation beers went into glass flippys(bombers), high carbonation went into PET bottles. Never had a burst bottle. Sanitized 12, 16, 22 oz and 2 litre soda bottles work great.
  6. seanjwalker1

    I think my beer turned into vinegar. How do I know for sure

    I used PET bottles for years and glass flippy bottles. Sure if the bottles are not sanitized right they could lead to ruined beer. But I never had a beer go sour AFTER bottling...it always occurred in the plastic fermenter buckets. No sour batches since switching to stainless steel...
  7. seanjwalker1

    I think my beer turned into vinegar. How do I know for sure

    Space water is too hot for 1 thing. 170° no hotter.
  8. seanjwalker1

    I think my beer turned into vinegar. How do I know for sure

    Sounds like Acetaldehyde and Lacto to me. Let's face it, no matter how diligent we are with our sanitation, sooner or later it happens to all of us. In 16 years I've had 3 batches go sour. All 3 soured batches happened using plastic buckets and 6 years ago I switched to all stainless steel. So I...
  9. seanjwalker1

    Anvil Stainless Bucket Fermentor - thoughts?

    Even if you do open it, there's a fair amount of a CO2 blanket to protect it. I wouldn't leave it off for too long. A few seconds is not gonna hurt anything.
  10. seanjwalker1

    Anvil Stainless Bucket Fermentor - thoughts?

    I used plastic buckets for a couple years and lost 2 or 3 batches turning sour. That was what led me to stainless steel and I have not lost a batch since. I'm sure it was due to me scratching the plastic during cleaning, but I'm much happier with the stainless. To each his or her own as long as...
  11. seanjwalker1

    Anvil Stainless Bucket Fermentor - thoughts?

    Brewfirm. Have not tried them yet. Ordered on Amazon but they are from Belgium.
  12. seanjwalker1

    Anvil Stainless Bucket Fermentor - thoughts?

    These I ordered I've never tried before. I used carb drops drops once and didn't like them. So for 8 years I've only done corn sugar. These drops I ordered are from Europe designed by I think a brewery in Belgium. I'll find out how they are.
  13. seanjwalker1

    Anvil Stainless Bucket Fermentor - thoughts?

    Funny you mentioned carbonation drops, I just ordered some yesterday for the beers I can squeeze out of kicked kegs.
  14. seanjwalker1

    Anvil Stainless Bucket Fermentor - thoughts?

    From my post above, sorry about the fraaking auto-corrects! I should have previewed..my bad.
  15. seanjwalker1

    Anvil Stainless Bucket Fermentor - thoughts?

    Agree with pretty much all of the posted comments. I also have the mini 4 gallon Anvil and its a great product, so much so that I will eventually bring big brother 7gal Avil into the fold. The great thing about anvils is the ability to adjust the spigot up and down when transferring /draining...
  16. seanjwalker1

    The Mr. Beer Hate?

    Used my 2 Mr.Beer barrels for my first 5 years of brewing beer. Never had a problem with fermentation except 1x I attempted to brew a "Big" 2.5 gallon Russian Imperial stout and blew the Mr.Beer lid off along with 1 gallon of wort...wasnt pretty. I then moved on to 5 gallon buckets which I...
  17. seanjwalker1

    The Mr. Beer Hate?

    And there it is! You're are taking your first steps to home brewing Nirvana Grasshopper!
  18. seanjwalker1

    The Mr. Beer Hate?

    Also the thing about Mr Beer is you can easily add more extract or even use additional grains. Mr Beer extract can just be used as a base. Mr first partial mashes years ago started with Mr.Beer extract and grains. Can even add dry extract for added ABV and taste. I rarely make any beer other...
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