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    Help me figure out where my Scottish went wrong

    for what its worth, my guess is that the 1056 yeast attenuated too much for a scotch ale - i brew malty styles all the time, but i don't use el chico - next time try a yeast with lower attenuation and you will probably have an award winner. good luck - and i hope this helps.
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    Beer Kits vs. "your own recipe"

    That would be a typical upgrade price for liquid yeast, maybe a dollar less than that. Sounds like you got a good deal that day. We won't be participating in this forum anymore. Best of luck to you. Advise you check out www.howtobrew.com for lots of good free information on homebrewing...
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    Barley wine or strong beer

    Gee. Same maltiness, similar fruitiness, same color range = "zero similarity"? Actually, the original question was about what was referred to as a "Double Bock." I did make a typo in the name of our dopplebock, which we call Dubble Bock. That's just our name for our own recipe. You are...
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    Beer Kits vs. "your own recipe"

    Desert, Is that the Brew Your Own store in Tucson? Do his kits come with bottle caps and priming sugar, a la Brewer's Best? Same price as BB, but with liquid yeast? If so, that's quite a bargain. FYI, Brewer's Best kits generally contain unhopped malt extract and pellet hops, but some...
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    Carboy when done

    It's not adequate. You need to sanitize the secondary.
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    Barley wine or strong beer

    OK, found a PDF version of the 2004 BJCP guidelines for beer styles. Here is what they say. I'm comparing category 5C Doppelbock with 19B English Barleywine: On maltiness: DB: very stong maltiness BW: Very rich and strongly malty On fruitiness: DB: Moderately low fruity aspect to aroma...
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    Barley wine or strong beer

    The BJCP site appears to be down right now, but Bocks don't have to be black (even hear of a Blonde Bock?). I could see where what your homebrew supply shop guy is saying could happen. He even could have noticed that the alcohol percentage was in the barleywine category and decided to switch out...
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    Another beginner here...using MrBeer

    Yes, DME would be better than Booster. By the by, Mr. Beer is now selling WYeast slap packs for $5.99!!
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    Another beginner here...using MrBeer

    Booster is not only corn sugar. It's a mixture of corn sugar and malto-dextrin. The Mr. Beer basic kit comes with a can of hopped extract to make West Coast Pale Ale and a package of the booster. Yes, the basic recipe calls for mixing the Booster with water, bringing it to a boil, removing from...
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    bud light recipe

    Can't imagine either why you'd want to do this, but Brewer's Best has an extract-with-specialty-grain kit for American Light beer that's probably about as close as you're gonna get.
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    Another beginner here...using MrBeer

    Yes, they tell you to stir it. They also come with a one-step oxygen sanitizer and advise sanitizing everything that touches the wort.
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    Bottled water

    We have a Britta Water filter that fits over the faucet and we use that water to brew. We do add to it, depending on the brew style. Spring water from WalMart sounds good.
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    Another beginner here...using MrBeer

    Sloshing questions aside, what does the Beer look like at the top? (Mr. Beer is transparent.) When the beer is fermenting, you should see something that looks sort of like foam on the top. This is more important than what you're seeing at the bottom. Janx, Mr. beer kits come with a packet of dry...
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    New brewers - stop worrying about gravity readings

    Good point at the end there -- yes, there were certainly brewers before there were hydrometers. I looked back over this thread, and I don't see where I ever asserted that brewing without a hydrometer was "dangerous." We've actually done it our ourselves on certain brews. It could be dangerous...
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    Bottled water

    You should not use distilled water for beer because all of the chemicals have been stripped out. It's best to use spring water, if you can afford it. Or you can use R/O water and add some chemicals to it. What is the tap water like where you live? Rule is generally if the water tastes good, use...
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    Single or Two stage?

    Perhaps "infection" is going too far, but the main reason for racking into a secondary fermenter is to get your beer off the sediment (trub) which can produce off flavors. Clarification is also a benefit. This is from All About Beer: "I imagine that you are already familiar with the layer of...
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    Another beginner here...using MrBeer

    No, it is not a bad idea to slosh things around. Now that you've got it at the right temperature, that may help your yeast get started.
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    New brewers - stop worrying about gravity readings

    good for you. keep on brewing. For the record, we have been brewing for many, many years and we have a Web site/business that sells home beer brewing supplies: http://www.bradyshomebrew.com. I have avoided listing the URL because I don't want to be seen as taking advantage of this forum for...
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    New brewers - stop worrying about gravity readings

    If you have even a tiny air leak in your system, your airlock can stop bubbling before fermentation is complete. If you then bottle before fermentation is complete, you'll have exploding bottles. If you brew all grain or mini mash, you need a hydrometer to know your extraction rate to help you...
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    Single or Two stage?

    Yes, and getting the wort off the yeast minimizes the chances for infection.
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