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  1. mlanoue

    The Mr. Beer Hate?

    As far as I know their cans of hopped malt extract are made by Coopers, which is generally regarded pretty solid quality--at least as far as hopped kits goes. I'm only on my 2nd Mr Beer kit, and haven't actually tried the first one yet, but having done a few Coopers kits in the past I figured...
  2. mlanoue

    The Mr. Beer Hate?

    I kind of enjoyed the illusion of brewing last week when I made a Mr. Beer Canadian Blonde, and last night when I made their Oktoberfest kit. Didn't use their yeast. Just split a pack of Nottingham between them. I have modest expectations for how they turn out, but it was so quick and easy that...
  3. mlanoue

    How long an Extract Brewer?

    I started brewing extract kits back in 1997. Usually extract with stepping grains, but sometimes pre-hopped kits. I wanted to save money so I bought a turkey fryer and tried all-grain with a really primitive BIAB method back around 2006 or something like that. The problem for me was that it...
  4. mlanoue

    Anybody Ever Hear of

    If you ferment it in the refrigerator like it says on the website you'd have to use a lager yeast, which would just be weird for some of these styles. Plus it would take a lot longer than a week. Unless they have some sort of super secret yeast. I assume this company is just counting on...
  5. mlanoue

    Anybody Ever Hear of

    Yeah, that's how I was feeling about it, too. It appears to be a really expensive, dumbed-down version of even the most basic Mr. Beer kit.
  6. mlanoue

    Anybody Ever Hear of

    (Didn't see this mentioned here after a search. I apologize if it's been discussed.) I saw an ad for them on Facebook: This seems to be a variation on an old brewing gimmick from years ago when you filled up a heavy plastic bag with water and let it sit for a week or...
  7. mlanoue

    Bottle carbing

    6 months is quite awhile, but it should still have enough yeast. I've had stuff sitting for prey close to that without carving problems. Sent from my iPad using Home Brew
  8. mlanoue

    Your best kit

    Midwest Maibock with WLP051 California V yeast. So good. Sent from my iPad using Home Brew
  9. mlanoue

    Beginner mistake, can I add water to my secondary fermentation?

    Haven't been in this situation before, but I think that May be what you have to do. I think you should put the gallon of water in the new fermenter and gently rack the beer onto that. Proper sanitation and all that. Not going to get into the issue of what kind of water is okay to add...
  10. mlanoue

    Just tried Blue Moon for the first and last time.

    Back in the day Blue Moon was some of the best stuff out there. I guess it just shows how bad things used to be . . . And how much better they are now. I haven't had a Blue Moon in years. I'm sure I've outgrown it, but it doesn't feel right to knock it, either. Sent from my iPad using Home Brew
  11. mlanoue

    Some of my brews are turning sour during bottle conditioning

    I'm mostly just blown away that you've cranked out ten batches since January. Nice job. As you are discovering, beer changes a lot in the weeks and months after packaging. Usually it gets better. But, I've had those times when it gets less tasty. Still, you're beer is pretty young. Give it...
  12. mlanoue

    quick question

    As long as they're food grade plastic they should be fine. What would be the problem with orange buckets, per se. Sent from my iPad using Home Brew
  13. mlanoue

    Kolsch style

    Yes. Sent from my iPad using Home Brew
  14. mlanoue

    Can you use your bottling bucket as your primary?

    If you use carbonation drops in each bottle you can do this. I've done this lots of times and the beers aren't really noticeably cloudy. However, I do think they still turn out better when I rack them from a primary to the bottling bucket. Sent from my iPad using Home Brew
  15. mlanoue

    Splitting a Brewer's Best (Kit)

    I think you'd be a lot happier buying a 5 gallon bucket from the hardware store and attaching a blowoff tube to the lid. Trying to split up the ingredients and yeast that much just doesn't seem worth it. I guess it's do-able, of course, but it would be a pain. Sent from my iPad using Home Brew
  16. mlanoue

    The beer that got you into beer

    For me it was Mackeson Stout and McEwan's Scottish Ale back in college. Tuesdays were quarter off imports night at the grown up's bar. Drank them with the saltiest popcorn in the world. Sent from my iPad using Home Brew
  17. mlanoue

    Candi Syrup... Use *after* fermentation has ceased?

    The yeast should like it just fine. I haven't added candy syrup later like this before, but when I tried it once with sugar crystals in a cider the thing foamed up like crazy, so add it slowly and carefully. And, obviously, sanitation and all that.
  18. mlanoue

    Starting a new batch of cider with the old primary leftovers?

    I've added new apple juice to the fermenter after racking a finished batch. You really should do it right away, though. There's lots of yeast sitting on the bottom, so it should take off quickly. Keep everything clean and it should be fine. I think I did three batches this way before figuring...
  19. mlanoue

    All grain or extract for beginners

    It also depends on what you want to do down the road. These days it seems like the assumption is that everybody ends up going all-grain, but that's not the case, either. I've done all grain, but really prefer to use extract kits, since I only do a few batches a year, and I'm pretty happy with...
  20. mlanoue

    Brewer's Best Question

    Yeah, the BB kits usually come with a bag. I've used paint strainer bags with no issue, too, but the muslin bags work just fine. You can rehydrate the yeast if you are careful about avoiding contamination, but it is perfectly ok to sprinkle dry yeast on the wort. Their steeping guidelines...