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Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Straya!, Mar 26, 2013.

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    Here is the Mr Beer Bewitch Amber beer.

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    Again, the glass is perfect and the Grolsch bottels does a super job. Same amount of conditioning tabs, 2 per bottle.
    Not as violent as the Diablo IPA.

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    Flavor: Balanced

    ABV (alc/vol): 5% - 6.9%

    SRM (Color): (14 - 20) Mahogany

    IBU (Bitterness): (21 - 30) Moderate Bitterness
     
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    We definitely don't get mahogany with white foam much down here, not much reds outside porters, making me thirsty :beer chug:
     
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    Not rocket science...

    Was the Wort from the can, Distilled Water and 2 Cooper's conditioning drops; that was all.

    Now I changed the formula a bit.

    One time I used Spring Water (bottled); big difference when I did the Bewitched beer.

    This time I used 100% Spring Water but I added one more trick. The yeast comes in a packet and I found out via YouTube that you need to Hydrate the Yeast.

    Simple, Luke warm water the same water that you are going to use. Body temp is just fine. The wort, make it like any other (follow cans directions) and the same time the yeast hydrating at body temp in a measuring cup.

    Stirr the yeast gently after 15 mins seating on the water.

    Get the wort and the water mix in the fermentor and if they are the same temp perfect, if not within 10 deg Farenheit is fine. If feels about the same by the touch (wort and yeast slurry) is fine. Mine was not hot just luke warm.

    Picth the whole cup with the yeast mix. A Full Krausen formed in less than 24 hrs, big ass nasty crud !!! That is the sign of a full and healthy yeast doing its best !!!

    Mine was thick as hell. Do not disturb the yeast is at work big time.

    Will see how it comes out.

    I have a Bewicth and Irish Stout (dark beer) Lock, Stock and Barrel...
     
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    Here is the Pilser, sorry the pic is a bit blurry.

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    Lots of light foamy head, very short retention; crisp and bubbles still coming up. Very light flavor; good beer to drink on a hot day.

    Used the same technique as the other brew.

    Is the Mr Beer Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner

    The picture on the product container is a lie; made 3 different batches already and does not show any thick foam head; just light and short life span.
     
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    Gooday.. New to JC and liking the Forum.

    I've been brewing my own beer for the past 5 years or so, but, super lazy and just buy the Coopers Draft down at Coles, and after adding 500g Dextrose and 500g Bavarian Malt (Ebay) I keg most of it, though end up with around 5 x 750ml bottles every batch. (I too like the Grolsch Bottles and my seals are still working after around 20 uses.. )

    Those couple of left over bottle are handy when you think " F**k, I'm outta Beer!"

    I've never checked the alcohol level, some times I use less additives, but generally, I drink to drink!

    If you have never home brewed, well, you either drink less than me, or you have way more money than I!!

    A couple of pics of my set up..

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    Latest Set up has my Co2 cylinder outside the fridge..
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    The Finished result.. Coopers Pale Ale in this Case... God I loved that pint Glass.. Until.. Oops
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    My setup is simple, Igloo Water Cooler Jugs; nothing fancy but very clean. I have 2 more Brews that need to take pics. One is a Weissbeer and one called Oktoberfest Lager.
     
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    Here is the Mr Beer Weissbeer.

    Poured this one slow, just to keep the head down.

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    As you can see still bubbling after a good while

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    This is my best mate on those early mornings. Zenith Breathalyser by Andetech.
    I swear by it.

    Photo taken for a watch Forum, hence the watch..

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    Who said alcohol is bad, is a great additive :D

    I have not seen that brand in ages. The new gen does not wear watches.

    Just as a side note...
    I had a Casio G Shock that lasted me over 20 years without changing the battery. As soon it died replaced it with a new one and in the same year lost it in Castaway Key at the Pelican Plunge. That watch flew several combat missions and had a huge sentimental value. What is left is the battery, which is the part that has to be disposed.
     
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    Surprising how Mechanical watches are coming back into vogue, especially after being decimated by Quartz in the 80's. But then, I'm +50 haha

    Amazing how many great stories are attached to watches. Occasionally, (on the watch forums) you come across stories like yours. One in particular, was a Speedmaster (Moon Watch) that after Vietnam, spent the next 40 years in a sock draw. Guy later pulled it out, inquired about it, and low and behold, he owned a huge chunk of history. He wasn't after that huge chunk of money. Never sell, or throw a watch away...
     
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    I am a sucker for time pieces. If I get my way, one of my long time wishes is (still is, never was) to be a race car driver or a clock maker. I think is my itch to beat the clock :D

    We have a wall clock made way back in the 1800s, is a family heirloom. Told my parents when they are gone the clock is mine, the rest for the rest of the family. Interesting is... my dad as a good European, he is the wine drinker, me, the beer drinker. So, we all have some brewing all the time.... (need it to tie beer and time pieces so the thread is not too much of course).
     
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    Mr Beer Oktoberfest Lager

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    This one seems to have a bit sweeter taste, kind of a caramel aftertaste; not drastic, just a hint.

    Head retention is longer than the Pilsner; is foamy but not creamy like you will find on the darker ones.


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    My next 5 Gallon batch is going to be....

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    Is my first time with the Coopers kit; at least I know the sugar drops works wonder with the Mr Beer kit. Came with some stuff called Conditioner; can someone give me some pointers, use it, not to use it, a bit?
     
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    I use Coopers Draught all the time. I could be wrong, but "Contitioner" may be Malt powder. As stated previously, I use 500g Dextrose and 500g Light Bavarian Malt Powder in all my brews. I find that both "round off" the end result. Not the best at describing a taste, but you are "learning" me. I get my Malt off Ebay (Seller cheakypeakbrewery.wadonga)
     
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    No clue what the white powder is. Have not taste it or snort it (just kidding). No instructions on the box, will check online to see if there is any. How you use that? Pitch the whole content in the fermentor?
     
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    Could be just Dextrose also. yep, just put it in like you would do your sugar etc..

    Or this..

    Fresh Draught
     
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    Thanks for the link. Found my answer on a different way. I know what I need to do. The thing is, I boil the water for the wort separately on a Stainless Steel Pot and pitch it in the fermenter that has cold water already in it. Do not want the plastic to give off flavors because of the heat.

    Well, today is the day for this batch.
     
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    This one is....

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    Perhaps this one is one of my favorites; love a good dark beer.
    Nice smokey flavor, and does not feels as flat as Guiness.
     
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    I'm still partial to a Guinness now and again,
     
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    Today is the last day (conditioning) to put the Porter (I think it is, lost the label of that one) in the Fridge and bottle the Cooper's Draught; got about 6 gallons of that one. Have been adding an extra gallon of water to my batches and seems to work just fine.
     

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