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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Burn(er)ing Question
« on: April 25, 2012, 07:21:46 AM »
I bought this one 3 years ago for $39 from Amazon and love it!  Highly recommended.


I use the same one.  Looks like it's $49 now which is still a pretty good deal.  It works very well although it's a bit of a propane hog.  Throws a lot of heat.

That's the one I have. And I have been looking at other burners because of the amount of propane mine uses. At most I can get 4 brew days on a propane bottle. And that is heating my strike water in the house on the stove. That is almost $6 worth of propane per brew day.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hoppy sparge water?
« on: April 24, 2012, 03:42:37 PM »
What about the OPs question about boiling hops in the priming water.

Delo you have the same risk of making bad beer your first batch or two with a 5 gallon kit as you do with a MrBeer kit..the difference being Mr Beer is only a $25 to $35 investment. So there is less at risk. That was why I bought mine a few years ago. All of the beers I made with mine came out pretty good. Not as good as what I am making now. But pretty good. I went to 5 gallon batches because after equipment purchase Mr Beer recipes broke down to $1.00 per bottle, 5 Gallon extract kits, after equipment purchase, broke down to around 60 cents a bottle. My all grain, unless I do something really hoppy or really  strong, breaks down to 44 cents a bottle.

I have started 3 people out in brewing. I started them with Mr Beer kits to insure they would be successful on their first brew. From there I helped them with more advanced processes a little at a time. They are all doing 5 gallon extract kits now

My only Mr. Beer related experience was giving a couple gallons of wort to a friend who had one. I don't think it fully attenuated before he bottled, because he had a lot of bottle bombs. Do the kits come with a hydrometer? It's kind of dangerous to bottle beer in glass if you don't know what you're doing. Do they came with PET bottles?

They don't come with a hydrometer. And you start out with 1 liter PET bottles.

if only 1/4th actually got used..that is 50,000 people introduced to home brewing. If only 1/8th got used that is 25,000 introduced to home brewing. Still a very significant number.


They have sold 200,000 kits. That is 200,000 people introduced to home brewing. I had no idea they moved that kind of volume.

I do nothing but all grain 5 gallon batches now. And am trying to learn how to formulate my own recipes. But if it hadn't been for Mr Beer I never would have attempted home brewing. It gave me a very simple inexpensive way to start out. Then I built on that step by step.

Criticize them all you want but here is proof they have been undeniably good for home brewing.

Pimp My System / Re: More Brewshed Ideas...
« on: April 23, 2012, 05:35:01 PM »
That looks really nice Ron

Ingredients / Hop combination question
« on: April 23, 2012, 07:19:28 AM »
Would citra and cascade work together well?

Ingredients / Re: white wheat malt
« on: April 20, 2012, 07:42:58 PM »
Thankyou for your replies. I asked because I read where the white wheat grain is larger. In the description it said there was no need to readjust my grain mill. Which I have never done for wheat anyway.

Ingredients / white wheat malt
« on: April 20, 2012, 06:46:09 PM »
How is this different than regular malted wheat? Is it as given to stuck sparges?

I would think that once it is full, and all the beer is down to temperature, it wouldn't use up that much energy. All that liquid should help maintain the temperature.

Ingredients / Re: Northern brewer flat-rate shipping on grain sacks?
« on: April 13, 2012, 03:13:09 PM »
I bought a 50 pound bag of 2 row from midwestsupplies for $55 after shipping. I didn't think NB's flat rate applied to sacks.

The Pub / Re: Yo Bluesman
« on: April 13, 2012, 10:51:09 AM »
I have both of his blue rays. I love sitting back enjoying my home brews with those booming over my 1000 watt surround sound system. Having the sound of the audience applauding behind me makes me feel like I am in the front seat of his concert. I plan on seeing him live in a couple of weeks.

The Pub / Yo Bluesman
« on: April 13, 2012, 10:26:08 AM »
Check this out and listen to the entire is freaking amazing

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