So if you’re like me then you got a Mr. Beer homebrew kit as a gift. You brewed your first batch of #craftbeer and made a decent drinkable beer. Now you want to brew again, but are wondering if there’s anything else that you need to order along with your next batch of ingredients. I was in the same boat, so I asked a lot of questions and came up with the essential upgrades for a new Mr. Beer brewer. Continue reading
Zachzilla Pale Ale
It is named after my 3-year-old son who helped brew and bottle this one. My son, Zach, earned the nickname “Zachzilla” from his older sister because he likes to knock down blocks way more than build with them. Recently Zach has become more interested in building, so we decided to pass on the “zilla” name. Since this is an easy beer to knock down, at a mere 3.5% ABV, it now has the Zackzilla name. Continue reading
Bottle Day… finally!
So my first batch of Mr. Beer is ready for bottling. Actually it’s more than ready. It’s been fermenting for just over 5 weeks now. The timing of my elbow injury was unfortunate for a number of reasons, my brewing schedule was one of them.
I brewed the batch on May 29th, and got injured on May 30th. Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into a month… I need to get this stuff out of the LBK (little brown keg) and into the bottle to get the carbonation going. The general rule for home brewing is 2-2-2. 2 weeks in the primary fermentation, (LBK), two weeks in the secondary, (bottles), and two weeks in the fridge, (cold conditioning). So if I had kept to that schedule I’d be drinking my beer this week.
I mentioned earlier that I ordered a Mr. Beer homebrew kit. Well, it showed up last week and today was brew day.
It was simple as can be:
- 10 minutes to sanitize
- Dissolve the “booster” in 4 cups water (booster is basically corn syrup solids)
- Bring to boil, remove from heat
- Add extract, stir to create wort.
- Pour wort into fermenter
- Add cold water to make 8.5 qts
- Pitch yeast, stir, store in cool dark place
Now we wait. I followed the Pale Ale recipe exactly as described in the packaging. I want to see how it turns out before tweaking the Mr. Beer recipes. All in all it was a very simple process with little to no mess. First impression… this is pretty awesome. I’ll report back on bottle day. Until then I’ll be emptying bottles. Cheers!
Beer Soaked Erik
I’ve been brewing beer for a few years now using the homebrew setups of my friends and family. I started off with my buddy Chris using extract methods and eventually moved to all-grain brewing with my cousin Jason. But I have never brewed on my own, and so this is going to be a new experience for me.
I just bought myself a gift… Continue reading