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February 2015

Homebrewing Tips

How to Use a Mr. Beer Kit: The First Livestream Recap

February 26, 2015

We had our first show in the official Mr.Beer Livestream last week and we had an awesome time with you all! In this first show, we covered a little bit about each of our Mr.Beer Kits and introduced what the livestream was about. But it wasn’t all small talk. We also showed you just how easy brewing with a Mr.Beer kit can be. Here’s a recap of this quick tutorial in gifs! 1. Before you begin, take a sip of…

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Beer Types

What is the Difference Between a Porter and a Stout?

February 26, 2015
Porter vs Stout

One of the biggest mysteries in the beer world: what is the difference between a porter and a stout? At first glance, they are seemingly interchangeable; dark beers with a nice foamy head. To the average palate, they even taste similar. The porter may seem a bit lighter and sweeter, but the difference can be hard to detect. So what is it then that sets these two apart? The answer, it seems, is not so black and white. Instead, you…

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Homebrewing Tips

What are Bung, Diacetyl, and Winy: Brewing Terminology Tuesday

February 24, 2015

Bung The bung is the stopper for a keg or casket. The bung is placed in the hole that is used for filling up or emptying the keg, and the bung is usually placed in the keg during carbonation. Fun fact: the bung used in a cask for “real” beer, or ale, must be a wooden bung in order to allow the pressure during fermentation and carbonation to be released. Diacetyl Normally referred to as the buttery or butterscotch flavor…

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Food Pairings

Chicken Poblano Mole Recipe

February 21, 2015

“Accept the challenges, so you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” – George S. Patton.  Today, I feel like trying something new, something different, something tough. I gather my ingredients, crank up some Manu Chao and charge in (for your enjoyment, here is Manu Chao’s Youtube station, so you can get your groove on while cooking.)  Soon, wafts of spice and pollo transform my kitchen into una cocina de la abuelita. My labor of love now complete, I fix a…

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Homebrewing Tips

How to Add Fruit to Your Homebrew

February 20, 2015

First time brewers often think that to add fruit to their beer, they simply add it to their fermenter… but let’s stop right there. What is the first rule of brewing good beer? If you guessed sanitation, you were correct. Adding fruit straight to your homebrew without taking the proper steps can lead to microorganisms in your beer that create off flavors. Step 1: Choosing Your Fruit First things first, you will want to decide which type of fruit beer…

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What are Acetaldehyde, Conditioning, and Mouthfeel: Brewing Terminology Tuesday

February 17, 2015

Acetaldehyde Acetaldehyde is a compound that produces green apple flavor and aroma in homebrew, and is a byproduct of fermentation. However, one must remember that you need acetaldehyde in order to have beer! Why is this? Because acetaldehyde is formed during the conversion of sugar to ethanol by yeast. In simple terms: yeast creates acetaldehyde which is a precursor for alcohol… no acetaldehyde, no beer.The most common cause for acetaldehyde is removing your beer from the yeast to early, and…

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Beer Recipes

Smoked Stout – Barley the Brew Pup’s Recipe of the Month

February 15, 2015
Smoked Stout

Everyone here at Mr.Beer loves animals… but we have a special place in our hearts for dogs, especially those that come from local shelters. That is why we were thrilled to collaborate with our favorite Instagram dog, Barley the Brew Pup (@barleythebrewpup), for a monthly recipe in which a portion of the proceeds will benefit animals in need. Each month, we will feature a special Barley Recipe of the Month. Besides getting to see awesome photos of Barley brewing the recipe,…

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Food Pairings

Pork Belly Banh Mi Recipe

February 13, 2015

In this swirling vortex of lattes fueling rickshaw taxi horns, the needle of frenzy has been pegged at maximum velocity.  In this maddening shuffle good people, the best in fact, can be lost.  Find yourself here at this food cart, steam rising from crispy juicy pork belly over crunchy soft baguette.  With your banh mi sandwich in one hand, turn around and have a seat at the bar patio, where a mysterious stranger puts a black IPA in the other. …

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Different Ways to Carbonate your Homebrew

February 12, 2015

Carbonation is more than just adding fizz to your beer; carbonation also carries volatile aroma compounds in your beer up to your nose, giving beers a discernable smell. Carbonation also activates the trigeminal nerve in your mouth, and different levels of carbonation feel differently when they hit this nerve. There are two main ways you can go about carbonating your homebrew: priming sugar and force carbonation. Priming Sugar Carbonation in Bottles In our post “Homebrewing Guide for Beginners,” we discussed…

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