Originally Posted by ebacherville
I have only made the booster style MR beer kit.. But from my under standing you bont need sugar to make beer so im assuming thos unhopped kits are just that.
As for flavor/alcohol , you can add stuf to the process for flavor, and adding sugar will increase the alcohol content.
From everything I have heard Mr beer is the easy way to get started and if the 8 liters is fine with you it would be a great way to get into the brewing process.. I am making my first Mr Beer brew right now.. every thing seems to be comming along perfectly. less than 18 hours and it was fermenting
Dedicated Mr. Beer user here. I have made four batches to date. You can use their unhopped extracts and kits in a variety of ways. A standard beer with them is either using a hopped can with booster or a hopped can with a can of unhopped extract for an all malt beer. The Booster will add a cidery flavor (not as much as table sugar would) and more body. Go to their website and you can see a ton of recipes with additional ingredients. Some of the recipes for stronger beers suggest using booster and unhopped malt extract. Here are the ones I have made to date and all have been good to great:
1) West Coast Pale Ale - first one, turned out good for a light beer
2) Otto's Octoberfest - turned out great, all-malt, rich malt flavor
3) Pumpkin Porter - still carbonating, but initial taste test was awesome!
4) Scottish Wee Heavy - still fermenting (using lager yeast) but taste test yesterday was good
I am planning to make Christmas 2002 Ale and Maple Wheat in the near future. Glad to see another Mr. Beer user. I too enjoy the ease of use, smaller batch size, and minimal space requirements of the kit.