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Old 05-02-2007, 07:27 PM   #1
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http://cgi.ebay.com/Mr-Beer-Premium-Home-Microbrewery-Kit-Home-Brew-Keg_W0QQitemZ130106791365QQihZ003QQcategoryZ38172Q QrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Its for ppl with no room, but does it taste good or crappy?
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Old 05-02-2007, 07:29 PM   #2
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I think lots of people start with that. But from what I have tasted it's no good. Pre-hopped extract and adding table sugar = poor beer.

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Old 05-02-2007, 07:31 PM   #3
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I lasted 1 session with it and it was horrible. I threw it out and switched over to a standard kit. Don't waste your money.

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Old 05-02-2007, 07:36 PM   #4
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Don't waste your money.
seriously, you won't like the taste and you'll learn nothing from that crap.
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Old 05-02-2007, 07:39 PM   #5
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I do extracts, just saw that and all I could think is "Yummy cheap beer with the flavor of plastic through every batch. " HAHAHAHAHAHA

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Old 05-02-2007, 07:47 PM   #6
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I am not as against it as other people on here, but you cannot be nearly as creative, and it is not going to be as good as a homebrew. And in reality, a five gallon bucket has just about as much footprint as the Mr. Beer Keg. Obviously it is more vertical, but it takes up about as much floor space.

If you do decide to go that route, a couple of things...
Dont use plain white sugar. Buy some DME and use that instead.
Also, dont use the yeast that comes with it...buy some good fresh yeast.
Lastly, age longer than it says. If I am not mistaken it says two weeks in keg, one week in bottle. I would go with no less than three weeks in the keg and three weeks in the bottle.

If you follow those steps, you can make a decent brew. But I have to ask, if you are buying extract, and buying yeast, and the 5-gallon bucket has the same footprint...why not just homebrew?

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Old 05-02-2007, 07:53 PM   #7
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If you got one as a gift and weren't sure if you were going to like the hobby or not, I'd say give it a shot. If not, buy a cheap started kit; they're not much more money.

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Old 05-02-2007, 07:57 PM   #8
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NO NO NO...

Just saw this on ebay and was LOLing......

I got about $600 into my brewing stuff already

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Old 05-02-2007, 08:03 PM   #9
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I also started with this. I made one batch that physically hurt my stomach (too much carbination) and switched to extract brew with a bucket after that.

The problem with the Mr. Beer setup IMHO is that it teaches you nothing. I can now guess what is in each of those cans, but they don't tell you. They make it out to be some mystery to keep you coming back to them for products. It's unfortunate their "included" product tries to replicate Bud. I think.

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Only thing that thing is good for is storing some beer for a party.

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