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View Poll Results: Did Mr. Beer get you here and where is he now?
Started with Full Kit. No Mr. Beer. 88 74.58%
Started with Mr. Beer. Moved to Full Kit. 22 18.64%
Started with Mr. Beer. Moved to Full Kit, but still use Mr. Beer. 4 3.39%
Started with Mr. Beer. Still exclusively use Mr. Beer. 0 0%
Just Got Mr. Beer. 4 3.39%
Started with Mr. Beer. Gave up and quit. Nader has it now. 0 0%
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Old 12-29-2006, 04:08 PM   #1
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Default How long did Mr. Beer hang here?

It's the time of year when Mr. Beer adds to our legions.

As pointed out by others, well meaning gift givers do really do mean well, but I think that the consensus here is that the kit is sub par. Many are concerned that the kits limitations will turn off new bewers.

Some feel that the kit is a good entry point.

Regardless of where you stand on this, I'm intersted in how many had the kit and moved on or stayed. Obviously, we can't track those that had it and left, but that's Nader' problem.

You can also leave your thoughts on the value of the kit as a whole.

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Old 12-29-2006, 04:15 PM   #2
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I don't think I've ever tasted a Mr. Beer brew, but from what I gather, if you follow a decent procedure instead of following their directions, you'll end up with something half way decent.

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Old 12-29-2006, 04:29 PM   #3
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I voted started with MB and moved on, but I actually used a brew your own kit that is very similar. My kit used DME and Dextrose for fermentables and real pellet hops instead of prehopped, but they were all stale anyway. The beer I made with the kit was pretty gross and I'm just glad that I was persistent enough to keep going with better ingredients/equipment.

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Old 12-29-2006, 04:41 PM   #4
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I was introduced on MB. They have you add a sugar that turned most of my brews cidery. I still use the MB keg to do small test brews... such as braggots or when I pick a recipe out of moshers radical brewing book...
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Old 12-29-2006, 04:45 PM   #5
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I still use the MB keg to do small test brews... such as braggots or when I pick a recipe out of moshers radical brewing book...
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I'm half tempted to go out and get a Mr beer for that very reason
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Old 12-29-2006, 04:56 PM   #6
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In 1998 i was dating this one girl and her parents got me a mr beer kit. I was all excited and got it going, then moved to a diff town about an hour away and i left the mr beer fermenting in my parents basement. i then remembered it was there about a year and a half later, tucked away all nice and neat in there furnace room. i opened it up and it smelled like sh!t. I tossed the whole bastard out. Then last january i stopped into the LHBS as i was killing time while working and the guy there was real nice and told me how easy it was with a non mr. beer starter kit. so i put it down as something to consider for my birthday in Feb. I got it, berwed #1 in march and that was fun, brewerd # 2 in june and something about that brew stuck deep in my soul. now i am on # 8 (AG and kegging)and that one happens to be entered into a contest.

Mr. beer single handedly along with my forgetfulness caused a laps in my brewing career.

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Old 12-29-2006, 05:26 PM   #7
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A year and a half?! Good lord, man, if ever there were a clear cut case of autolysis, this has to be it! Glad you survived to brew again. As for me, I went into the LHBS on a Saturday when they were doing a brewing demonstration, and I've been doing extract with specialty grains every batch since then.
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Old 12-29-2006, 07:14 PM   #8
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It normally takes about 2 minutes on here to figure you've been diddled and could of bought a 2 gallon water jug and stuck an airlock on it. With a tube for syphoning, you've got better gear than Mr Beer supplies at <10% the price.

BUT

It comes with everything and is a no brainer. It shows how EASY it can be.

It's just us lot who make it more difficult.

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Old 12-29-2006, 07:29 PM   #9
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I went right to my LHBS kits for my 1st batch. Funny thing is M.B. is headquartered right here in Tucson and I didn't even know about them until I joined here. I'm sure I've seen them in the store before I started this hobby but I paid them no mind.

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Old 12-29-2006, 07:55 PM   #10
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I started with the cheapest kit at my local HBS, but that was a lot better then a Mr. Beer kit. My brother used to have a Mr. Beer kit that he used just to serve water from his fridge. I think that is about all they are good for.

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