Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Mr. Beer for Christmas?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-08-2009, 09:09 PM   #1
Buffman
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Aurora, Colorado
Posts: 431
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Mr. Beer for Christmas?

I'm considering giving a Mr. Beer kit to my dad and/or brother. They know nothing about homebrewing, but I think they'd enjoy it. I figure Mr. Beer is an all-in-one package and simple enough to give them a feel for the hobby. I've never used one, so I'm looking for feedback, pros/cons, from anyone who has. Thanks in advance.

__________________
Buffman is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-08-2009, 09:15 PM   #2
Laughing_Gnome_Invisible
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 12,090
Liked 513 Times on 394 Posts
Likes Given: 76

Default

Go for it! Mr Beer is a good gateway drug. However, if you could spring a few more bucks then yopu could go for a starter kit from midwest or similar

Mr Beer is what got a lot of us started on path to ruin!

__________________
Laughing_Gnome_Invisible is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-08-2009, 09:19 PM   #3
springer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
springer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Wappingers falls NY
Posts: 4,990
Liked 20 Times on 19 Posts

Default

I got one a few years back from my parents I never opened it ended up my son used and it made a decent beer.

__________________

'The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.'- Ronald Reagan

springer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-08-2009, 09:57 PM   #4
Dalarast
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Virginia beach
Posts: 421
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Yeah Mr. Beer is always a great gift idea to introduce them to our "addiction". But a better idea might be spring for a cheap kit; but have them over first for a brew day and see how much they like the hobby. If they really like it it would make the purchase worth it or you could be all sneaky and after its done you can tell them "NOW GO MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN BEER AND I EXPECT 25% OF ALL FINAL BREWS!"

__________________
No Waves Brewery
Dalarast is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-08-2009, 09:59 PM   #5
tonkota
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Spokane WA
Posts: 108
Default

I still use my Mr. Beer. It makes quick and easy beer and just enough for the party pig. Just use good yeast and don't let them use the booster packs.

www.mrbeerfans.com

__________________

Arron - quality over quantity beer drinker

tonkota is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-08-2009, 10:19 PM   #6
Shooter
Almaigan Brewing Co.
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Shooter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Dublin (No, not that Dublin)
Posts: 4,453
Liked 231 Times on 179 Posts
Likes Given: 38

Default

Yep, have them swap out the booster for a pound of DME and get a better yeast. I still use the thing often and I just keg each batch in a Tap-A-Draft bottle for simplicity. In fact, now that I have a way to do temp. control, I fermented their blonde ale can with some Notty at about 62 degree and was actually quite shocked what a difference that made. Right now I'm running the gamut from Mr. Beer to partial mash batches and everything in between.

__________________

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. - C. S. Lewis, English essayist & juvenile novelist (1898 - 1963)

Shooter is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-09-2009, 01:46 PM   #7
loganb
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: fort hood texas
Posts: 114
Default

go for it. i got one this past fathers day and i have since moved on to all grain but the 2 batches of mr beer i made we not that bad. and i still use the mr beer fermemter. it is kind of a pain to clean out but it works good for me. get them the mr beer so they can be pulled down into this obession/hobby or hobsession

__________________
loganb is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-09-2009, 01:49 PM   #8
MultumInParvo
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Posts: 791
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

If you went for a starter kit, worse case is you could take the fermenters back if they didn't get into it. Which could be a plus.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Laughing_Gnome_Invisible View Post
Go for it! Mr Beer is a good gateway drug.
I found that hilarious.
__________________
MultumInParvo is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-09-2009, 01:54 PM   #9
bentonre
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Allentown, PA
Posts: 163
Default

I agree, whatever it takes... I still have 2 Mr. Beers in the basement.... get occasional use and the brown bottles are some of my favorites when I bottle!
My Father-in-law got a BeerMachine and in my opinion, I would not spend the extra $$ for it!
Either Mr. Beer or a basic equipment kit...

(and be sure to tell them about this site [like they won't run into it anyway if they Google just about anything homebrewing related!]).

__________________
bentonre is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-09-2009, 02:04 PM   #10
Revvy
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Revvy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: "Detroitish" Michigan
Posts: 40,804
Liked 2731 Times on 1638 Posts
Likes Given: 3485

Default

It's a good idea, then after they brew a couple of those kits, you can get them to do other recipes (like the one's from here cut in half) in their brown keg. They can even do stove top full boil AG recipes in there. I put a lot of info on that in the mr. beer sticky we have here.

__________________

Like my snazzy new avatar? Get Sons of Zymurgy swag, here, and brew with the best.

Revvy's one of the cool reverends. He has a Harley and a t-shirt that says on the back "If you can read this, the bitch was Raptured. - Madman

I gotta tell ya, just between us girls, that Revvy is HOT. Very tall, gorgeous grey hair and a terrific smile. He's very good looking in person, with a charismatic personality... he drives like a ****ing maniac! - YooperBrew

Revvy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
my christmas beer junkyard brewer Recipes/Ingredients 2 10-28-2009 07:48 PM
Some Christmas eve beer porn! HarvInSTL Home Brewing Photo Forum 18 02-08-2009 07:40 PM
What are you getting for Christmas (Beer related) dontman General Beer Discussion 116 12-30-2008 05:29 PM
Christmas beer FEARDIZ Recipes/Ingredients 2 08-08-2008 08:16 PM
Christmas Beer help? Darkdeacon Recipes/Ingredients 3 11-14-2007 09:54 AM