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Old 01-29-2013, 08:42 PM   #1
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Default Who do you consider as Mr. Beer competitors?

I realize that this topic might be a lightning rod in this forum since there is a lot of strong opinion about Mr. Beer, but having had my start in brewing with a Mr. Beer Kit it's what I'm familuar with. I have now done other extract brewing and even an All Grain recipe or two. Lately I have become interested in what BrewDemon is doing (as you might have guessed from some of my other posts) but I also got to wondering about other "starter beer kits" and what the competition is. I know there is a system called "The Beer Machine" but what other competitors are there in this part of the market?

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Old 01-29-2013, 08:51 PM   #2
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Coopers Kits come to mind immediately:




Kits distributed by homebrew stores are another. I know a few of them are starting to sell 1 gallon homebrewing kits:

Northern Brewer:


Austin Homebrew Supply:


Midwest: http://www.midwestsupplies.com/brewing-starter-kit.html
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Good info! Thanks Teromous! Guess I didn't think of Cooper DIY Beer as a competitor since the bought Mr. Beer. Also I didn't realize that NorthernBrewer & Midwest was selling smaller kits like that.

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From a market standpoint, and Brewing starter set would be competition. Especially since their price points are not far off.

You can find them at places like
www.midwestsupplies.com
www.northernbrewer.com

and various other online and B&M retailers.

While a Mr. Beer kit is a perfectly plausible way to enter the hobby of brewing, always recommend a starter kit because all that equipment will be usable down the road, as to where if you want to dive deeper into brewing, your mr. beer kit will most likely gather dust. Although that small chamber may be nice for experiment batches :-)

my 2 cents.

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Old 01-29-2013, 11:15 PM   #5
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Beer Machine, smll batch, MrBeer style sorta' maybe

Craft - A - Brew, small batch

Monster Brew, 5 gallon

There is a 1 gallon beer brewing kit out of New York city (I think)

Nobody in the small batch brewer kits has the sales volume of MrBeer kits.

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I bought a Beer Machine 2000, a long long time ago. That was the competitor to Mr. Beer, I think.

Both use hopped extract, and a little keg, and are very similar in the way they "work". And both have similar results (not good).

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My buddy is using two Mr. Beer fermenters to do 2.75G All Grain BIAB batches. He does all his dryhopping and such in one "brown keg" and has made a couple of fantastic beers in it! He did a Simcoe SMASH that turned out amazing!

It's definitely an option for those without the room for a full 5-gallon setup and want to do stovetop brewing.

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Northern Brewer and Brooklyn Brew Shop both stock nice 1-gallon kits (equipment as well as ingredient kits). I'm working on a BBS Everyday IPA that had grains and hops and the whole shebang. There is also the imaginatively named Small Batch Homebrew:

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/b...arter-kit.html

http://brooklynbrewshop.com/

http://www.smallbatchhomebrew.com/


The prevailing attitude that I have encountered in homebrew shops is that "small batch" = "Mr. Beer" = "A joke". A lot of this is just ignorance of the growing availability of small batch kits for serious brewers. There is a lot of interest in having a small brewing setup due to space/kitchen constraints but also brewing a good quality beer. It will take a while for the image of Mr. Beer to fade in many homebrew shops. It would be great if some of these shops could start stocking quality small kits vs. deriding Mr. Beer.

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Homebrewers Outpost does a nice 2 gallon kit.

http://www.homebrewers.com/product/S...gredients.html

Got one for my daughter when she expressed the desire to learn to brew on her own.
I was quite impressed by the contents of their kits.

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