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View Poll Results: Did you start this Hobby With a Mr. Beer kit?
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Old 12-03-2007, 02:33 AM   #11
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Mr beer.....but I didn't buy it. It was a gift. The crappy beer I was able to make with it pushed me headlong into the brew store where I bought as little as possible to still be able to make beer 10X better than mr beer.

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Old 12-03-2007, 02:42 AM   #12
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I got Mr. Beer as a birthday gift. Brewed with it for almost a year. I had some trouble with their fermenters when I stopped using their cans and started doing 5-gal batches with steeping grains. Figured it was worth the cash for some extra equipment and have been going strong for about 6 months. More beer, more pleasure. I still have my 2 2-gal Mr Beer fermenters and am trying to think what to do with them. Being that they aren't equipped with an airlock, I'm wondering how I can best utilize them, if it makes any difference.

Definitely making better beer now, but Mr. Beer showed me the way. Thank you sir.

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Old 12-03-2007, 03:20 AM   #13
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Meeee!

I'm thinking in just a month or two the Mr Beer kegs are gonna be relegated to apfelwein (sp?) fermenters.


That's a helluvan idea! There's a lesson here- don't throw away your outdated brewing stuff-chances are there's a new use for it!
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:27 AM   #14
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Being that they aren't equipped with an airlock, I'm wondering how I can best utilize them, if it makes any difference.
Can you use it to make Ed Wort's Apfelwein? Beat me too it!
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:29 AM   #15
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You got to love the name of the product... Mr. Beer. I wonder if it's called Senor Beer south of the border.

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Old 12-03-2007, 03:29 AM   #16
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Something's wrong with good 'ole Mr. Beer???

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Old 12-03-2007, 04:08 AM   #17
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I still occasionally make a MRB Beer. I use my own hops and amp up the IBU's

I make fairly decent beers however they are only made with extract. None of them are made with "corn sugar & maltodextrine" thats in the booster pack.

Many people compliment me on them and they are surprised as to how good they are after tasting them. Most if not all are shocked when they learn its from a MRB kit.

Most if not all MRB beers fall into the session style category. Usually less than 20 IBU's and under 6% ABV

On the equipment side of things, I don't use the keg as a fermentor. I use 3 gal carboys fitted w/ an airlock and do the 1-2-3 thing. (1-week Primary, 2 week secondary, 3 week bottle) The MRB keg is relagated strictly to bottling duties. I also follow up 1-2-3 thing w/ cold conditioning my beer for 3 months before drinking them.

My MRB brewing fills in my supply gaps as it takes less time to make them.
I will say that I have made more so-so beers in the 5 gal size than I have with MRB. The root cause has been from mistakes in developing my own recipes or buying 5 gal kits with old & lousy ingredients.

MRB is not a bad start. The thing I like the best about them is the size 2.25 gal. I'm really the only drinker in the house and I don't drink very often. 5 gal batches last too long for me. I get tired of them.

I think MRB gets bad press mostly from people who are ignorant to proper sanitation and aging requirements. Not to mention brewing water quality.

That's just my opinion...



Ignorance example: I had somebody ask me why my beers are always carbed good and their's were not. I asked them about how much sugar they used. Answer: 3/4 cup. Not 5oz. They were measuring out a 3/4 cup out of the 5 oz pack then throwing the rest of it away that came with the kit.

Another duma$$ example: My BIL made a MRB Beer fermented it for a week then went to bottle it. Before bottleing, he said it tasted like crap, so he dumped it down the drain. He also commented that it was kind of flat!!!!

Often ignorance is what makes bad beer!

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Old 12-03-2007, 04:16 AM   #18
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Started with a Mr. Beer for Christmas in 1999. HATED the results...too sweet, very cidery. In Feb 2000 SWMBO made up for it by paying for me to take a few "classes" from the local homebrew club...the rest is history as they say.

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Old 12-03-2007, 04:17 AM   #19
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I did, it was a gift. I asked for a beginner kit and got Mr. Beer instead, so I already knew I would be upgrading. 5th batch was AG.

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Old 12-03-2007, 06:57 AM   #20
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Saw the good eats episode, looked up a brew shop that night, went shopping the next morning

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