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View Poll Results: Did you start this Hobby With a Mr. Beer kit?
Yes 76 31.93%
No 154 64.71%
No but I started with a similar kit. 8 3.36%
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Old 12-03-2007, 07:23 AM   #21
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I won a Mr. Beer Kit 5 years after I started brewing. I haven't used that little barrel yet.

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Old 12-03-2007, 07:18 PM   #22
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Sure, I started with Mr. Beer kit about two years ago. Used it for may be 10 batches. Learned how to do grain steeping, PM and eventually decoction with it. I think it is/was a good starting point. Gave it as a gift to a friend of mine...

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Old 12-03-2007, 07:39 PM   #23
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I started with the "usual" 5-gal ale-pail kit...can't remember what inspired me, or where I got it.

A couple years ago (after I was well into AG brewing) my somewhat clueless in-laws got me a Mr Beer refill kit for Christmas. Not having the MRB equipment, I just let it sit.

Earlier this year I tried to "rescue" it by brewing it as a basic extract recipe (with better hops and yeast). It was foul. I suppose MRB works better if you (a) have the actual equipment (b) follow the directions and (c) don't keep the kit on the kitchen shelf for 2+ years

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Old 12-03-2007, 07:43 PM   #24
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I did one batch with a Mr. Beer about 7 years ago and it really sucked. I dumped it all and threw the kit away.

Thank goodness I decided to get back into it and did it the right way.

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Old 12-03-2007, 07:43 PM   #25
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I started with Palmer, found this site, then bought my equipment - all glass carboys with 2 stage fermentation. I did two partial boils before getting a bigger pot and moving to fulls.

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Old 12-03-2007, 11:08 PM   #26
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Started with All-Grain. I like challenges. =)

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Old 12-03-2007, 11:40 PM   #27
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Was given two mr beer sets by a friend whose wife was making him quit drinking. I've never used them, they are still in the garage. But I like the idea of making cider in them.

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Old 12-11-2007, 01:25 AM   #28
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So far about 1/3 of the people who voted started with a Mr Beer kit. That is a significant number. We like to dish these kits but they serve a good purpose. Many a home brewer would not have been exposed to the hobby without them.

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Old 12-11-2007, 06:00 PM   #29
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I needed to check the sort-of option! My brother bought me a Mr. Beer Kit for Christmas and a little lightbulb went on in my head and I said now I will brew beer. Well I immediately started ammasing my AG setup and the kit sat on a shelf in the basement until after my third batch or so when I decided to use it up. Haven't looked back since So I guess it did propell me forward!

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Old 12-11-2007, 06:14 PM   #30
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I think there were Mr. Beer kits around when I got started, but that's not what got me started. I had been fortunate enough to actually go to a very good LHBS in Houston and see what all there was out there. I got the idea, then, that's what I should do. Then, once I was of brewing age, I went to an okay LHBS in Nashville, got my stuff, and went from there.


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