*Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway - Enter Now!*

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Community > General Chit Chat > I wish I wasnt such a dumb dumb
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-11-2007, 12:44 PM   #1
Mustangfreak
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Osan AB South Korea/Home is Ft Worth Tx
Posts: 584
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default I wish I wasnt such a dumb dumb

So about a m onth ago me and my friend were talking about brewing our own beer, so the next morning I went online, and in an anxious impatiant excitment, I ordered the Mr Beer kit. While it has good reviews, I know its by far the best "brewing" kit out there.

I'm looking on Austinhomebrew.com, and they have a setupd for the same price I paid, and it has better stuff.
http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...oducts_id=2354

I hate it when I don't do any research on my hobbies.

__________________
2 Fox Brewing Co.
www.militarystangs.com
Mustangfreak is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2007, 12:58 PM   #2
Evan!
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Evan!'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Posts: 11,901
Liked 69 Times on 61 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Word to the wise: in the future, if you're not 100% sure (and sometimes, even if you are) about a homebrew-related purchase, ASK HBT! Conduct a poll if you want. That's how I chose my grain mill, and it's simply awesome.

__________________
MOSS HOLLOW BREWING CO.
Aristocratic Ales, Lascivious Lagers


.planned:
•Scottish 80/- •Sweet Stout •Roggenbier
.primary | bright:
98: Moss Hollow Soured '09 72: Oude Kriek 99: B-Weisse 102: Brett'd BDSA 104: Feat of Strength Helles Bock 105: Merkin Brown
.on tap | kegged:
XX: Moss Hollow Springs Sparkling Water 95: Gott Mit Uns German Pils 91b: Brown Willie's Oaked Abbey Ale 103: Merkin Stout
98: Yorkshire Special 100: Maple Porter 89: Cidre Saison 101: Steffiweizen '09 (#3)
Evan! is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2007, 01:06 PM   #3
Mustangfreak
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Osan AB South Korea/Home is Ft Worth Tx
Posts: 584
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Evan!
Word to the wise: in the future, if you're not 100% sure (and sometimes, even if you are) about a homebrew-related purchase, ASK HBT! Conduct a poll if you want. That's how I chose my grain mill, and it's simply awesome.

I didnt find HBT till it was too late haha

Should I go ahead and order that kit now? Or wait till I get bck from the desert next summer?

The resonable side says wait, and just keep using the kit I have now. But the eager side says NOW!
__________________
2 Fox Brewing Co.
www.militarystangs.com
Mustangfreak is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2007, 01:10 PM   #4
the_bird
10th-Level Beer Nerd
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
the_bird's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Adams, MA
Posts: 20,529
Liked 378 Times on 311 Posts
Likes Given: 99

Default

The thing about the starter kits is that you don't really need to outgrow them, you just add on. I still use every piece of equipment that I got in my starter kit - the buckets, the hydrometer, the capper, the bottling wand, so it's not like you buy it and really outgrow it (you just end up buying more and more stuff!).

The Mr. Beer kit, some people like it... but I suspect those are mostly people who haven't made beer any other way. It strikes me as an extremely limiting system.

So yeah, I'd go ahead and buy the "real" kit (and Austin Homebrew is a very well-regarded company).

__________________
Come join Yankee Ingenuity!

"I'm kind of toasted. But I looked at my watch and it's only 6:30 so I can't stop drinking yet." - Yooper's Bob
"Brown eye finally recovered after the abuse it endured in Ptown last weekend, but it took almost a full week." - Paulie
"no, he just doesn't speak 'stupid'. i, however, am fluent...." - motobrewer
"... I'll go both ways." - Melana

That'll do, Pigley. That'll do.
the_bird is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2007, 01:14 PM   #5
rdwj
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
rdwj's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Plainfield, IL
Posts: 4,594
Liked 19 Times on 14 Posts

Default

I agree with Bird. There is almost nothing in a starter kit that you won't use until it's worn out. It's well worth the inventment and you'll make a product you will be happy with. I've tried beer made with Mr. Beer - it's not good.

__________________
On Tap: Whatever I just brewed (got sick of updating it)
rdwj is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2007, 01:16 PM   #6
98EXL
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
98EXL's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 3,283
Liked 14 Times on 14 Posts

Default

DOOOOOOOOOOOOO IT!

go get a real kit......next thing you know you start looking for turkey fryers and burners and coolers.....SWMBO will look at you funny all the time!

__________________

I'm back!!!

98EXL is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2007, 01:21 PM   #7
Mustangfreak
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Osan AB South Korea/Home is Ft Worth Tx
Posts: 584
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by the_bird
The thing about the starter kits is that you don't really need to outgrow them, you just add on. I still use every piece of equipment that I got in my starter kit - the buckets, the hydrometer, the capper, the bottling wand, so it's not like you buy it and really outgrow it (you just end up buying more and more stuff!).

The Mr. Beer kit, some people like it... but I suspect those are mostly people who haven't made beer any other way. It strikes me as an extremely limiting system.

So yeah, I'd go ahead and buy the "real" kit (and Austin Homebrew is a very well-regarded company).

Word, now the real question, which kit.

The $156 kit is a "Tap-a-draft" system. And then theres the $200 kit thats made for bottling.
__________________
2 Fox Brewing Co.
www.militarystangs.com
Mustangfreak is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2007, 01:24 PM   #8
the_bird
10th-Level Beer Nerd
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
the_bird's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Adams, MA
Posts: 20,529
Liked 378 Times on 311 Posts
Likes Given: 99

Default

I wouldn't go with the "tap a draft" - good system from a lot of accounts, but most everybody eventually wants to do a regular kegging setup (with 5 gallon cornie kegs). That's an example of something that might be a bit better than bottling, but something that there's a good chance you'd "outgrow," so to speak.

__________________
Come join Yankee Ingenuity!

"I'm kind of toasted. But I looked at my watch and it's only 6:30 so I can't stop drinking yet." - Yooper's Bob
"Brown eye finally recovered after the abuse it endured in Ptown last weekend, but it took almost a full week." - Paulie
"no, he just doesn't speak 'stupid'. i, however, am fluent...." - motobrewer
"... I'll go both ways." - Melana

That'll do, Pigley. That'll do.
the_bird is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2007, 01:25 PM   #9
rdwj
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
rdwj's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Plainfield, IL
Posts: 4,594
Liked 19 Times on 14 Posts

Default

I's suggest an intermediate kit with either glass carboys or better bottles. I'd also suggest not going with the tap-a-draft. In the long run, you'll probably be much happier with a corney keg system.

__________________
On Tap: Whatever I just brewed (got sick of updating it)
rdwj is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2007, 01:30 PM   #10
98EXL
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
98EXL's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 3,283
Liked 14 Times on 14 Posts

Default

I like both glass and the plastic....although I'll probably buy some more better bottles instead of glass next...just to mix it up

__________________

I'm back!!!

98EXL 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
Did something dumb Rick500 General Beer Discussion 8 09-05-2009 04:15 PM
I am dumb and have a dumb question TurboBrew Bottling/Kegging 18 08-29-2008 05:08 PM
I'm dumb Mustangfreak General Beer Discussion 1 08-09-2008 05:22 AM
I'm dumb... mullimat Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 03-04-2008 03:01 AM
What a dumb ass turfguy1969 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 07-06-2006 03:56 AM