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Old 05-30-2006, 10:51 PM   #1
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Hey Cidermeisters! I got ahold of 4 Mr. Beer cider mixes for super cheap and would like to use them soon. Has anyone used these?
The Mr. Beer recipe is for ~2 gallons and says to use the can of cider concentrate, 1.5-3 cups of cane sugar, and the cider yeast. Sound okay to you all?
It also says that one should bottle immediately after fermentation finishes and stir the fermentor before bottling. I suppose this is because cider yeast falls out of suspension quickly? And is 5-6 weeks normal for carbonation?

Wow. That's a lot of questions! Sorry to dump on you all. If you can answer just a couple I'd be very grateful. Cheers,

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Old 05-31-2006, 10:39 PM   #2
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So no info on this, huh? Bummer. I thought the Mr. Beer stuff might be a little obscure. Anyone have any general advice for me? How long to condition, ferment, etc.? Thanks.

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Old 06-03-2006, 09:45 PM   #3
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Hey Cidermeisters! I got ahold of 4 Mr. Beer cider mixes for super cheap and would like to use them soon. Has anyone used these?
The Mr. Beer recipe is for ~2 gallons and says to use the can of cider concentrate, 1.5-3 cups of cane sugar, and the cider yeast. Sound okay to you all?
It also says that one should bottle immediately after fermentation finishes and stir the fermentor before bottling. I suppose this is because cider yeast falls out of suspension quickly? And is 5-6 weeks normal for carbonation?

Wow. That's a lot of questions! Sorry to dump on you all. If you can answer just a couple I'd be very grateful. Cheers,

monk
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I made my first batch of Mr. Beer Cider about 10 days ago. I used 1.5 cups of sugar. It takes 5 days to ferment then i bottled it. It didn't turn out the greatest, tasted watery to me. I drank about 10 of them and felt nothing. I didn't stir mine before bottling though. Wouldn't that just put the trub in your bottle? I did not carbonate mine either. 5 weeks is too long for me to wait.

I made another batch 5 days ago, this time i put in the full amount of sugar, 3 cups. It should be ready to bottle today. If your waiting for the bubbles to disappear before bottling,good luck. I was told by others to just bottle in 5 days because the bubbles will stay there. Who knows, maybe they will go away when stirring? I will try that today and let you know ok. Hard cider sounded good in this 115 F heat today in AZ. The cider is on sale right now, 2 for $10.
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Old 06-09-2006, 07:05 AM   #4
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I thought the 2 for ten bucks kit came with everthing you need? Do you still have to add sugar to it?

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yeah, you've gotta add some table sugar to it. I'm gonna try this recipe soon. Maybe I'll use two cans of cider mix, if it turned out watery...the more I find out about this mr. beer cider thing, the less excited I am. But maybe it'll suprise me.


On another Mr. Beer note, however...I made an APA in it that turned out stupendous! I was trying it just to have some quick turn-around ale, but it turned out great with 2 weeks in the kegermentor and bottling straight from the container. Perfectly clear after 1 week in the bottles and malty sweet/hoppy bitter. Ah dang, dog.

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yeah, you've gotta add some table sugar to it. I'm gonna try this recipe soon. Maybe I'll use two cans of cider mix, if it turned out watery...the more I find out about this mr. beer cider thing, the less excited I am. But maybe it'll suprise me.


On another Mr. Beer note, however...I made an APA in it that turned out stupendous! I was trying it just to have some quick turn-around ale, but it turned out great with 2 weeks in the kegermentor and bottling straight from the container. Perfectly clear after 1 week in the bottles and malty sweet/hoppy bitter. Ah dang, dog.
Hi Monk,
I did get my second batch of cider bottled, only have one left actually, was told to let it age for 2 weeks, ya right, my stuff don't last a week. I just need to make more, more often Ha Ha. The second batch came out better for me adding the full amount of sugar. I didn't care if it had apple taste or not, just as long the alcohol was in it. It was very refreshing though, and clear. Made me feel warm and fuzzy. I have a regular 6 gallon set up primary etc.and the Mr. Beer. Just made my first batch that came with the Mr.Beer kit. I was also impressed with how clear it was after a week.

Going to make a 6 gallon batch of cider this weekend. Hope this helped, see ya.
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So you feel like the cider was worth it? I don't actually have a Mr. Beer, but I thought I could buy like 6 cans of that stuff on sale for $30 and then do 3 cans at a time to get my 6 gal. Did you just try the table sugar? I see they have recipes for other ciders with brown sugar, fruit, etc-not sure how that'd be. I was going to forget trying this in my primary, but if it turned out well for you, I may try it. I think I'd toss in some Cooper's or Munton's carb drops in the bottles though to get a more sparkling cider-I think it's more refreshing.
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So you feel like the cider was worth it? I don't actually have a Mr. Beer, but I thought I could buy like 6 cans of that stuff on sale for $30 and then do 3 cans at a time to get my 6 gal. Did you just try the table sugar? I see they have recipes for other ciders with brown sugar, fruit, etc-not sure how that'd be. I was going to forget trying this in my primary, but if it turned out well for you, I may try it. I think I'd toss in some Cooper's or Munton's carb drops in the bottles though to get a more sparkling cider-I think it's more refreshing.
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Just so you know, i might have confused you. I did not make the 5 gallons in my primary with the Mr.Beer kit cider. I am planning on buying 6 gallons of apple juice to make that. But you rasie a good question though, i never thought of using the cider kit in my primary,that could happen. It would be cheaper. The cheapest i found for non preservative apple juice for 6 gallons is $24. But then again, with the shipping etc. from Mr.Beer it would work out the same.

All i added was regular table sugar, granular it says to use. Only takes 5 days to ferment. I also think sparkling is better tasting, but impatient to wait that long! Like i said in another post today, i need to make more,more often. Mr. Beer ships their products from Wisconsin, so with you in MN, shipping will be cheaper, at least it should be. Thanks.
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If you join their "brew club", any order of $30 or more is free, so I will do that then quit immediately so the shipping is free. Pretty cheap that way, I guess, cheaper than buying the cider and yeast.

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On another Mr. Beer note, however...I made an APA in it that turned out stupendous! I was trying it just to have some quick turn-around ale, but it turned out great with 2 weeks in the kegermentor and bottling straight from the container. Perfectly clear after 1 week in the bottles and malty sweet/hoppy bitter. Ah dang, dog.
Sorry for being a little long winded....

I had the same experience! I made the APA that came with the Mr Beer kit. I let it sit for one month before tasting. It wasn't bad, it had a sweet after taste. I didn't know if that was because of the fact that its an ale or that something wasn't done fermenting. I let it sit another month. Wow, what a difference!! Much much better. No sweet aftertaste at all.

Around the first tasting I also had a very young MrB Vienna Lager (made w/ ale yeast). Much heavier & malty. Two weeks in the bottle, two days in the fridge. It was awesome, better than the APA. I was hooked. It was a little heavier so I couldn't taste the subtle unmelded flavors. 2 months later after mowing the grass, dam did it taste great.

I have since moved on to 5 gallon recipes for house/session beers but use the Mr Beer for the seasonal favorites or a special brew. Such as Cider. I don't want 5 gallons of pumpkin ale sitting around. I don't drink much at one time & I don't want to drink pumpkin ale in Feburary when I should be tossing back a Bock or a Wit.

I bought two cans of cider too. I will probably make one this weekend. Probably the standard recipe, but sparkling. I will also stir prior to bottling and wait the required 5 weeks. I may even shake it every two days during condition to perk up the yeast. I bet it clears quickly.

I would have say that waiting definately is worth it for me. (Regardless of the system used) I think its the difference between disappointment & satifaction. I have taken to better planning on my brewing. What I brew in June is what I will drink in September, etc. Its the classic ugly duckling to swan senario.

FYI - I'm not after cheap alcohol. - Its taste. - If my stuff isn't ready, I go buy some primo beer at the liquor store. If I was, I wouldn't be home brewing. The trick is to brew often enough so as not to buy the commercial stuff.
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