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Old 05-06-2006, 01:00 AM   #1
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Has anyone here tried the "MrBeer Home Brewery"? I got it as a gift from my brother and I was just curious for feedback. I started my first batch last night, and it seems to be fermenting according to the instructions already.

If anyone has tried this kit out can you compare it to the kits like the ones sold through other sites, and/or any advice on how to make my brew better?

MrBeer can be found at www.mrbeer.com.

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Old 05-06-2006, 01:36 AM   #2
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personally never tried this kit
i went straight to plastic 5 gallon buckets and then glass carboys
i am sure it will make beer but you can probably make better and more beer with the bucket/carboy system.
7 days to bottle seems a little quick to me.
i like the rule of 1 week primary,2weeks secondary and 3 weeks in the bottle.
try the mr. beer - it will at least give you some experience - good luck

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Yeah, I figure I'll try it out. Even if it's not that good it already has me curious to try out more with home brewing. Whether it works out well or not I'll still probably get a better system to make some better (and more) brew. Reading about it in these forums is making me want to do it even more.

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Yeah, I figure I'll try it out. Even if it's not that good it already has me curious to try out more with home brewing. Whether it works out well or not I'll still probably get a better system to make some better (and more) brew. Reading about it in these forums is making me want to do it even more.

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Yeah, I figure I'll try it out. Even if it's not that good it already has me curious to try out more with home brewing. Whether it works out well or not I'll still probably get a better system to make some better (and more) brew. Reading about it in these forums is making me want to do it even more.

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Yeah, I figure I'll try it out. Even if it's not that good it already has me curious to try out more with home brewing. Whether it works out well or not I'll still probably get a better system to make some better (and more) brew. Reading about it in these forums is making me want to do it even more.

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People have fun with Mr. Beer. That's what counts at first. Getting interested in the process and actually making BEER! I would imagine that you will find yourself gazing at the thing, much like people watching fish in an aquarium. If it had a regular air lock, where you could see the bubbles of CO2 escaping, much more so.

I've read here where quite a number of people started out with Mr. Beer. I've never seen anyone curse the things. Though, most usually went on to expand their horizons eventually.

With making two gallon batches, you can also try different varieties of beer, without discovering you have made five gallons of something you don't really care for.

A must read for the aspiring beer brewer:


www.howtobrew.com



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I haven't used Mr. Beer, but from what other people on here have said it is fun, easy to use, and makes pretty decent beer.
If you try it and like it, before too long you will outgrow it due to it's limitations and move up to a full 5 gallon brewing kit.
It sounds like a good way to get started if you're not sure how long or how often you'll brew, or if you just don't drink that much beer

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While the rule of thumb is three weeks in the bottle, I've started cracking them open in as little as four or five days (as have most here, except the most patient among us). You need to monitor their progress carefully of course.

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Yeah, I figure I'll try it out. Even if it's not that good it already has me curious to try out more with home brewing. Whether it works out well or not I'll still probably get a better system to make some better (and more) brew. Reading about it in these forums is making me want to do it even more.

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I've used mr. beer a lot. It got me into this hobby. The only advice i'd give you is this:

DON'T FOLLOW THEIR TIMELINE DIRECTIONS.

The Mr. Beer people want it to seem easy and fast. It is easy. But don't try to make it faster than it is. Give it 2 WEEKS in the Mr. Beer kegermenter and all will be good for you and your beer. Don't rush that poor little packet of yeast they give you. Let those little guys do their thing until they are totally satiated, and your beer is totally fermented.

Have fun, above all! I've made some very tasty beer from Mr. Beer.

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