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Old 05-07-2006, 03:44 AM   #11
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For what it's worth, I'm brewing my 4th batch with Mr. Beer, and I've been very happy with it. You can experiment a little with it (adding hops pellets, using there recipes, etc.), but I do see how it is limiting. I've created the best beer I've ever had with this system.

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Old 05-08-2006, 04:25 AM   #12
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Thanks everyone!

I think I have something to say to everyone who has replied to my message:

To rod: Even though I replied right after your message I'm still inclined to say that no matter what I'll probably still upgrade to a better system once I learn a little more about it.

To Ize and ablrbrau: I think you're hearing me loud and clear.

To fa1321tx: I don't know exactly where you're going with you're comment. It may cost money to learn, but it still seems fun. If I learn it in the end then it should save me money in the end. MrBeer was a gift, so I won't lose too much. And I've been reading about homebrewing over the last few days, and I really have some drive to learn about it.

To Lounge Lizard: I am having fun with my Mr. Beer, and I think your right. That is what counts at first. I have been looking at my kegermentor everyday to see if it looks any different. I think I will be one of the people you mention who will expand my horizons (and I haven't even finished my first batch). I also like how you point out the that 2-gallon batches may be better in the beginning so that I don't make 5-gallons of something I don't want. I was almost ready to purchase a big setup until I read that. Good lookout. Thanks. And another "thank you" for www.howtobrew.com. I checked it out and it seems really good for us newbies.

To TWolf10: If I like brewing then I'll do it often, and I certainly drink enough to sustain a large brew. I may even need several of those 5-gallon systems.

To SteveM: It's only been a couple of days and I already feel the eagerness you described. I'm going to fight it with every inch of my being.

To Monk: This may be the best advice so far given my current situation. I thought one week seemed a little too soon. Especially since the instructions said you may still see some haziness (or clumps of yeast I think was their words). Why not give it a chance to really settle down? I was wondering how safe it would be to let it sit longer. I'll try to fight SteveM's advice even more and give it the full two weeks. I'm assuming after that I should let it sit bottled in a warm (or room temperature) environment for another week before refrigerating.

To dheide: You say you're on your 4th batch and that you have created the "best beer [you've] ever had with this system." How did you make your favorite brew with Mr. Brew?


I was really happy to hear all of your responses. I think this may be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Thanks again!
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Old 05-08-2006, 05:35 AM   #13
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Thanks for kind words.

I'm pretty sure fa1321tx was only seconding the idea of this being an addictive hobby, and that sometime down the road you will be shelling out dollars for more equipment. Even so, this hobby isn't as expensive as collecting 60s era muscle cars, for example. And there is the satisfaction of crafting your own quality beer. Your friends and acquaintances will be in awe. Start talking about homebrewing at a party and everyone will stop to listen...

Oh, two weeks in the bottles is better than one....

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Old 05-08-2006, 10:18 AM   #14
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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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How much beer do you get from a batch?
EDIT: 2 gallons. I need to research before I post. Duh.
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Old 05-08-2006, 01:55 PM   #15
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If nothing else, it's a risk-free way to decide if you're up for being a homebrewer.

Are you:
Not content with beers you find at the store?
Looking for an interesting hobby you'll bore your friends about for hours on end?
Looking to convert friends to moochers?
A creative soul with a passion for flavors?
Searching for a smell to fill the house with that will piss off your wife?
Tired of all that money burning a hole in your pocket?
Geeky, but not quite geeky enough?
Only 20 pounds overweight and trying to get to that 50 mark?

Do you:
Own a Jeep?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you'll make a fine home-brewer. Mr. Beer won't last you past a couple of batches, but it's the perfect catalyst to a successful career as a brew geek. Soon your friends will all roll their eyes at you as you explain the AAU's of the hops used for the beer you're drinking. You'll embarass your wife when you go to a brew pub and they don't have the exotic style you're interested in. ("What do you mean you don't have a sour lambic? I thought you guys had a lot of beer here!")

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Old 05-08-2006, 03:26 PM   #16
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Haha I had trouble finding the exotic types of beers I like even before I started brewing...well my first batch isnt even finished yet! It might have been part of the catalyst to get me to start brewing actually. Luckily there are some restaurants/bars in the city with a great selection of beers...Belgians being my favorite

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Old 05-08-2006, 03:51 PM   #17
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I'm assuming after that I should let it sit bottled in a warm (or room temperature) environment for another week before refrigerating.

GoodBrew

That's a good idea, I think. I usually let them sit in the bottle even longer--I'll give it 5-7 days before I try one. Then, if the carb is good, I'll put a few in the fridge to chill and leave the others in the closet til I'm going to drink them. As far as leaving the brew in the kegermenter, it should be fine up to three weeks or so. After that, it might start getting yeasty.

Welcome to the fun, Goodbrew. Cheers!
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Old 05-08-2006, 05:59 PM   #18
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<- started with Mr.B as well. I made my worst beers with it BUT also some really great ones. after you polish off your first OK kit. do not use the booster or table sugar ever again!

after my first kit. I bought a few refill kits (just the cans of extract) BUT added steeping grains, dry malt extract and extra hops to them (according to recipes I found I liked that matched the style of the refill kit I just cut them down to half or so) I used the yeast included but also some generic dry stuff from a local shop sometimes.

I made a heck of a good stout, honey ale, ipa and a couple others before moving to 5 gallon batches years ago (still have her somewhere) don't rush it to bottle it isn't worth it.

READ READ and do more READING - this site and others with the search tool will help out beyond belief. just start small until you get a feel for it you can nly do so much with the kit but it is a great starting point if you already have it.

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Old 05-08-2006, 06:37 PM   #19
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I think it's kind of fun to try to make the best little batch possible out of the mr beer setup. It's a 40% batch (2 gal), so I always feel like I can experiment and/or make a simple give-away-to-already-drunk-friends batch without wasting much money. I got mr. beer and a bunch of their beer mix cans for Christmas and still have a couple left. I'm thinking of adding some crushed peppermint candy canes to the last can of "vienna lager" I've got

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Old 05-08-2006, 09:29 PM   #20
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Mine lasted exactly 1.5 batches before I was out buying carboys and other cool stuff. It's a great entry into the craft.

Here's some things that I was told when I asked:
Don't use their yeast if possible. Buy yeast from a local homebrew store. Pitch the whole pack even though you are doing 2 gal instead of 5.
Don't use the booster. Always try to use a can of their unhopped malt extract (UME) in place of the booster.
Don't use table sugar. Get some corn sugar (priming sugar) from your local homebrew store to carbonate your beer. Some even use dry malt extract.
Patience is rewarded. My first beer was pretty harsh after 2 weeks in the fermenter and 2 weeks in bottles. After 4 weeks in bottles it was much better.

If you want to get more involved after your first couple batches, you can even steep some grains in water before you add all of your ingredients. Any of the Crystal grains will help make it more "complex". A half pound of any darkness (according to beer style) should do the trick. Your local homebrew store can measure and crush the grain for you.

Enjoy the addiction. I got my Mr. Beer for x-mas, and I've already made 7 batches of beer!!! It's fun!!!

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