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Old 08-25-2012, 04:20 PM   #4001
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It looks like the full lineup of the new refill kits is now up on the Mr. Beer site. There's 3 distinct levels of kits (maybe 3.5?):

"Standard": $15.95-17.95
3.7 % ABV, single 1.87 lb can of HME; 10 varieties, ranging from light "lagers" to Irish Stout

"Craft": $21.95
5.5% ABV, single 2.86 lb can of HME; 4 varieties, focusing on full-bodied ales

"Deluxe": $19.44-25.44
Any of the above kits, with a pouch of (style appropriate) UME that adds 1% ABV to the base kit

Standard refills are available now, as they have been for some time; everything else comes online Sept 4th. I assume we'll see individual ingredients (HME/UME) for sale at some point soon after that. I imagine we'll continue to see some sort of seasonal releases as well, that focus on more than just higher ABV, since the normal range now spans from 3.7 up to 6.5% ABV already.

On the plus side: All refills are now all-malt, booster seems to be a thing of the past. These kits will probably, on the whole, make better beers than the old kits. There's more variety of off-the-shelf higher ABV beers now; ~6%+ ABV kits are no longer limited to single-run "Seasonal" specials.

On the downside: Prices have gone up. Most of the Premium & Deluxe kits aren't that far off the price you could brew a 5 gal extract batch for. Then again, Mr. Beer has never been the value proposition (Aside from initial startup cost).
New Brew,
I think you've hit the nail on the head (on all points)!

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DeFalco's Home Wine & Beer Supplies
Houston TX
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Old 08-26-2012, 12:03 AM   #4002
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the small batch size has its advantages for those of us with Beer ADHD
I too suffer from beer ADHD, I prefer a variety. I still use my Mr Beer kegs for small/test batches.
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:12 PM   #4003
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New Brew's post raises excellent points. Mr Beer will never be as cost effective as five gallon in the long run- nor five gallon as cost effective as ten and so forth. The smaller the batch the higher the cost per serving.

That said, the small batch size has its advantages for those of us with Beer ADHD and cost differences can be minimized by using half of a Muntons Gold kit or, better yet, moving away from kits all together.
You can make beer as inexpensively with the Mr Beer fermenter as with a 5 or 10 gallon kit. In fact, you can do things like all grain brewing with a smaller starting cost since you don't need to work with the larger volumes, so you can easily do so on a stove top.
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:25 PM   #4004
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I am digging the new lineup, but I am wondering if they are going to put out the recipes like they used to have. They seem to have all of your general beers, but I loved the recipes because it gave you a lot more selection as well as ideas for how to spice up a brew with mixed malts and ingrediants from around the house. When i started, they had 140 different recipe styles. Im hoping they come back with some using the new ingrediants.

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Old 08-27-2012, 03:34 PM   #4005
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I have a questuion about using the 5 gallon kits in the mtr beer kegs.

How do you make them work in the mr beer kegs? Do you use half by weight or even try to do 2/5ths (2 gal vs 5gal)? What do you do with remianing kit?

I have 3 mr beer kegs, I guess I could spread it out between them but how?

Btw very new to brew. Just finishing off drinking my first batch

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I am digging the new lineup, but I am wondering if they are going to put out the recipes like they used to have. They seem to have all of your general beers, but I loved the recipes because it gave you a lot more selection as well as ideas for how to spice up a brew with mixed malts and ingrediants from around the house. When i started, they had 140 different recipe styles. Im hoping they come back with some using the new ingrediants.
They're releasing new recipes, but it takes time to come up with them, brew them and test them.
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I have a questuion about using the 5 gallon kits in the mtr beer kegs.

How do you make them work in the mr beer kegs? Do you use half by weight or even try to do 2/5ths (2 gal vs 5gal)? What do you do with remianing kit?

I have 3 mr beer kegs, I guess I could spread it out between them but how?

Btw very new to brew. Just finishing off drinking my first batch

Many people just split a recipe in half. If you overfill the fermenter, you can get approximately 2.5 gallons in it with no problem
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Many people just split a recipe in half. If you overfill the fermenter, you can get approximately 2.5 gallons in it with no problem
I assume its half by weight?

What do you do with the other half? Will it keep in a lock n lock or something?
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I assume its half by weight?
Well, half is half, so it shouldn't really matter whether you split by weight or volume. I usually weigh because I think I can do things more accurately that way. One caution is that if you're getting kits with grains, you'll want to make sure each grain is separate. If they combine the grains first, you won't be able to get the proportions the same when you split.

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What do you do with the other half? Will it keep in a lock n lock or something?
I don't know what a lock n lock is. I assume it's some sort of locking plastic container?

A lot of it depends on what you have.

If you have LME, you'll want to store that in a plastic or glass container (not metal). Cover tightly. If you're not going to use it within a few weeks, store it in the fridge. If you're in an area with high humidity, you may want to pour a thin layer of vodka on top to retard mold formation. The mold isn't harmful, but the idea of mold forming on the surface isn't really attractive.

DME can be stored in a plastic container, or even a baggie.

Grains should be stored in an airtight container. Crushed grains should be used within a few weeks if possible. If you're crushing them yourself, they'll last months.

Hops should be vacuum sealed if possible (even the handheld ziploc vacuum pump is better than nothing, but something like a seal-a-meal is best) and frozen.
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:47 PM   #4010
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Thanks bpgreen. And yes the lock n lock is a plastic container. For right now I plan on using LME's till I work up the courage to mix my own stuff. Ill keep the vodka thing in mind

Thanks again

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