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Old 01-02-2013, 02:58 AM   #4311
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welp got my first batch brewed and its bubbleing away on my basement stairs. didnt feel like brewing but it smells like beer so i dont really care let the obsession begin i'm ready for this hobby to take over my free time lol

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Old 01-02-2013, 03:25 AM   #4312
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Noob looking for advice on yeast. Is it ok to use the yeast that comes with mr beer kit? I've heard that you should get "new" yeast but have also heard it won't have that much of an affect. Just wondering if it will have a large affect or not.

Also, what is the best way to add the yeast? Just sprinkle it over the batch in the fermenter as stated in the mr beer instructions?

I will be starting my second batch soon and didn't start reading this very informative thread until after the first batch!! Hoping for better things this time around. Any other tips much appreciated.
The yeast that comes with the kit is a good general purpose yeast. The wheat kits have wheat yeast (before the Coopers acquisition, the wheat kits used an all purpose year also).

One of the problems with the old kits was that the yeast packets were too small at 2 grams, but the new packets have 5 grams each.

Using a yeast tailored to the style you're being can make a big difference. For example, I like to use US-05 for American ales and US-04 for English ales. But the packaged yeast is a good general purpose yeast. One advantage of the yeast that comes with the kit is that it is tolerant of a wide range of temperatures.

The best practice for dry yeast is to rehydrate according to the manufacturer's instructions. That usually means bringing about a half cup of water to a boil, let it cool to 90° F (make sure you sanitize the thermometer). Then sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit for 15 minutes.

If you don't have an accurate thermometer, there's a danger that you'll rehydrate too hot and kill the year. Rehydrating properly will give you about twice as much viable yeast cells to start. But if you don't have a good thermometer, you're better off just sprinkling on the wort.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:14 PM   #4313
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Hello everyone! Same story as all the other MRB owners...

A friend of mine got a Mr. Beer a few weeks ago. He showed it to me, and I wanted one too... left little hints and SWMBO got me one for Christmas!

THEN I get on the forums and read the mixed reviews. I personally think it will be a great way to get started and I am counting the days.

If I enjoy the hobby, and I'm sure I will, I might someday upgrade to the 5 Gallon set-ups I have read so much about.

Here is my issue. I live in south Alabama. She bought the MRB off of Amazon because we couldn't find one ANYWHERE near by. We recently passed a law called "Free the Hops" allowing the sale of beer above 4%ABV. (I know, sucks!) Bible Belt.

I can't seem to locate a home brew store anywhere locally... if any of you know where or how to look them up, my zip is 36526.

I have been trying to find a thread about the carboy set-ups you guys are so fond of, but I can't find one... like, a shopping list is what I want. Can I pick up everything I need at Lowe's/Home Depot?

I'm not even sure what it looks like.

I read a few posts back about getting a 3Gallon PET bottle and using that for fermentation, and then using the MRB for a bottling bucket. I kinda like that idea, as I think I can find that at Home Depot. However, I also read about an "S" air lock and some other stuff... this confused me.

I don't wanna go ask someone at Home Depot, and them have no clue what I'm talking about, and not be able to explain...

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Is there a thread (Preferably with pictures) that details what I'd need to get a better/bigger HB setup going? Also, please more information (Again, prefer pictures) on the 3Gal PET bottles and things I'd need.

Also, help me find a LHBS near 36526. I'd be ok with going as far as Mobile, AL, and Pensacola, FL.

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Old 01-02-2013, 08:40 PM   #4314
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Hello everyone! Same story as all the other MRB owners...

A friend of mine got a Mr. Beer a few weeks ago. He showed it to me, and I wanted one too... left little hints and SWMBO got me one for Christmas!

THEN I get on the forums and read the mixed reviews. I personally think it will be a great way to get started and I am counting the days.

If I enjoy the hobby, and I'm sure I will, I might someday upgrade to the 5 Gallon set-ups I have read so much about.

Here is my issue. I live in south Alabama. She bought the MRB off of Amazon because we couldn't find one ANYWHERE near by. We recently passed a law called "Free the Hops" allowing the sale of beer above 4%ABV. (I know, sucks!) Bible Belt.

I can't seem to locate a home brew store anywhere locally... if any of you know where or how to look them up, my zip is 36526.

I have been trying to find a thread about the carboy set-ups you guys are so fond of, but I can't find one... like, a shopping list is what I want. Can I pick up everything I need at Lowe's/Home Depot?

I'm not even sure what it looks like.

I read a few posts back about getting a 3Gallon PET bottle and using that for fermentation, and then using the MRB for a bottling bucket. I kinda like that idea, as I think I can find that at Home Depot. However, I also read about an "S" air lock and some other stuff... this confused me.

I don't wanna go ask someone at Home Depot, and them have no clue what I'm talking about, and not be able to explain...

TLDR:
Is there a thread (Preferably with pictures) that details what I'd need to get a better/bigger HB setup going? Also, please more information (Again, prefer pictures) on the 3Gal PET bottles and things I'd need.

Also, help me find a LHBS near 36526. I'd be ok with going as far as Mobile, AL, and Pensacola, FL.
The reason that you can't find any LHBS in Alabama is that it's still illegal there.
During Prohibition, most states made laws banning all production of alcoholic beverages. After the repeal, most states specifically exempted homebrew, often with other minor stipulations (home distillation is still illegal, though often is ignored as long as it's only for personal use... YMMV greatly), some states and localities kept the ban on private production, even for personal use.
The feds allow homebrewers to produce up to 100 gallons of beer or wine, or up to 200 gallons in households with more than one adult, yearly.

Now, with that all said, there are many people who still practice the art beermaking in Alabama, and there are constant efforts to get the law repealed or modified. It's also apparently seldom enforced, and there is even question whether or not it's REALLY a ban, because the wording is somewhat vague. I'm sure if more people brewed, it'd show up on the state supreme court docket at some point.

I'd say that you're going to have better luck looking out of state, but I don't know of any. I would not recommend purchase of anything from Home Depot that's going to come into contact with your beer, as *most* of that won't be food grade, and won't protect your fermenting beverage from infection (and perhaps will even harbor bacteria that might spoil the brew)
LHBS or online sale will probably serve you better.

As with anything, you'll probably want to do more research to find out what works best for you, that's just my take on it.

Good luck!
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Thank you so much for the fast reply Raenon! (Love the avatar btw)

Didn't know it was illegal!!! Ouch! Stupid laws. Luckily, Florida is less than an hour drive, and my brother lives there. Next time I go visit him, I'll do a little research on a LHBS near his house. I'm hoping it isn't illegal in Florida too.

The primary reason I went with MRB is the cost. I didn't want to break the bank going all out, and then find I don't like doing it.

Started cheap. If I enjoy it, I wanna get something nicer, but still don't want to spend a TON. I'll have to check the online HBS websites.

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Old 01-02-2013, 08:54 PM   #4316
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The reason that you can't find any LHBS in Alabama is that it's still illegal there.
During Prohibition, most states made laws banning all production of alcoholic beverages. After the repeal, most states specifically exempted homebrew, often with other minor stipulations (home distillation is still illegal, though often is ignored as long as it's only for personal use... YMMV greatly), some states and localities kept the ban on private production, even for personal use.
The feds allow homebrewers to produce up to 100 gallons of beer or wine, or up to 200 gallons in households with more than one adult, yearly.

Now, with that all said, there are many people who still practice the art beermaking in Alabama, and there are constant efforts to get the law repealed or modified. It's also apparently seldom enforced, and there is even question whether or not it's REALLY a ban, because the wording is somewhat vague. I'm sure if more people brewed, it'd show up on the state supreme court docket at some point.

I'd say that you're going to have better luck looking out of state, but I don't know of any. I would not recommend purchase of anything from Home Depot that's going to come into contact with your beer, as *most* of that won't be food grade, and won't protect your fermenting beverage from infection (and perhaps will even harbor bacteria that might spoil the brew)
LHBS or online sale will probably serve you better.

As with anything, you'll probably want to do more research to find out what works best for you, that's just my take on it.

Good luck!
Awesome post Raenon. Well said and very informative!
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:21 PM   #4317
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It's been more than three years since I read How to Brew and got it in my head to someday brew my own. I got a MrBeer kit at half off after the holidays, and I'm going to brew a batch tonight. Biggest reason I didn't do it before was the cost of the equipment I anticipated buying, so I'm glad I saw the kit and got it, at least to give it a shot and start. So hopefully in a few weeks I'll have some light lager in my swing top bottles (ex-Grolsch) to enjoy...

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If it is illegal to brew in Alabama then how can they sell the Mr. Beer kits?

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Old 01-03-2013, 12:22 AM   #4319
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If it is illegal to brew in Alabama then how can they sell the Mr. Beer kits?
Until about 3 and a half years ago, brewing was illegal in Utah. Buying, selling, owning brewing equipment and ingredients were all legal, it was just brewing that wasn't.


If you think about it, it would be pretty tough to outlaw it all. Barley has uses aside from brewing, and so do yeast and hops. I can make a fermenter from a bucket.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:23 AM   #4320
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If it is illegal to brew in Alabama then how can they sell the Mr. Beer kits?
Because it's not illegal to sell malt and yeast, and would especially difficult to try to enforce it over state lines even if it were.
The use of radar detectors is illegal in several states- but you can still buy them online too.
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