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Old 05-02-2007, 08:15 PM   #11
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The fresh flavor and hand crafted quality of your beers will compete with the most famous and expensive beers throughout the world.
Look, if you can make beer that competes with the best in the world from a Mr. Beer kit, then you must be motherf*ucking Gandalf or something.

I'm so glad I learned to brew from scratch from a friend, rather than starting with some stupid kit. I've never bought a kit, Mr. Beer or other, and rarely have I used recipes that aren't of my own creation. This Mr. Beer kit thing seems like homebrewing's version of mixing up a batch of Kool-Aid.

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Old 05-02-2007, 10:43 PM   #12
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I had a Mr. Beer and the end product was horrible. It took me about 7 years to finally take the plunge on making real home brew. A year later I am All Grain, kegging and serving from my DIY kegerator.

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Old 05-02-2007, 11:16 PM   #13
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I have a friend who's been using Mr. Beer for several years. She likes the beer she gets out of it. I never turn one down if we're at her house, but really it isn't very good. The hard cider she made, though, tasted great- until the bottles on top her refrigerator blew up. She's still using the Mr. Beer and is happy with it. I bought a beer machine ages ago and made two batches and gave it up. I think it has to do with your expectations and what you consider "good".
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Old 05-03-2007, 12:48 AM   #14
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I got one as a gift. Gave it 4 weeks to ferment and another 4 in the bottle. Wasn't a bad beer for the first time out, but not nearly as good as my first hefeweisen using a real "starter" kit. For a few bucks more you can get a decent setup that will allow you to do so much more (read "How to Brew" first, though).
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Old 05-03-2007, 03:33 AM   #15
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does that little keg hold pressure though? could be a cheap part pig type of thing.
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Old 05-03-2007, 06:06 AM   #16
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Yeah, they do hold presure.
I may not be an expert, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express........ 6 months ago.


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Old 05-03-2007, 06:12 AM   #17
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I got one for X-mas from a buddy. I am going to use it to make a 2 gallon batch of Apfelwein soon. I have made one beer with the kit. Not bad but not great. It will get you buzzed but they do seem to be over-carbed.
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Old 05-03-2007, 01:41 PM   #18
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It is what it is, something that gets you to a destination without regard for the journey. It's rather like one of those 200 to 1 Electronic kits from Radio Shack...you can make lots of cool stuff, but who really knows how or why?

I started this way, only because it was a gift...and I didn't really learn anything from it. If you have one, use the ideas and skills learned from experienced brewers and apply it to your Mr. Beer kit...and using DME and better yeast is a really good first step.
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Old 05-03-2007, 04:47 PM   #19
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I learned using a Mr Beer. Got it as a gift. At least you will learn how to clean bottles, sanitize, bottle, etc.

Here is a few things I learned:
Never make a batch from one can from a Mr. Beer kit, always use the booster and an additional can of malt.

Use other canned kits, like from Coopers. Don't use the whole can, only as much as in a Mr. Beer kit.
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Old 05-03-2007, 05:10 PM   #20
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This would be a fun contest.
User a cheap beer kit like Mr Beer or Coopers and see who can make the best beer with it. HAHAHAHA

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