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Old 05-28-2007, 09:45 PM   #11
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From the Mr. Beer website:

"Booster™ consists of all natural malto-dextrins and is used in one form or another by most commercial breweries. Give your beer an alcohol "boost" without the dry, cidery, alcohol taste associated with the use of sugar."

 
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Old 05-28-2007, 10:09 PM   #12
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And as for the Mr. Beer gift idea, it's not a bad one. My kids got me a Mr. Beer for Christmas. That's how I got started. He is either going to like brewing or not. If it sparks an interest he'll want to upgrade. If not, he won't have $100 worth of stuff that will never get used.

Don't go for the Kit with bottles includes. The basic one can be found for less then $40. Add something like this:

http://www.mrbeer.com/view.php?id=ma...3&subactive=-1

The ingredients that come with it don't make great beer, but it's a starting point. The IPA above is pretty good for the amount of work and money you put into it.

The kit from MoreBeer mentioned by someone above is $100 before this:
"As with System #1, you will also need: 1) a 5 gallon Brewing Kettle BE300, 2) two cases of 22oz Recappable Bottles B320, and 3) an Ingredient Kit for each batch you make. "

You'll be lucky to get out of there for less then $200!

 
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:06 AM   #13
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I can testify that Mr. Beer makes terrible beer. Do not waste money on this kit!!! Every beer I made using the kit was cidery. The difference between Mr. Beer and even extract beer is night and day.

 
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:26 AM   #14
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See, I think the key here (and I know this is an UNsolicited opinion) is to make whatever recommendation will get your dad (is it your dad? I forget now...) hooked on brewing. So, if Mr. Beer is easy and the way to go, let's pick the one that is most likely to make a passable project, and then make him excited about the whole project.
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:29 AM   #15
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If its the smell of hops and "mess" of boiling that he would be concerned about that get him one of the no-boil kits that are out there. They all come with a fermenting/bottling bucket, bottle filler, etc. If he likes it he can slowly add on to it, like getting a carboy for a secondary.

 
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:33 AM   #16
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If so many people have bought a MrBeer kit and stopped using it surely a loan of one could be made. A kinda HBT rental system?
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:56 AM   #17
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Given your recent brew history, that's no surprise - mostly malty brews with relatively little hops. Brew an IPA or APA and your opinion on the aroma of the boil will change considerably.
My Blood Ale is at 42 IBU...just brewed that the other day. you're probably right, tho. Not too huge on the hops myself

EDIT: so why doesn't he brew a less hoppy hefe or something and he won't have to worry about the "unpleasant" aroma?
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:59 AM   #18
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I am one of the people that got started brewing through Mr. Beer. It is a very good way to get introduced to the obsession without a large investment in both money and time. You can make a batch of beer in about 30 minutes on a stove with the Mr. Beer kits. Not all of the kits yield great drinking beers, but all have been very drinkable. Plant the seed and see if he wants it to grow. If he likes brewing then he may want to jump up to a 5 gallon setup, but if he does not then he has not invested a lot of time and energy into making the beer, and the financial investment is a lot lower.
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Old 05-29-2007, 01:27 AM   #19
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I've got a crazy idea...

The gift should be an invite to a brew day with you (preferably a simple extract recipe). If he enjoys it and mentions that he wants to give it a shot, give him a $75-$100 gift certificate to the HBS as a follow-on gift.

Problem solved? Maybe?
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Old 05-29-2007, 02:11 AM   #20
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My first two beers were with Mr. Beer that I received as a gift 10 years ago. A friend gave me the advice that if I were going to use it, supplement the Pale Ale kit with crystal 20 and toss the yeast that comes with it. I think I used Nottingham dry yeast and the beers that resulted were passable, at least decent enough that it got me interested in buying equipment and making bigger batches without kits.

 
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