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Old 11-24-2012, 01:29 AM   #1
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After thinking about making wine for awhile and doing a lot if reading here, I decided tonight to just go with beer. Went and bought myself a Mr Beer (don't judge me lol). Well, got home and got my first batch of beer going. Just poured the yeast and sat the keg in a dark room.

Any thoughts on the Mr Beer other than it sucks to be me? We all have to start somewhere, right? I just hope it ends up drinkable.
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:37 AM   #2
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I've never used Mr. Beer, but there's an entire sticky thread dedicated to it.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/mr-b...estions-46360/

You'll be surprised how difficult it is to screw up making beer. It's a rather forgiving process.
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:38 AM   #3
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Did you check the date on the extract can?

Good luck with it.

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Old 11-24-2012, 01:38 AM   #4
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It doesn't suck to be you, it's awesome to be you. You are making beer. Where no alcohol previously existed, alcohol will soon exist. Congratulations!!

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Old 11-24-2012, 01:41 AM   #5
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Have some confidence, man! Many of us here started with Mr.Beer

I made some huge mistakes (A/c went out, ferm temp got up to 85...fusel alcohol city), pitched yeast at 100 degrees, and instead of boiling the priming sugar, I just sprinkled it in the bottles (dont do this..haha) and it still was very drinkable. Not world-class beer by any means, but enough to get me interested.

In fact, I would prefer my butchered Mr.Beer to my first two batches of "real" extract kit beers. I made a bunch of mistakes, but all my beer is drinkable and enjoyable. I also prefer my butchered Mr.Beer to bud light any day of the week.

Just have fun and don't take the jargon and depth of this forum too seriously. Relax, don't worry, and have a homebrew!

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Old 11-24-2012, 01:44 AM   #6
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Only things I've ever tried that came from such a kit wasn't all that good. Worse than commercial beer in fact. Luckily I didn't make/brew it (someone else brought it with him to a brew-day). The person that made it was happy with it, since his main goal was to get F'd up on it. What he called them, were not even close to what they were (beer styles). Not sure if the kits just suck that badly, or he did.

I would advise going out and getting a decent starter kit (after reading up more on the actual brewing process) and at least brew something from an extract (with specialty grains) kit. Compare the two once finished and I'm sure you'll never buy a mr. beer ingredient kit again.

BTW, I never bothered with a mr. beer kit. Went directly to one of your standard (dual bucket) 5 gallon batch starter kits. Used slightly modified LHBS kits for the first two brews, then a heavily modified for the third batch before making my own recipes from the fourth one on. Very glad I never did the mr. beer stuff.
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:48 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by bobot
It doesn't suck to be you, it's awesome to be you. You are making beer.
Yes. Be proud of your Mr. Beer. Years ago I helped make some Mr. Beer batches and they turned out fine, despite our profound ignorance (my friend stuck his hand in the fermenter to retrieve a wayward spoon, still tasted ok). (edit - the batches tasted ok, but not great.)
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:57 AM   #8
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Brewing one's first beer can be quite intimidating. It seems like there is a lot of stuff to keep track of, a lot of equipment to get just right, a lot of .... ya ya ya.
Mr. Beer.
It is going to make you 2 gallons of beer, and as you've seen, it wasn't that bad. (process wise)
As an icebreaker, it's a wonderful invention. And as a way of dealing with the initial homebrewing anxiety, it's a godsend.
However, you'll soon see that you have no control over the recipe, the process, or the finished product. But so what. Brew a few Mr. Beers, then get a 5 gallon kit.

 
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:04 AM   #9
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Yes. Be proud of your Mr. Beer. Years ago I helped make some Mr. Beer batches and they turned out fine, despite our profound ignorance (my friend stuck his hand in the fermenter to retrieve a wayward spoon, still tasted ok). (edit - the batches tasted ok, but not great.)
I challenge anyone that says they made a truly GREAT beer from a [100%] mr. beer kit (and ingredients, with NO modifications). Once you progress to at least extract with specialty grains, you're going to be making much better beer. Go all grain and then you'll have total recipe control.
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:13 AM   #10
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I challenge anyone that says they made a truly GREAT beer from a [100%] mr. beer kit (and ingredients, with NO modifications). Once you progress to at least extract with specialty grains, you're going to be making much better beer. Go all grain and then you'll have total recipe control.
I challenge anyone to say they made a truly GREAT beer their first freeking time around, Jeez!???
The OP is new to the game, and you're talking about all grain brewing??
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