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Old 01-06-2013, 03:21 AM   #1
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I'm planning on starting some small batch brewing soon, doing some 2 gallon batches, as I am in an apartment with an electric stove. I have a Mr. Beer. Should I just use the Mr. Beer fermenter, or should I invest in a 2-3 gallon bucket or carboy? I know that the Mr. Beer fermenter works, but is there a difference in quality between using the mr. beer vs. the bucket or carboy fermenters?


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Old 01-06-2013, 05:25 AM   #2
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for one, the air locks.


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Old 01-06-2013, 01:05 PM   #3
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for one, the air locks.
Is that really a big difference though? The Mr. Beer fermenter has small slits cut in the top of the fermenter which act almost as an airlock.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:07 PM   #4
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Do you think "almost as an airlock" is good enough? Get a bucket, it's cheap. Plus you can do 5 gallon batches, just brew strong and top off with water.
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Do you think "almost as an airlock" is good enough? Get a bucket, it's cheap. Plus you can do 5 gallon batches, just brew strong and top off with water.
I think you missed the part where I said I want to do small batches. I know that I can do 5 gallon batches, but I'd rather do small batch for now.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:42 PM   #6
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I think lots of people start off with a Mr beer kit, it's a good jumping off point. When in doubt, brew, ask questions later. Brew man! brew!!!
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:14 PM   #7
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I've used Mr beer, and made beer.. its just a plastic fermenter with an almost air lock, and a spigot that can leak if not installed properly. Check out the Mr beer thread.. all kinds of interesting DIY style tips and tricks.
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You can look at using one gallon glass jugs...they are great fermenters and you can use a #6.5 drilled stopper with an airlock. I use Carlo Rossi wine jugs...others use apple juice jugs. Easy to move around and cheap.

Check out the "one gallon brewers unite" thread. Good read.

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There is some quality difference, but nothing to prevent you from making a great beer using the Mr. Beer fermenter. Personally, I don't like airlocks and I tend to use them only towards the end of fermentation once things have calmed down. When I'm crash cooling my beer, I cover the carboy opening with paper towels or cotton bandages dampened with StarSan. You might be able to do something similar with the Mr. Beer fermenter for a little extra added protection. If not, I won't worry about it too much, it's simply a small open fermenter.


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