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View Poll Results: Did you start this Hobby With a Mr. Beer kit?
Yes 76 31.93%
No 154 64.71%
No but I started with a similar kit. 8 3.36%
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:23 AM   #21
Jun 2005
Surprise, AZ.
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I won a Mr. Beer Kit 5 years after I started brewing. I haven't used that little barrel yet.
On Tap -
  1. 3 year old Oak Aged Bourbon Porter
  2. Irish Red Rye
  3. Robust Porter
  4. Russian Imperial Stout
  5. Mirror Pond Clone dry hopped with Citra
  6. Mirror Pond Clone dry hopped with Centennial
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From man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world. -- Saint Arnoldus

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Old 12-03-2007, 08:18 PM   #22
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Dec 2005
Sammamish, WA
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Sure, I started with Mr. Beer kit about two years ago. Used it for may be 10 batches. Learned how to do grain steeping, PM and eventually decoction with it. I think it is/was a good starting point. Gave it as a gift to a friend of mine...
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:39 PM   #23
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Mar 2007
Evanston IL
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I started with the "usual" 5-gal ale-pail kit...can't remember what inspired me, or where I got it.

A couple years ago (after I was well into AG brewing) my somewhat clueless in-laws got me a Mr Beer refill kit for Christmas. Not having the MRB equipment, I just let it sit.

Earlier this year I tried to "rescue" it by brewing it as a basic extract recipe (with better hops and yeast). It was foul. I suppose MRB works better if you (a) have the actual equipment (b) follow the directions and (c) don't keep the kit on the kitchen shelf for 2+ years
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:43 PM   #24
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Nov 2006
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I did one batch with a Mr. Beer about 7 years ago and it really sucked. I dumped it all and threw the kit away.

Thank goodness I decided to get back into it and did it the right way.
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:43 PM   #25
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Jun 2006
Plainfield, IL
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I started with Palmer, found this site, then bought my equipment - all glass carboys with 2 stage fermentation. I did two partial boils before getting a bigger pot and moving to fulls.
On Tap: Whatever I just brewed (got sick of updating it)

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Old 12-04-2007, 12:08 AM   #26
Sep 2006
Seattle, WA
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Started with All-Grain. I like challenges. =)


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Old 12-04-2007, 12:40 AM   #27
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Sep 2007
El Cajon
Posts: 184
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Was given two mr beer sets by a friend whose wife was making him quit drinking. I've never used them, they are still in the garage. But I like the idea of making cider in them.
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Old 12-11-2007, 02:25 AM   #28
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Feb 2006
Denver, Colorado
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So far about 1/3 of the people who voted started with a Mr Beer kit. That is a significant number. We like to dish these kits but they serve a good purpose. Many a home brewer would not have been exposed to the hobby without them.

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Old 12-11-2007, 07:00 PM   #29
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Feb 2007
Islip, New York
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I needed to check the sort-of option! My brother bought me a Mr. Beer Kit for Christmas and a little lightbulb went on in my head and I said now I will brew beer. Well I immediately started ammasing my AG setup and the kit sat on a shelf in the basement until after my third batch or so when I decided to use it up. Haven't looked back since So I guess it did propell me forward!
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:14 PM   #30
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Sep 2007
Houston, Texas
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I think there were Mr. Beer kits around when I got started, but that's not what got me started. I had been fortunate enough to actually go to a very good LHBS in Houston and see what all there was out there. I got the idea, then, that's what I should do. Then, once I was of brewing age, I went to an okay LHBS in Nashville, got my stuff, and went from there.

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