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Old 02-23-2009, 12:03 AM   #1
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Anyone ever try to brew their own beer? I've always wanted to try it out so I picked up this kit from Mr. Beer. Seems pretty easy, I'm looking forward to giving it a go.

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Old 02-23-2009, 12:18 AM   #2
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I actually never brewed my own, but I had a close friend who did for a while with a kit really similar to what you ordered. He made a few totally decent beers. It's nothing earth shattering, but you can definitely brew some really drinkable varieties with those kits.
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I have Mr Beer. It's fun and the beer tastes pretty good as long as you are meticulous about keeping your stuff clean (just follow the kit's instructions to a T).

Some recipes are really good, others are gross. It's about personal taste.

One thing that kinda sucks is that it's tough to keep your beer free of particles. I don't mind a little yeast cloud in my beer (lots of vitamin B), it tastes alright. But the hops particles drive me nuts. There is probably a way to filter it during the bottling step though.

Matty, if you like a pale ale, take the canadian draft + pale extract + a full package of cascade hops. Let it brew for 6 weeks. Comes out very crisp and hoppy.
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I have Mr Beer. It's fun and the beer tastes pretty good as long as you are meticulous about keeping your stuff clean (just follow the kit's instructions to a T).

Some recipes are really good, others are gross. It's about personal taste.

One thing that kinda sucks is that it's tough to keep your beer free of particles. I don't mind a little yeast cloud in my beer (lots of vitamin B), it tastes alright. But the hops particles drive me nuts. There is probably a way to filter it during the bottling step though.

Matty, if you like a pale ale, take the canadian draft + pale extract + a full package of cascade hops. Let it brew for 6 weeks. Comes out very crisp and hoppy.
I love a good pale ale, I'll give that a try.
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Old 02-23-2009, 10:50 AM   #5
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I have a Mr. Beer and I really enjoy just throwing things into the mixes to see what does/does not taste good. I believe on Friday I'm going to brew a Mint Chocolate St. Patrick's day Irish Stout
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Anyone ever try to brew their own beer? I've always wanted to try it out so I picked up this kit from Mr. Beer. Seems pretty easy, I'm looking forward to giving it a go.

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This is great it! It has been a white elephant gift for five years running in my office, all of the cans of yeast are out of date. I am currently the holder of it. Makes a nice "foot rest" for under my desk.
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Old 02-23-2009, 12:07 PM   #7
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Good to hear the positive reviews. I just wanted to get my foot in the door with home brewing and this kit seems to be a pretty good way to do it.
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Does anyone that have it think it's cost effective? There's a guy that works here at W&L who has a serious home brewing operation going that he says pays for itself in about 1-2 years..
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Old 02-26-2009, 10:09 AM   #9
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Just got my kit yesterday, I'm looking forward to getting started. Funny I was just talking with a guy at work and he loves this thing. He's got two of them going. He told me about this website too

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Old 03-09-2009, 11:05 AM   #10
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Just made my first batch of American Devil IPA yesterday. The whole process was very easy, so easy in fact I ordered up another kit with some Sticky Wicket Oatmeal Stout - yum.
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We have 4 people at work who have Mr. Beer Kit now. We've all brewed a batch late last week and should be ready to determine who gets the office Mr. Beer Award two Fridays ($20) from now.

Keeping stuff sanitized is a psychological pain in the ass...hope my batch turns out OK.

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We have 4 people at work who have Mr. Beer Kit now. We've all brewed a batch late last week and should be ready to determine who gets the office Mr. Beer Award two Fridays ($20) from now.

Keeping stuff sanitized is a psychological pain in the ass...hope my batch turns out OK.
Nice, what kinds are you guys brewing?
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Nice, what kinds are you guys brewing?

This is a trial run for all of us so two people are brewing Classic American Blonde Ale and the other two Cowboy Golden Lager.
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I can't wait to try this stuff. At first I thought Mr. Beer was more of a novelty but the more I read about it I guess it can actually produce some very good quality brews. Of course some of the die hard home brewers stick their nose up at it, but most seem to agree it's a good way to break into the hobby of home brewing.
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:12 AM   #15
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I'm doing the 2-2-2 process that I've read about. 2 weeks fermenting, then 2 weeks of carbing, then 2 weeks of cold conditioning.

I'll be bottling it up this Sunday and starting the carbing process.
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