I got my Mr Beer kit in the spring of 2012. At first I let it sit, because I was concerned that it was too complicated for me to do. Wrong, and a big mistake!
Mr Beer is very easy to make.
My first batch was the kit that came with it,
West Coast IPA. Not that in the early fall Mr Beer revamped their entire
product line, and they now have different starter kits. Their purchase by
Coopers (an Australian Brewer for over 150 years) in early 2012 has resulted in
an upgrade of their entire product line to even higher quality products. I
then progressed to my second batch after procuring a kit from a friend, so now I
had two sets of Mr. Beer PET bottles
. That batch was a Bewitched Red Ale,
which we were hoping would be like Killians.
Third and fourth batches were a Cherry Wheat and a Firecracker Red Ale,
before I broke into the new refills making an Octoberfest Lager
and Winter Dark
The process is very straightforward, Mr Beer supplies you with
you need including bottles, sanitizer, and complete instructions Including
cleanup, your initial batch might take 2 hours to start, and then another hour
or so to bottle. You'll end up with better tasting beer than you get in
the store, and for less cost per batch. It's a win-win for those of us
that like a good beer, not a watered down Bud or Miller. Each batch brews
2.13 gallons, which is almost two 12 packs.
The kit comes with a book (some with a DVD) that explains the process and
introduces you to terms like wort, trub, and krausen. You can become the
life of the party talking about your new hobby!
The refills come in three
- these are the least expensive, running
$15.95 - $17.95. They come out around 3.7% ABV
(alcohol by volume).
- these run $21.95 and contain more malt. They come in around 5.5% ABV.
- these take the Standard and Craft Series products and add a
pouch of LME (liquid malt extract) to raise the ABV a point (4.7 - 6.5%), and
cost as low as $19.44.
These have the most malt. $24.95 and up, there are usually 4 each year, and when they run out, they're gone!
Why don't you give Mr Beer
a try? You'll be glad you did!