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04-03-2009 12:54 AM  9 years agoPost 1
jphilli

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Just wondering if any of you guys brew your own beer, wine, or even spirits. I've got a bunch of family members that make their own wine and I've been thinking about making beer as a side hobby. Looks like it could be a lot of fun and a bit cheaper than going to the store.

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04-03-2009 12:58 AM  9 years agoPost 2
Tmblewd

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I make Beer. I bought the wife the Mr Beer kit and have been using it. It's real easy and very inexpensive to get started with. My friends that make Beer started out the same way. It will make about 22 bottles of beer. The bigger kits make 2 and a half cases or more.

for more info go to mrbeer.com

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04-03-2009 01:05 AM  9 years agoPost 3
jphilli

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I was looking at the Mr. Beer kits but they looked a little toyish if you know what I mean. Glad to know that they work as I don't mind giving it a try.

BTW, I just bought a 2 gallon fermenter, hydrometer, an airlock, a bung, some turbo yeast, and some clarifying solution.

After making some experimental mashes, I think I'll go get a larger fermenter and try something from Mr. Beer or even try making some hard cider.

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04-03-2009 02:23 AM  9 years agoPost 4
Tmblewd

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Look for a Brewing Store in your area. They can get you started correctly. Like I said, the wife is the one that wanted the Mr Beer kit. Yes it does look goofy and a lot toyish, but their mixes do make some darn good beer. I add fruit, honey and their UME cans to every batch. It kicks the alchol content up quite a bit. I mix and match stuff and come up with my own receipes. I like it, it has to be chewed.

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04-03-2009 02:37 AM  9 years agoPost 5
jphilli

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What mixes have you found to be the best? I've been trying a bunch of different beer lately and I've really been enjoying Killian's Irish Red and Yuengling Dark and Tan. I may just go ahead and order up another fermenter or two. I don't like the idea of waiting two weeks for something that'll be gone in three days however I don't want to make batches too large in fear of messing one of them up. I'd rather keep them around a gallon or two until I get the hang of things.

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04-03-2009 02:53 AM  9 years agoPost 6
JeepFan

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I brew a batch every now and then. I really like the recipe kits from midwest brewing.

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04-03-2009 03:09 AM  9 years agoPost 7
Tmblewd

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Yea using the Mr Beer kit it does take some time to brew up a batch, with fermenting and aging, but for the cost of a case of say Fat Tire versus a case of Mr Beer it's actually cheaper to use the Mr Beer kit. I really like the Velvet Velociraptor receipe from Mr Beer

http://www.mrbeer.com/product-exec/...t_Velociraptor1

Actually I have a case I can start drinking tomorrow. I used pure dextrose in it versus the honey and I used the Mellow Amber UME instead of the Creamy Brown UME. The brown was good, but I wanted a lighter beer. I have another batch that is aging now and I used the Bewitched Red Ale with the Golden Wheat UME, a can of Black Berries, a cup and a half of citrus honey in it and 3oz of hopps. When I bottled it, it had some serious bite. It should come out pretty good. I've also done the California Pales with extra hopps and they were real good too.

The thing to remember no matter what kind of beer you are making or how or how much, if you put honey, maple syrup, molases or friut in it, it will kick up the alcohol content. The sugars from those ingrediants boost the alcohol content. Too much of those ingrediants will also blow the lid of your fermenter too, so watch it. (I've already done it twice) I'm trying to get the alcohol content up to about 7-8%.

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04-03-2009 03:11 AM  9 years agoPost 8
Tmblewd

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Oh, when using Dextrose, it gives your beer a cleaner flavor, you don't get the flavor of the honey or molases in your beer.

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04-03-2009 03:17 AM  9 years agoPost 9
jphilli

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This is probably a lame question, but what about standard white sugar?

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04-03-2009 03:20 AM  9 years agoPost 10
Tmblewd

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You will use that to prime your bottles when you are ready to age your beer. Atleast you will if you are using a Mr Beer kit.

Semper Fidelis

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04-03-2009 04:08 AM  9 years agoPost 11
Ktbone

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Start with a kit like this
http://store.homebrewheaven.com/sha...et=products.asp

And a ingredient kit like this
http://store.homebrewheaven.com/sha...et=products.asp

You will be making better beer than you can buy in no time, and please never use cane sugar.

I was a certified beer judge and an apprentice brew master.

If you don't know where you are going any road will take you there.

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04-03-2009 04:27 AM  9 years agoPost 12
JeepFan

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Ktbone, I think they have already decided to use the Mr. Beer kit. Personally I can't call using the Mr. Beer kit brewing, but a lot of people like it because it is fast and cheap. I have tried a beer from the Mr. Beer kit, it's not bad, but not the real thing either.

Those kits you have recommended are nice, but may be a bit pricey for a beginner.

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04-03-2009 04:40 AM  9 years agoPost 13
Ktbone

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I've had Mr Beer brew and it's not too bad, but with a little creativity you can make a much better brew for a lot less.

Pick up a copy of Charlie Pappazian's book on brewing.
Go to your local bakery or donut shop and ask for some used 7.5 and 5 gallon food grade buckets. Buy a Geordie or Cooper kit ($12-15), air lock, racking tube, bottle caps, and capper.
Next batch try one of Charlie's recipes.

Back in the day I could make a really good pale ale for about $.12/bottle. I used to brew all grain in 30gal batches (I had lots of friends)

If you don't know where you are going any road will take you there.

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04-03-2009 07:02 AM  9 years agoPost 14
Tmblewd

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I'm not trying to push the Mr Beer kit's, it's what I have and it works for me. It makes 22 bottles of beer which for me is the perfect amount. If I go to something bigger, like 5 gallons, then you are talking 2 1/2 cases of beer at a time, which for me is too much. My buddy that brews, that's what he does, but he also drinks about 10 beers a night. Me, it's a beer once in awile. But from a cost aspect to get started making beer in low quantities, the Mr Beer kit is the way to go in my opinion.

Semper Fidelis

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04-03-2009 07:11 AM  9 years agoPost 15
Tmblewd

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Ktbone - I will agree that if you want to brew a lot of beer then you need to go to a store like your link to get that type of kit. But, you are still talking 2 1/2 cases at a time. And yes, you will deffinately make a better beer when you are making a larger quantity with better ingrediants. The Mr Beer s kit is a starter kit for home brewing, that's all it is. It's something to get you started in the hobby. It's about like buying a Blade Heli, it's something to get you started in the hobby. It's a cost thing for dang sure. A $30 beer kit to make some beer versus $300 for a real good beer kit.

JeepFan - If you just make a plain jane beer with the Mr Beer kit, it's like drinking water. But if you kick in all the extras, it's pretty darn good. I found that out real quick.

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04-03-2009 10:46 AM  9 years agoPost 16
dschertz

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try http://www.morebeer.com they are pretty good I have ordered quite a bit from them and their brewing "kits"

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04-03-2009 06:44 PM  9 years agoPost 17
countrypilot

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Been brewing my home brew beers and wines (usually apple wine) for many years. A good brewski is fun and easy to brew and always tastes so good. Be creative and try varied recipes. Never had a bad home brew.

AS THEY SAY----FEAR NO BEER

A good day flying is when you come home with everything in one piece

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04-04-2009 02:22 AM  9 years agoPost 18
JeepFan

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My problem is that too many people want to try the new batch. Last batch I only had 12 beers left for myself.

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04-04-2009 02:27 AM  9 years agoPost 19
JeepFan

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BTW, this is the kit I started with a few years back:

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/prod...spx?ProdID=6873

I added a few things over the years, but still use the bucket for my primary fermenter. The bottle capper is still in use too.

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