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Review: Mr.Beer

Author: DarkKnightH20

Not too long ago, I bought a Mr.Beer Premium Kit that was at a heavy discount from Woot.com. Here’s a little info on it from Amazon’s page about it–

Info

  • Easy to brew, just add water
  • Premium beer at a fraction of the cost
  • Drink you own home brew in as little as 14 days
  • Re-usable kit for continued brewing
  • Makes an excellent gift

It comes with a 2 gallon reservoir which means you’ll have enough space to make 8 1-liter bottles. The kit itself is nothing spectacular. The bottles are inexpensive, the beer ingredients are cheap, and the the 2 gallon fermenter is just a simple plastic barrel-type design with slits so that CO2 can leak out at a specific rate. For this reason, it isn’t worth paying the full price and that is why I only got it when it was at a discount. However, it IS very useful for learning how to make beer and gives you hands on experience to do so with ease — and therefore very well can be worth the money. If you are wanting to try this kit to save money, then another thing you should keep in mind is the cost of the refills and all the other materials you will need to buy to continue brewing. In reality, you are only making 8 1-liter bottles after all so a different kit may be worth it instead.


So How Does the Beer Taste?

    The first beer I tried was excellent. Foose had tried it as well and thought the same. We agreed that it had a very unique taste and were happy with the results. A week or so later, we tried other bottles. Unfortunately, they had a different taste and were not at all as good as the first bottle. It wasn’t an alcohol content related issue though. It was because the first bottle was kept in a fridge for awhile whereas the others had been left at room temperature. The taste of the room temperature alcohol wasn’t bad though. I personally saw to it that every last drop was finished. Mmm, mmm, mmm.



    For people who are curious about brewing alcohol, I recommend this kit to you. However, I also recommend checking out some other alternate kits that brew more alcohol during each batch. For example, there is Coopers Brewery Micro Brewery Kit that makes a total of 600 fluid ounces of alcohol, whereas Mr.Beer makes a total of only 270.51 fluid ounces. I haven’t personally used Coopers, but it has a good rating. The kit costs a lot more, however, and so do the refills.

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    1. Comments  Geek Montage » Review: Mr.Beer Premium Microbrewery Kit   |  Friday, 04 September 2009 at 1:20 PM

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