dealsmr. beer deluxe edition home microbrewery system…

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Caution: this kit started me down an obsessive road to homebrewing.

While this kit is extremely basic you can still make ok beer with it. If you pay extra attention to sanitation, give it a few extra days longer than recommended for fermentation and carbonation, and most importantly ferment it around 64-68 degrees, you might just surprise yourself.

Cool fermentation is the key though... fermention above 72 degrees will produce all sorts of esters and other things you don't want in your beer.

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I got this kit around 4 months ago. I tried to brew a batch but being on the East Coast it was to cold to ferment. It did however spark my interest in home brewing and as soon as the weather warms up I am going to give it a shot. For the price of this item is isnt a bad idea if you are curious about homebrew.

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Also if you use this you'd be better off disregarding the Mr Beer instructions and going to www.homebrewtalk.com. There is a section dedicated to Mr Beer with lots of helpful users who will help you produce the best beer possible with the ingredients included.

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I've been delightfully surprised by the Mr. Beer kit I received for Christmas a couple years ago. I've probably made 9 batches of different flavors, and all have turned out great. In fact, I've got a batch of Linebacker Dopplebock fermenting not that I plan to bottle in the next couple of days. by the time the NCAA Tournament rolls around, it'll be ready to go.

Thanks for the www.homebrewtalk.com link. I'll check that out when I make my next batch.

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Also, mrbeerfans.com is a great site with knowledge and support for all sorts of brewing!

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mattkosko: Kudos to a fellow mrbeerfans.com member! I got MANY tips from there. I've brewed over 50 cases of beer in under 2 years of brewing with my Mr. Beer setup. I've had only a few bad batches, and it was the above site that helped me discover that my fermentation temps were too high (during the summer months)! I'm firmly hooked, and have since bought a full-on home brewing kit on e-bay, although I have not used it yet. At times I have 4 Mr. Beer kegs going at a time. The bottleneck in my production line is the bottles- pun intended - I have to wait until I empty some before I can bottle more. (Not as easy as you might think!)

Here's a tip: wait until MrBeer.com has a sale- many times 20-25% off, then stock up on mixes to save on shipping. Cheers!

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@capnjb:
In the same boat as you. Total brewing obsession now. Went from two Mr Beer keg kits that I bought on Woot, to running 5 gallon batches and a two-tap kegerator. Got about 3 lbs of hops in my freezer and should get another pound today or tomorrow from USPS.

morebeer.com is a pretty good place to buy ingredients and other stuff if you're planning on stepping up from a Mr Beer kit to 5 gallons and up...assuming you don't have a HomeBrew Supply Shop near you.

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I really want to try brewing at home, but I'm a little scared here in FL. Temps are already above 75, and soon the house will be a constant 78 (AC) - which from reading here is far too warm to ferment.

If someone can point me to an easy way to keep my fermenting temps down (without me running the AC at 68 which ain't gonna happen!), I may jump in on this.

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Picked mine up on sellout.woot back in November and I'm on my second batch. The first batch was quite satisfactory (didn't use the included ingredients, just ordered recipes from mrbeer.com straight away). I'll be bottling the second batch this weekend, and it's great fun learning about brewing.

Granted, this is more like brewing "lite" (pun intended). It doesn't take nearly as long to brew and prep the wort and whatnot with Mr. Beer, but don't let that stop you. There are a bunch of different things you can do and beers you can make that will likely still taste good. Just remember the 2-2-2 rule: 2 weeks in the keg, 2 weeks in the bottle, 2 weeks in the fridge lagering.

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@philly820: I also live on the east coast and I usually keep it in a closet in a heated room. I also know some brewers during the winter that keep their brews near their boilers to keep it at temp. Temperature is very important to get proper fermentation. There are some products out there to help you such as http://www.williamsbrewing.com/BREWERS-EDGE-SPACE-HEATER-P518C100.aspx but you aren't limited to this alone.

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@oldcqr: There are a couple of ways to keep the temp down. Here is one example http://www.williamsbrewing.com/CONTROLLER-P762C100.aspx But you aren't limited to this company or type. It regulates the temperature in any fridge by using a selectable dial. You can also find many creative home built solutions by searching fermentation chiller on google.

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first time commenter and buyer here on woot -- just bought the kit along with the "deluxe bottling system" haha came out to $48 with free amazon shipping. my freezing dungeon/basement should be perfect for the fermenting. seems like the key (from what i've read) is keeping the temperatures low and letting it ferment for an additional week or so EDIT @hobbes9 -- thanks for the advice, 2-2-2 sounds like a good plan. it'll be my first homebrew batch ever so wish me luck.

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@zcor27:
Don't want the temps for fermenting to be too low unless you are making a lager. Most ales ferment best around 65-72+/- You want the temps to be as consistent as possible. I keep my carboy/fermentor in a closet that is consistently at 68. 2-2-2 is a pretty good rule of thumb. As(if) you jump up to larger brewing, the best way to check your wort to see if it's done fermenting is to take a gravity reading.

Good books on homebrewing:
The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition - Charles Papazian
How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time - John J. Palmer

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Mr. Beer also steered me down the obsessive path of brewing. For those worried about keeping their house cool enough in the summer, a cheap alternative would be to use a cooler and an ice pack or two. The Mr. Beer fermenter easily fits inside a standard 48 qt. cooler with room to spare. Just keep a thermometer in there with the fermenter and replace the ice pack every day or so. Disclaimer: this will no longer work when you decide to increase your production to 5+ gallon batches, which for me only took about 6 months.

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Not a deal...you can get the exact same kit at Bed Bath and Beyond for $29.99 + taxes.

I only clicked this because I thought it was the black Friday deal with the bottling kit for $29.99

It seems that it is not available online. So call your local store in advance. Mine has them.

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@batlezone2: Thank you for the link. Ill have to check it out.

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another way to keep control of your fermentation is to build your own temp controller for under $50. Again, a full write up at www.mrbeerfans.com

Check it out: http://www.mrbeerfans.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/213369/Dual_Stage_Temp_Controller_for.html#Post213369

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I got this kit as a gift. Out of the two batches I have made, maybe 4 bottles at the most carbonized correctly. I don't think I will be making any more.