dealsmr. beer premium edition kit for $29.99 + free…

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Anybody ever used one of these? How much beer do you get out of this basic kit? Can you make higher alchohol beer? Is it any good?

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The kit makes about 2-1/2 gallons. The beer varieties that you can get for the kit are decent (better than your typical store-bought, big brewery beers, but not quite up to the finer microbrews). I've started with one of these kits, and then moved on to a full system that I got at the local homebrewing supply store, though I still use the 'barrel' from the Mr. Beer kit for making smaller experimental batches. It's a good first step, and a low investment for that. As for the higher-alcohol beers, it's more dependent on the yeast you use and any nutrient to add...they tend to 'shut down' when the alcohol reaches a certain point. Most Mr. Beer kits will give you a typical 5.5-7% beer.

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@satyrday: Cool, thanks for the info - 1 more question - Does it stink during the fermentation process? I'd be fermenting in a dark, cool basement, but I'd rather it didn't stink the place up. Thanks again.

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@mossmanfromheman:

No stink, though fermenting yeast does have a fresh bread smell. The majority of the smell from brewing beer comes from the brewing (boiling) process, done before the fermenting. With the Mr Beer kits, you don't actually boil the wort (unfermented beer) so there is almost no smell.

While I went straight to a homebrewing kit from a local brewing store and skipped the Mr Beer, several friends have these and use them for test batches. It is a great way to get started with the bobby.

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Just bought one on amazon yesterday for $22.95 with their free Prime shipping