dealsmr. beer premium edition home beer kit (new) for…

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This is definitely a good kit! I got one a couple Woot-Offs ago. Fairly simple to use and yields pretty decent beer

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@thedogma: Did you ever try to Root Beer kit? Just curious

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I bought this kit from Woot many months ago. I've brewed about 6-7 beers in it and recently switched to an higher-end all-grain setup.

My opinion on the Mr Beer kit... It's a perfect starting avenue for those interested in homebrewing. It's very easy to do. From my experience, the quality with all the different Mr Beer varieties I've tried (6-7), the ending brew is fair to good. As I said, I've moved to an all-grain setup and I've really gotten some great beers from that. It's shown me what's possible from an in-home setup. Your results and opinions will obviously vary. But regardless, it's a cheap and worthy starting point.

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@firebirdude: Yep, this was my introduction to brewing as well. Now doing all-grain and kegging.

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@atd15: I haven't (I'm not a fan of root beer), but I would imagine that it works very similarly. The carbonation comes from putting sugar in the bottles before adding the liquid...I can't imagine soda is that radically different.

@firebirdude is definitely correct. This was my first attempt at brewing (which I managed to mess up slightly), but if I ever got serious about it, I'd want something more advanced. This is good in that everything is prepared for you, but making wort sounds like it would be fun. To get the idea of brewing though, it's a great place to start.

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How expensive are new ingredients? $20 for 21 beers is alright, but I assume that cost includes the container and stuff too. So does each following batch cheaper?

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@johnt007871: Refills directly from Mr. Beer are darn pricey. $15-$20+shipping. But they are available on Amazon cheaper, free shipping, AND I've seen them do a buy 3 get 1 free deal occasionally. Amazon also has the variety packs very cheap.
http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Beer-3-Beer-Variety-Pack/dp/B00005O68M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337878796&sr=8-1

Once you get your feet wet, you can move to a middle ground and brew all-grain in a bag with a large pot on the stove. All the grains/hops for ~10 bucks and then use the Mr. Beer keg to ferment in and bottles to bottle with. So anyway you look at it, this kit is great. A steal at this price. Maybe grab 2 to have two batches, two kegs, and double the bottles.

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Whew, I'm glad it's "New." Wouldn't want used beer now.

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I bought this kit a few woot-offs ago and I just brewed my second batch over the weekend. It was really easy and a lot of fun. The recipe and supplies that come with the kit made a pretty decent beer. I am now officially hooked!

2 suggestions. One, only use bottled water (i.e., Poland Spring) and two, double the wait times on each step (let it lager for 2 weeks instead of 1, and let it ferment in the bottles for 4 weeks not two). Trust me, it will make a big difference in the flavor and carbonation.

If you ever thought to MIGHT be interested in home-brewing, this will be the best 25 bucks you ever spent.

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I see triple refill packs are about $25. (60 bottles 12oz)

Ahh decisions!?

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I got this as a gift and I'm sure I messed something up the two times I tried to brew (lager and wheat), but IMHO I would rather just pay for some good microbrews from the people who know what the heck they're doing.

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@evawheel: Clark, that's the gift that keeps on giving throughout the entire year.

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do they sell these to people in alabama? it is currently illegal to homebrew beer there.

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@evawheel: thats the problem with Mr. beer. You just cannot make a decent beer (ESPECIALLY a lager) with it.

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@firebirdude: What setup are you using now? I've tried this kit to start out with, but I'm looking for something a little more... robust. And I want to start bottling in glass bottles.

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Mr. Beer is the gateway drug of homebrewing. You'll start off with the $20 investment and then the next thing you know you'll be making kegerators and keezers.

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@adercott: That is so true! I told a couple of buddies of mine who home brew that I used this kit, next thing I know they are telling me that I need to make my own wort and grow my own hops!!

Have to admit, it did sound REALLY tempting!

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I got into homebrewing from one of the $200 kits from a local brew store... "Extract Brewing" they call it. I did 3 or 4 Extract batches... then jumped right into All Grain Brewing... that cost me around $800... but it's the best beer I've made at home.

So for $20 ... this can get your first attempts at home brewing to see if you like it... then maybe move up to Extract Brewing if you really like it and want to make better beer.

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I got one of these a couple of years ago. It was a lot of fun but the waiting gets me. The beer wasn't too bad either. I would have bought more of them but I moved to a place that I didn't really have a place to let the properly ferment and such. I plan to get some more and hopefully actually do some real-deal brewing (not that you don't get beer from this) down the line.

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@adshahs: I recommend moving to the "middle ground" that I mentioned earlier. It's an all-grain brew, that you brew in a fine mesh bag. Mash the grains, start your boil and add your hops, cool, pitch the yeast, and then transfer to the Mr Beer keg to ferment in. Homebrewtalk dot com is a great forum to learn more. Search the term "BIAB" (brew in a bag). After fermentation is complete, rack the beer to a secondary container to batch prime all the beer with sugar at once. Then use a bottling wand to bottle.

As for moving to glass bottles, it's your call. No difference in final outcome. Just collect dark colored glass bottles and buy a capper.

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Blast it! Just the other day I was thinking I would get one of these the next time I saw it, and now it's sold out! Damn, damn, damn!

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Just got home and it sold out. Guess it's back to making moonshine for me...

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Haven't gotten to use it yet, but I bought one of these. Still researching with my buddy about what fruit we will use. The kit comes with a WEALTH of knowledge about brewing with it! Great kit!