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Mr. Beer Premium Edition Home Microbrewery System $15 Instore Pickup Only Kmart

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Mr. Beer Premium Edition Home Microbrewery System $15 Instore Pickup Kmart
Still some available in the 95624 Zipcode

http://www.kmart.com/mr-beer-prem...ockType=G7

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#46
Saw a lot of these at my local Sears about 2 months ago. Not sure if they're still there, but it's the one in Rockaway, NJ
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Quote from JoshV8582 View Post :
This. seriously, if you want to brew, skip these and do the real thing. The amount of work to do a 5g kit instead this size is about the same, but results are apt to be much better. Not to mention, getting enough beer to make it worthwhile. Groupon and Living Social run a pretty stellar deal on a starter kit at Midwest Supplies now and then. THAT is the best way to get into it...
I couldn't disagree more.
Craigslist is filled with surplus 5 gallon kits that people bought thinking it would be easy, then got disillusioned. The Mr Beer thing is quicker, easier and more practical for people living in apartments or small houses,and who just want to see if they like the process. Especially for only 15$

I started with Mr Beer ($10 after Xmas sale) back when I lived in a tiny starter home with an electric range that was on it's last legs. Could I do a full 5 gallon boil with that thing, no, I was lucky to get a decent gallon boil . And I had no storage space. The Mr Beer keg can fit on a bookshelf.

Now i have a house with three times the square footage, and a room in my basement dedicated to brewing where I have my 3 tap kegerator, a custom built fermentation chamber (it gets hot here so I need it during the summer even for ales) and a beer fridge where I store my bottled beer (not as much as I prefer kegging). I can now do full boils and all grain without any limitations.

Do I still use the Mr Beer stuff. Not much, I sometimes use the plastic keg when I'm making an experimental recipe and don't want to get stuck with 5 gallons of bad beer.

But, I started small, learned the process found out i liked it, and was good at it. Before I spent a pile of money.

My $.02.
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#48
Ordered one of these earlier since I was $14 short of being able to use the $20 back on $75 while ordering some of the razor's that were posted today. Figured it was worth trying for free.
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Quote from Skelly View Post :
I couldn't disagree more.
Craigslist is filled with surplus 5 gallon kits that people bought thinking it would be easy, then got disillusioned. The Mr Beer thing is quicker, easier and more practical for people living in apartments or small houses,and who just want to see if they like the process. Especially for only 15$

I started with Mr Beer ($10 after Xmas sale) back when I lived in a tiny starter home with an electric range that was on it's last legs. Could I do a full 5 gallon boil with that thing, no, I was lucky to get a decent gallon boil . And I had no storage space. The Mr Beer keg can fit on a bookshelf.

Now i have a house with three times the square footage, and a room in my basement dedicated to brewing where I have my 3 tap kegerator, a custom built fermentation chamber (it gets hot here so I need it during the summer even for ales) and a beer fridge where I store my bottled beer (not as much as I prefer kegging). I can now do full boils and all grain without any limitations.

Do I still use the Mr Beer stuff. Not much, I sometimes use the plastic keg when I'm making an experimental recipe and don't want to get stuck with 5 gallons of bad beer.

But, I started small, learned the process found out i liked it, and was good at it. Before I spent a pile of money.

My $.02.
If you look at what you're actually getting with this Mr. Beer kit though, it's basically a 2 gallon bottling bucket, some bottles to put it in, and a tiny ingredient kit.

Right now, Northern Brewer has a full starter kit, including an extract beer kit, for $80. You'll make twice as much (and probably much better) beer. Alternately, there's no reason that you couldn't use it to brew a smaller batch if you really wanted to. I've progressed pretty far into brewing at this point and a kit like this still covers most of what I need.

That Mr. Beer kit is a throwaway. There's nothing in it that you'll continue to use if you like brewing, and I think it's a generally wasteful way to find out, even for $15.
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#50
Would go well with my new Das Horn
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Quote from bubbagumper6 View Post :
I do agree this isn't going to make award winning beer but I still think it's a worthwhile venture for those interested. Those of you saying you might as well buy the equipment for 5 gallon batches, that's like telling someone interested in baseball they should go out and buy every piece of equipment instead of stepping into a batting cage. This is just meant to get your feet wet and see if you're interested in putting in the effort.

At $15 I'm not sure why it's even a discussion, the bottles are reusable for as long as you brew so if you end up moving away from it the only extra stuff you have is the small fermenter which can still be used once you start into 5 gallon batches. A single 5 gallon batch divides into two Mr Beer fermenters quite well. Then you can either A. Modify each keg for two different variations and bottle separately or B. Leave them alone and combine after fermentation for a single 5 gallon batch of beer.

The one thing I hate about the craft beer industry is all the snobs that look down their noses at stuff like this. It's a way for people to get into the industry and that's good for everyone. There was a man in the news the other day who's opening a brewery in Toledo, Ohio and he came right out and said he got his start with Mr. Beer.





You may want to venture to your local homebrew store and get some new yeast. It has a shelf life and if it's been a year I'd be wary. Plus yeast is cheap, shouldn't cost you more than $2-3 to replace.
Thanks for the tip. there's a nice home brewing supply shop not far away.
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Quote from cbattles View Post :
If you look at what you're actually getting with this Mr. Beer kit though, it's basically a 2 gallon bottling bucket, some bottles to put it in, and a tiny ingredient kit.

Right now, Northern Brewer has a full starter kit, including an extract beer kit, for $80. You'll make twice as much (and probably much better) beer. Alternately, there's no reason that you couldn't use it to brew a smaller batch if you really wanted to. I've progressed pretty far into brewing at this point and a kit like this still covers most of what I need.

That Mr. Beer kit is a throwaway. There's nothing in it that you'll continue to use if you like brewing, and I think it's a generally wasteful way to find out, even for $15.
I still use bottles. It is a great set for beginners.
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Quote from bubbagumper6 View Post :
I do agree this isn't going to make award winning beer but I still think it's a worthwhile venture for those interested. Those of you saying you might as well buy the equipment for 5 gallon batches, that's like telling someone interested in baseball they should go out and buy every piece of equipment instead of stepping into a batting cage. This is just meant to get your feet wet and see if you're interested in putting in the effort.

At $15 I'm not sure why it's even a discussion, the bottles are reusable for as long as you brew so if you end up moving away from it the only extra stuff you have is the small fermenter which can still be used once you start into 5 gallon batches. A single 5 gallon batch divides into two Mr Beer fermenters quite well. Then you can either A. Modify each keg for two different variations and bottle separately or B. Leave them alone and combine after fermentation for a single 5 gallon batch of beer.

The one thing I hate about the craft beer industry is all the snobs that look down their noses at stuff like this. It's a way for people to get into the industry and that's good for everyone. There was a man in the news the other day who's opening a brewery in Toledo, Ohio and he came right out and said he got his start with Mr. Beer.





You may want to venture to your local homebrew store and get some new yeast. It has a shelf life and if it's been a year I'd be wary. Plus yeast is cheap, shouldn't cost you more than $2-3 to replace.


http://www.brewreviewcrew.com/black-frog/
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Quote from Skelly View Post :
I couldn't disagree more.
Craigslist is filled with surplus 5 gallon kits that people bought thinking it would be easy, then got disillusioned. The Mr Beer thing is quicker, easier and more practical for people living in apartments or small houses,and who just want to see if they like the process. Especially for only 15$

I started with Mr Beer ($10 after Xmas sale) back when I lived in a tiny starter home with an electric range that was on it's last legs. Could I do a full 5 gallon boil with that thing, no, I was lucky to get a decent gallon boil . And I had no storage space. The Mr Beer keg can fit on a bookshelf.

Now i have a house with three times the square footage, and a room in my basement dedicated to brewing where I have my 3 tap kegerator, a custom built fermentation chamber (it gets hot here so I need it during the summer even for ales) and a beer fridge where I store my bottled beer (not as much as I prefer kegging). I can now do full boils and all grain without any limitations.

Do I still use the Mr Beer stuff. Not much, I sometimes use the plastic keg when I'm making an experimental recipe and don't want to get stuck with 5 gallons of bad beer.

But, I started small, learned the process found out i liked it, and was good at it. Before I spent a pile of money.

My $.02.

If you fall into the situation where you don't have room in a closet or can't afford a stove that can boil ~3 gallons of water, then you probably shouldn't be brewing.

I 100% disagree with going through the effort of making such a small batch of mediocre beer when that money is a throw- away either way you look at it - either you hate the hobby and stop or you like it and move up. We aren't talking much more money to get vastly superior equipment and the ability to make better stuff.

If people want to waste $15 on this go for it, but we aren't talking about taking a big leap in price, effort, or equipment to do 5 gallon extract batches instead (not to mention make way better beer that way).
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