Welcome to the Mr.Beer® Community!
New brewers welcome to the Mr. Beer community page. Here is a great place where you and your fellow brewers can come together and talk about beer, more beer... heck just about anything you want! The community is a great place to expand your knowledge about brewing beer, and become a better overall brewer. There are a ton of experienced brewers here that will help you take your brewing game to the next level Yo! Any questions feel free to ask, here are a few tips and information to help you enjoy your time on the community and be a better brewer.
This is a Mr. Beer community so Mr. Beer is always here to help you with your brewing you can contact us a few ways.
- Call our customer service 1-800-852-4263
- Live chat with our customer service reps Monday-Friday 8am-5pm MST
- Email our customer service reps or friendly brewmasters.
How-To Instructional Video
There are a lot of new terms that you will see here (community slang) and also here are some FAQ's that might help you out!
Why did my beer not carbonate?
This is usually the result of not enough time in the bottles. Once fermentation is done (minimum of 2 weeks) the beer will need to sit in the bottle at about room temperature for at least 2 weeks to ensure full carbonation has taken place. From there you can condition your beer to improve the flavor.
What is this foam stuff on top of my beer and the side of the fermenter?
That “foam stuff” is called krausen, and it is perfectly normal so don't sweat it if you start to see brown gunk and foam build up on the sides of your fermenter. Krausen is a by product of the yeast during fermentation, and will settle down after approximate 48 to 72 hours. Here is a helpful time lapse video of what will happen in the beginning of fermentation. Time Lapse
After a few days it looks like my beer stopped fermenting. Is my beer ruined?
Don't worry, your yeast is still hard at work. Most of the action will take place within the first 48-72 hours, after that everything will die down and look like nothing is going on, but not to worry. Those little yeasty boys are still fermenting away at your beer, so make sure to let it sit the full 14 days in the keg.
I think my beer may be contaminated?
Your beer is at the biggest risk of contamination during brewing and bottling, when the beer is being transferred or handled. Make sure to review your methods carefully during these two processes to make sure you don't introduce any risk of contaminants. This includes leaving the beer open to air for too long or having any equipment that hasn't been thoroughly sanitized come in contact with the beer. To ensure that your equipment is sanitized, make sure to soak your equipment in the sanitized solution prepared with your No-rinse cleanser for at least 10 minutes.
My beer has a cidery or green apple taste, what went wrong?
Other than the addition of too much adjunct, in general, a young beer is prone to give off cidery or green-apple like flavors. This is due to a presence of acetaldehyde, which is an intermediate compound of alcohol. This flavor diminishes after aging and conditioning, as it allows the yeast the proper amount of time to reabsorb acetaldehyde and convert it into alcohol. So let those bottles age longer, especially at warmer temperatures (68-75°F), and you should notice your beer tasting considerably cleaner and crisper.
- LBK- Little Brown Keg (Mr. Beer fermenter)
- SWMBO- She Who Must Be Obeyed. Don't forget that when it comes to making beer! She can destroy you!
- RDWHAHB- Relax Don't Worry Have A Home Brew, this is the best part when it comes to making beer. Let the beer do its thing and enjoy a nice cold one!
- IMHO- In My Humble/Honest Opinion, remember this is an open community for discussion so don't take anything to heart, we are all trying to help! Do what is best for you.
One thing to remember with the vast number of people on here is that there are tons of different opinions and different ways to do things. What works for one does not work for all, so do what works best for you and gets you the best tasting beer. Just make sure to have fun and enjoy the wonderful art of brewing beer!