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WelcomeNew 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.

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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.

Community Slang

  • 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!

Hoppy Brewing!

  • Rhapsody on Blue

    Blueberries and summer were made for each other. That’s why our July Recipe of the Month is Rhapsody on Blue: a light, slightly hazy summer blonde with just a touch of the blues. Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner makes a nice balanced malt base on which to begin building, and the Golden BrewMax LME provides just a hint of twang from the wheat. The blueberry flavor is subtle, but stays true to the fruit’s flavor.  

    Fruit beers sometimes get a bad rap for their overwhelming fruit flavors, but don’t you worry, this is not one of those beers. Instead, the fruit complements the malt’s flavor rather than steals its focus. Our Rhapsody on Blue is also extremely versatile when it comes to food pairings. While it is light enough to enjoy with grilled chicken and a summer salad, it is also savory enough to pair with baked brie, your favorite fresh ceviche or a lobster bake. Feeling really creative? Add the sweet taste of summer to any dish by using this blueberry beer as your secret ingredient in the kitchen. The possibilities are endless, so hurry up and grab a batch while it’s on sale!

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  • Oh, Those Hazy Lazy Beers of Summer

    Historically speaking, Spring is the time of year when we at Mr.Beer start getting lots of requests for our wheat beer recipes. Many breweries are releasing special summer ales that have a wheat slant to them since they're so refreshing when it's hot out, and the trend of adding a wedge of lemon, lime or (my favorite) orange only kicks up that flavor quotient. They are malty, almost sweet, and in Witbiers there's usually a hint of orange and coriander added during the brewing process that sets them apart from other styles both in flavor and appearance.

    With the growing popularity of Blue Moon, Shock-Top, and Weihenstephaner, Witbiers and Hefeweizens are emerging as year round go-to beers for many American and Canadian beer drinkers. And the preponderance of new breweries everywhere means we now have many new options close to home. So many people are now getting educated about and seeking out adventurous new beer styles to try. It's a great time for beer adventurers!

    Wheat beers encompass a variety of styles but we'll stick with Hefes and Witbiers here. Weizenbier and Weissbier are generally considered to be the same bier (pronounced 'beer') but the region of Germany is what defines which name they use, Weizen in the northern and western areas, and Weiss in Bavaria. Witbier is a Belgian wheat style, very close to the German style, and usually also has coriander and orange peel as traditional adjuncts added to it. Also referred to as 'white beers', so-called because of the hazy or cloudy appearance that they have, due to that presence of wheat, the clarity can vary from very clear as with Kristal Weizen, to really cloudy as many Hefeweizens.

    Most Hefes and Wits are brewed using an ale yeast that imparts a spicy banana-clove, even bubble gum like flavor (ester) to the beer that works so well in concert with the wheat, and many times, there is a small amount of yeast still present in the bottle that adds to the flavor of the beer when incorporated before pouring. Brewing at room temperature (about 72-74°F) where many of our houses are now sitting only adds to that estery flavor, so now is a great time for brewing wheat beers.

    Our May recipe of the month is “Who's your Hefé? Hefeweizen”. It embodies the hefeweizen style in all the best ways. Mr.Beer® Bavarian Weissbier is the base of this recipe with its generous ratio of wheat to barley malt, then we've fostered the fullness of flavor, bumped up the body and more alcohol in the form of a Golden LME, it is full bodied and cloudy, pale gold and topped by a thick foam meringue, just begging for a citrus garnish. Gorgeous in a curvy glass, no wonder wheat is on the rise.

    Talk about flavor, this is a beer that really brings it! The spicy banana-clove esters that the yeast contributes is accentuated by the soft floral herbal hop pop that Tettnanger slides in really sets the bread-like qualities off perfectly. Hefeweizen pairs well with all the great food that summer is all about. Seafood, chicken, grilled meats and veggies, salads, and many pasta dishes are well complemented by this style, even some desserts, like grilled nectarines drizzled with a balsamic reduction. Truly a well- rounded summer quencher. Brew up a batch for your next party!

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  • Congrats Keith - April's Brewer of the Month

    Thank you for picking me as the Brewer of the Month, it is quite an honor. Please see below for my story:

    I grew up in Union (Northern) New Jersey and lived there until I was 34 (2003). In 2001 I married my wonderful wife Domenica. We bought a house in Vineland,(Southern New Jersey) in August of 2003 and that is where we currently reside along with our beautiful 7 year old daughter Brianna. I am 45 years old and currently employed by The City of Vineland and have been a municipal employee within the state of New Jersey for 17 years.My hobbies consist of working out, muscle cars (I have a 1968 Olds 442 Convertible),sports (The Pittsburgh Steelers, The New York Rangers, New York Yankees and The Pittsburgh Pirates), playing the electric bass, and of course, home brewing.

    Hmm, how did I get into home brewing you ask...Well, it all started 2 weeks prior to Christmas 2012. My friend, Jim Cavaliero had shown me a Mr. Beer kit in a sales circular while we were on our lunch break. Wouldn't you know It, 2 days later while Christmas shopping with my wife and daughter at JC Penny I spotted a Premium Gold kit and my wife bought it for me for Christmas. I started brewing on December 26, 2012 and the first beer I made was the Cowboy Golden Lager. It was a big hit with friends and family, and it inspired me to keep brewing. With the assistance of Diane and Sam at Mr. Beer, The Community, You Tube, books, etc... I have brewed a total of 27 beers so far. I usually brew a batch about every 2 weeks consisting of either Mr. Beer HME, Briess LME or DME, LME, Booster, honey, fruit, hops, you name it. I usually rotate the styles between dark, amber and light so I have a well stocked assortment for me, my family and tasting buds. The yeast I use varies depending on the style from Mr. Beer, Sefale, Seflager, etc. My wife enjoys helping me brew and my daughter loves the way the house smells while I am brewing. I would say my favorite beer is Victory's Hop Devil. I have also gotten a few of my friends, Justin and Joe, into home brewing as well. It is a great hobby and it puts me in touch with my European heritage.

    If I could share a beer (or many) with anyone it would be Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head. What an inspiration and innovator to me and to all in the beer nation.

    Salut'-Cento Anni

    Keith Reinbott
    A/K/A KLR on the Forum
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  • Congrats Vladimir Putin - April Fools Brewer of the Month

    My name is Vladimir Putin, but my Oligarchs call me Boobs Akimbo behind closed doors. I have been running Russia for many years now. In my spare time when I am not fishing with no shirt on I might add ;), or riding horses with no shirt on, or doing some hunting with no shirt on again ;), I do enjoy a nice home brew, with no shirt on.

    Since my young days in the KGB when I was first introduced to the Mr. Beer kit, it was love at first website. My fellow comrades and I loved the Mr. Beer kit. I have since put my first LBK on display in the Moscow Museum of Art, so all of Russia can come and look at the all the glory and majesty of my LBK, which I named Czar.

    Most people assume that my favorite beer is a Russian Imperialist Stout, but that is wrong. I will sip one from time to time so the people of Russia will think of me as a powerful leader with no shirt on, but behind closed doors I tend to enjoy sipping on the nice crisp fruity beers, while grooving to my favorite band PussyRiot. I have come to make some good ones with wonderful color and flavor. My latest batch which is my favorite so far, (any beer not made by me with no shirt on is no good) it is the Crimean Cranberry Framboise. I am also thinking about making a Ukraine Summer Invasion Wheat, but have not decided what I want to do next.

    I most like to share a beer with.... myself with no shirt on. Then I can look at myself with no shirt while I look at myself with no shirt on and drink some of my most fruitiest beer the Crimean Cranberry Framboise. This would be an Epic day in Russian history and one that the people would remember forever!


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  • Congrats gophers6- February's Brewer of the Month!!

    You may know me as "gophers 6" on the forum. As you can probably tell I am a big Minnesota Gopher Hockey fan.
     Along with my wife and son we own and operate a family farm in Minnesota where we produce corn, soybeans, and wheat. (No barley or hops yet.)  We also have put about 100 acres into conservation programs for wildlife habitat.
    My brewing adventure began 5 years ago when a friend told me he had gotten a Mr Beer kit and was surprised by the good results. About that time my Dad had given me $50 for Christmas, which was just the right amount to buy a Mr Beer kit, so I decided to try my hand at it. The rest, as they say, is history.
    I started with the basic refills, then the deluxe refills, then on to the recipes. Now I pretty much make up my own recipes. A typical batch usually begins with a Mr Beer HME to which I add steeping grains, more malt extract and more hops.
    There have been so many good brews it would be hard to pick a favorite. The beer in the picture is an Oatmeal Stout that I'm pretty happy with. It contains Irish Stout HME, oats, amber DME and dark cocoa powder.
    I'd like to thank the members of the forum that have taught me so much. This is where I learned about steeping grains, DME, hop schedules..... You name it, you can learn about it here. I encourage beginning brewers to participate on the forum and ask questions. 
    I want to thank my wife who has been a big help. She usually stirs the pot while I'm pouring in ingredients and also helps with bottling. I'm also thankful for family and friends who are always willing to sample my beer. It's been a great hobby!
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