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What type of beer do I like?

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Hi all,

 

I have never been big into craft beers (im a cheapskate), I generally drink Budweiser, Keystone Ice, Killian's Irish Red & Yungling.(90% of the time its bud or keystone)

I like Coor's Original, Sam adams, New Castle brown ale, Amber boch. But I rarely drink these.

 

I know I do not like Miller (any of it), Corona, Heinikin, Rolling Rock

 

I haven's the slightest idea what I am looking for when looking at the Mr. Beer recipes, i am definitely lost. I have been asked if I like a Hoppy beer or bitter beer.. i honestly do not know.

 

My Mr Beer kit came with Classic American Lager, and the Mexican Aztec. The classic american lager is currently in its 2nd week of bottle conditioning and the Aztec is in its 2nd week in the LBK. So I still have almost 3 weeks until I feel comfortable putting a bottle in the fridge to try it out.

 

I guess I am ignorant and do not know what im missing and once I start making GOOD beer i will never go back to that swill i have been drinking.. LOL!

 

Any guidance or input would be wonderful.

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One thing I did was to go to various restaurants, especially those that sold lots of different beers varieties on tap.  Order the smallest size (10oz is often used) of various styles, and sample them.  Craft beer isn't about getting drunk, it's about flavors, so that's why the smaller amounts.  You will like some, not others.  Everyone has their own style that they like (I don't like hop bitterness, love wheat, and contrary to you, I like Miller Light over Bud).  Most menus will include the IBU number.  This is International Bittering Units, a measure of how much hop flavor is in a beer.  Start with lower numbers, and work your way up until you find your preferred level. I like below 30, some people won't do anything unless it is above 70.

 

If made well, you should like your first two batches.  Look into the Bavarian Weissbier and Czech Pilsner under standard refill, as they are a step up from American beers.  Find the basic HME that you like, then look at the recipes Mr. Beer has to enhance more flavors.

 

And as always, if you have any questions about recipes, beer styles, or flavors, please feel free to ask.  Most of the folks here have brewed many of the styles on this site, and have tasted even more than that.

 

 

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I would suggest you visit a local bar that offers craft beers and get a flight of 6 or 8 and try them.  Sam Adams makes a lot of different beers...

 

Classic American Light takes like nothing, i.e. Bud.  Aztec is very bland also.

 

Each refill is completely described on the Mr. Beer site.  I would suggest the Oktoberfest.

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Oktoberfest and American lager might suit your taste buds. It is difficult to compare craft beers to MB, as most MB brews are really ales, which have different flavor profiles than lagers. The beers you describe that you like are generally mildly hopped, lighter body, clean finish, no bold flavors. Try some ales at a local brew house and see what you like. If you are lucky, and the place is really local, you might catch one of the brew masters or a knowledgeable bar keep. Good luck and keep posting.  

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Thanks for the info! I will take all of it into account.

 

8 hours ago, MiniYoda said:

One thing I did was to go to various restaurants, especially those that sold lots of different beers varieties on tap.  Order the smallest size (10oz is often used) of various styles, and sample them.  Craft beer isn't about getting drunk, it's about flavors, so that's why the smaller amounts.  You will like some, not others.  Everyone has their own style that they like (I don't like hop bitterness, love wheat, and contrary to you, I like Miller Light over Bud).  Most menus will include the IBU number.  This is International Bittering Units, a measure of how much hop flavor is in a beer.  Start with lower numbers, and work your way up until you find your preferred level. I like below 30, some people won't do anything unless it is above 70.

 

If made well, you should like your first two batches.  Look into the Bavarian Weissbier and Czech Pilsner under standard refill, as they are a step up from American beers.  Find the basic HME that you like, then look at the recipes Mr. Beer has to enhance more flavors.

 

And as always, if you have any questions about recipes, beer styles, or flavors, please feel free to ask.  Most of the folks here have brewed many of the styles on this site, and have tasted even more than that.

 

 

I will look into both of those refills, thanks @MiniYoda, May the Force be with you

 

 

 

8 hours ago, RickBeer said:

I would suggest you visit a local bar that offers craft beers and get a flight of 6 or 8 and try them.  Sam Adams makes a lot of different beers...

 

Classic American Light takes like nothing, i.e. Bud.  Aztec is very bland also.

 

Each refill is completely described on the Mr. Beer site.  I would suggest the Oktoberfest.

I know I like Sam Adams Boston Lager and Oktoberfest. The only issue with the descriptions on the refills is that I have never tried or heard of a lot of the beers that the refill is compared to.  I will probably start getting refills that are on sale or that are cheap and just make them and try it. I will drink just about anything, I just drink it faster if I do not like it =p

 

 

49 minutes ago, Brian N. said:

Oktoberfest and American lager might suit your taste buds. It is difficult to compare craft beers to MB, as most MB brews are really ales, which have different flavor profiles than lagers. The beers you describe that you like are generally mildly hopped, lighter body, clean finish, no bold flavors. Try some ales at a local brew house and see what you like. If you are lucky, and the place is really local, you might catch one of the brew masters or a knowledgeable bar keep. Good luck and keep posting.  

My American Lager will be ready to drink in a few weeks so we shall see! I do think Oktoberfest will be on my list to make soonish.

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I've found that my homemade beer is really so much more delicious than the store stuff. I ended up buying a spectrum of Mr Beer kits to see what I liked best; even some I don't normally like (figured that if I didn't like it one of my friends would - beer is never wasted and the best beer is shared beer).

 

Currently I like the Bewitched Amber Ale, but I even liked the American Porter - and I'm not usually a fan of porters.

 

Now that I know what I like, I'm thinking about trying some ingredient variations on my next batches.

 

Have fun and let us know what find!

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On 8/22/2017 at 1:56 PM, WisconsinBadger said:

I've found that my homemade beer is really so much more delicious than the store stuff. I ended up buying a spectrum of Mr Beer kits to see what I liked best; even some I don't normally like (figured that if I didn't like it one of my friends would - beer is never wasted and the best beer is shared beer).

 

Currently I like the Bewitched Amber Ale, but I even liked the American Porter - and I'm not usually a fan of porters.

 

Now that I know what I like, I'm thinking about trying some ingredient variations on my next batches.

 

Have fun and let us know what find!

I will probably do the same @WisconsinBadger My first batch will be in the bottle for 4 weeks tomorrow, I forgot to put one in the fridge this morning so I wont be able to taste my first baby until i get off of work Monday morning ( I work 3rd.. yech). It is the American Lager ( i know its not a "real" lager its just the name) and I cannot wait to try it! I bottled my second batch last weekend, Aztec Mexican Cerveza... but I pitched a little warm and it looked like I had a slight infection but it did not taste like vomit/sour milk or any of the other really bad things I have read about so I am not overly worried, but may let that condition a bit longer, still have 3 weeks to see where it is at.

 

I have a list of Mr Beer refills i want to try, but going through a tight spot at the moment so that is on hold for the immediate future.

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13 hours ago, bigntall1983 said:

but I pitched a little warm and it looked like I had a slight infection

How did it "look" like you had a slight infection?

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1 hour ago, epete28 said:

How did it "look" like you had a slight infection?

Hopefully NOT like this!

 

 

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it had a film on the surface that kind of looked like a sheet of cracked ice. I seem to remember reading that description on here somewhere but could not find the thread. My first batch did not have anything like this

 

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15 minutes ago, bigntall1983 said:

it had a film on the surface that kind of looked like a sheet of cracked ice. I seem to remember reading that description on here somewhere but could not find the thread. My first batch did not have anything like this

 

 

That is an infection.
 

 

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If it's an infection...in case I ever see that...is this a reason to dump a batch?

 

(I keep hearing, never dump, beer is hearty and so forth)

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4 hours ago, WisconsinBadger said:

If it's an infection...in case I ever see that...is this a reason to dump a batch?

 

(I keep hearing, never dump, beer is hearty and so forth)

I have read that as well.. hence why I bottled and didn't dump since it didnt taste like vomit/sour milk/poop/etc...

 

I dont know how to quote from another thread but @MRB Josh B said " Fortunately, it takes lactobacillus a long tome to actually sour your beer. You would have to let it sit for months before you would get any perceptible sour taste. This is why many sour beers on the market are more expensive than their sanitized counterparts- it takes a long time to make. Usually, when your fermentation is infected with lacto, you won't taste it until months after bottling. So I recommend going easy on the aging of this beer and try to consume it within a few months if you want to prevent the sour flavor from emerging. Because once your beer is infected with lacto, there is no reversing it so drink it sooner rather than later. "

 

as well as posted some very good pictures in the thread he linked. This is what it looked like but only like 1/3 of the surface area was like that. I drink fairly quickly so I doubt it will be in the bottle all that long, I am surprised i have let the American Lager sit for the full 4 weeks.

 

When I tasted at bottling it had a SLIGHT "tang" to it but not really sour, its hard to explain lol. I sacrificed almost a full bottle worth of beer to avoid bottling any of the floaty stuff or trub. still got 9 of the 750ml full so I would say its a win.. at least until I try to drink it, have to wait and see

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1 hour ago, WisconsinBadger said:

Well, bigntall, I guess you'll have to update us on the taste when it comes to drinking time. I am interested.

 

 

I second this.

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4 hours ago, Shrike said:

 

I second this.

 

6 hours ago, WisconsinBadger said:

Well, bigntall, I guess you'll have to update us on the taste when it comes to drinking time. I am interested.

 

I sure will!

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I would just add that it can be a happy accident. People pay surprising amounts of money for beers intentionally inoculated with some bacteria/wild yeast that can be found in nature. However, not every bacteria/wild yeast tastes good, and not every beer is good as a sour. I'd also add that some infections take a long, long time to start changing the flavor. I recently had an infected wheat beer that I drank in like 2 months, so it never developed the sourness. 

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my one really bad batch had a lacto infection. it tasted like unflavored yogurt. I drank it anyway by adding tang orange drink powder to each glass to hide the sour. it had soured in about 2 months.

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