Just found some images from the contest winnings I received when Mr. Beer was bought out by Cooper's in 2012. They ran a contest at that time... determine how many different beers you could make with the ingredients they offered. The winner (actually, winners, as two of us tied and they gave this prize pack to two of us) received one each of everything sold on the site... one each of the extracts, hops, yeasts, etc. Also, 7 fermenters and a ton of bottles. It was a crazy day receiving all of this through UPS...
First Beer! First beer finished (well kind of). Did a taste test to see how it would fare against Mr. Beer recs (4 wks in the fridge etc.) Tasted it after 3 weeks fermentation, 3 days cold crash, 4 weeks bottle conditioned and 1 week fridge. Tasted ok (not cidery, lightly carbonated, not great head retention). I am definitely excited to try it after 4 weeks in the fridge. Also on another post I say the chalk paint holds up for labeling, washes off with damp washcloth, rinse out the bottle, use sanitizer for next bottling. Cheers!
It takes so damn long for the beer to be ready. I got plenty of time to design the labels. I buy removable labels from Amazon (Avery 5453) then I spray a little lacquer on them after they are printed to add some shine. I design the labels in Photoshop. Most of the names have been changed up slightly from the original Recipe/extract.
I used American Lager deluxe refill and Aztec Mexican Cerveza deluxe refill for the two brews. I added .25 oz Tettnanger hops in a hop sack to the boiling water before I mixed in the LME. I added the wort, hop sack and all to the fermenter and added Saflager 34/70 lager yeast to each. I did the primary fermentation at 50 degrees F for two weeks, then racked and lagered at 40 degrees F for four weeks. Then I primed and bottled for two weeks minimum at room temperature.
The American lager, which I called "Old Dutch" after the beer my Grandfather used to drink, tasted a lot like (dare I say it?) Sam Adams' Boston Lager.
The Mexican Cerveza tasted like some draft beers I've had in Mexico, but a little hopier and with more body.