Hi all- New brewer here, third batch just went into bottles less than an hour ago. My results so far have been underwhelming to say the least. I'm hoping to break that streak with this batch. My first 2 batches were straight recipes - the Classic American Light (C**rs Light?) and the Patriot Lager (S*m Ad*ms?). Neither was very impressive. Actually, the Classic American Light was so <meh> that I didn't really advertise to my friends that I had another one - the Patriot Lager - ready for tasting. This was a good idea as the Patriot did not live up to my expectations. Over the Memorial Day weekend, I picked a couple of recipes on sale. One of them the Oktoberfest Deluxe Refill (with the LME pouch, presumably for higher ABV). As my wife and I have hosted Thanksgiving for the extended family for years, I figured that THIS YEAR I'd unveil my very own homebrew as part of the meal. Awesome. I tracked backwards to figure out when I needed to start brewing. (Sh!t happened and work got busy so I missed my start date by a couple of weeks. But I figured I was still OK to get this batch ready in time for the meal.) I started the Oktoberfest exactly 3 weeks ago on September 28. During that Memorial Day sale I bought a hydrometer kit and was ready to try it out. My OG reading after adding the LME but before adding the yeast was 1.33. I sampled today before bottling and the FG was 1.05. Doing the match gives me an ABV of 3.67% WITH THE LME POUCH!!! I am incredibly bummed. My temperature control was good during fermenting. I let it go 3 weeks in the LBK as the consensus seemed to be that 2 weeks was too short but 3 weeks was just right. I assume that if I didn't have the LME pouch the ABV would have been even lower (which maybe explains my disappointing results with the first 2 batches). Any feedback? Is this is a limitation of the Mr. Beer kits? Am I not going to get flavor, head, and ABV unless I go wholly amateur? Is there something I could have overlooked? (I'm comfortable saying my sanitizing process was good.) When I bottled today, there was a lot of foam on the upper (above the liquid line in the LBK). After I get everything into the LBK during brewing, I very carefully carry the LBK upstairs to my office where I have comfort in my control over the temperature. Am I maybe sloshing the liquid around so much that yeast deposits above the liquid line and isn't able to convert the sugars in the brew to alcohol? I carry it carefully but maybe even that transport impacts the final product? I'm incredibly disappointed and wondering if I just need to really learn the home brewing process from scratch and not trust Mr. Beer to produce a quality beer. Thoughts? Thanks in advance for any insight you can offer!