Paul's Travel Pictures

Mr. Beer Home Brewing Kit Review & Guide
A consumer's opinion of the Mr. Beer Home Brew system including step by step picture illustrated instructions.

Main Menu                 Home                Digital Cameras                Misc. Pictures                 Articles                 My Blog

 
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-001
Mr. Beer Deluxe Kit
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-002
4 Easy Steps
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-003
Beer Mix Varieties

This Mr. Beer Deluxe Kit was a birthday gift from my thoughtful brother. I really enjoy these type of "Do It Yourself" (DIY) projects, especially when they involve tasty food or beverages.

My first batch of beer was the "West Coast Pale Ale" which was included with this home brewing system. I bottled it in 20 ounce water bottles and it received favorable reviews from my friends.

Since then the Mr. Beer box had gathered dust in my garage due to an extremely busy senior year of college.

Now that I have a little more time, I ordered the "Whispering Wheat Weizenbier" light mix and a set of eight 1 Liter Mr. Beer plastic PET screw top bottles.

The mix's description promised a German Hefeweizen style beer that is a cloudy pale gold color with a fruity flavor that goes great with a slice of lemon.

Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-004
Microbrewery Contents
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-005
Plastic Brew Keg
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-006
Spigot
One of the best commercially available Hefe-Weizen beers, which is German for "Yeast Wheat", is made by the Toucher brand.

I had really enjoyed their "Toucher Hefe Weiss" product in the past so I was really excited to try brewing my own similarly styled beer.

Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-007
One Step Cleanser
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-008
Booster Corn Sugar Pouch
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-009
Whispering Wheat Weizenbier
Before I got started, I re-read the "Brewing Instrucitons" booklet and also the "Brewing With Mr. Beer Guide" book because I didn't want to make a mistake and waste the mix kit ingredients.

The first step was to sanitize everything that would come in contact with the water or wort mixture.

You can use either the One-Step sanitizer powder or diluted household bleach.

The instructions mentioned that the using the One-Step did not require rinsing, but I felt better washing everything again with hot water.

If you opt to utilize bleach instead, definitely rinse everything well until you can't smell the chlorine odor anymore.

Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-010
Brewing Yeast Packet
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-011
Instruction Manuals
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-012
4 Quarts Cold Tap Water
Once everything was sparkling clean, I put on some powder free white latex medical examination gloves that I had bought on eBay for performing messy engine oil changes.

"Nurse, wheel in the patient." I'm sure the doctor's gloves were overkill for cleanliness but it added a touch of serious hops master scientist feeling fun to the procedure.

I added the 4 quart of cold tap water to the plastic brewing keg and put the beer mix can in a measuring cup full of hot tap water.

Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-013
Sanitized Ladle & Cup
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-014
4 Cups Cold Water
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-015
Heating Up Beer Mix Can
I combined four cups of cold tap water and the pouch of Booster corn sugar into a medium sized metal pot.

Then I stirred until the sugar completely dissolved, heated it to a boil and took it off the burner.

The final step in creating the wort mixture was to add the sweet syrupy concentrated Whispering Wheat Weizenbier malt extract into the pot and mixing well.

Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-016 Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-017
Stirring In Booster
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-018
Corn Sugar Booster
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-019
Completely Dissolve
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-020
Boiling Water & Booster
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-021
Warmed Beer Mix Can
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-022
Stirring In Whispering Wheat
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-023
Weizenbier Wort Mixture
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-024
Transfer Wort To Measuring Cup
The aroma of the sweet fruity syrup filled the kitchen as I poured the hot wort from the pot into a large Pyrex measuring cup.

I then carefully transferred the mixture into the Mr. Beer brew keg, topped it off to the 8 1/2 quart mark with cold tap water, and stirred for a minute.

Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-025
Wort In Brewing Keg
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-026
Cold Tap Water To 8.5 Quart Mark
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-027
Sir Vigorously To Aerate
Finally I opened that little packet of brewer's yeast and sprinkled it on top of the wort.

I felt as if I was feeding my pet fish who live in a very dirty tank.

As directed by the instructions, I waited 5 minutes, then aggressively stirred the keg to aerate it and introduce as much oxygen as possible into the liquid.

Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-028
Add Yeast & Stir Again
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-029
8 1 Liter PET Mr. Beer Bottles
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-030
Brown Plastic Bottles & Screw Caps

Now the beer is ready for it's first fermentation stage in my high tech bedroom closet brewing facility.

Fast forward a week later and it's ready to be bottled.

I first washed out the bottles with the One Step cleaning powder and then applied the "Mr. Beer Home Brewery" vinyl stickers.

Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-031
Applying Mr. Beer Labels
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-032
Brew Keg 7 Days Later
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-033
Sanitized Measuring Spoons
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-034
Sanitizing Bottles
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-035 Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-036
Sanitizing PET Bottle Caps
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-037
2.5 Teaspoons Sugar
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-038
Bottling The Beer
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-039
Flat Beer & Sugar
The guide book called for two and a half teaspoons of ordinary white table sugar to be added into each bottle as fuel for the yeast's secondary fermentation and carbonation process.

Be sure to verify the proper amount of sugar for your bottle size and to measure it carefully.

If you add too little the beer will taste flat while too much sugar will cause the bottle caps to explode or the beer to spray out when you open them.

I filled the 1 liter PET bottles up to the beginning of the neck or about one to two inches below the cap to allow room for the carbonation pressure.

Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-040
Dissolving Sugar
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-041
Second Fermentation
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-042
Leftover Yeast Sediment
To dissolve the sugar I gently turned the bottles upside down several times and then placed them inside their box.

After bottles 1 to 8 were tucked away in my closet to ferment and carbonate for seven more days, I decided to bottle the left over liquid and sediment.

I was able to fill one full 12 ounce bottle of beer with "sludge" and added 3/4 of a teaspoon of sugar.

Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-043
Special Bottle # 9
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-044
Watered Down # 10
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-045
Not wanting to waste the last of what was left in the keg, I bottled beer # 10 which had to be topped off with a few ounces of water.

Again, I added three fourths of a teaspoon of white table sugar.

Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-046
12 Ounce # 9
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-047
# 9 Big Full Head
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-048

Let's skip ahead seven days ago and I'll end the suspense.

Bottle # 10 was barely drinkable since it was watered down.

It tasted like a beer that had been cooled down with ice cubes and left to sit for 10 minutes.

This obviously wasn't a big surprise from bottle # 10.

Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-049 Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-050
Whispering Wheat Weizenbier
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-051
Foam Head Lacing
The next chilled bottle that I opened was the other 12 ounce bottle "# 9".

It had about an inch of sediment at the bottom and the bottle was very firm.

It couldn't be stood up because the pressure of the secondary fermentation process had pushed out the bottom.

Number 9 poured out with a thick creamy head and a very cloudy body.

The distinct smell of fruity Hefeweizen beer wafted up to my nose.

It tasted just as delicious as it smelled. I was elated that the final product had excellent characteristics.

The addition of a traditional lemon slice completed the Weizenbier presentation.

Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-052
Great With Lemon Slice
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-053
Liter Bottle # 1 Under Carbonated
Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-054
Full Bodied & Cloudy

Much to my disappointment, when I opened the first of the one liter bottles it was slightly flat and didn't have a thick creamy foam head like the 12oz # 9.

It still tasted good but didn't have the refreshing crispness of a beer with sufficient carbonation.

Sadly all of the other seven 1L bottles were hit and miss when it came to having the correct amount of fizzy bubbles.

Don't get me wrong, my friends and I still enjoyed the other 1L bottles but they became flat too quickly.

Obviously I must have not put in enough sugar because I was too concerned about having the bottles burst in the closet all over my clothing.

I did use a measuring spoon but perhaps I shook off too much of the "excess" sugar.

For my next attempt, I plan on using slightly heaping spoonfuls of sugar rather than completely leveling them flat.

To ensure that the bottles don't burst and spray on my shirts, I plan on gently pinching the bottles when I seal the cap to create a small vacuum.

This will allow more room for the gas from fermentation to expand without popping the tops. Wish me luck!

Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-055 Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-056 Mr-Beer-Home-Brew-Kit-Review-057
Enjoy!
In order to get free shipping, I plan on joining the Mr. Beer - Beer of the Month Club.

You can either choose from a variety of  pre-selected beer mix combinations or choose your own with the "BrewFlex" plan as long as you spend at least $30.75.

Then every 3 months they will send you another shipment of the same mixes or you can change it up.
 

If you found this guide to be helpful, please consider making a small donation by clicking on the PayPal.com "Donate" button located to the right of this paragraph. Thank you!
(Note: I am not a registered charity. Donations are not tax deductible.)

Please help support this website by shopping at Amazon.com. Thank You! 

Main Menu            Home            My Digital Cameras            Misc. Pictures            Articles            My Blog

 

Google

Copyright 2016 © PaulsTravelPictures.com
 All Rights Reserved