When the good folks at MrBeer approached me and asked if I would like to try out their home brew kit, I said “heck yes!” America has gone “beer crazy” the past few years, with all the micro-brews, gastropubs, and specialty drinks.
You can’t get much more ‘micro’ and artisan than brewing your own at home!
Mr Beer started over 20 years ago in Dallas – a budding entrepreneur wanted to figure out a way for the public to make quality beer, easily, at home. After developing the concept and taking it successfully to market, he sold the company to a Phoenix businessman, who continued to build the business and taking it to the next level, ultimately creating a global brand when he sold it to Australia’s Cooper Brewery in 2011.
Coopers is Australia’s largest family owned brewery, and was established in 1862. Their brewing expertise has helped expand Mr. Beer to be able to offer over a hundred popular brews, from basic American style lagers, to seasonal beers, fruity quaffs, hard ciders, and even root beer!
If you’re new to home brewing, like I was (but I won’t be anymore, it’s soooooooo easy!), start with one of Mr. Beer’s complete kits that include everything you need to get started: ingredients, brewing vessel, bottles, caps, printed instructions and a “how to video” that comes in English, French, and Spanish. Kits come with the capacity to make between two and six gallons.
There are just a few steps to your first batch. MrBeer makes it so easy, that if you can boil water, you can make beer (or apparently, sometimes help deliver a baby, I am told).
Everything you need for your first batch is included in the kits. The first step is to insert the ‘tap’ into the brewing vessel, and then proceed to clean the vessel with the included cleanser, which doesn’t require any rinsing. Put some cold water in the keg, dissolve the cleanser, swirl, drain.
In the meantime, you’re boiling a couple cups of water while running the included can of hops/malt mixture under hot water to make the thick contents a little more viscous.
Fill the vessel with cold water in the amount instructed (it depends on which size of kit you purchased), open the can of mixture and stir into the boiling water, which you have removed from the heat.
When it’s thoroughly mixed, at it to the brewing vessel and add the remaining water as instructed. Dump in the included envelope of yeast, cover, and let sit two weeks.
So check back here in a couple weeks and we’ll show you how to handle the bottling part, and later, the drinking part! This is SOOOOO easy, even for me, a “kitchen idiot!”
Home Brewed Beer with Mr. Beer Review
(Mr. Beer furnished the kit and supplies for me to try their product).