The most popular homebrewing equipment kit is a Mr. Beer. The basic homebrewing kit might get frowned on and made fun of by many homebrewers. However it’s also the way that many people have gotten their start homebrewing because using a Mr. Beer is affordable and easy. Easy doesn’t always equal good. I’ve made some pretty bad beers with Mr. Beer, but here’s a few tips to improve the quality of your next beer.
- Don’t use their booster. The booster is their version of malt. It doesn’t add much to the beer, so you’re a lot better off using another can of their malt, or going out and purchasing dry or liquid malt extract from a homebrew shop.
- Don’t use their yeast. Their yeast will get the job done, but it’s fairly generic. You’re better off buying dry or liquid yeast that matches the style you’re brewing from a local homebrew shop.
- Don’t over tighten the lids on their fermenter kegs. They need to be on tight, but if they’re too tight, the gasses that the yeast produce will build up until the keg literally explodes and makes a huge mess.
- Their recipe instructions say that you should ferment your beer and bottle condition out of direct sunlight. I would go a step further and put it in a completely dark place. Also make sure that you keep it at the right temperatures based on t he instructions.
- Don’t use the table sugar like they recommend to carbonate your beers. Instead, using corn sugar (or a malt extract) to prime your bottles.
- When you’re adding the priming agent, whether it’s table sugar or something else, boiling it in a cup of water first. Then once that water cools down, add it directly to fermenter with your beer. The results will be a lot better than adding it directly to each bottle.
- The official recipe instructions say that you should let the beer ferment, then carbonate for 7-14 days during each stage. Fourteen days or longer is a safer bet to give the yeast enough time to do their work.
That’s a handful of tips to make good beer, but what would you suggest Mr. Beer homebrewers?