Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Home Brew Kit
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Everything required to brew 2 batches (4 gallons) of beer at home. Includes: brew keg, 2 standard refill brew packs (Classic American and Cowboy Lager), 8 re-usable 1-liter bottles w/caps and labels, Brewing w/Mr. Beer Booklet and easy to follow instructions.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #928 in Kitchen & Housewares
- Color: Brown
- Brand: Mr. Beer
- Model: 20635
- Dimensions: 19.00" h x 12.90" w x 10.80" l, 8.00 pounds
- Includes 2-gallon fermenting keg with lid and tap assembly, two standard refill brew packs, eight reusable plastic 1-liter bottles
- Includes eight reusable plastic caps, eight labels, Brewing with Mr. Beer brewer's guide, and 4-step brewing instructions
- Lightweight, shatter resistant keg is made from FDA compliant plastic and imparts no taste or flavor migration
- Brew pack offers two distinct and popular beers for 2 batches (4 gallons) of home brewed beer
- Keg's wide mouth allows for easy cleaning; hand wash only; avoid using scouring pads or abrasives during cleaning; keg measures 9.5 x 13 x 9 inches
Amazon.com Product Description
This kit includes two of our most popular beer mixes, specifically designed to appeal to the largest number of potential brewers. A great starting point for a beginning and intermediate brewers, it includes two of Mr. Beer's most popular beer mixes as well as everything needed to both brew and bottle your first 2 batches of top-quality beer. The kit also comes with a fermenter with lid and tap assembly, 8 reusable plastic 1 liter bottles (with caps), 8 Mr. Beer labels, a Brewing with Mr. Beer brewer's guide, and a quick-start guide.
Specifically designed to appeal to the largest number of potential brewers, this kit includes the following brew refills:
- Classic American Blonde Ale with Booster -- This beer is smooth and mild in flavor with a crisp, dry finish, this American Blonde Ale truly represents our nation's favorite beer. Serve ice cold for a clean, refreshing taste that has passed the test of time.
- Cowboy Golden Lager with Booster -- This recipe has all the ingredients you need to make a pale gold lager with extraordinary hop flavor and smoothness.
I'm really impressed with the kit and the beer it makes
My wife got me this for my birthday last month, and I was really excited about trying it out...which, like a kid with a new toy, I did almost immediately. The instructions are easy to follow and the components are easy to assemble and use -- I had my first batch (of 'Cowboy Lager') sitting in the keg after about 45 minutes of reading and work in the kitchen.
The minimum amount of time the mix needs to sit in the keg is 7 days -- I let this first batch sit for 11. The longer the time in the keg, the more flavor it's supposed to develop. I bottled the mix -- 8 liters in all -- and that was another simple process, going exactly as described in the instructions. The beer has to ferment in the bottles for no fewer than 7 days in order to carbonate. My 8 bottles are still sitting, after 8 days. I plan on letting them sit for another week before putting them in the fridge so they'll be 'conditioned' in time for Christmas.
I did, however, make an extra bottle from the first batch, in an extra bottle I had. I drained the keg almost dry to do it, even pouring in some of the sludge that had settled at the bottom. The stuff was orange and cloudy! I let that sit for the minimum 7 days, and let it condition in the fridge for only 1 (although the instructions recommend at least a week). I wanted to try something close to the minimum standard for the mix and the kit in general...and I have a mug of the stuff next to me as I type. Final verdict on this 'minimum mix' -- it's quite good! It was adequately carbonated, and produced a smooth head that had a nice smell and flavor. The beer itself is about the same color as a typical American brew -- Coors or Michelob -- and has a very light flavor, with a slightly dry aftertaste. It's something I could enjoy in the middle of summer. And remember: this, according to the instructions, is the swill. The better stuff will come out of those bottles that are going to ferment for another week before I cool them.
I'm fired up! I made my next mix today -- American Blonde -- which was also included in the set. I'll let that sit in the keg even longer to see how the flavor develops. All in all, I'm really happy with this as a present, and even happier about what's it's produced. This isn't just a gift that seems cool: it's already exceeded my expectations.
This section added on 8 June 2009: I'm now carbonating my 17th two-gallon batch. Yes, that's a lot of beer, considering that each batch makes 20-24 bottles, depending on how much water I decide to add (sometimes a little more if it's a heavy brew with a lot of ingredients). ANYWAY, I'm still as fired up about this thing as I was when I got it. We've bought two six-packs and one twelve-pack of beer from the store since December, and that was mostly to harvest bottles for future use. I do not miss buying beer at the store...mine is better, and cheaper, too. My only recommendation is to get 12-oz brown glass bottles, a hand-held capper, and O2 barrier caps -- then you can bottle your own 'normal' bottles, and you can reuse them. The 1-liter PET bottles that came with my set are fine, as they keep the carbonation well, but I don't like opening that much beer at once unless I have people over. Standard bottles are far more convenient. Mr. Beer rocks. That is all.
Best Christmas Gift EVER for the guy in your life!
We purchased this kit last year. It is inexpensive and easy enough for a beginner. The kit includes EVERYTHING so there won't be the apprehension that you might have more money to put into this project. The bottles and barrel are lightweight. The barrel can easily sit on your counter as it takes up little space. I didn't even notice it was there! My husband was thrilled to be making HIS OWN brew! Truly macho! The first bottle wasn't the best but after fermenting for a while the rest of his first batch of beer was quite drinkable. I know he will be making beer all winter long! You can give it to him for Christmas, unlike that cashmere sweater, this won't get stuck in a drawer! AND, if you are lucky, he may make some bottles to give to friends as gifts. If you are creative, there are even labels you can download from online that he can use to CUSTOMIZE his labels, just search google! I am so impressed with the happy look on my husband's face, I stopped to write this review! Have a happy holiday...drink up!
Mr. Beer + Amazon = KISS
The Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Home Brew Kit plus Amazon's free shipping equals beer-making's Keep It Simple and Sweet solution. As a beginning home brewer, I didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars on an elaborate home brew kit nor have to read tons of books on how to do it. My goal was to try it, and if I liked the finished product, play with it some more.
Well, after my first two batches of Mr. Beer brew, a lager and a pale ale, I can attest to the simplicity and convenience of this product. The beer making process was somewhat simple. I followed the directions that came with the kit about sanitizing, brewing, bottling, and conditioning almost to the letter. Almost anyone with a high school reading level can make their own beer using a Mr. Beer kit without terribly screwing anything up. The beer that is fermenting in the Mr. Beer keg doesn't make your entire house reek of a micro-brewery. As a matter of fact, the only time you do smell beer is when you're preparing the wort and when bottling. Although I'm not really a fan of the light beers, I was quite happy with my first couple batches of home brew and have subsequently ordered more Mr. Beer refills from Amazon.
If you want fast, effort-less beer, visit BevMo! My own bit of advice to getting optimal flavor in your brew is to be patient. Let the beer brew (ferment) in the keg for two weeks to give it favor and alcohol content. Then after bottling, let it sit for two more weeks to fully carbonate. Finally, let it chill in the refrigerator for 2 weeks before enjoying your home brew. It's the 2-2-2 rule! Bottoms up!
Rather than using glass bottles, which probably look better and feel more like beer in your hands, I prefer to use the plastic bottles. I think plastics are easier to clean, not prone to bursting or breaking like glass, and you can easily tell if your beer is fully carbonated by squeezing the bottle. Since this brew kit only came with 8 1-Liter bottles and I had multiple fermenters, I needed to get more bottles! Rather than paying $14.99 for the Mr. Beer empty bottles on Amazon, I decided to buy the 16 oz. plastic 7-Up bottles instead. One Mr. Beer fermenter will yield 16 of the 16 oz. bottles of beer. As long as you use plastic bottles made to hold carbonated beverages, you can use it to bottle your Mr. Beer home brew. If you want to use the smaller 12 oz. soda bottles, you will require 21 12 oz. bottles for your 2 gallon batch of Mr. Beer.
My only complaint is that Amazon doesn't sell the other ingredients nor accessories sold only on the Mr. Beer website, such as the Unhopped Malt Extract which allows you to add additional flavor, body, alcohol and malt characteristics to your beer. At [...], you have to pay quite a bit for shipping, and you only get free shipping if your order totals $99. However, with their Brew Club, members get $5 shipping on all club orders over $29.99. Happy green brewing!