Simple upgrades for your Mr. Beer kit

Old spigot

old Mr. Beer push button spigot = bad

So if you’re like me then you got a Mr. Beer homebrew kit as a gift. You brewed your first batch of #craftbeer and made a decent drinkable beer. Now you want to brew again, but are wondering if there’s anything else that you need to order along with your next batch of ingredients. I was in the same boat, so I asked a lot of questions and came up with the essential upgrades for a new Mr. Beer brewer. Continue reading

Hydrometer – what is it and why do I need one?

A hydrometer is a tool used to measure the weight of a liquid in relation to to water. This measurement is called the Specific Gravity (SG) of a liquid.

In home brewing we use a hydrometer to measure the Original Gravity (OG) and Final Gravity (FG) of our beer. These two measurements, and a little math, help us to determine when fermentation is complete and how to calculate the alcohol content of our brew. Pretty cool, eh? Continue reading

Mr. Beer Soaked Homebrewer – part 3

Bottle Day… finally!

So my first batch of Mr. Beer is ready for bottling. Actually it’s more than ready. It’s been fermenting for just over 5 weeks now. The timing of my elbow injury was unfortunate for a number of reasons, my brewing schedule was one of them.

I brewed the batch on May 29th, and got injured on May 30th. Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into a month… I need to get this stuff out of the LBK (little brown keg) and into the bottle to get the carbonation going. The general rule for home brewing is 2-2-2. 2 weeks in the primary fermentation, (LBK), two weeks in the secondary, (bottles), and two weeks in the fridge, (cold conditioning). So if I had kept to that schedule I’d be drinking my beer this week.

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Call me Mr. Beer Soaked Homebrewer – part 1

I’ve been brewing beer for a few years now using the homebrew setups of my friends and family. I started off with my buddy Chris using extract methods and eventually moved to all-grain brewing with my cousin Jason. But I have never brewed on my own, and so this is going to be a new experience for me.

I just bought myself a gift… Continue reading