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The Best Beer Bottles for Homebrewing

January 10, 2017
Choosing Beer Bottles

  Whether you are just starting to brew beer at home, or have a few batches of homebrew under your belt, it’s smart to assess/reassess your bottling options. Choose the right bottle and you’ll increase your enjoyment. If you love the snap of a bottle cap popping off, you’re more of a glass long-neck type. If you’re still getting a hold of homebrewing and want to eliminate room for oxidation or broken glass, you’ll want our Oxygen Barrier PET bottles.…

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5 Common Off Flavors in Beer

November 17, 2016
Pouring Beer

The thing to remember when researching off flavors in beer is that many of these flavors are desirable (to some extent) in particular beer styles. Their presence in a beer is not entirely negative. For example, a Hefeweizen that tastes banana-and-clove-ish is right on style, but a crisp Lager that suddenly tastes like an entire bunch of bananas – not good. In an effort to help out homebrewers who taste something not-quite-right with their beer and cannot put their finger…

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How to Prepare for Brewing Beer at Home

September 21, 2016

Mr. Beer has been producing home brewing kits since ’93. We’re very confident that the beer recipes and equipment you are working with will make the process fast, clean, simple, and very tasty. That being said, good beer is terribly hard to wait for. This is where many of the issues happen for new brewers – shortcuts get taken and their final beer tastes less than awesome. So, we’ve collected 7 points in an effort to curb that temptation. Choose…

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Steeping & Mashing Grains 101

September 16, 2015

Are you looking to step up your brewing game with some grains? It’s not too difficult and extra grains will add a lot more dimension and complexity to your brews. You will also have more creative control of your recipes which will truly make them your own. Here’s a short primer on how grains are used in what’s known as “partial mash” brewing. If you’re just getting into using grains, this should help you out. If you’ve been using grains…

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Comparing Different Types of Water for Homebrewing

June 6, 2015

Most often when mixing ingredients for either cooking or drinking, water is a fundamental element in the process. The type of water being used isn’t typically regarded as highly important; however, it can make a huge difference when embarking on the homebrewing process. Just think for a moment about the last beer you’ve tasted. Was it in a bar, restaurant or store? Can you think of the different brands you’ve tasted? Have you considered what makes the tastes different? Well,…

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Hops 101

May 31, 2015

We get a lot of questions from customers regarding hops, so we figured it was time to do a Livestream that was all about that hoppy goodness! The actual Livestream happened last week, but we wanted to share the video with those of you who missed it. Or, for those who would rather read than watch, a detailed description of what is covered in the Livestream is just below the video. Remember, if at any time during your brewing you…

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Buzz Kill: 6 Homebrewing Mistakes to Avoid on Your Next Brew

May 12, 2015

  Who doesn’t love beer? From baseball games to football games, all the way to a quick appetizer at the bar, beer goes well with most all of our favorite pastimes. It’s no wonder people have taken an interest in learning how to brew it themselves. With all the instructions and ingredients out there, Mr. Beer has found a way to compile all the necessary brewing products and accessories in a way that simplifies the process without taking away the…

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How to Use a Hydrometer

April 24, 2015

We receive many calls and emails here at Mr. Beer on how to use a hydrometer. Many of the hydrometer instructions can be confusing to newbies so we thought we would create this primer on the correct way to use a hydrometer and the explanation of specific gravity. While we do have a video on the subject HERE, we figured we would go a bit more in-depth so new brewers can understand exactly how a hydrometer and specific gravity works. Understanding Your Hydrometer: The hydrometer is a simple instrument that measures…

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How to Brew Using a Mr. Beer Refill

March 26, 2015
Using a Mr. Beer Refill

Mr. Beer refills are easy-to-use brewing extracts that make your brewing process quick and simple while still giving you great-tasting craft beer. All of our brewing malts are provided by Cooper’s Brewery in Adelaide Australia. Cooper’s is the largest family owned brewery in Australia, and the world’s leading provider of high-quality brewing malts. What Are Refills Anyways? Our refills, or brewing extracts, are a combination of hops and malts that are concentrated from various grains. These malts contain all the…

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What are Balling Degrees, Hop Back, and IBU: Brewing Terminology Tuesday

March 10, 2015

Balling Degrees Balling degrees is a term referring to the sugar density in your wort. You can also describe the sugar density in your wort as Brix or Plato degrees. All three of these terms are interchangeable, and are used when determining the specific gravity and final gravity of your homebrew. Balling degrees was established in 1843 by Karl Balling, and is the oldest of the three measuring systems. Balling degrees measures your specific gravity to 3 decimal places. The…

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