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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. Understanding Your Hydrometer: The hydrometer is a simple instrument that measures the weight (or gravity) of a liquid in relation to the weight of water. Because the relation of the gravity to water is specified (1.000), the resulting measure is…

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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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How to Use a Mr. Beer Kit: The First Livestream Recap

February 26, 2015

We had our first show in the official Mr.Beer Livestream last week and we had an awesome time with you all! In this first show, we covered a little bit about each of our Mr.Beer Kits and introduced what the livestream was about. But it wasn’t all small talk. We also showed you just how easy brewing with a Mr.Beer kit can be. Here’s a recap of this quick tutorial in gifs! 1. Before you begin, take a sip of…

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What are Bung, Diacetyl, and Winy: Brewing Terminology Tuesday

February 24, 2015

Bung The bung is the stopper for a keg or casket. The bung is placed in the hole that is used for filling up or emptying the keg, and the bung is usually placed in the keg during carbonation. Fun fact: the bung used in a cask for “real” beer, or ale, must be a wooden bung in order to allow the pressure during fermentation and carbonation to be released. Diacetyl Normally referred to as the buttery or butterscotch flavor…

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How to Add Fruit to Your Homebrew

February 20, 2015

First time brewers often think that to add fruit to their beer, they simply add it to their fermenter… but let’s stop right there. What is the first rule of brewing good beer? If you guessed sanitation, you were correct. Adding fruit straight to your homebrew without taking the proper steps can lead to microorganisms in your beer that create off flavors. Step 1: Choosing Your Fruit First things first, you will want to decide which type of fruit beer…

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What are Acetaldehyde, Conditioning, and Mouthfeel: Brewing Terminology Tuesday

February 17, 2015

Acetaldehyde Acetaldehyde is a compound that produces green apple flavor and aroma in homebrew, and is a byproduct of fermentation. However, one must remember that you need acetaldehyde in order to have beer! Why is this? Because acetaldehyde is formed during the conversion of sugar to ethanol by yeast. In simple terms: yeast creates acetaldehyde which is a precursor for alcohol… no acetaldehyde, no beer.The most common cause for acetaldehyde is removing your beer from the yeast to early, and…

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Different Ways to Carbonate your Homebrew

February 12, 2015

Carbonation is more than just adding fizz to your beer; carbonation also carries volatile aroma compounds in your beer up to your nose, giving beers a discernable smell. Carbonation also activates the trigeminal nerve in your mouth, and different levels of carbonation feel differently when they hit this nerve. There are two main ways you can go about carbonating your homebrew: priming sugar and force carbonation. Priming Sugar Carbonation in Bottles In our post “Homebrewing Guide for Beginners,” we discussed…

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What are Chill Haze, Gravity, and Pitch: Brewing Terminology Tuesday

February 10, 2015

Welcome to our first Brewing Terminology Tuesday: your go-to source for all the brewing terminology you could ever need to know! There will be three terms a week to help advance your homebrewing knowledge. This week, we’ll define chill haze, gravity and pitch as they relate to homebrewing.  Chill Haze Simply put, chill haze is cloudiness in your homebrew caused by protein and tannins compounding at low temperatures. Most beers are clear at room temperature, but all you homebrewers out…

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Tips When Increasing the Alcohol Level in Your Homebrew

January 30, 2015

Before we even get into increasing the alcohol level in your homebrew, we want to quickly visit a previous statement in our 4 Homebrewing Tips to Become an Expert blog: “Chase flavor, not ABV!” When it comes time to consider raising the alcohol content in your homebrew, remember that adding sugar to your beer, therefore increasing ABV, can introduce new flavors as well as change your beer’s color, flavor and body. With this being said, we usually recommend going after a specific flavor…

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