Friday, August 27, 2010

30 Recipes And Going Strong

 I've brewed 30 different Mr. Beer recipes in 2010 ranging from simple to complicated and at this point I doubt I'll ever 'advance' to another type of brewing. Every recipe has produced great tasting beer and I've never had an issue with infection, oxidation or dead yeast just following the standard Mr. Beer directions. I've never moved the batches to a secondary fermenter or cold crashed them before bottling since the beers always come out clear and have great foam.

Mr. Beer brewing is perfect for my lifestyle and wallet, I can brew really good tasting beer with a minimum of fuss and bother. On brew day I typically brew 6 batches (12 gallons) of beer in my fermenters in about 7 hours start to finish including cleanup.

 Six 2 Gallon Fermenters With Six Different Recipes

The 2 .13 gallon batch sizes are perfect for experimenting with new recipe additions and the kegs do not take up a lot of room. Instead of 'moving on' to the other types of brewing I just keep tuning and tweaking my Mr. Beer and recipes, and recipes created by other brewers, using the smaller fermenters.

  I'm anxious to try adding some Crystal steeping grains to my next recipes, still using the Mr. Beer fermenters, and using some new dry or liquid yeast strains to add a bit more fullness to my next  beer recipes. While extracts set the stage for the style of beer you want to brew the addition of steeping grains, hop varieties and types of yeast all work together to give each recipe a unique character.

Novacaine Recipe brewed June 10, 2010:

1 Can West Coast Pale Ale HME
1 Can St. Patrick's Irish Stout HME
1 Can Golden Wheat UME
2 Cans Pale Export UME
2 Packets Dry Brewing Yeast
2 Packets Sterling Pellet Hops
2 Packets Northern Brewer Pellet Hops
1 Pouch Ale Liquid Yeast
2 Muslin Hop Sacks


  1. I have been doing this about a year longer and I think you might have passed me up on unique recipes. I probably still have more total batches than you do, but not for long. You've certainly done more Mr. Beer batches than I have, since I mostly do non-Mr. Beer batches now.

    Keep up the good work.

    Just make sure you don't surpass annual home-brew limit (100 gallons of beer per person or 200 gallons per household)

  2. I just tripped over your blog on Facebook ;-) I too am a Mr. Beer fan, but I haven't tried as many different varieties as you. Keep up the good work!

  3. I received a Mr. Beer as a gift back in 1996 and was very happy with many of the beers I made in the next several years. I just ordered a replacement keg and I'm eager to start again. I could have "advanced" to the 5-gallon and carboy methods of "real" home brewers, but that just does not make sense for me. From what I have found, you can make even better beer than I remember with the Mr. Beer recipes.

    Actually, the only advance I hope to make is to formulate my own recipes and start from grain/extract/hops calculated for a 2.13 gallon batch. That fits my life.

    I'm looking forward to reading more on your site.

  4. Thanks for all the positive feedback, it makes me feel good to hear such nice things from my fellow brewers. If it were not for the Mr. Beer brewing kit, recipes and community forums I don't think I ever would have gotten into brewing.

    Over this past year I've researched and learned a lot of brewing tips and techniques and this website is where I post it all. I love brewing I love learning and I love drinking the beers I've made. Stop by often I'm sure we have a lot more fun in store.

  5. I mean you have the best site and the best advise, keep up the good work and keep on brewing Mr. Beer recipes.

  6. Thanks for the kind words of encouragement I really appreciate hearing from other brewers out there who share my passion for brewing.
    Stay tuned and visit often there is much, much more to come in the months ahead.

    My fermenting kegs are empty and now I'm planning out my next brewing schedule that will include some great fall favorites.