@conandlibrarian I bought it last time around, it seems really cool and all but I realized I didn’t want to be bothered making beer, and regreting my purchase I gave it to a nephew who will hopefully get more use out of it than I. So you are correct to be wary.
I got one of these kits years ago. The manufacturer screwed up the molds a bit and the two halves didn’t quite line up, so all of the wort dripped out around the vavlestem overnight. It was a big mess.
@jandrese would have happened to me too, but I took the warning in the manual to check for leaks to heart, and then spent a bunch of time carving away at the plastic to get a contiguous surface that would actually seal…
Hmm… and before I’ve had a chance to get a batch through the last one, so I’ve got no way to tell if I’m going to like the results at all. I do think I screwed up the first batch a bit though, so I’m kind of eager to preemptively start another one… meh, I guess I can /buy 1.
Umm… My first real horse WAS a Thoroughbred. We got her as a rescue. There’s nothing particularly special about Thoroughbreds, despite what the racetrack snobs will try to tell you. Now, if you’d said Lippizanners, I might have been a little more persuaded by the analogy. In fact, it’s far easier for someone to start out on a Thoroughbred, than a Shetland pony.*
*This is because Thoroughbreds might be high-strung, but Shetlands are flat out MEAN. If you actually hate your child, get them a Shetland pony.
@Pavlov Morgans are fantastic horses. When I was in Pony Club, one of the two ringers we had for games was a Morgan – a lot of people just see the compact size and don’t realize how fast those horses can move.
I miss having horses. I can’t afford it, now and I don’t have the space. Man, who would’ve thought that a sale on a beer brewer would stir up so many memories (especially since one of the biggest beer lovers I ever knew was a pony).
Our first horses were Shetland ponies. My grandfather sent a mare and its colt down for us kids. They also turned out to be the last horses we ever owned. As you say, they are mean.
The mare bucked my brother off for no reason and broke his wrist. The colt chased me into the hen house where I cut up my foot on a piece of tin because I was too scared to look where I was going. And, lastly, the colt literally ran over my little sister and stepped on her stomach. That’s when my dad decided to send them back.
It’s been 50 years and I have still never gotten on another horse!
Various cow horses to start. Then registered QH’s, trained cutters and reining horses.
Then started going English as well as western and wound up on a several Thoroughbreds and Welch ponies (actual true ponies as rare in Texas). And Arabians, including several that were supposedly gifts from the King of Morocco to a local doctor who had been of serious assistance to Morocco during some sort of natural disaster in the 50’s - flooding I think. The Moroccan Arabians were relatively tall, commonly above 16 hands. They were aristocrats and they knew it. And there were a few German warmboods. There were two trainers from Eastern Europe who had made their various countries’ Olympic Teams before they escaped to the West.
And my friends’ horses. Every one of the ones I rode frequently dumped me on my ass or my head at least once. Some were serial dumpers. That makes you a better rider.
(the getting dumped may have had something that do with a riding philosophy: “Hmmm. Haven’t tried that yet. Let’s go!”)
I miss riding terribly, but lack time and a life to fit the demands. Growing up it was easy to keep horses even in the city. If someone had land bordering a city park, the city would let you just fence off a bit for your horses. Stables were pretty commonplace. General Dynamics ran a stable and sporting complex for their employees.
Now doing that in cities costs insane $. If you live in a city and keep your horse rural to save $, you face long drives. In the small towns it seems almost all the kids still ride constantly.
@Freedom1958 Your average horse or pony will actually try NOT to knock you down, but Shetlands? All bets are off with them. It’s like bantam roosters – they may not be big, but they make up for it with sheer attitude.
@f00l Ours were pretty much all rescues, so we had a mix of everything (one of my dad’s best friends is a farrier, so sometimes when it was obvious that someone couldn’t look after a horse – or were just downright scared of it, like with that Thoroughbred – it would end up coming our way). It’s the quirks that make me nostalgic… like the beer drinking (she would steal and break the bottles if she saw them) or the one that liked steak and eggs.
And you’re right, get back up on the horse that threw you isn’t just an expression, it’s a way of life. Which is how I decided I would rather ride English or bareback than in a Western saddle. At least then there’s no horn to come up and get you in the stomach when things get rough (and the shorter stirrup for English allows for a better grips at a lower centre of gravity).
@daveinwarsh “for use instead of priming sugar”, it says. I guess the idea is that after the yeast have uh, fermented the… beer liquid… then you dump those in the bottles so that the yeast, uh, eat more sugar.
This might be fun to try brewing. However, homebrewers usually make 5 gallon brew batches. This is for 2 gallon batches. The price looks good though. Equipment for 5 gallon brews is about $85 and ingredients run about $30 per batch. 5 gallon batches make 48 bottles of beer.
I actually really liked starting out on one of these; you ignore the finicky stuff and your first couple batches are entirely about learning the process (the boil, cooling, aerating, priming, bottling).
From there I bought missing gear (hydrometer, racking cane, etc).
The half-size batches are actually a great way to start. No need for a giant kettle or burner, they make about 24 bottles per batch, and when you start playing with recipes they hedge your bets.
So messed up because although i bought another today .last night on amazon i bought the kicked up hacked root beer and it came with the same ingredients basically but also comes with the root beer ingredients for 35 bucks …so you get the whole kit 2 kegs beer malt and hacked root beer good deal … 2 kits for price of one …but the meh deal is also excellent now i have enough for 8 gallons
Didn’t even give us enough time to finish the batch from the last time they sold this?
I would have gone for a second barrel (rotating two at a time seems sufficient), but perhaps if they offered something other than the stout again.
@mellowirishgent you can get the malt for 11 dollars and up on amazon just search mr beer supplies 2 day delivery, just bought a few yesterday a 22 pack for 11 bucks do the math and its fun , i now have 4 kits and ordered the hacked root beer should be yum…The one Meh is offering is one of the more expensive malts so its really a good deal
Made a Mr Beer kit when I was 22 or so. Worst beer I’ve ever tasted. I was 22 as I said, so of course I still drank it. Now I’m a regular homebrewer, kegged my first cider last night! It’s fun, easy, makes alcoholism into a hobby, but it can certainly be a bit tedious.
Idea for you when your beer is done. I use an old mr beer kit for my red wine vinegar. Any spoiled old bottles i haven’t finished the dregs of go in there and a little yeast at one point. It is always going and i use red wine vinegar in salad dressing several times a week and occasionally in vinaigrette chicken.
I’ll break it down the keg 10 bucks the bottles 13 bucks the malt 18 bucks the sugar drops 7 bucks the sanitizer 1 buck the yeast a buck add it up 50 bucks and the shipping so 25 shipped is a steal and takes less then 10 mins to prepare …