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Wolffhardt wrote:Why doesn't everyone realize that we get it, okay? We know that you spent hundreds of dollars to make your own beer, and we're awfully proud of you for doing that. However, spending 250 dollars on a hobby that we haven't tried yet instead of spending 270 dollars on the hobby, but being able to back out after 20 dollars of it if we don't like it? That's the more sensible way. So please stop acting like avoiding this 20 dollar purchase is going to ruin your fun somehow.
I'm not sure where you are getting your numbers. My basic first kit cost me $90 and included primary fermenter, better bottle carboy, two airlocks, hydrometer, sampler, bottle capper, bottle caps, Brewer's Bible, a case of bottles, a pack of labels, and a pump bottling tool. I also bought a kit (my first time brewing, so I went with a kit) for an extra $30. So $130 to get started.
This is $20 now, but in the long run you are only making 2-gallons of beer for the same price I make 5-gallons of beer. Plus if you want to do anything more complicate like an all-grain recipe you are stuck because those really need a primary and secondary fermentation to really bring the flavors out.
Plus I pointed out I just sold my first brewing kit for $70. If I had decided not to stick with the hobby I would have only been out $60, but I got 5-gallons of beer and a better quality product. Your spending $10 a gallon with Mr. Beer and I spent $12 a gallon for my setup (assuming I sold it right after).
I just think it is a shame people will spend $20 on this kit to "Try out brewing" when this is far from what real brewing is and produces a low quality product. I would hate for anyone to be turned off to the hobby because their Mr. Beer kit turned out a crappy beer which is unlikely to happen in a homebrew system, especially if you have a homebrew store or get the "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing" which I have found to be an excellent resource.
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I wouldn't go so far as to say that you are an alcoholic if you are homebrewing to save money. If you truly were an alcoholic, I think you'd have a hard time brewing enough beer to stay drunk.
But for me, as a homebrewer (I wouldn't recommend Mr. Beer - but YMMV), I enjoy the process and I enjoy getting a quality microbrew style beer at a megabrew price.
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I saw the Root Beer refills on the MFG's site. Has anyone tried it? How was the taste?
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I bought this kit on woot a year and a half or so ago. It was very easy to use and kind of fun. The beer that resulted from the supplies in the starter kit it comes with wasn't incredible, though better than naty light, keystone etc, and it was pretty neat that I started with water and ingredients and two months later out came beer.
I did the math back then and found that buying the nicer beer batch ingredient kits from Mr. Beer to make what I would assume would be better tasting beer would up being comparable in price to buying the same volume of Bud or Miller, etc.
Basically, this won't save you much money to make your own beer, but if you want to enjoy the craft and sense of accomplishment of doing it yourself, and don't mind waiting many months to brew a few batches and figure out what works nicely, then this kit is for you. At the price, you can't really go wrong.
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