Oh ya Mr Beer. I really dig this little kit. I picked one up for myself about 6 years ago and have had a ton of fun making beer with it.
It’s a really simple system to make home brew with and the brew turns out quite nice if you follow the instructions. So today I am going to walk you through the Mr. Beer Kit Instructions and help you get started making your first batch of brew with this kit.
Follow these instructions and the extract beer kit and recipe that came with it and within around 2 -3 weeks you are going to have 8 quarts of tasty suds waiting to be consumed.
So let’s get to it…
Note: If you do not have your own Mr Beer kit yet, you can get it Right Here (your support is appreciated!)
Step #1: Assembly
One of the great things about this set up is the simplicity behind it.
As far as assembly goes all you need to do is put the spigot onto the keg. Which is a snap to do.
Simply place the washer on the spigot with the beveled end facing out, slide it into the keg and screw the nut onto the spigot from inside the keg itself. And then simply hand tighten the nut, do not go crazy and over tighten it, just make it nice and snug.
Now you will want to test your keg fermenter for leaks. Fill it up with water from your tap and let it sit on a dry surface for 5 – 10 minutes. Then take a look to see if it is leaking.
If it has leaked some you can try tightening the nut a little bit and make sure the washer is installed on the spigot correctly as per instructions above.
Step #2: Cleaning & Sanitizing Your Equipment
Cleaning and sanitizing your brewing equipment is one of the most important steps in the whole process of making beer.
Beer is highly susceptible to bacteria. Skip this step and you will regret it as you will lose your batch of beer.
As far as cleaning goes. If your Mr. Beer kit is brand spanking new you probably do not need to clean it as it should be already nice and clean right out of the box. You do need to still sanitize it.
Even though you don’t need to clean it the first time you use it, you will need to do so each and every time you want to make beer moving forward.
The best policy is to obviously clean all of your gear including bottles, immediately after you use them.
Usually elbow grease will do the trick for you.
Give the fermenter a good going over making sure to get all the left over matter out of it. Use a soft cloth to wipe and scrub the residual matter. Do NOT use a scrub brush or any sponge that has bristles on it as it could scratch the fermenter and scratches are places that bacteria love to hide in.
If scrubbing is not doing the trick, what I do is use a cleaning agent such as PBW or unscented Oxiclean. I simply fill my fermenter up with warm water and mix in either the PBW or Oxiclean and then let it soak.
After 10 – 20 minutes the dirt will come off very easily.
As far as Sanitizing goes you want to sanitize everything that will come in touch with the beer.
The no rinse cleanser that comes with your Mr Beer kit will work great. When you have run out of it I highly recommend you then start using StarSan.
StarSan is the industry leader when it comes to no rinse sanitizer for home brewing.
OK to sanitize your equipment fill the fermenter (keg) up with warm water. Fill it to the 4 quart mark on the back of the fermenter. Then sprinkle in about half of the pack of the no rinse cleanser. About 1 tbsp.
Now you want to put any piece of your brewing equipment that will fit inside the fermenter into it.
Such as the measuring cup, the spoon you are using for mixing, the can opener, etc.
Put the lid on the fermenter and gently shake it or swirl it around. You want the liquid to touch all of the inside of the fermenter including the lid.
Do note that the lid has an opening in it, this is used to allow the C02 that is going to be created in the fermentation process to escape. So make sure when you are swirling your fermenter around that you do so over the sink because it is going to leak.
Next you will want to open the valve on the spigot and let liquid flow out. This will sanitize the spigot.
Now pour some of the sanitizer into a bowl. You will use this to sanitize the rest of your equipment including the counter space you are brewing on (give it a good wipe with a cloth soaked in the sanitizing solution.
After your equipment has soaked in the fermenter for about 10 minutes you are good to go and can drain the sanitizing solution out of the fermenter. There is no need to rinse the fermenter once it is empty of the solution, this is a no Rinse sanitizer.
You are ready to brew…
For more details on how to Clean and Sanitize your equipment I recommend the following article:
Step #3: Time to Brew
Mr. Beer Kit instructions do come with the kit and the refills you purchase. You will find that once you get the hang of it brewing up a batch of their beer is really quitesimple.
Once brew day is done it will take anywhere from 5 – 7 days for most of the vigorous fermenting action you will see inside the keg to slow down.
This does not mean that fermenting has finished. The yeast is still working away in the fermenter creating more alcohol.
My advice is to leave the beer to ferment for around 10 -14 days. If you would prefer not to simply wait that long you can use a Hydrometer to determine when fermentation has finished.
You can learn to use a Hydrometer here: How to Read a Hydrometer
Steps to Brewing a Batch of Mr Beer
Here are the basic steps to making a batch of their home brew:
First you will fill up the fermenter aka the keg up to the 4 quart mark with cold water.
Take the lid off the refill kit, remove the yeast packet that is there, put it aside for now and soak the can in some hot water from your tap. This will allow the contents within to liquefy and pour more easily.
Next take 4 cups of cold water and pour it into a pot on your stove, sprinkle the Booster into the water and stir in order to fully dissolve the Booster.
Next bring the pot to a boil and then remove it from the heat.
Stir the contents of the beer kit into the pot, stir it good until it is dissolved. The mixture you have now created is called wort. (unfermented beer).
Now all you do is pour the newly created wort into the fermenter (keg).
Pour more cold water into the fermenter until the liquid level within has reached the 8.5 quart mark.
With a sterilized (sanitized) spoon give the contents of the fermenter a very good stirring and make sure it is mixed well.
Now take the little packet of yeast, dip it in the sanitizer and with sanitized scissors cut it open and pour it into the fermenter (keg).
With your sterilized spoon give the contents of the fermenter a very good stirring.
Put the lid on the fermenter
Now put the fermenter away to ferment. You will want to put it in a location in your home out of direct sunlight and keep the room at as much of a constant temperature as you can. The temperature range should be between 62 – 72 degrees F.
Once fermentation has finished it is time to Bottle up that Beer!!
Step 4: Bottling & Carbonating
If your kits does not come with bottles. You will need to get some. You will need to get enough to hold 256 ounces of home brew or about 7 liters.
Need bottles? You can get some here: Products to Bottle Your Homebrew
When you are bottling beer you are doing what is referred to as naturally carbonating. This is done with sugar and the residual (left over) yeast that is still alive when you transfer the home brew from the fermenter to the bottles.
The first thing you are going to need to do is sanitize the bottles.
You do this by either using the left over sanitizer that came with your Mr. Beer Kit, or with StarSan
Fill the beer bottles half full with the sanitizing solution, put the caps on the bottles and give them a good shake. Let them sit with the solution in them for 10 – 15 minutes.
Empty the solution out, again there is no need to rinse the bottles as the solution is no rinse sanitizer.
Now add the sugar to the bottles. The sugar wakes the yeast back up and it eats the sugar which creates the C02 i.e. Carbonation.
You can use either the carbonation drops that come with the kit, or pick up some new ones if you are out or even use dextrose or granulated sugar. I recommend the Coopers Carbonation Drops.
You can read about the differences between Carbonation Drops, Dextrose and Grantulated Sugar Here:
And you can order Dextrose or the Coopers Carbonation drops by Clicking Here
If you are using granulated sugar or dextrose you will need to get yourself a sterilized funnel and add the sugar in the following amounts depending on the size of the bottles you are using:
Use ¾ of a tsp for 12 oz bottles
Use 1 tsp for 16 oz bottles
Use 1 ¼ tsp for 20 oz bottles
Use 1 ½ tsp for 22 oz bottles
And use 2 ½ tsp for 1 liter bottles.
After you add the sugar to the bottles you now need to add the wort (unfermented beer) to the bottles. If your kit has a bottling wand this is the preferred method. If it does not have one you can pick one up HERE
If you do not have a bottling wand you can still fill the bottled very carefully and slowly from the tap / spigot. The bottling wand is the preferred method as it reduces the amount of Oxygen that gets into the beer.
Once the beer bottles are filled, place the caps on them, and tighten them by hand. You may then give them a little shake.
Next put the bottles away to carbonate. You will again want to do this in a room out of direct sunlight. As well keep the room at a constant temperature of anywhere between 62 – 72 degrees F.
Your homebrew will have some carbonation within 7 days, however it is highly recommended that you leave your bottles sit for at least 2-3 weeks. Your beer with thank you if you do.
It will taste better as you have allowed it to age and condition some and the carbonation will be excellent as well.
If you have patience and can wait for 1 – 3 months the beer from these kits will be even better.
Cleaning Your Gear
OK brew day is over and now it is time to clean your gear and put it away until next time.
You can clean it with PBW (powered brewery wash or unscented Oxiclean)
Do not scrub with a brush as it will scratch the plastic and allow bacteria to hide in the scratches.
Instead, use a soft cloth.
Before you use it again make sure to sanitize it like we talked about at the start of this post.
Bottles can be cleaned the same way.
As soon as you drink the beer from a bottle it is recommended to give it a quick rinse.
You can also soak the bottles with the PBW and Oxiclean. Bottles and caps can be reused over and over again. Be sure to clean and sanitize the caps as well.
And there my friend are your Mr Beer Kit Instructions.
Pretty simple and easy process to make tasty homebrew.
And Again you can pick up Your Very Own Mr Beer Kit Right Here (your support is appreciated!!)
If you have any questions on how to use this kit by all means ask me in the comment section below and I will be sure to help you out.
Here are some additional resources to help you get rolling:
Big Robb is out.