Posts Tagged ‘bottle brew

That’s Mister Beer, to you, pal

- May 30th, 2012

A while back, I tried my hand at a pretty simple home brew kit, Mister Beer Bottle Brew.

Toss a yeast pill in a bottle of fresh beer mix and in a couple of weeks, you have yourself some delicious suds.

Except, it didn’t go as well as hoped. Kind of flat; not very flavourful.

But after some backlash from fans of the product and some positive PR from the company president, I gave Mister Beer another try.

The results? Mixed, but much better.

Mister Beer sent a selection of all of their beers, Red, Blonde, Cerveza, Pilsner, and Brown. Fellow Scoundrel Shawn Logan gave the Brown Ale a try, while honorary Scoundrel and Beer lover Dave Naylor, a fan of red and copper beers, was giving the Red Lager a try.

I took home the Blonde, the Cerveza and the Pilsner. And I liked them in that order as well.

Knowing that 14 days in my cooler-temperature townhouse wasn’t enough, I let all of them sit four full weeks fermenting. It may have been overkill, but I didn’t want results similar to my previous attempt.

In addition to the yeast pill, the Pilsner came with a “hop flavouring” capsule. Thinking “I love hoppy beer,” I opted to give it a try.

When it was finished, the beer had a clean, crisp taste, and a decent bitter note on the finish, but left almost a metallic aftertaste that, after sampling the other two varieties, I can only assume is from the hop pill. Were I to buy this one again, I would opt against the additive if I tried it again.

The Cerveza was serviceable, a decent drinking beer, with a frothy head, light amber in colour and a crisp finish. Not my favourite of the bunch, but it was OK.

The Blonde, meanwhile, was the standout. More flavourful than I expected for such a light-coloured beer, with lemon notes, even a little apple, the right amount of sweetness and a crisp finish. I’m glad I opted against the lime flavouring pill that came with this one too, given how the hop pill turned out for me. Even if it didn’t detract from how the Blonde presented itself, I don’t think this one needs any help. This would be my recommendation, and one I’d buy in the future.

But I still think the directions could be a little more clear, to indicate, that if you want your beer done in the two weeks, it needs to be kept at 25-28C and if you keep your house at 18-20C, as do a lot of people, it could take upwards of four weeks.

Mister Beer misses

- March 27th, 2012

A little while back, I happened upon Mister Beer Bottle Brew while at my local grocery store.

And I jumped at the chance to try it out.

After following the directions on the label, and leaving the brew to ferment for two weeks, I was eager to get a taste of the Red Lager.

The results? The flavour wasn’t as bold as I had hoped, and it fell a little flat.

I don’t want to judge a whole product line on one taste, and I may well try again at some point, but it wasn’t the best first impression.

Who knows. Maybe I did something wrong — but there’s not much to do at all. That’s the whole point. Drop in the pill, let it do its thing, chill and enjoy.

If any of you out there have had the chance to try and had a different result, feel free to contact me: dave.breakenridge@sunmedia.ca

I’ll publish any of your experience in this space.

Bottling my reservations

- February 11th, 2012

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The bottle had been eyeing me the last couple of times I passed by it at my neighbourhood Co-Op grocery store.

The smiling guy with the close-cropped hair staring down from the beer-kit shelves, next to the wine-making supplies.

No-muss, no-fuss, fresh-brewed beer, in just a couple of weeks.

How could I say no?

I’ve always been curious about making my own wine or beer at home, but at the same time leery.

Why would I put in the time to do what the pros are doing, and doing quite well?

Mister Beer Bottle Brew takes the work out of the equation, and claims to be quite different than traditional home beer-making kits.

From Mister Beer’s Facebook page:
“Most home-brew kits are based on a dehydrated malt or liquid concentrated malt. You then add water, boil, ferment, sterilize bottles, etc. It seems like a lot of work with marginal results. Any real brewer or beer lover equates this to an orange juice made from crystals like Tang or a concentrated orange juice, versus freshly squeezed orange juice. The end result can’t possibly be very good.

“Mister Beer Bottle Brew is craft-brewed, the same way all premium beers are made. Then, instead of fermenting it, we bottle it. After you buy it, you simply add our specially selected brewer’s yeast which triggers the fermentation in your home, right in the bottle.”

In two weeks, I’m told, I’ll have delicious, fresh-tasting beer. For the low price of $5 for 2 litres, it seemed like a good bargain as well.

I’m halfway through the waiting period, and I’m starting to get really curious about what it will taste like.

It may not wind up rivalling my favourite beers, but I give the makers of Mister Beer credit for a unique product and marketing strategy.