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Mr. Beer Hard Root Beer Making Kit

web ID: 7880762
  • Base Material: 100% Pvc
  • Country of Origin: Made in US
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible Taste, Leaking Fermenters, Off Color Both fermenters had a leak (I have video of this) that I just temporarily fixed by adding a small rubber ring to the spigot on the outside of the fermenter (same kind used to plug hoses) and it helped temporarily so long as you didn't touch the spigot AT ALL it would hold and not leak. So, went ahead with the brew and everything, waited the 2 weeks, transferred to secondary (skipped the root beer as I just wanted the beer alone) and waited another 2 weeks to condition and clear a bit. This stuff looks and tastes absolutely HORRIBLE. It tastes like dirty water and is quite amber in color for a american light lager (made with ale yeast so not really a lager). I've done several ferments before in other fermenters (this was fermented at 66F well below the max of 77F) so that's not an issue. The kit had to be old is my only logical guess. I mean this stuff didn't taste like a beer at all. I have photos of what it looks like in glass carboy I racked it over to just to free up the space in the fermenter (assuming I ever get these broken things replaced or fixed). Not at all happy with this experience.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from failed first attempt I brewed the first batch of beer and went to the root beer stage I used brown sugar (it was an option ) as the directions stated and I only used 2 cups ( directions said 2 or 3 cups) because I did no want it too sweet , well it turned out sour and I tried to add sugar LOL and it looked like a Volcano ,so I am going to try a carbo drop and see If I can salvage the rest on my batch I have 9 bottles left,wish me luck
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting experiment I used my root beer kit and added the Classic American Light and an extra LBK to make hacked root beer. Great flavour, nice bite. Make sure to follow the instructions on the amount of sugar to add as I altered the amounts on my second brew with less that great results.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard Root Beer Who needs my grandfathers Root Beer, when you can make your own...tastes great...you get to flavor to your taste!!! Not the mass
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No root beer taste I bought this and it was awful didn't have any root beer taste more like drinking bid light which is gross
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect taste Taste great, perfect sweetness. I recommend dissolving the sugar before adding to the mixing vessel.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Skeptical at First, Pleasantly Surprised If you're undecided, you should definitely give this a try! The best I've tasted was on tap in Kansas City. This stuff was just as good, or better, than what you can buy (for a high price) in the grocery store. I tried a different extract for half the batch. Will NOT try that again! You can't beat Mr. Beer's root beer extract, even just for the soda itself. I was surprised at how the sugar and extract masked the beer flavor (but not the beer punch). When bottling, I sampled a little first before deciding to add all the sugar. Also, I don't think there's a need for added Vanilla. Mine didn't really mix well and left "sediment" in the bottle. Oh, and if you use glass bottles like me, be sure to not over-carbonate! The kit works well. But I also just use a couple of milk containers to mix the fermented beer with the Arab extract and sugar. The expensive extra "mixing keg" isn't necessary. Overall, good product and I will be making it again!
Date published: 2016-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Turned Out Just OK I always like something new & different and this intrigued me. We've had the regular Mr. Beer root beer a few times -- it's okay but pricey for soda. I fermented this hacked version just under 3 weeks, carbonated 6 days using three cups of sugar, then put them all in the fridge. The first one a week later tasted like root beer flavored beer. Next week a little better. Third week the same. Fourth week regressing to the flavored beer I had week one. I'm tempted to try regular root beer fermented for a longer time to see how that ends up. This was a novelty that neither impressed nor disappointed. Seems the 2-3 week cold conditioning window yields the best flavor.
Date published: 2016-06-29
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