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robertjm

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Hi all,

A few months ago I grabbed a six-pack of Mr. Beer cans that BevMo had sitting on the closeout table for 99 cents! I figured I might be able to use the malt in the cans for regular brewing.

Today, I was playing around with ProMash, trying to figure out how to enter them in the database, but am not sure what to do for the entries. Has anyone else used these ingredient kits for regular brewing? If so, what did you enter in your ProMash daatabase? I want to make sure that I'm not going to end up with hop flavored tap water <grin!!>

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Well, if you can find the website of the manufacture they may have some stats on it. Is there any other information on the can itself?

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robertjm

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Thanks!!

After posting the original msg, I looked at the cans again, and noticed that it says 1.21 lbs Net weight on it. I have to assume that this means net weight of the malt inside the can.

Additionally, it turns out these are pre-hopped "mixes." However, all the can says on the side is:

100% Malted Two Row Barley
Hops
Water
Natural Hp Extract

ALL the cans I have say the exact same thing, so there's no way to tell what malts make up that 100% malted barley. Nor is their website very forthwith on that. I imagine they don't want to give that out or people would be making their own mixes at 1/10th the cost.

Guess I'll "just add water" and stick a fermentation lock on it. I'm sure not going to buy one of those Mr. Beer breweries at $50 to use 99 cents worth of kits. :-)
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Yea, that's the problem with these cheapy extract companies, there is no information to base anything on. Your probable safe using one of the generic extract entries in ProMash to get you close on gravity, but the IBU contribution, there is no way to determine without numbers. "Pre-Hopped"....hmmm don't tell ya much does it?

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I always put them in as Alexanders, I don't know what kinds you have but Mr. Beer mixes are not very hopped, in a five gallon batch of similar style as the Mr, Beer I would hop like normal because the hoppede extract is so mild.
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I had the same problem.  I originally started brewing with Mr. Beer, and eventually switched to a more traditional setup.  I was using the fermenter (2.5 gallons for quite a while) even though I was following more traditional extract home brew techniques after the first 2 batches turned out horrid.

 

Anyway,  I recently obtained 14 cans of extract from a retired homebrewer of 3 different varieties of Mr. beer extract.

 

I was able to "reverse" engineer from their posted database of recipes the specific SRM IBU and % alcohol (no OG or FG though) for a standard 8.5 quart batch, what the 3 styles of extract I have will contribute.

 

They claim 2.3% alcohol by volume per can of hopped extract (1.21 Lbs Net Wt. probably VERY close to 1 pound after you subtract the weight of the label, yeast packet, lid, and metal can) in a 8.5 Qt batch.

 

I found that the IBU & SRM contributions were as follows for the 8.5 quarts of finished beer using 1 can of extract:

 

                                        SRM   IBU

Octoberfest Vienna Lager -     12     13

Bewitched Red Ale-                9       6

Englishman Nut Brown Ale -     8       14

 

Richard Held

 

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