Monthly Archives: February 2015

  1. How to Use a Mr. Beer Kit: The First Livestream Recap

    How to Use a Mr. Beer Kit: The First Livestream Recap

    We had our first show in the official Mr.Beer Livestream last week and we had an awesome time with you all! In this first show, we covered a little bit about each of our Mr.Beer Kits and introduced what the livestream was about. But it wasn't all small talk. We also showed you just how easy brewing with a Mr.Beer kit can be. Here's a recap of this quick tutorial in gifs!

    1. Before you begin, take a sip of your favorite beer.

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  2. What is the Difference Between a Porter and a Stout?

    What is the Difference Between a Porter and a Stout?

    One of the biggest mysteries in the beer world: what is the difference between a porter and a stout? At first glance, they are seemingly interchangeable; dark beers with a nice foamy head. To the average palate, they even taste similar. The porter may seem a bit lighter and sweeter, but the difference can be hard to detect. So what is it then that sets these two apart? The answer, it seems, is not so black and white. Instead, you have to go back in history to the 18th century. According

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  3. What are Bung, Diacetyl, and Winy: Brewing Terminology Tuesday

    What are Bung, Diacetyl, and Winy: Brewing Terminology Tuesday
    Bung The bung is the stopper for a keg or casket. The bung is placed in the hole that is used for filling up or emptying the keg, and the bung is usually placed in the keg during carbonation. Fun fact: the bung used in a cask for "real" beer, or ale, must be a wooden bung in order to allow the pressure during fermentation and carbonation to be released.
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  4. Chicken Poblano Mole Recipe

    Chicken Poblano Mole Recipe

    "Accept the challenges, so you may feel the exhilaration of victory." - George S. Patton.  Today, I feel like trying something new, something different, something tough. I gather my ingredients, crank up some Manu Chao and charge in (for your enjoyment, here is Manu Chao's Youtube station, so you can get your groove on while cooking.)  Soon, wafts of spice and pollo transform my kitchen into una cocina

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  5. How to Add Fruit to Your Homebrew

    How to Add Fruit to Your Homebrew

    First time brewers often think that to add fruit to their beer, they simply add it to their fermenter… but let's stop right there. What is the first rule of brewing good beer? If you guessed sanitation, you were correct. Adding fruit straight to your homebrew without taking the proper steps can lead to microorganisms in your beer that create off flavors. Step 1: Choosing Your Fruit First things first, you will want to decide which type of fruit beer you are looking to brew. T

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  6. What are Acetaldehyde, Conditioning, and Mouthfeel: Brewing Terminology Tuesday

    What are Acetaldehyde, Conditioning, and Mouthfeel: Brewing Terminology Tuesday
    Acetaldehyde Acetaldehyde is a compound that produces green apple flavor and aroma in homebrew, and is a byproduct of fermentation. However, one must remember that you need acetaldehyde in order to have beer! Why is this? Because acetaldehyde is formed during the conversion of sugar to ethanol by yeast. In simple terms: yeast creates acetaldehyde which is a precursor for alcohol… no acetaldehyde, no beer.
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  7. The History of Homebrewing Beer in One Awesome Infographic

    The History of Homebrewing Beer in One Awesome Infographic

    Have you ever wondered about the the history of homebrewing and how we came to start making that delicious stuff called beer? Well, Mr. Beer has created the perfect infogrpahic to take you wayyyy back in time to the birthplace of beer... all the way back to 5,000 B.C.!

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  8. Smoked Stout - Barley the Brew Pup's Recipe of the Month

    Smoked Stout - Barley the Brew Pup's Recipe of the Month
    Everyone here at Mr.Beer loves animals... but we have a special place in our hearts for dogs, especially those that come from local shelters. That is why we were thrilled to collaborate with our favorite Instagram dog, Barley the Brew Pup (@barleythebrewpup), for a monthly recipe in which a portion of the proceeds will benefit animals in need.
    Each month, we will feature a special Barley Recipe of the Month. Besides
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  9. Pork Belly Banh Mi Recipe

    Pork Belly Banh Mi Recipe

    In this swirling vortex of lattes fueling rickshaw taxi horns, the needle of frenzy has been pegged at maximum velocity.  In this maddening shuffle good people, the best in fact, can be lost.  Find yourself here at this food cart, steam rising from crispy juicy pork belly over crunchy soft baguette.  With your banh mi sandwich in one hand, turn around and have a seat at the bar patio, where a mysterious stranger puts a black IPA in the other.  Tune out the surrounding hubbub and

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  10. Force Carbonating Your Homebrew

    Force Carbonating Your Homebrew

    (Blog edited: April 2, 2018; prev. named "Different Ways to Carbonate your Homebrew") Carbonation is more than just adding fizz to your beer; carbonation also carries volatile aroma compounds in your beer up to your nose, giving beers a discernable smell. Carbonation also activates the trigeminal nerve in your mouth, and different levels of carbonation feel differently when they hit this nerve. There are two main ways you can go about carbonating your homebrew: force carbonation

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