Walmart's Make your own Beer setup?

Discussion in 'alt.beer.home-brewing' started by Askalon, Dec 5, 2004.

  1. Askalon

    Askalon Guest

    Went to Walmart the other night and got the "Make your own beer" Home
    brewing kit for around $25. Anyone used this before? The instructions seem
    like a regular home brew setup. I have read the instructions twice and am
    about ready for the month long process. Here is to hoping for a good turn
    out.

    Clayton Smith
  2. Jazz

    Jazz Guest

    Askalon wrote:

    > Went to Walmart the other night and got the "Make your own beer" Home
    > brewing kit for around $25. Anyone used this before? The instructions seem
    > like a regular home brew setup. I have read the instructions twice and am
    > about ready for the month long process. Here is to hoping for a good turn
    > out.
    >
    > Clayton Smith


    I've never seen anything like that at Walmart, and we go there fairly
    regularly (monthly?). Would you be willing to list the ingredients and
    items that it came with?

    --
    jaZZ
    "It seems to me that government is neither good nor bad but simply a
    tool, like a hammer. You can use a hammer to build with, or you can use
    a hammer to destroy with. The virtue of the hammer depends on the
    purposes to which it is put and the skill with which it is used."
    From "Bushwhacked" by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose
  3. Askalon

    Askalon Guest

    Sure can. Usually they were up front of the store past the cash registers as
    I was on my way out. They are made by Lakeview Valley farms (or rather
    Natural Science Industries).

    6 plastic beer bottles with caps
    6 pack holder
    Amber malt
    Light Dry malt
    1 gallon Cubitainer & cap
    Air Lock
    Racking Cane tip
    Siphon Hose
    1/4 teaspoon
    Yeast Packet
    Hops Packet
    Dextrose Packet
    Sterilizer Packet
    Label Sheets (for printing your name for the beer)

    It will make 24 bottles of beer
    They also have a refiller pack, but am not sure what is in it. I would
    assume the consumables to make another 24 bottles of beer.




    "Jazz" <jshaw@stny.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:vnblotj6pc2l2d@news.supernews.com...
    > I've never seen anything like that at Walmart, and we go there fairly
    > regularly (monthly?). Would you be willing to list the ingredients and
    > items that it came with?
    >
    > --
    > jaZZ
    > "It seems to me that government is neither good nor bad but simply a
    > tool, like a hammer. You can use a hammer to build with, or you can use
    > a hammer to destroy with. The virtue of the hammer depends on the
    > purposes to which it is put and the skill with which it is used."
    > From "Bushwhacked" by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose
    >
  4. Tepe

    Tepe Guest

    I've seen this in NJ and in the optical dept. I cant see how this would
    taste good. The ingredients must be bad or old since the yeast is not kept
    cold. Save your money and get a starter kit from your local HBS.
    Tom

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    Home of the MOON RIVER BREWERY

    "Askalon" <Askalon@z123.org> wrote in message
    news:vpidnW_og6e0QOmiRVn-gQ@giganews.com...
    > Went to Walmart the other night and got the "Make your own beer" Home
    > brewing kit for around $25. Anyone used this before? The instructions seem
    > like a regular home brew setup. I have read the instructions twice and am
    > about ready for the month long process. Here is to hoping for a good turn
    > out.
    >
    > Clayton Smith
    >
    >
  5. Askalon

    Askalon Guest

    Took everyone's advice on this and returned the Kit to Walmart. Stopped at
    the LHBS and was a huge success (and advice), bought everything I didn't
    have (or comming in) and am reading on making my first batch.

    Clayton


    "Tepe" <thil@_nospam_comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:yE-dnZDBxN6qE-qiU-KYiQ@comcast.com...
    > I've seen this in NJ and in the optical dept. I cant see how this would
    > taste good. The ingredients must be bad or old since the yeast is not kept
    > cold. Save your money and get a starter kit from your local HBS.
    > Tom
    >
    > --
    >
    > Home of the MOON RIVER BREWERY
    >
    > "Askalon" <Askalon@z123.org> wrote in message
    > news:vpidnW_og6e0QOmiRVn-gQ@giganews.com...
    > > Went to Walmart the other night and got the "Make your own beer" Home
    > > brewing kit for around $25. Anyone used this before? The instructions

    seem
    > > like a regular home brew setup. I have read the instructions twice and

    am
    > > about ready for the month long process. Here is to hoping for a good

    turn
    > > out.
    > >
    > > Clayton Smith
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
  6. Smart Man. If I do the math you get 24 / 12 oz bottles for $25. Well a
    kit from your local HBS $27 makes 5 gals = ~ 50 bottles.

    Frank
    ATF Home Brew Club
    New Bern NC
  7. MBrunt

    MBrunt Guest

    "Askalon" <Askalon@z123.org> wrote in message news:<vpidnW_og6e0QOmiRVn-gQ@giganews.com>...
    > Went to Walmart the other night and got the "Make your own beer" Home
    > brewing kit for around $25. Anyone used this before? The instructions seem
    > like a regular home brew setup. I have read the instructions twice and am
    > about ready for the month long process. Here is to hoping for a good turn
    > out.
    >
    > Clayton Smith


    I was perhaps not so smart. My mother bought this same kit, and
    called me out to get it started for her (I guess just because I drink
    beer, I'm expected to know how to make it). It's very cheap, with all
    light-weight plastic parts, including the bottles. My first problem
    seemed to be with the yeast starter. I mixed the sugar-water solution
    as instructed and sprinkled the yeast on top, but very little, if
    anything happened after a half an hour. The yeast expanded somewhat,
    perhaps a very small layer of foam in places, but not much else.
    Could this be a result of yeast not kept cool and fresh? I finished
    the wort and let it cool, but I think that the water I used was
    perhaps a bit too cold. The solution has been in the plastic
    (collapsible, of all things) fermenter for about 24 hours, and nothing
    appears to be happening. I don't see or hear any bubbling. Could the
    wort have been too cold for the yeast starter to properly begin the
    fermentation? How important is the wort temperature to proper
    fermentation? Was the starter doomed from the beginning based on it's
    relative lack of activity?

    This purchase was a novelty for her. She won't be into buying a real
    homebrew kit, as she doesn't drink. So is it conceivable that this
    kit is so cheap that it's best kept in the dump?

    Thanks,
    Matt
  8. Karl S.

    Karl S. Guest

    On Sun, 19 Oct 2003 17:27:31 +0000, MBrunt wrote:

    > "Askalon" <Askalon@z123.org> wrote in message
    > news:<vpidnW_og6e0QOmiRVn-gQ@giganews.com>...
    >> Went to Walmart the other night and got the "Make your own beer" Home
    >> brewing kit for around $25. Anyone used this before? The instructions
    >> seem like a regular home brew setup. I have read the instructions twice
    >> and am about ready for the month long process. Here is to hoping for a
    >> good turn out.
    >>
    >> Clayton Smith

    >
    > I was perhaps not so smart. My mother bought this same kit, and called
    > me out to get it started for her (I guess just because I drink beer, I'm
    > expected to know how to make it). It's very cheap, with all
    > light-weight plastic parts, including the bottles. My first problem
    > seemed to be with the yeast starter. I mixed the sugar-water solution
    > as instructed and sprinkled the yeast on top, but very little, if
    > anything happened after a half an hour. The yeast expanded somewhat,
    > perhaps a very small layer of foam in places, but not much else. Could
    > this be a result of yeast not kept cool and fresh? I finished the wort
    > and let it cool, but I think that the water I used was perhaps a bit too
    > cold. The solution has been in the plastic (collapsible, of all things)
    > fermenter for about 24 hours, and nothing appears to be happening. I
    > don't see or hear any bubbling. Could the wort have been too cold for
    > the yeast starter to properly begin the fermentation? How important is
    > the wort temperature to proper fermentation? Was the starter doomed
    > from the beginning based on it's relative lack of activity?
    >
    > This purchase was a novelty for her. She won't be into buying a real
    > homebrew kit, as she doesn't drink. So is it conceivable that this kit
    > is so cheap that it's best kept in the dump?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Matt


    You posted a couple of days ago, so with luck your yeast should have
    answered your queston for you.
    If there was any active yeast at all, it should have taken off by now.

    Good Luck!

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