If you are seriously interested in creating great homebrew beer, then this kit is NOT for you. I've been making homebrew beer for about 1.5 years. I was given a Mr Beer kit as a gift and tried making two different styles of beer. The first was a pale ale, and the second was an oatmeal stout. The pail ale was just OK, and the stout was undrinkable. To make a long story short... the Mr Beer kit cuts some important corners in the brewing process at the expense of the quality of the beer.
Mr Beer Kit Pros:
- The plastic bottle are actually pretty good. I still use them with my 5 gallon homebrew kit occasionally.
- The kit is small and doesn't consume as much space as a standard full size homebrew setup.
Mr Beer Kit Cons:
- Must purchase the Mr Beer ingredients, as the kit is not a standard size. Standard kits make 5 gallons.
- Has a very, very, crude air lock on the fermenter, so Oxygen gets to the beer and spoils it quickly
- Don't know the quality of the ingredients. The yeast could be old and useless resulting in ruined beer
- Lots of other basic issues, but the three above are enough to not to buy this kit...
I was ready to give up on homebrewing after my Mr Beer experience, but my wife convinced me to try a "real" kit. Since getting a real 5 gallon kit, I've had great success (9 very good brews, 0 bad) and actually enjoy brewing and so do my family and friends who partake in the end result. Consider putting your money towards a 5 gallon kit sold by any homebrew supply store or here on Amazon. Consider the following:
Basic but acceptable kit that has everything needed for your first brew, and can be upgraded later: New Brewers Complete Homebrew Beer Making Kit by Monster Brew
Better kit... but bottles (48 needed per batch), caps, and beer ingredients not included: Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit (K6) with 6 Gallon Glass Carboy
If you like to read and really want to learn about beer... How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time
Finally, I recommend additional ingredient kits from Midwest supplies (google it) out of St Louis Park, MN. They are excellent quality and have lots of options.