It hasn't turned out yet. I did taste it from the keg prior to bottling and it tasty yeasty and not sweet, as it should. Of course it's warm and non-carbonated at that point so it's not drinkable.
I used eight 1 liter (PET/plastic) bottles for my batch. I primed four bottles with a water/sugar solution I boiled in a pot on the stove (using instructions I found here
) and the other four with dry corn sugar. The Mr. Beer instructions state to use table sugar, however after reading that not all of regular table sugar is fermentable and corn sugar is, I opted to go that route.
As far as priming, it's MUCH easier using the boiling method. I simply used a syringe to prime each bottle with a tablespoon of the liquid. Priming with the corn sugar directly into the bottle created a mess. I don't even know that I got all of the sugar in there, there was a lot on the counter.
The bottles will sit for a week while the yeast breaks down the sugar and creates carbon dioxide gas under pressure, giving me carbonated beer at the end. The bottles are already starting to firm up a bit so I know it's working. As a precaution, since I deviated from the original instructions and since I experiemented with headspace in the bottle, I put the bottles in plastic bags in case of explosion.
Mr. Beer said 2" of headspace in the bottle, the website I linked above said 1". I have variations between 1" and 2", so I can see what works best.
It should be done in about a week when I can refrigerate them for a day or two and taste it. So it'll be the end of next week at the earliest. So far so good. I'm enjoying it, but even the easy kit is a bit time consuming, I'm sure I'm interested in all-grain brewing at this point. I'm going to order some more Mr. Beer recipes and start the next batch. I'd like a few kegs of brew under my belt before I determine how serious to get.