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Old 08-15-2008, 02:42 PM   #1
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Default Oktoberfest - LHBS kit...needs adjustment?

Hello all,

For my next brew, I am going to be making an Oktoberfest. I bought a kit from my LHBS (on sale, since it's close to October), and from the ingredient list, it looks like it could use some adjustment. Here's the stock kit:

1/2 lb. Crystal 20L (steep 20mins)
1/2 lb. Crystal 40L (steep 20mins)
6.6 lbs. Amber LME
1oz Willamet Hops (bittering) 60mins boil
1oz Vanguard Hops (aroma) 15mins boil
Pack of vaguely labeled dry yeast.

On the outside of the package, it said that it comes with Hallertau hops, which was a big draw for me in this kit, then they included a note in the kit saying they had to sub out hops. In Papazian's "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing" Willamet and Vanguard hops are not listed under good Oktoberfest hops. How would you adjust this kit?

Some ideas I thought of:
1. Get some Hallertau and use instead of Vanguard.
2. replace Crystal malts with 1/2 lb. Vienne and 1/2 lb. Munich Malts. (for more authentic flavor) My sources say the "L" value would be the same or very similar.

Thoughts?

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Old 08-15-2008, 03:28 PM   #2
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On the outside of the package, it said that it comes with Hallertau hops, which was a big draw for me in this kit, then they included a note in the kit saying they had to sub out hops.

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I'd return it on the principle of it being falsely advertised, peruse the recipe section here for a well received Oktoberfest, and buy said ingredients from a reputable source.
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I'd return it on the principle of it being falsely advertised, peruse the recipe section here for a well received Oktoberfest, and buy said ingredients from a reputable source.
I will talk to my LHBS about this, the kit isn't one of their in-house kits, it's some random company. I'll give the LHBS a chance to exchange hops, make things right, keep my business (what limited business I'll give them, I happen to like Austin Homebrew better anyway and have several of their kits on my wishlist awaiting purchase).
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