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somecallmetex 02-02-2010 02:58 AM

Is there a quality difference between Brewers Best kits and Midwest kits
 
I recently found that I had an LHBS fairly close to me, but their kits are fairly expensive (Brewers Best). Even factoring shipping the midwest kits often are cheaper. Does anyone know if there is a quality difference between these two brands?

Aaronh2500 02-02-2010 03:12 AM

I don't have a comparison yet as I have only brewed from Brewer's best kits up to this point and have had alot of success. However, I just received my first Midwest kit (Liberty Cream Ale) and will be boiling this one as soon as I move my Brewer's Best American Nut Brown into the secondary.

Brocster 02-02-2010 03:27 AM

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Originally Posted by somecallmetex (Post 1854167)
I recently found that I had an LHBS fairly close to me, but their kits are fairly expensive (Brewers Best). Even factoring shipping the midwest kits often are cheaper. Does anyone know if there is a quality difference between these two brands?


For what its worth, I live by Midwest and go there at least once a week for supplies or to just wander during a work break. I literally see their shipping operation (you can't miss it if there) and can vouch that they move fresh ingredients, and lots of it, ensuring turn over.

Just a comment on Midwest, bu I can't tell you anything about Brewers Best.

Moose777 02-02-2010 05:17 AM

Midwest has quality product, no you're not sacrificing anything, as the prior poster says, they move a lot of product so it should be fresh.

somecallmetex 02-03-2010 11:21 PM

Midwest is what I've been using (I just started, so none of my beer is ready to drink yet). They seem to have a far larger variety then Brewers Best, but I have to pay for shipping with them. My real concern is that Brewers Best may be lower quality.

RandomSF 02-04-2010 02:26 AM

I've used both and think Midwest is better, like the difference between a hand-crafted beer and a mass-produced beer.

permo 02-04-2010 03:21 AM

I have used both, midwest is much better. The extract is much fresher and they turnover their products much quicker. Brewers best are VERY massed produced and nationally distributed.....they sit on the shelf for a long time. Midwest turns their kits over contstantly.....I couldn't be more impressed with them from the few extract kits I did when I first started brewing.

Moose777 02-04-2010 03:42 AM

Also check out Northern Brewer and Austin Home Brew ..Large online suppliers who will have very fresh product

somecallmetex 02-04-2010 04:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Moose777 (Post 1859649)
Also check out Northern Brewer and Austin Home Brew ..Large online suppliers who will have very fresh product

Same problem, have to pay for shipping.

mordantly 02-04-2010 04:28 AM

midwest, williams, and northern brewer all have never shipped me anything stale.


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