Originally Posted by zymurgy101
Of the three versions above, which tastes best? I was thinking of ordering the AG version from Austin, but if anyone knows of a better alternative...
FYI, I will probably supplement some DME or LME to compensate for my low efficiency as I am using a 10g Rubbermaid MLT with no recirculation. I'll use BeerSmith to determine how much extract is needed.
2 things here: kits from AHS are always going to be good- I can't speak for the accuracy of this clone, but they're good at what they do.
Secondly, the 10g Rubbermaid is a standard MLT here- it's what I use and I can count on 78-80% efficiency. Are you adjusting your hydrometer readings for temperature? Are you sparging hot enough to get the grainbed up near 170F? Sparge water temp is one area where the default settings on Beer Smith make no sense to me- sparging hotter bought me several points of extra efficiency.