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Old 02-13-2008, 01:34 AM   #1
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Default Northern Brewer Kits

If you have ordered and brewed a northern Brewer AG Kit, let me know what you thought. I am looking into several of these kits, but I want to check them ut with my Home Brewing Brethern before I take the plunge. The first one I want to try is the Scottish Ale. Not the Wee heavy, sounds like the Alcohol would over power the beer.

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Old 02-13-2008, 02:04 AM   #2
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Their crush is pretty sad. I have bought from them, B3, and AHS and theirs is by far the worst. I did not get a kit so I am not sure if they take this into account.

It also seems that they might send you something different than what they say they are including without notifying you.

Otherwise, I think their products are very fresh and I received very fast turnaround. I have also heard their kits are pretty good, but never used one.

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Old 02-13-2008, 02:11 AM   #3
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there were some rumblings in the recipes/ingredients forum a few days ago about hop substitutions that didn't match up with general hop substitution knowledge.... on the other hand, i've brewed 3 austin home brew all grain kits and have been very, very satisfied.

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Old 02-13-2008, 02:21 AM   #4
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Have have used several of their kits, all have come with the prescribed ingredients. I have also e-mailed them about putting together a "custom" kit which they have been very helpful with. I have bought kits from AHS, Midwest, and NB. I also know if you do business with NB they will take are of you in the hops department.
I have not had any problem with their crush. I now buy all my grain uncrushed though.
I prefer using them at this point, but I know AHS is on this forum.

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Old 02-13-2008, 11:58 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the replies. The Crush isn't important as I have my own Mill. Looking forward to trying the Scottish Ale Kit.

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Had great results with all the kits I have bought from Northern. I especially like the kits with the steeping grains that come precrushed. I have also had good results with kits from AHS and Listermann's.

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I have had great luck with the kits from NB, their crush was always fine for me. I used to get 80-85% with their crush & my cooler tun.
I have gotten away from kits but would have no problem going back to them. Great service here as well. I bet I have ordered 20 times from them, never a mistake and never any delays.

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I bought probably a dozen AG kits from them, and most were very good. I didn't care for their cream ale. The irish red was the best.

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Old 02-13-2008, 06:27 PM   #9
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Good thread. I was thinking of throwing one of their kits into an order I am placing there soon...so I can get my feet wet again. I typically order my ingredients from Alt. Bev./Homebrew.com.

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Old 02-16-2008, 04:22 AM   #10
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Have to say their service has been top-notch for me. I am gonna try the first kit I ordered this Monday (EPA brewed 1/12, bottled 2/2), but have 2 more kits in the fermentors (irish dry stout bottling tomorrow, honey Kolsch moving to 2ndary) so the tasting has yet to be determined on all 3...

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