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Old 11-29-2012, 02:13 AM   #11
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I have done a few kits while I am building my machine and so far I only have one complaint and it is minor. I would like a little more head retention but that is just me and possibly how I did the kits. It only happened once so it is a minor issue either way. I have used Midwest and Austin as well and never got a bad kit from either one.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:14 AM   #12
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I've done a few NB kits and one thing I will say is they are always enjoyable and reliable. I think they are especially great for newer brewers and experienced brewers looking to wet their feet in a style they've never tried. You will make a great enjoyable beer but can then branch from there to tweak it to make it yours and even better. I just don't like their grain crush, but I've long since got my own mill.


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Old 11-29-2012, 02:19 AM   #13
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I've done a few NB kits and one thing I will say is they are always enjoyable and reliable. I think they are especially great for newer brewers and experienced brewers looking to wet their feet in a style they've never tried. You will make a great enjoyable beer but can then branch from there to tweak it to make it yours and even better. I just don't like their grain crush, but I've long since got my own mill.


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I've got my own mill. Do they mill it by default, or do you select that when you buy the kit? I'd just as soon mill it myself.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:31 AM   #14
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It's one of the options when you order the all-grain version of the kit; crushed or unmilled.

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Old 11-29-2012, 02:39 AM   #15
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You have the choice of having the grains milled or unmilled.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/c...grain-kit.html

One nice thing NB does is put their recipes/ingredients for each kit on their website under additional information. I usually look at the ingredients and decide if I need to add a small additional amount of a specialty grain to see if I want to increase body, head retention or adjust the hop profile prior to brewing. I have enjoyed brewing their kits and have had good success with them.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/docume...bouSlobber.pdf

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Old 11-29-2012, 02:59 AM   #16
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I brew 2.5 gallon batches. Do the grains come mixed in the same bag or separated? I've wanted to try several of their kits, but don't know if I can split them.

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Old 11-29-2012, 03:17 AM   #17
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I brew 2.5 gallon batches. Do the grains come mixed in the same bag or separated? I've wanted to try several of their kits, but don't know if I can split them.
I haven't used a kit of theirs for a while but I seem to recall everything coming mixed into one grain bag - not separated. But I believe you can leave a note with your order so you can ask them to keep the grains separate I'd suppose.


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Old 11-29-2012, 03:25 AM   #18
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It is all jn one bag.

I have tweaked almost all the kits I've gotten...always adding more hops or more 2row or a lb of Munich or honey or.....gotta make it your own, right!?

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Old 11-29-2012, 05:11 AM   #19
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I don't always have time to dig through recipes here / books / crafting my own. For some it's easy, for me it's not. So when that time hits I go to Northern Brewer. Whether I order from them (and have many times) or take their recipes to my LHBS I have always been fairly pleased.

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Old 11-29-2012, 12:49 PM   #20
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I have a friend who won't brew anything besides the NB kits.
Won't even come up with his own recipes. He just likes the NB kits that much.
He has always had great success with them and yes, the caribou slobber is a good kit.

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