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Old 08-20-2008, 11:10 PM   #1
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found the nb ag kits looking good...anyone have opinions on these kits and recipes?

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Old 08-20-2008, 11:26 PM   #2
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There cheap, but the one I bought (AG) was sent with all the wrong ingredients. That's why I shop primarily at AHS.

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Old 08-20-2008, 11:50 PM   #3
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There cheap, but the one I bought (AG) was sent with all the wrong ingredients. That's why I shop primarily at AHS.
Do you think they could have just messed up once? They're a good store.

I haven't used their kits, but I imagine that overall they're just fine.
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Old 08-21-2008, 12:19 AM   #4
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I've done four now and I love them. I love knowing exactly what ingredients are in each recipe, I like the options they give for yeast, caps, etc, I like their selection of recipes and their price. My efficiency has been about 74-78% brewhouse so their crush works for me.

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I like NB's kits. The only problem I've ever had with them was when I ordered a kit pre-crushed. The store crush was...lacking. I now own a grain mill so it's not a problem anymore.

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Old 08-21-2008, 12:43 AM   #6
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I brewed the NB Cream Ale kit with a few modifications on my part last weekend.
The kits are put together well and all components are labeled.
The instructions are clear and the mash schedule is well laid out.
The crush is somewhat poor (my efficiency dipped a 2 or 3 percent) though I still was above 70%.
The recipe started out a few points out of style for OG, and SRM so if that matters to you I'd punch the ingredients into some software and check it.
The taste is indescribable (because I haven't tasted it yet ).
Customer service at NB is fantastic so I'd give em a call and when you order ask for a finer crush.

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Old 08-21-2008, 07:10 AM   #7
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Do you think they could have just messed up once? They're a good store.

I haven't used their kits, but I imagine that overall they're just fine.
If you haven't used their kits, how can you comment on them? I called them and they had a crap attitude about it and didn't even offer to send the right stuff. Mabey it was a one time thing, but how many times do you need to get bit by a dog to know it's bad?

The few times Ahs has made a mistake, they always correct it.
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I have used there kits in the past and there fine for the most part. I do sometimes question the yeast and hops they choose for the recipe. I prefer to build my own recipe from scratch now it is more fun.

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I've used them a couple times and I too thought I could have made it better with some extra/alternate ingredients. That said, they do rank higher on the scale than some others I've tried. Once I got comfy with the AG thing, I now do my own.

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I like NB's kits. The only problem I've ever had with them was when I ordered a kit pre-crushed. The store crush was...lacking. I now own a grain mill so it's not a problem anymore.
Yeah, I brewed one of their kits last weekend, and even though I'm an AG newbie I could see that the crush was pretty poor. I only got 57% efficiency, compared to the 69% i got from my first AG attempt two weeks before.

Bummer is that it was already a highly-hopped kit (tongue splitter ale) and now with the poor efficiency and low OG, it's probably going to be pretty harsh.
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