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Old 05-18-2011, 11:51 PM   #1
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Default AHS 20th Anniversary Reviews (LME)

For anyone who pulled the trigger on these kits back in March, share your opinions so far. Today I am reviewing:

Anniversary Blonde
Brewed: 4/02
Bottled: 4/17 (no secondary)
Yeast: White Labs Kolsch
Clarifiers: 1tsp Irish Moss 15 min
-Cleared up nicely to a rich golden color in the bottle. Good carbonation. It pours with little head that dissipates quickly, almost like soda. Very light in body as expected. A nice malty sweetness initially and finishes with bready flavors. Not bad for a blonde, and a nice easy drinker for summer (if summer ever gets here).

Anniversary Kolsch
Brewed: 3/28
Racked: 4/02
Bottled: 4/17
Yeast: White Labs Kolsch
Clarifiers: 1tsp Irish Moss 5 min (forgot to add it at 15)
Gelatin Finings- 1TBSP in secondary for 5 Days
-A very clear golden amber hue. Good carbonation that creates a white frothy foamy head. Be careful pouring this one or your glass may look like like ones on the front of a St. Pauli Girl label-beautifully creamy and spilling out the top. A light floral aroma with a hint of malt in the background. Very smooth, the finish is crisp and short. It leaves lacing marks all the way down my Sam Adams Glass. This is the way beer should look, taste, and feel. Fantastic!

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Old 05-19-2011, 05:59 AM   #2
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I got the Amber kit and the Stout kit. Right now I am in Tempe Az. As soon as I get home, I'm planning on brewing.

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Old 05-19-2011, 09:53 PM   #3
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I almost got the Stout but went for the APA instead. That still needs to be bottled.

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The Wit was a big hit at a party and was gone in a couple of hours. I have the IPA on tap right now... very clean and simple, but the aroma has faded quickly. I would probably dry hop it a bit more next time, possibly in the keg. My SWMBO hates IPAs but this was mild enough that she enjoyed it.

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Old 05-20-2011, 03:15 AM   #5
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Working through the bottles from 3 weeks ago now. They are awesome! Super crisp and summer tasty. Added 1 lb of honey at flame out to the kit and it added great aroma and flavor. Will be doing this one again for sure..

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I got the Wit and the Hefe..Still a month out....

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I've got another 2 1/2 weeks to go for my AG porter (with cocoa powder & dried ancho chilis) to finish carbonating.

I can't wait to get started on kegging.

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I got the Wit and the Hefe..Still a month out....
I did the hefe.... its goooooooood.
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I did the hefe.... its goooooooood.
And Kieran did the Wit ...Sounds like a couple of winners

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I have the IPA fermenting as of Tuesday. The ingredients on the web didn't list any dry hopping hops so I ordered extra falconers flight. However, once getting the kit I realized it came with Cascade to dry hop. So I have a few more days to decide what to do...any suggestions?

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