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Old 10-17-2007, 03:17 AM   #11
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Our HBC has a brew day where a local brewpub gives out free wort pre-boil and yeast. You provide the hops, specialty grains, heating and cooling! Nothing like 5 gallons for $5.

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Old 10-17-2007, 08:30 PM   #12
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I have brewed the Red Ale kit from the Brew House. I also had a crazy fermentation that was pretty much done in under 24hrs (maybe even overnight!). All kinds of stuff leaking out. Didn't have the right sized fermenter, so didn't leave enough headspace. The yeast must love that stuff.

It's in the last week of secondary / dry hopping right now (wanted to kick up the hoppy aroma since it's only an 18 IBU kit).

I can report back on taste in a few weeks, but from the samples I've had so far I'm quite impressed. If you want a quick good brew I'd recommend it, from what I've seen so far. Those Cream Ale and winterfest Ale kits look interesting.

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Old 10-17-2007, 10:18 PM   #13
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I'm done fermenting already. Took about 48 hours total.

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Old 10-18-2007, 01:50 PM   #14
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I'm done fermenting already. Took about 48 hours total.
Doesn't surprise me! As I mentioned in this thread (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=40324) I freaked out a bit with mine. Of course, it was pretty warm at the time too...I don't think I really worried about temp all those years...wait, days...ago. Now that it's cooling down a bit (a nice 67 in my brew room now) I'm not going to make that mistake again anyway. I have so many others to make still...
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Old 10-18-2007, 05:10 PM   #15
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Doesn't surprise me! As I mentioned in this thread (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=40324) I freaked out a bit with mine. Of course, it was pretty warm at the time too...
I read that thread, but missed that it was a BH kit. Your fast fermentation was to be expected. Rousing a yeast cake, pitching on it, and then fermenting at 74* ambient will make for a vigorous fermentation.

In this case, I pitched one packet of dry and fermented at 68-72* wort temp during fermentation (about 64* ambient).
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Old 10-23-2007, 03:44 AM   #16
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UPDATE: One week in the primary and the yeast cake is very telling. About 1/8in peanut butter colored of trub topped off with 1/2in of snow white yeast. Looks like the bottom of a huge starter.

My instinct is that this cake lends credence to their pitch of "professionally brewed wort". Any thoughts?

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Old 10-23-2007, 03:58 AM   #17
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Looks like beer to me. Keep us posted. I am probably not going to try this any time soon, but I am interested in the results.

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Old 10-25-2007, 12:33 AM   #18
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Mmmmmm...I just had my first real taste of the Brew House Red Ale and it is yummy! Dee-licsh! I dry hopped it with an oz of Cascade, and I think that helped give it that extra bit of zing...

If I were to try another kit I would most definitely recommend this kit.

Their Winterfest Ale kit is supposed to be available next week...35 IBUs with Cinnamon and Nutmeg....

PS. Considering my crazy fermentation and how good it tastes now, I wouldn't be too worried about yours. I was sure to leave it for a while to condition away some of those potential off flavours from the quick ferment.

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Old 10-25-2007, 02:16 AM   #19
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I did their Mexican Cerveza kit and loved it. It fermented like crazy. I bottled in 10 days and it was good and carbonated within about 5 days. For an ale yeast it was a good crisp llight beer. Even my mexican friend was impressed! If you are looking for a good quick pitch to bottle this is not a bad way to go.

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Old 10-25-2007, 06:48 AM   #20
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$35 seems good.

How much does an average kit from AHBS cost? 25-$35 ????

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