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Old 02-25-2008, 05:41 PM   #21
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My first two batches have been BB kits. I've got the IPA bottled and waiting and the bock in the primary. I tried the IPA after a week of conditioning just to see how it was coming along and it was better than expected.
I just brewed this myself. If my local store has the right hops I am going to dry hop it.
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Old 02-25-2008, 09:26 PM   #22
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I just brewed this myself. If my local store has the right hops I am going to dry hop it.

If you can get the hops go for it. It'll be worth it. I couldn't decide if I was going to or not, but since it was my first batch I figured I'd stick w/what I had.
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Old 02-25-2008, 09:49 PM   #23
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I've done the Oktoberfest, Scotch Ale, and European Bock....all very good, but the Oktoberfest was the best, in my own opinion, and according to all those who have yet to taste it. BB kits are very easy, and generally result in good beer.

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Old 02-26-2008, 06:52 PM   #24
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I've just brewed a BB Red Ale that is in the primary so I have a few weeks to see how that will turn out. I'm probably going to do a couple more BB kits to get the process down. What's my next progression after that? The goal is to brew from scratch and create recipes of my own.

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I've just brewed a BB Red Ale that is in the primary so I have a few weeks to see how that will turn out. I'm probably going to do a couple more BB kits to get the process down. What's my next progression after that? The goal is to brew from scratch and create recipes of my own.
Brew some of the great recipes on here. The difference between the recipes in the kits and here, is that you can actually ask questions of the creator. You'll get a feel of what the different grains do to the beer...

Yooper's recipes are awsome, so are cheezy's....Heck, all the recipe creators on here are genuises....I read them, even if they're not in a style I like...That way I understand what grains go into what style...

Then perhaps Partial Mashing instead of just steeping....Then allgrain if you have the space to do full volume boils.

Somewhere in this progression you'll also begin formulating your own recipes as you read and start doing these.
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Old 02-26-2008, 07:14 PM   #26
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I've just brewed a BB Red Ale that is in the primary so I have a few weeks to see how that will turn out. I'm probably going to do a couple more BB kits to get the process down. What's my next progression after that? The goal is to brew from scratch and create recipes of my own.

I would shoot for one of the clone recipes up here. You'll have a basis of comparison and generally the recipes come with some feedback from others who have already tried it (or you could ask the op of the recipe).
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Old 02-26-2008, 07:36 PM   #27
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I have brewed the Brewer's Best English Brown Ale kit several times and the American Nut Brown Ale once. The English Brown Ale lends itself very well to being made into a Pumpkin Spice Ale. I had a corny keg of it and one of Ed Wort's Apfelwein at a party back in October and the Pumpkin Spice disappeared after just a couple of hours. The Apfelwein didn't last much longer.

Anyway, the Brewer's Best kits are easy to brew and you can get some consistently good batches out of them, even with the dried yeast packet included in the kit.

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Old 02-26-2008, 08:27 PM   #28
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Dang it...Not like that!

I mean the Dancing one.
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My Orange Ginger Dortmunder is a modification of the BB's Bold series 1047 Dortmunder kit. With an additional Hop added at 60, a couple additions of orange peel and ginger root, and about a half cup of fresh orange juice added to the secondary.

I just cracked one open last night (after only 17 days in the bottle) to check things out. And I was blown away by it. It is amazing.

It had aspects of it that reminded me of the belgian triple I had had 2 nights before at a brew pub, only not as heavy.

It was really quaffable.

And I know it will get even better in a couple more weeks. It should be a nice spring/summer brew. One that even bmc drinkers might like.

I know I'll make it again, except since BB give you detailed recipe's with the kit, I'll just buy the ingredients myself. I'll either just swap the lme for the correct amount of DME....Or work it into a PM.

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I can vouch for the amber ale. Tastes great! It was my first brew ever.

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