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Old 01-16-2013, 12:17 AM   #11
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Got the kit today and it came with US-05.

Quick question- the recipe calls for boiling 2.5 gallons and then adding more water after the boil. If I were to boil 5.5 gallons (it makes 5 gallons), how would this affect the IBUs? I've heard it would increase them. It is supposed to end up with 55-60 IBUs following the recipe.

Would boiling 5.5 gallons affect anything else?

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Old 01-18-2013, 06:46 PM   #12
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My kit didn't turn out to well. I mean it was bitter and off, though after a few months in a bottle it mellowed out a lot.

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Old 01-19-2013, 01:36 AM   #13
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Did you prepare it pretty close to the directions or change anything? Did you steep & boil 2.5 gallons or the full 5?

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Old 02-01-2013, 04:22 PM   #14
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I followed the directions exactly. Did a 2.5 gallon boil, and topped off to reach the recommended OG. Then again it was my first extract and I've learned stuff to do since then.

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Old 03-01-2013, 06:20 PM   #15
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My kit came with s 05, and my hops were palisade, summit and ahtanum, not simcoe and amarillo

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Old 03-01-2013, 10:08 PM   #16
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I have less than a case of the brewers best India pale ale kit that I brewed the end of February... It's hoppy and delicious with good creamy head retention. It is hazy, but I didn't brew it to be judged just to be drank! I had it 5 days in the primary and 10 days in the secondary. It's been in bottles for about 3 weeks.

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Old 03-02-2013, 04:37 AM   #17
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Mine is almost 3 weeks in bottle and tasting great. Similar to what the previous poster said. Though mine is clearing up relatively well. Three weeks in bottle compared to two weeks was impressively different. This beer really came together nicely. Guess that's why everyone stresses the virtue of patience in this hobby

Lots of compliments from friends on my first two brews. Hope they're not just blowing smoke up my ass. But I guess as long as I think it's delicious that's all that matters.

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Old 03-03-2013, 09:14 PM   #18
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Lots of compliments from friends on my first two brews. Hope they're not just blowing smoke up my ass. But I guess as long as I think it's delicious that's all that matters.
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Old 01-23-2014, 01:54 PM   #20
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This is my first brew as well! It is in the primary now. Its day 5 so I'll probably rack it into the secondary and leave for about 2 weeks (as per the instructions.) I took a little whiff through the airlock, and it smells pretty damn good. I think dry hopping it would be interesting.

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