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Toadkiller Dog 10-20-2006 01:50 PM

Brewer's Best vs. MoreBeer kits
 
Hey all--

I'm about to order some brewing kits; I prefer extract types with some grains added for flavor, etc. I've tried one BB kit (Steam style) and it came out pretty well. Has anybody tried the custom kits from MoreBeer.com, and can you comment on whether they are better/worse than the BB ones?

I know I should just try them both, but time and $$ precludes a lot of beer making right now.

Ol' Grog 10-20-2006 02:12 PM

I'm in the same boat, but check a post I send out...I think it's here somewhere. Some of the responses were that Austin Homebrew Supply had pretty good kits. I haven't tried them. Like you, all I've ever used are BB. The American Amber is OK, not great. Got the Continental Pilsner in bottles right now and will be brewing the Weisen this weekend. The one thing I have to say is that morebeer.com and AHS don't make it PERFECTLY clear whether they use steeping grains or not. I also agree with you, steeping grains makes for better beer. Price wise, they aren't all that much different. I think morebeer.com has free shipping on anything over 50 bucks and AHS has a 5.99 flat rate for shipping.

Fiery Sword 10-20-2006 02:17 PM

I'm pretty sure I have done a MoreBeer kit at some point in the past, but I'd have to hit the notebook to remember. I did want to post, however, to mention to check out Seven Bridges Co-op. They are an all-organic homebrew/coffee supply joint out in Santa Cruz, Cali and they have a good web page HERE.

My bro and I have tried a bunch of their kits and they are all top-notch - never been dissapointed. My 'home' store is beer-wine.com - they are local to me and have some good stuff but their kits are not a consistent as Seven Bridges. You aren't going to get the wide variety that some other homebrew companies have, but the quality of ingredients and dedication to authenticity is unbeatable.

I would highly suggest giving organic a try! :mug:

Ol' Grog 10-20-2006 02:51 PM

Bit pricey.

rdwj 10-20-2006 03:10 PM

I've brewed some Midwest kits, they're pretty nice. I'd imagine that any of the bigger internet site kits would be fine - they have good turnover.

The ones that come to mind are Midwest, Northern, AHS and MoreBeer. I sure there are others too

boldone 10-20-2006 03:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fiery Sword
I'm pretty sure I have done a MoreBeer kit at some point in the past, but I'd have to hit the notebook to remember. I did want to post, however, to mention to check out Seven Bridges Co-op. They are an all-organic homebrew/coffee supply joint out in Santa Cruz, Cali and they have a good web page HERE.

My bro and I have tried a bunch of their kits and they are all top-notch - never been dissapointed. My 'home' store is beer-wine.com - they are local to me and have some good stuff but their kits are not a consistent as Seven Bridges. You aren't going to get the wide variety that some other homebrew companies have, but the quality of ingredients and dedication to authenticity is unbeatable.

I would highly suggest giving organic a try! :mug:

Very expensive. It is amazing how adding the word "Organic"" can make for such a higher price.

TheJadedDog 10-20-2006 03:23 PM

I've used Austin Homebrew for several kits and have been very pleased with the results. Also, their shipping rates can't be beat, $5.99 regarless of weight.

Fiery Sword 10-20-2006 03:27 PM

Yes, Seven Bridges is not going to win anyone over who are trying to pinch pennies. Then again, they are no more expensive than beer-wine.com - which is where I'd get the kits if I didn't feel like waiting for shiping.

In the end, the price jump really doesn't bother me - I know I could brew for a lot less by buying bulk ingredients, yeast farming, etc. but the trouble is not something I have time for these days. As it is, it always seems like my homebrewing time available is always under pressure from work/outside influences so spending what amounts to a few dimes per bottle more doesn't bother me. If I had more time and more space, I would probably shy aways from these kits. money aside, the end products are wonderful.

I'm also not earthy-crunchy about the organic thing - to me it is usually indicative more of a philosophy of having fresh ingredients than the organic part itself. And I will say the the ingredients, hops especially, are definitely fhesher and more alive than beer-wine.com and other places I've used.

Ol' Grog 10-20-2006 05:39 PM

OK, I have done some research and have found the Holy Grail on prices for Brewers Best kits. Of course, there is a 4 dollar handling charge and shipping, but still the cheapest if your going to go via internet. I called them up and its a 4 dollar charge per order, not item, so order a couple.

www.leisure-time.com

debtman7 10-20-2006 06:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ol' Grog
OK, I have done some research and have found the Holy Grail on prices for Brewers Best kits. Of course, there is a 4 dollar handling charge and shipping, but still the cheapest if your going to go via internet. I called them up and its a 4 dollar charge per order, not item, so order a couple.

www.leisure-time.com

Wow, they have a 'Get Netscape Navigator 3' button on their page.. That was released in 1996!

I hope their kits are more up to date than their website...


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