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Old 11-02-2006, 04:56 PM   #21
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OK, my biggest beef is that they don't tell you if your recipe calls for grains or not. If they do, they don't state if they come with a grain sack or not. At least with BB kits, I get it all. I know...."Hey Scott, why don't you just CALL THEM and ask?" Tooooo lazy I guess.

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Old 11-02-2006, 06:49 PM   #22
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OK, my biggest beef is that they don't tell you if your recipe calls for grains or not. If they do, they don't state if they come with a grain sack or not. At least with BB kits, I get it all. I know...."Hey Scott, why don't you just CALL THEM and ask?" Tooooo lazy I guess.
Do you mean Austin Homebrew? The extract kits I've bought from them did have grains, and they were already sewn up in their own grain bag. Their kits really are great.
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Old 11-02-2006, 07:13 PM   #23
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I don't think it's ever too early to get a way from kits and flex the creative muscle. I really like creating somewhat original recipes (or shamelessly stealing ideas/recipes from anyone and everyone and modifying them to suit me). I find that I'm learning a lot more about brewing by getting my hands on every part of the process, from recipe formulation all the way to serving. I'm not knocking kit brewers at all, I just happen to prefer doing my own thing. As a way of "easing into things," you could always use a kit as a starting point for creating your own unique brew.

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Old 11-02-2006, 07:58 PM   #24
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That's my approach and I'm sticking to it!!!!!

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Old 11-02-2006, 08:29 PM   #25
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Agreed...I think I should create a poll.

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Old 11-03-2006, 01:33 AM   #26
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Your problem isn't kits, it's bad kits. Poor instructions, limited selection, sugar-boosts, outdated yeast & hops are all typical of beer-in-a-can kits. Someone posted the one page instructions for their BIAC that featured a gnome with a witch's pot!

Take a look at austinhomebrew for what a kit should be. They put them together the same way a good LHBS would, just more selections & options.

Paying more for a can of extract than it would cost in a kit is nothing more than basic economics. Parts are expensive, unless you know where to shop.

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Old 11-03-2006, 03:45 AM   #27
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There are different types of "kits"... Www.austinhomebrew.com click on "Shop online" and buy one of their kits.... you will be shocked.

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Old 11-03-2006, 11:04 AM   #28
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The other day I bought a kit from Austin, a Killians clone, just to see how good they are. Im getting it in today. If I buy separate ingredients from them, are they just as fresh? Is it cheaper to get malt extract in bulk?

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