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Old 06-13-2009, 03:23 AM   #1
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Default Has anyone tried the Hop Head IPA kit from Midwest??

Im about to brew this kit sunday so let me know what you think of it and any changes that need to be made. Thanks!

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Old 06-13-2009, 03:32 AM   #2
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Brew it as written the first time around would be my advice. I really don't like Midwest, however the one kit I bought which was a Red Hook clone came out very well. I like to tinker after a first run through of a recipe which sets your baseline.

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Old 06-13-2009, 05:12 AM   #3
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I brewed it as specified and it turned out really well. Most of my friends really enjoyed it and keep asking when I am going to make it again.

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Old 06-13-2009, 05:32 AM   #4
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I would recommend brewing it the way it comes also.

I brewed it a 2nd time and then used different hops just so I didn't have 4 cases of identical beer and it's also great. On the 2nd one I used Amarillo & Simcoe FWH, then continuously hopped 60min to 40min with Warrior for the bitter, and then 40min-0min with Amarillo & Simcoe and dry hopped with amarillo & simcoe too. It's conditioning now, but already delicious.

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Old 06-13-2009, 09:22 AM   #5
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I just picked up their Octane IPA kit, so I'm anxious to try it. Let us know how your Hophead turns out. I kept going back and forth between the two and I went with the Octane since they said it was their best seller. Also, I figured the higher alcohol content would balance the hops a bit better.

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Old 06-13-2009, 04:44 PM   #6
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I have also heard alot of good things about their Limited Edition Ferocious IPA kit.
I am looking to do a nice IPA for one of my next brew. Its going to be hard to decide which one!

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Old 06-13-2009, 06:01 PM   #7
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I brewed this about 3 months ago and loved it. I just my second batch to brew this week . Follow the instructions, Which yeast are you using? Thats the only thing that would really change this.

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Is it a well balanced IPA or just extremly hoppy?

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I brewed this about 3 months ago and loved it. I just my second batch to brew this week . Follow the instructions, Which yeast are you using? Thats the only thing that would really change this.
The hop head or Ferocious?
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Old 06-13-2009, 10:48 PM   #10
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I ordered the white labs california ale so it should provide a nice clean malt

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