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Old 07-09-2008, 12:21 AM   #1
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What is the best brand out there? Muntons Coopers Ironmaster? ETC... Not beer style but Brand. Thanks

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Old 07-09-2008, 12:25 AM   #2
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I like Austin Homebrew Supply's kits. But I am a little biased.

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I don't think there's any ratings....Austin Homebrew has great kits. as does Northern Brewer, and most LHBS's carry Brewer's Best Kits, which are excellent as well.

A lot of people like coopers kits for their ease of use, but since they use pre-hopped extract it's really one step of from a mr beer kit...

It's best to use an extract with steeping grains kit, like those I mentioned above, they come with seperate yeast and usually 2 packets of hops...the brewer's best kits, also come with hopsacks and grainbags, and bottle caps.

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Old 07-09-2008, 12:28 AM   #4
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I much prefer the kits put together by shops over the canned ones that get mass produced and are possibly mishandled. I've bought several from northern brewer and austin homebrew. I also like the selection at adventures in homebrewing but have not ordered from them.

edit: I got started using brewers best and enjoyed them for sure and the quality of the kit was great but I found their recipes to be a little bare-bones ie when I ran the numbers on it the OG and the IBU's were usually barely in style if not below.

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So far I have only used Midwest Supplies, and have been very pleased....
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I like Austin Homebrew Supply's kits. But I am a little biased.

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If you are going to use an AHS kit, go Mini Mash. It only adds an hour to the process and is supposed to produce better beer than extract only (I haven't tasted mine yet).

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If you are going to use an AHS kit, go Mini Mash. It only adds an hour to the process and is supposed to produce better beer than extract only (I haven't tasted mine yet).

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Is there a reason you apply this advice to the AHS kit?
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Is there a reason you apply this advice to the AHS kit?
I've heard it from several guys at the shop. There's no extra money in it for them, so they really have no reason to push it. Also, it makes sense to use the steeping grains for color with the trade-off of less extract used.

Forrest, feel free to chime in.

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I've wanted to order a few kits from northern and austin but I've gone to the LBHS for all my supplies so far. When I order the other kits I'm planning on staying with dry yeast so shipping doesn't become a problem.

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Ive used Austin alot. They have great kits . I also use the mini mash and i like Austins because you can play with the recipes if you want a little. DIfferent grains yeasts etc.

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