Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Last Sponsor Giveaway of the Year!

Come Enter the BrewDeals/FastFerment Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Extract Brewing > just ordered 2 kits...
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-11-2013, 06:15 PM   #1
swissbrew13
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 33
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default just ordered 2 kits...

Just placed an order with northern brewer.
Ordered their Irish red ale and honey kolsch. Anyone tried either of these kits before?
Any feedback or tips appreciated!

__________________
swissbrew13 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-11-2013, 09:22 PM   #2
biohaz7331
Brew Addict
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
biohaz7331's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 294
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

My tips that I would have liked the first time I brewed would be watch the boil the entire time when you start brewing, until you get a feel for how your stove or burner heats and maintains the boil. Also if you are not using an immersion chiller than get a lot of ice for an ice bath. I.E. a store bought bag of ice (or 2). I was dumb enough the first time I brewed that I thought I could chil 3 gallons of wort using 8 ice cube trays and 5-10 small ziploc bags of ice....I was sadly mistaken. I ended up just running water over the sides of the boil kettle and stirring the wort which took around an hour or more.

__________________
biohaz7331 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-12-2013, 05:06 AM   #3
swissbrew13
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 33
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Thanks for the reply. If if wasn't for this forum I may have tried cooling my first batch the same way. These two will actually be my 6th and 7th extract batch so my general process was not my concern. I was looking for some feedback about these two kits in general since they are my first northern brewer kits. I have done brewers best and Midwest before. Likes/dislikes/tweaks people have used?
Cheers!

__________________
swissbrew13 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-12-2013, 05:04 PM   #4
swissbrew13
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 33
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Anyone?

__________________
swissbrew13 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-12-2013, 06:19 PM   #5
Chaco_the_dog
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 15
Default

I brewed the NB Irish red ale in December. It has a decent flavor but I put too little priming sugar in and it's a little flat. It was my first time brewing and I'm guessing I screwed up on a few points. My advice would be to make sure you're hitting the right temperatures during grain steeping, wort boiling, yeast pitching and fermenting. Then you should be ok. Also, most Kolsch recipes I looked at call for a cooler fermenting temp, like low to mid 50s. People on this forum have suggested keeping the carboy in a container full of water during fermentation so you can add ice as needed to regulate the temp. Good luck!

__________________
Chaco_the_dog is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-12-2013, 10:33 PM   #6
wormraper
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 509
Liked 24 Times on 24 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by swissbrew13 View Post
Thanks for the reply. If if wasn't for this forum I may have tried cooling my first batch the same way. These two will actually be my 6th and 7th extract batch so my general process was not my concern. I was looking for some feedback about these two kits in general since they are my first northern brewer kits. I have done brewers best and Midwest before. Likes/dislikes/tweaks people have used?
Cheers!
if you're doing partial boils it's much easier to cool by doing a partial boil and top off with chilled water for the last 2-2.5 gallons which will instantly cool the wort to NEAR pitching temps
__________________
wormraper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-14-2013, 04:49 PM   #7
swissbrew13
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 33
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Am probably going to brew one of these this weekend. Which should I do first in your opinion?

__________________
swissbrew13 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-14-2013, 06:22 PM   #8
RM-MN
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Solway, MN
Posts: 7,022
Liked 828 Times on 687 Posts
Likes Given: 298

Default

Kolsch is brewed at ale temperature and then lagered to get the clear, crisp flavor, so it needs time for the lagering. The Irish red will be ready to drink sooner.

__________________
RM-MN is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-14-2013, 07:56 PM   #9
swissbrew13
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 33
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

^thanks! I'll prob do that first. Or both on same day perhaps...

__________________
swissbrew13 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ordered two more kits tonight. NateG Extract Brewing 2 01-14-2012 09:22 PM
Any one ordered kits... Tagez Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 11-10-2010 12:08 AM
midwest kits vs. northren brewers kits? oildude Extract Brewing 14 06-30-2010 06:03 PM
Is there a quality difference between Brewers Best kits and Midwest kits somecallmetex Recipes/Ingredients 11 02-04-2010 06:57 AM
Has anyone ordered from these guy's? wildwest450 Equipment/Sanitation 11 03-14-2008 04:02 AM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS