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Old 02-22-2013, 01:37 AM   #1
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Every once in a while I get lazy and buy a kit brew. Up to this point I have always used Brewers Best kits and I have been pleased with them. The other day I was on the road for business, which took me right by a HBS. I made a quick stop there and picked up a True Brew kit. I thought I'd give it a try. The beer box said it was german light, they also had german dark. When I got to my destination I cut the tape and opened the box, I could not believe what I found in there, 3.3 lbs of light LME, 1 pound of corn sugar, 1 pound of rice solids, 1oz. of cascade pellets, caps, priming sugar and Muntons dry yeast. Sounds like a formula for Bud light. For $39 bucks I was not happy. I stopped by the shop and picked up a few more ingredients needed to make beer out of it.

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Old 02-22-2013, 07:12 AM   #2
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Sounds like a wonderful kit if you like Bud Light. Did you look at the ingredient list before you bought it?

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Old 02-22-2013, 07:35 AM   #3
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Yeesh. $39?

If it's any consolation, I stopped by an LHBS to browse one day on the way back from a roadtrip. Ended up walking out with a bunch of little things, like a stopper, a few clamps, priming sugar, etc. Didn't listen to the total at checkout, just went about my merry way.

Got home and looked at the receipt. Dextrose was $5/lb, and I'd bought 5#. $25 for priming sugar! NB charges $8 for 4#. Midwest charges the same.

I guess you know where not to shop again, as do I.

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Old 02-22-2013, 10:26 AM   #4
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Sounds like a wonderful kit if you like Bud Light. Did you look at the ingredient list before you bought it?
The ingredients were not listed on the box as Brewers Best does. Of course the box was very nice with pictures of grain all over it. A general list of ingredients was on there that might go into making any beer, and some claim as to how each kit was well suited for the style of beer that it made. This one was German Style Light, Should have had emphasis on the LIGHT!
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:51 AM   #5
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After my first disaster with a kit like that I went to all grain and have never looked back. Of course the kit was a Mr Beer, but geez for the price I paid it should have been 90 proof bourbon. Now I use the beer software and make my own grain bill and buy whatever specialty I need to go with my base grain frim my stock. I bought a high dollar seal a ,eal macjine and always buy and extra pound or two of specialty grains and seal them up an place them in my cooler box. I have managed to get a good selection of specialtied, hops and even some smack packs just in case I ever "need" something at the last minute. I'm kind of anal about spare parts, I always buy a little extra of whatever I am doing from force of habit in the electronics experimet lab. It has carried over to brewing nicely and saved my brew day a couple of time when I substituted hops or needed an extra pound of 2 row to hit my OG as predicted. Definately a great idea if you can afford the extra little bit everytime you place an order. I generally use Midwest and Austin too, because their stuff has always been fresh and was well ground before I got a grain mill built.
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Think of that expense as tuition for the school of hard knocks. If you learned from it the money wasn't totally wasted. If you continue to return and buy that same kit again and again, then you are a slow learner.

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Poke around on Ritebrew.com I usually order 2-3 kits from them at a time and shipping for the 2-3 kits is around $12. I LOVE the belgian white and oatmeal stouts using dry yeast.

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Old 02-22-2013, 12:30 PM   #8
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Isn't a German anything simply barley, hops, water, and yeast per the Reinheitsgebot?

Not a German beer brewer, so I won't claim expertise. Just thinking...

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Old 02-22-2013, 01:42 PM   #9
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I don't see anything particularly German about it. Let alone the yeast. And cascade hops? Riiiiight...
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Yikes. That sounds like the kits they sold back in the '80s. And rice solids? What the heck is that--a pound of Minute Rice?

Thanks for the heads-up...I'll steer clear of the True Brew stuff.

Try Midwest or Northern. Good ingredients and reasonable prices. And they state what's inside the box.

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