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Old 08-30-2009, 10:27 PM   #1
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I was looking at some of hte Northern Brewer kits and they appeared to be pretty good, but I don't have any experience with them.
Anybody had any real bad (or really good) experiences with the recipes they use for their kits?

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Old 08-31-2009, 12:43 AM   #2
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I brewed one of Northern Brewers kits back when I did extract. It was great. I believe it was an Irish Red.

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Old 08-31-2009, 01:08 AM   #3
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I brewed up their Bourbon Porter a year or two ago and it was fine.

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Old 08-31-2009, 01:08 AM   #4
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I brewed one of Northern Brewers kits back when I did extract. It was great. I believe it was an Irish Red.
That's good news , NB's Irish Red is my first brew, and it's 1 week in on primary.

I was just in the store today, and picked up their Honey Weizen....can't wait! (brewing tomorrow)
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Old 08-31-2009, 01:28 AM   #5
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I avoid kits, but I did help a friend brew a NB kit. Beer tasted good, everything was well packed and well labeled. No problems at all.

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Old 08-31-2009, 01:31 AM   #6
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Bought a scotch ale and a stout kit from them and they were very nice. I have a couple other favorite suppliers but I wouldn't hesitate to buy from Northern again.

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Old 08-31-2009, 01:31 AM   #7
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I avoid kits, but I did help a friend brew a NB kit. Beer tasted good, everything was well packed and well labeled. No problems at all.
Why do you avoid kits?
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The Bock, Octoberfest and the BB Porter kits are very good. I'm not too wild about the Nut Brown ale kit though.

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Why do you avoid kits?
Generating my own recipe is half the fun of homebrewing. I don't use recipes from books or online, either. It's not that my own recipes taste better, but they're mine.

Yes, I know that when it comes to something like a Hefe, my recipe isn't really any different than the others out there, but don't burst my bubble, okay?
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Generating my own recipe is half the fun of homebrewing. I don't use recipes from books or online, either. It's not that my own recipes taste better, but they're mine.

Yes, I know that when it comes to something like a Hefe, my recipe isn't really any different than the others out there, but don't burst my bubble, okay?
I'm the same way. My first few beers were kits, just to get the hang of it. After that, I switched to building my own beers. I started by taking others recipes and tweaking them to my own liking. Three batches later, I switched to all-grain, bought Designing Great Beers, and haven't touched another person's recipe since then (other than Edwort's Apfelwein). I am starting to branch out though these days. I'd like to try what other homebrewers are doing.
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