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Old 01-22-2013, 12:45 PM   #11
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The only one I have tried was a bottle of the Brewer's Best IPA. It was good, though not as hoppy as some ipa's. if you are a big hop head, you might consider getting an ounce or 2 extra hops to add. Can't speak personally for the other kits, but everything I have heard has been positive.

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Old 01-22-2013, 01:26 PM   #12
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Just brewed my first BB IPA batch last night. Started the Columbus Hops around 25 min. into boil and slowly added up until the 30 min. mark that was suggested. Also added orange zest peels at flame out. Smelled and looked great. Will check back in March to update.

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Old 01-22-2013, 03:40 PM   #13
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I brewer their Irish Stout, and it turned out really good.
Nice Kit

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Old 01-22-2013, 10:14 PM   #14
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I've done the PSA IPA and the imperial blonde, IPA was good, but the blonde was great!

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Old 01-22-2013, 11:30 PM   #15
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American red ale was really good as well as their robust porter. I added coffee to the porter and it was really good.

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Old 01-24-2013, 11:09 PM   #16
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There red ale is damn good!

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Old 01-25-2013, 12:07 PM   #17
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I've done half a dozen or so:

Scottish Ale, Imperial Blonde, Pumpkin Spice Porter, India Black Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Weizenbier

I'd have to say my favorite by far is the India Black Ale. My kit came with Millennium and Zythos hops, and Danstar Bry-97 dry yeast. Delicious roasty, coffee, dark flavors, and plenty of hops to go around. ABV 5.3%. It's the only one out of 12+ recipes i've done so far that I will definitely be making again. In fact, I should get on that now; I only have three bombers left.

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Old 01-25-2013, 06:28 PM   #18
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I currently have the Double IPA bottled and ready to go, my first BB kit so I was a little concerned how it would turn out, but it may be my best kit beer yet.

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Old 01-27-2013, 03:17 AM   #19
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I was quite pleased with the English Bitter kit, it needed at least 3 months in the bottles after 2 weeks in the fermenter to really come alive though.

I've also done the Imperial Pale Ale, which turned out very well. It came with 4 oz of Columbus hops at 18%AA. I split the hop additions out somewhat as I did a four gallon boil, so added 1.5oz at 60 mins, 0.5oz at 30 mins, 1 oz at 15 mins and dry hopped with the final 1oz. Cold crashed and gelatin fined after 1 week dry hopping, came out great!

Next up is their Caramel Wit recipe with a couple of tweaks. I couldn't get the kit from my LHBS so I pieced it together. Going to add some bitter orange peel at 15 mins, using dark candi sugar and dry hop with 1oz of Saaz. Looking forward to this one.

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Old 01-27-2013, 04:21 AM   #20
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The RIS is pretty good. It was my first kit. It's extract + steeping grains(roasted barley, black patent and caramel 60, I think) and turned out pretty well. I'm not sure if a single packet of s-04 is sufficient for a brew that large. It got down to 1.030 pretty quickly but 1.030 to 1.020 took 2 or 3 weeks.

The holiday ale didn't turn out as well but that was entirely my fault. It was my second batch and I got a little too big for my britches in making modifications to the recipe.

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