Originally Posted by flars
About your True Brew Amber Ale kit. I did one recently. The can of LME in my kit was pre-hopped. Don't boil it even though the instructions are for a 60 minute boil. Boiling pre-hopped LME will make it extrremely bitter. True Brews instructions are very generic no matter which recipe it is for. Found the no-boil information on either Coopers or Muntons home site. Can't remember which one now.
Thanks for this, I recently heard James Spencer mention the same tip about only boiling the extract for 15 minutes. I will definitely follow your advice. My plan is to use the kit to make a spiced ale, I'm planning on 1/2 to maybe 3/4 tsp each freshly ground cinnamon, allice, nutmeg and 1 ground clove added at the last 5 minutes of boil. I am also considering either 1/4 - 1/2 oz fresh ginger pulp added at 15 minutes and another 1/2 to 1/2 oz added at 5 minutes.
I want more body in this kit so I'm also considering adding some maltodextrin. I also want to increase the gravity so I was considering added some dark candi sugar or some other adjunct, maybe rice? Any suggestions would be appreciated.