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Old 08-01-2013, 04:58 PM   #1
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Default What company makes the best Imperial Stout Extract Kit?

I am a new brewer, I actually did my first batch yesterday; True Brew Nut Brown Ale: Mash-Extract using Danstar Nottingham yeast in place of the Munton's and with an addition of 1 oz of coffee beans at flameout. I have another Mash Extract kit from True Brew (Amber Ale) but then I want to try an Imperial Ale kit. I know TB makes one but it seems like there are lots of different options out there.

Does any one have a recommendation for the best Imperial Stout Mash Extract kit? What makes it the best one in your opinion? I would love some suggestions. My LHB store only carries True Brew so it will save me some shipping costs. I am sort of leaning towards trying a kit that isn't True Brew just for variety but if that is in fact a good option I will go with it. Thanks.

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Old 08-06-2013, 02:41 PM   #2
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So my first batch was a bastardized version of a couple of different recipes. It turned out ok, a little to hoppy for me, but not bad for a first attempt.

My subsequent batches have been kits. Morebeer.com and Northernbrewer.com have really good kits that have been tried and true. Try Em out, you might be surprised.

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Try these guys....

I've been in the same boat you are - done a few extract batches and steeped some specialty grain. Not that my feet are wet, I'd like to try my hand at a little bit bigger beer.

http://www.boomchugalug.com/shop-kits/beer/stout

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I am a new brewer, I actually did my first batch yesterday; True Brew Nut Brown Ale: Mash-Extract using Danstar Nottingham yeast in place of the Munton's and with an addition of 1 oz of coffee beans at flameout. I have another Mash Extract kit from True Brew (Amber Ale) but then I want to try an Imperial Ale kit. I know TB makes one but it seems like there are lots of different options out there.

Does any one have a recommendation for the best Imperial Stout Mash Extract kit? What makes it the best one in your opinion? I would love some suggestions. My LHB store only carries True Brew so it will save me some shipping costs. I am sort of leaning towards trying a kit that isn't True Brew just for variety but if that is in fact a good option I will go with it. Thanks.
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.
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I did Alien Dog Imperial Stout kit from AHBS and tweaked the hops. They called for 1.5oz Millenium for full 60 min's but I like a hoppy IRS so went with a fellow's rec's of 1oz Mellinium and 1oz Nugget 60min's and 1oz EKG and 1oz Fuggles 30 min's...unfortunately can't give taste feedback till sometime around xmas....

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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.
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This one currently got racked onto vaniller beans and Cold seeped coffee yesterday. Sits at 8.1%

Taste at racking over was AWESOME, can't wait for the finished product in about 2 months.

1.5lb Maris Otter Partial-Mash
1.25lb Oat Flakes Partial-Mash
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.5lb Roasted Barley Partial-Mash
.25lb Black Barley Partial-Mash
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4lbs Gold DME 60 minute boil
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1oz Willamette hops 10 minute boil
1oz Willamette hops Steep 10 minutes after boil, before cooling
Safale US-05 Dry yeast Ferment at 66-68F
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AHS Imperial Stout and Noel Stout were both excellent.

Well thought out kits, fast shipping, good instructions.

The imperial ended up being surprisingly strong, a bottle of that and I was done. The Noel was a great beer, very drinkable.

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