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Old 06-23-2007, 10:30 PM   #11
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Old 06-24-2007, 12:11 AM   #12
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I decided on a kit. I ordered a Nut Brown Ale from Austin Homebrew Supply. I declined the alcohol booster. Does anybody here ever buy it? Is it worth doing? What about the yeast fuel? Or the ice pack? Just to be safe I checked the "yes" box, but I can't help but wonder if it is just an attempt to nickel and dime you for more money. What is your experience?



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Depends how many days it is going to be in transit, but working in shipping I'd say the ice pack is a good call. wut is the alcohol booster? i can't find it...

Also, IMO it is good to have nutrients with extract brewing.

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I have never tried the alcohol booster so I can't tell you much about it. Yeast fuel are extra nutrients for the yeast, not needed for most beers to the best of my knowlege. Might be useful for making starters. Ice packs can come in handy during summer shipping, but not needed. Enough of the yeasties usually survive shipping even without the icepacks. But if you want to make sure they arrive as healthy as possible go with the ice packs.

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Depends how many days it is going to be in transit, but working in shipping I'd say the ice pack is a good call. wut is the alcohol booster? i can't find it...

Also, IMO it is good to have nutrients with extract brewing.

By "nutrients" are you referring to the yeast fuel?

And also, the alcohol booster..... When you are adding the kit to your cart and you have all the upgrade options, it is an upgrade that claims to make your finished product 1% stronger. I declined it because I figure this is my first brew, so I want to try and keep it simple. I just wondered if it was even worth it....
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I just requested a catalog from Northern Brewer. Are they pretty good about getting catalogs out? I know that I have made 3 requests to Midwest Supply and still haven't received one.
I got my catalog in less than a week.
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By "nutrients" are you referring to the yeast fuel?

And also, the alcohol booster..... When you are adding the kit to your cart and you have all the upgrade options, it is an upgrade that claims to make your finished product 1% stronger. I declined it because I figure this is my first brew, so I want to try and keep it simple. I just wondered if it was even worth it....
yes, the yeast fuel is nutrients.

huh. maybe the alcohol booster helps with attenuation?? i dunno, if i want to boost my alcohol, i add more extract i'd say you made the right call for everything.
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They just add extra brewing sugar to boost alcohol content. Won't change the taste much, might just thin it out a bit.

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They just add extra brewing sugar to boost alcohol content. Won't change the taste much, might just thin it out a bit.
I believe 1# of dextrose will get you 2.5% ABV boost in 5 gal.

.4# of dextrose should get about you a 1% boost
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I can vouch for Northern Brewer. I don't know how long it will take where you live, but I have been extremely impressed by the service I get from them. If I put in an order before 3 p.m. on a weekday, my order will usually come by 10 a.m. the next day. Now that's fast. I haven't used any of the other online suppliers yet, so I can't comment on them.



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