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Old 07-05-2010, 02:29 AM   #1
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Default Your favorite kits?!?!?!

So I'm a newish brewer, done about 5 batches, and I've gotten brewing classic styles, and some other books, but mostly still buying kits online.

What have been your favorites? I'm skeptical of some, for instance, austin homebrew, has literally hundreds of kits, each in a extract, partial mash, and all grain recipe, which equates to thousands of different recipes which is impossible to vet.

So I'm reaching out to you, what're your favourite kits? Regardless of style....

I'm looking for stuff online, since anyone can get that.

I should add that my favorites are Midwest Supplies Octane IPA and their Raspberry wheat.

I was not impressed with Austinhomebrew's Kolsch or Hefeweizen, those were both partial mashes. Maybe my partial mash sucked so I'm going to try one of their extracts next.



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Old 07-05-2010, 02:48 AM   #2
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Most of my favorite kits came from Austin Homebrew both in extract and AG. We've made a few dozen and haven't made one we haven't liked.



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Old 07-05-2010, 02:49 AM   #3
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I would say anything from Austin Homebrew that sounds like something you would want to drink is probably going to be good.

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Old 07-05-2010, 05:17 AM   #4
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so far i have only used midwests kits, my faves are the liberty cream ale, hop head double ipa, and the boundary waters wheat.

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Old 07-05-2010, 05:31 AM   #5
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I'll second the midwest Liberty Cream Ale and the Hophead Double IPA
and throw in the schwarzwald Black Lager (extremely good!!)

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Old 07-05-2010, 05:36 AM   #6
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I've used both Northern Brewer and Rebel Brewer and have been happy with all of my recipes so far, ordering from Austin Homebrew next as a matter of fact.

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I had great success with Homebrew Adventures / ebrew.com when I was extract brewing. Loved the Old Ale bier I created w/ their extract kit plus 2 lbs base malt, used wlp 013. Awesome brew! Their Northern English Brown is gteat also.

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I, too, would vote for Midwest's Liberty Cream Ale...I've brewed it twice. I also enjoyed their Autumn Amber Ale and the Irish Red Ale. I'll brew both of those again in the not-too-distant future.

I like the options that Austin Homebrew offers, but I have yet to order from them.

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Midwest = HopHead IPA and Hanks Hefe
NorthernBrewer = Bourbon Barrel Porter & Patersbier
Austin HB = WestCoast PaleAle & Double Chocolate stout

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I've done the Sierra Madre kit from NorthernBrewer twice and it's great. I've also done their Honey Brown and Cream Ale kits, both were great as well.

I currently have an Anchor Liberty clone from Austin Home Brew in primary and will be excited to try that too. I think it's going to be great, the recipe was awesome.



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