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Old 01-23-2009, 11:48 PM   #1
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Ok, I've been homebrewing for several months now and have tryed several kits from various HB stores around the country. Here are my favorite kits that I've brewed and try to keep on hand.

#1 WILLIAMS HOMEBREW SUPPLY-HONEY CREAM ALE, nice mellow ale that I need to brew two batches of this so I don't run out. Haven't kegged this one yet.

#2 AUSTIN HOMEBREW SUPPLY-BECK'S BIER CLONE, doesn't quite taste like Beck's to me but better with more body and slightly sweeter. Excellent kegged.

#3 COOPER'S-SPARKLING ALE, much better than the original without the sharp finish. Better aged.

#4 MR BEER-WEST COAST PALE ALE, best brewed with their PALE EXPORT UME for a good full body. Too bad it can only be brewed 2 gal at a whack.

#5 COOPER'S-LAGER, Excellent kegged and does well with adding a pound of honey.

#6 MORE BEER-JOHN PLISE'S MUNICH HELLES, flavorful great first beer of the night and maybe the second and third. Kegs well.

#7 COOPER'S EUROPEAN LAGER, Supposed to age 12 weeks but is excellent at 6. I'll kegged the next batch of this one.

These are the one's that I repeat. I've tryed others that I won't mention.

Have any of you KIT HOMEBREWERS any favorites that you do over again?

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Old 01-28-2009, 05:01 PM   #2
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my favorite kits so far were both from midwest supply.

My first batch ever, Midwest's Red Lager!!

And their European Pilsner was great as well.

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Old 01-28-2009, 08:28 PM   #3
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Have you ever tried Northern Brewer? I've had some great beers and the kits are relatively cheap (I still do extract). Might be worth a try.

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Old 01-28-2009, 09:35 PM   #4
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I really love the Austin Homebrew Belgian White Ale. I add a handful of instant oatmeal to the mini-mash, and steep a bag or two of chamomile tea as knockout addition. It's delightful!

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Old 01-28-2009, 10:06 PM   #5
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Very good, in my opinion.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:01 AM   #6
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AHS Belgium Pale Ale - it is a good beer. Nice malt body, hint of clove, wheat and fruity sour. It is so good that I am having difficulty saving a few long term test of age for improvement. It was my first batch an I gave away about half the batch and everyone things I am a genius.

The Brewers Best Hefeweizen that is bottle conditioning is also very good. I have only tasted my gravity samples but are very good. It can't be this easy can it?

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Old 01-29-2009, 01:12 AM   #7
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I've made several recipes that we've repeated but out of the 80 or so kits we've done we've rarely repeated any.

The kits that come to mind as a "definitely do again" are AHS Chocolate Raspberry Stout and AHS Ommegang. Can't say enough good things about these two kits.

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AHS - Liberty Ale Clone

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Kits I'd do again W/O modifications:

AHS Cream Ale - Just your basic extract cream ale, and a sure crowd pleaser.
Midwest Supplies "Flat Tire" - Father-in-law says it tastes better than the real thing.
Midwest Supplies PM Boston Red Ale - It isn't red, but it sure is good!

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My friend and I did the Brewer's Best Hopnog kit and it was probably the best one we've done so far. Good stuff!

It was released around the holidays, but I'm sure you could still find them if so inclined.

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