Ok, for my third batch I bought one of the "Goldseal" kits (designed for beginners, like me) from Austin Homebrew, the Holiday Ale. It goes something like this:
1/4 lb chocolate malt, 1/4 white wheat, 1/2 lb 60L steeped @ 155 for 20 mins
Beer kit "add pack" (1 lb corn sugar, 1 lb x-lite DME 1.4 lb malto dexrin)--add and bring to boiling
1 oz cluster hops, add at beginning of 60 min boil
Spice pack (nutmeg, cinnamon, mace) added last 15 min of boil
5 lbs. amber LME added at flameout
With the other kits (Midwest English Bitter and AHS Blue Moon clone) I've done, the LME was added at the beginning, not the end, so this seems odd to me.
Any thoughts on this? In terms of the addition of the LME, should this be modified, or brew as directed? Also, anythoughts on adding the spices a litte later--last 5 mins or maybe at flameout?