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Old 07-11-2012, 12:38 AM   #21
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As others have discussed,it sounds like instead of blaming the extract just because its extract , that it was from overcarbing them. I hate when i do that myself. Could be a harshness from drinking them too early in the process sometimes too,unless you know its just too fizzy. I have a lot of good extract and partial mashes that have held up to long-term conditoning as well as being great and sometimes better than many of my all grain beers.

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Old 07-11-2012, 01:04 AM   #22
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For what it's worth, my first beer was the Yorkshire square brown ale kit from Austin Homebrew. It is objectively a very good brown ale.

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Old 07-11-2012, 04:03 AM   #23
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Give it a couple more weeks, pop another one and give us an update please. Time heals many wounds. My LHBS carries Brewer's Best kits and they have all turned out great since I started using Star San and paying much closer attention to sanitization.

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Old 07-20-2012, 07:15 PM   #24
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It's been 5 weeks since bottling and the beers still have a little bite to the , to get rid of it I will pop the cap about ten minutes before drinking and then pouring them vigorously into one of my large beer glasses. The beer is good but Its not great. I did some experimenting and added a sample of a milk stout I have in primary to half a glass of the bottled brew and it was pretty tasty

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Old 07-20-2012, 09:02 PM   #25
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Have you thought about this being a water problem? If your water is very high in alkalinity/carbonates it can affect the taste of your brew, from what I understand. It's even more important when mashing for AG, but it can also affect your extract brews.

My extract brews have all had a kind of bite to them, or an astringency and after taste. I've decided that it's probably my water which has total alkalinity off the charts at 342. Once I clued in on the water aspect of brewing I realized that this is a problem. So I got a reverse osmosis filtering system and am using the water chemistry primer sticky post guidance.

I brewed a couple of extract kits with the RO water and I'm anxious to see how they turn out in a few weeks. And I've just started brewing AG and I'm looking forward to much better results.

I really wish I'd realized earlier just how much water could affect my beer. That's so often thought of as an advanced topic but for those with extreme water, like me, it's essential, IMO.

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Old 07-20-2012, 09:21 PM   #26
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My first beer was a kit and it was delicious. NB caribou slobber..

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Old 07-20-2012, 10:50 PM   #27
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My First Kit was an American Amber from Brewer's Best and it was, still is awesome. I've had several people try it and they all loved it too. Since then I've moved on to some recipes from the book Clone Brews but I'm really considering making a Kolsch from Midwest on my next batch and don't really have any concerns that it won't turn out great.

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Old 07-20-2012, 10:57 PM   #28
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i think the Austin Homebrew anniversary Kolsch mini mash is very good. Matter of fact I kept the recipe from the box and make it quite often as it's my wife's favorite beer.
http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...ducts_id=12907.

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Old 07-21-2012, 02:30 AM   #29
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Like many, started with extract and made some nice beers - until I made the All Grain version of one of the extract kits I had done. Difference was night and day - even my taste-testing kids noticed it.. Could be the kit, could be I have developed as a brewer, not sure. SWMBO is glad she has the kitchen back, though, and I miss the whole house smelling like hops.

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Old 07-21-2012, 03:32 PM   #30
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Can good beer be made with extract kits? Definate yes, the individual who won the long shot contest at the great american beer festival made his Dunkle.....from an extract recipe....it can be done. When it comes to extract though I have found that the fresher (if that's a valid term) the extract the better the beer does turn out....

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