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Boston Brewer 10-29-2007 09:49 PM

Austin Homebrew - Difference between "Gold Seal" Extract Kits and others
 
Does anyone know the difference between these kits, and other kits which simply have an "extract" option?

The Gold Seal kits note that they are especially designed for beginners (that's me), but the only difference that is easily discernable is that there is no option to select a type of yeast.

Does anyone else know what, if any, differences there are?

Thanks,
Matt

El_Borracho 10-29-2007 10:34 PM

We should send them an email because I've wondered the same thing. Odd that they don't describe the differences.

I assumed like you, its that you have no option to change anything. It's exact to what the recipe calls for, instead of giving you the option to change yeasts or make it a mini-mash..etc

olllllo 10-29-2007 10:40 PM

Especially designed for beginners = ....

It makes it impossible for you to accidently select a lager yeast!

IDK.

beerdad 10-29-2007 11:12 PM

I have done two types of kits from AHS. The gold seal is a little more for the beginner. It only comes with dry yeast and the one I got had a beer kit add pack. I have both instructions right here and those are the only differences I see. Both have steeping grains. The other kit are the type found here

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/index.php?cPath=178_452_42

I like these more than the gold seal. They aren't any harder to make the gold seal is just more mistake proof.

Neomich 10-29-2007 11:48 PM

I think the gold seal kits come with a dry yeast and a yeast activator. They want to make sure beginners, like me, get a good ferment on their first beers.

I posted a pic of the kit I just made this weekend, here's a link to it:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/ahs-kit-pic-42627/


www.austinhomebrew.com makes some great kits. My SNPA is smelling great in the primary right now.

BigNick73 10-30-2007 12:12 AM

I had been wondering about this myself. Got a trappist dubell gold seal kit on the way along with a carboy so I'll know latter this week.

Benny Blanco 10-30-2007 03:34 AM

Is the alcohol booster pack just dextrose?

kingjam 10-30-2007 03:40 AM

Ok I have done 6 or 7 AHS kits... 5 extract options and 2 mini mashes. The mini mashes turn out a lot better and are in no way any harder to do. I wish I started off doing the mini mash kits. If you can keep water at 155 for 45 min and then boil water for 60 min then you can do a mini mash. Peace

Boston Brewer 10-30-2007 03:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kingjam
Ok I have done 6 or 7 AHS kits... 5 extract options and 2 mini mashes. The mini mashes turn out a lot better and are in no way any harder to do. I wish I started off doing the mini mash kits. If you can keep water at 155 for 45 min and then boil water for 60 min then you can do a mini mash. Peace

I was only planning to do partial boils in a 5 gallon pot...could I do a mini-mash using such a small kettle? Sorry if that is ignorant... :D

kingjam 10-30-2007 03:50 AM

No not at all..... good question....They want you to do a 2.5 gal. boil .....however I always do a full boil because I think the beer turns out better...but 2.5 gal will work fine


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