Originally Posted by david_42
I've been brewing AG for years and still like to do clone kits some of the time, generally mini-mashes. I brew a kit exactly to the directions to achieve the intended ale. If I'm winging it, I'll start from scratch. Haven't done a NB kit for a while, but when working with specialty grains and extract, I think mixing the extract completely before reapplying the heat is very important.
I agree, with one minor exception..
Most instructions want the extract added at the begining of the boil.
I prefer adding about a pound of extract at the begining for hop extraction,
the rest at 20 - 30 min.
It helps reduce any extract "twang"or over caramalization.