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Old 12-24-2009, 02:36 PM   #1
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I am getting ready to do my 3rd brew and am wanting to do an Alaskan Amber Clone. I see that ahs has a clone kit for this beer. I also have found a couple recipes on the net. What would be pros/cons for either. ???

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Old 12-24-2009, 02:47 PM   #2
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The AHS is a recipe. They just package it up for you. When you recieve the kit from them it will include the "recipe".

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Old 12-24-2009, 03:08 PM   #3
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Yeh, I guess I am just saying what is the difference between their kit recipe and doing a recipe found online? I wouldnt figure the price would be too much different from buying extract for a recipe....

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Old 12-24-2009, 03:13 PM   #4
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AHS packages the kit & includes good instructions. With AHS you're also getting fresh ingredients. AHS stuff is tried & true. I've never gotten a bad clone from them.

If you can't guess, I'd go with AHS over an anonymous internet source.

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Old 12-24-2009, 03:18 PM   #5
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One is going to taste more like to original. You will need to make both of them to figure out which one.

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Simply put, kits (should) contain all the ingredients of what others believe is a fair representative of a (cloned or style of) beer.

The major problem with RECIPES is that there may or may not have been a lot of brewing experimentation to come to these ingredients and amounts and types of grain. With a "cloned kit" chances are many batches were probably brewed to test out the results.

Also, when reading a particular recipe (on the net, in a book, even from us on the forum...) always go for the recipe with the most complete notes, like: time and temperature of the fermentation, number of days fermenting, etc.

There are tons of recipes out there without any follow-on notes. They may look good and get terrible results.

I can't express to you enough the importance of good note taking. These notes are good indicators as to what to expect every time you brew the recipe, a great tasting beer.

Comments/testimonials from others as to their results for a particular recipe also goes a long way for credibility of a recipe.

I have found that even recipes that have won medals (per some recipe books I have) do not always end in great results, drinkable, yes...great, no.

A brewers notes go a long way in my decision to follow a recipe or not.

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I will only say that when I have been able to compare an Austin Homebrew clone to the original, the clones have been spot-on.

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AHS Alaskan kit on order. As well as a Texas Blonde for my BMC friends.

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I do both and both have pros and cons. The kit option is simple and already thought out for you. As far as kits goes, AHS has been incredible and I don't have a single complaint with what I have gotten from them. I also like working from recipes because it give me a chance to do some simple tweaks to match my taste. I also feel more like the brew is mine. Along with these things I also feel like I gain a better understanding of what each ingredient does to the taste of the brew. I take all of the ingredients from the recipe and enter them into Brewpal on my iPhone or another software on my computer and tweak amounts and change ingredients until I get it just the way I want it. Here's how I make the distinction for myself whether or not to buy a kit or work from a recipe. If I'm cloning a beer that I know I like I go with a kit, if I'm just going for a style I work from a recipe. Enjoy the kits you ordered, I'm sure you will not be disappointed!

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Has anyone tried making this particular kit from AHS? If so, what did you think of the results?

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