Originally Posted by heferly
Follow the directions until they say your beer is ready in 5 days..let that puppy sit in your primary AT LEAST 2 weeks, and better yet 3-4 weeks..your beer will be so much better
Yep. Those kits usually have solid instructions until you get to the 'ferment for 5-7 days then rack to secondary.' Bad business, primary 3-4 weeks minimum.
As for steeping at 165*, that seems a bit high. I steep 20-30 mins at 152* then rinse grains with 170*+ water, add extract and bring to a boil. Steeping over 160* could give you some undesirable tannins.
Welcome aboard and best of luck!!!