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Old 09-08-2012, 04:52 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

So I am looking for a good website to buy my kits from. Looking for good prices and quality kits that make good brew. Unfortunately, I don't have a lhbs within a 2 hour radius, so I have to buy online. All the kits I have tried so far have been from true brew, and I have had mixed feelings toward them. Any kit will do, partials, lme, dme, etc. I've heard people mention Midwest a few times, but have yet to check out their website.

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Check out the vendor list here. There are MANY great homebrew supply stores! I've purchased from quite a few of them: Austin Homebrew, Nothern Brewer, Brewmaster's Warehouse, Farmhouse. Only problem you'll have is picking one! (just do like I do and spread the love; buy from each one!)



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Definitely check out Midwest. Northern Brewer and Austin Homebrew Supply are also great. There's so many though; BMW, Farmhouse, Williams, Homebrew Heaven..... shop around!

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What are best brand of kits to buy and price ranges? I'll try and check them all out, but it is hard to find the time with a 10 month old running around constantly!

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If you don't have time to shop, good luck finding the time to brew.

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Midwest Kits
Northern Brewer Kits
William's Brewing Kits
Kits range in price from the low $20's per on up. My suggestion would be to avoid the 'kit and kilo' type (Cooper's, Munton's, etc.) 'no boil' kits and go for extract and steeping grain kits that include hops (and not hopped LME) from reputable suppliers like the ones I linked. There's tons of kits out there, but you'll have to do the shopping around.
I feel ya on the ten month old.... just wait til it's a teenager, that's when it gets real fun!!!
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I've only been brewing for seven months now. I started out with Midwest kits but switched to Austin. I found that the AHS kits produced better tasting beer. Now, that could be because of my methods improving, but I did notice that AHS had a lot more steeping grains in their kits. One pro Midwest has over AHS to me is if you order more than one kit, AHS doesn't pack each kit separately, rather everything is thrown together and you have to sort out by reading ingredient list. Minor pet peeve.

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I've only been brewing for seven months now. I started out with Midwest kits but switched to Austin. I found that the AHS kits produced better tasting beer. Now, that could be because of my methods improving, but I did notice that AHS had a lot more steeping grains in their kits. One pro Midwest has over AHS to me is if you order more than one kit, AHS doesn't pack each kit separately, rather everything is thrown together and you have to sort out by reading ingredient list. Minor pet peeve.
really? when I order from AHS the only thing that is bot packaged is the jars of LME. All the rest of the kit is in a vacuum sealed in a bag that has vacuum sealed bags in it.
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I just started myself, but I did months of research here & other sites. I found the best deal on equipment @ Midwest, & I got everything I needed. I did go ahead & order a wort chiller & was glad I did. I LOVE the way their catalogue & website show the characteristics of each kit (color, bitterness, aroma, etc...) on a sliding scale, also very helpful folks for noobs! Highly recommend for 1st timers!

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I've used kits from Austin and Northen Brewer and have been happy with both. Austin has a bigger selection and tons of commercial beer clone recipes.
The thing I like about Northern is that you can see the recipe/instruction sheet and see exacty waht you're getting.
Now buying bulk ingredients instaed of kits, which cuts costs a lot.



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