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Old 10-21-2011, 03:05 AM   #1
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I have been brewing for a little more than a year. I still consider myself a beginner, if I have done about 15 batches (using extract and steeping) and still learning everyday. I have very happy with my results.

I just open 2 bottles of my new batches that were ready tonight. An Amber Ale and an all amarillo IPA.

Both batches came out amazing. It's great to see that I am starting to have consistency in the beers that I have brewed more than once.

For those of you lurking on this site and wondering like I did for 2 years if you should give it a try.. definitely do it. What a great feeling to open a beer that you made!

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Old 10-21-2011, 03:13 AM   #2
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Extract brewing is a small time hobby, no skill or creativity. Brew with ingredients, not a kit. You'll like it a lot more. After my first batch, I bucked the bottling operation and got a keg fridge. If you stick with it, you'll do the same.

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Old 10-21-2011, 03:16 AM   #3
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Great looking beers!

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Old 10-21-2011, 03:24 AM   #4
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never done a kit in my life. Always got my extract in bulk, used some grain for steeping and hops. I'm happy with the results for now.

I don't mind the bottles.

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Old 10-21-2011, 03:33 AM   #5
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I don't know why you guys are knocking kits. Those kits are what have been teaching me the basics of brewing.

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Old 10-21-2011, 03:43 AM   #6
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Can't say anything about kits since I haven't done them, I've seen some intresting kits from places in the states but shipping was always to high to Canada so I never went that route. I have been using the recipes in Palmer's book mostly and starting to modify some of them to my liking.

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Old 10-21-2011, 05:37 AM   #7
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Extract brewing is a small time hobby, no skill or creativity. Brew with ingredients, not a kit. You'll like it a lot more. After my first batch, I bucked the bottling operation and got a keg fridge. If you stick with it, you'll do the same.
wow...what an ignorant statement.
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wow...what an ignorant statement.
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I have started with extract kits with specialty grains and have gotten great beer. I have started partial mash and will do all grain soon. But, to say that it is a small time hobby is arrogant. Many people do not have the resources or space for all grain but still brew great beer.

I may keg some day but until I can comfortably afford it bottling suits me just fine.

And I don't feel "small" because I don't brew all grain (yet) or keg.

Sorry for the off topic and rant.. I couldn't let it go.
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wow? My kit is bigger than yours......

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