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Old 05-12-2010, 08:51 PM   #11
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Ive got the standard basics ... 5g carboy, some hoses, tubes, winetheif, primary fremneter (huge 8g thermos), big ole bucket with lid, cork and airlock.

I can get a big pot for boiling

I'm up here in Canada and Ill look into these other kits.

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Old 05-12-2010, 09:13 PM   #12
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Most American wheat beers are just simple brews small breweries can kick out fast to please BMC drinkers and people who don't really like beer in general.

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Old 05-14-2010, 10:40 AM   #13
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Ive got the standard basics ... 5g carboy, some hoses, tubes, winetheif, primary fremneter (huge 8g thermos), big ole bucket with lid, cork and airlock.

I can get a big pot for boiling

I'm up here in Canada and Ill look into these other kits.

thanks for all the replies !

Mopies

i know this sounds weird .. or a place you wouldn't really expect them, sobies has a selection of kits .. all "no-boil" they turn out well .. they are all Australian style though
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:06 AM   #14
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I doubt it, but by chance did you secondary the beer? If you "top off" the secondary to prevent oxidation, the two common things to use are 1) another beer or 2) water. If you use water, it dilutes the flavors somethin' wicked... which I learned to my regret when we made our first wine.

Now we "top off" with gas, not liquid.

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Old 05-14-2010, 02:02 PM   #15
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Well if that can that you used was a can and kilo kit, where you add 2 lbs of cane sugar to your extract and ferment it, then I know where you're coming from.

The first kit I bought was from a homebrew store and I didn't know any better. I went home and followed the instructions and then 4-5 weeks later I was drinking about the weakest beer that I have ever had (I've never tasted BMC, I just never had the urge to). Coincidentally, the kit I bought was also a wheat beer, but I think it was Munton's.

I think that it's the action of the cane sugar doing something to weaken the flavors there. In the future you might want to use unhopped extract for your batches, or at the very least pick up two cans. I made my 2nd batch, which should be ready to drink pretty soon, with unhopped extract and steeped grains and it came out miles better than the first brew.

Hope that my similar experience is some help. Don't give up on homebrewing because your first batch wasn't the greatest! I still drank nearly all of my bottles because it was my "baby".

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Old 05-14-2010, 04:47 PM   #16
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I doubt they gave you a wheat yeast: A. it's expensive and B. "clean and crisp" doesn't hit me as a wheat profile, much less a hefeweizen. I think you have a fairly stock ale that has some wheat extract in it.

It's beer and the next batch will be better.

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Old 05-14-2010, 06:08 PM   #17
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I doubt they gave you a wheat yeast: A. it's expensive and B. "clean and crisp" doesn't hit me as a wheat profile, much less a hefeweizen. I think you have a fairly stock ale that has some wheat extract in it.

It's beer and the next batch will be better.
I agree clean and crisp doesnt sound like a wheat profile. It should read "crisp and looks like water with a little yellow dirt in it" So RDWHAHB, and get back to work on your next batch.
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