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Old 07-15-2006, 08:07 AM   #1
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So i was just wondering, are can beer kits bad? My LHBS sells a reasonably priced starter kit with reasonable accessories, but comes with a can kit. Should I go down there and try to get the kit without the can? Or just throw the can away? Or is the can worth brewing?



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Old 07-15-2006, 08:27 AM   #2
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dont buy a kit, i just bought mr. beers kit and im not buying some glass carboys before i even finished.



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Old 07-15-2006, 08:35 AM   #3
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dont buy a kit, i just bought mr. beers kit and im not buying some glass carboys before i even finished.
WTF?

Kits that provide liquid malt extract, or dried malt extract and boiling hopps are the better kits. But making your own beer from any kit will be good and get you started in a great hobbie.

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Old 07-15-2006, 08:51 AM   #4
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I personally like dried malt extract over liquid. You can just dump 3# worth of DME into boiling water and it sits in top while you mix it in. The liquid tends to sink to the bottom of the water in a big old clump and will burn if not immediately stirred. The liquid is also harder to work with cause its got the consistancy of silly putty.

As far as kits... they make excellent beer usually!! You're probably looking at ~6-7lbs malt extract, hop pellets, possibly specialty grains that are boiled in a grain bag, and dry yeast packets. Its like making mac n cheese. Boil the water, dump the stuff in, and make sure it doesnt boil over. At the end, cool it down and put in your activated yeast. If you can boil water, look at a clock, and read simple instructions... you can make excellent beer.

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Old 07-15-2006, 09:18 AM   #5
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There's nothing wrong with the kits for a beginner.

Be forewarned though, in time you will probably want to expand your knowledge and usage of DME or maybe even go all grain.

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Old 07-15-2006, 09:24 AM   #6
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There's nothing wrong with the kits for a beginner.

Be forewarned though, in time you will probably want to expand your knowledge and usage of DME or maybe even go all grain.
Thats what i meant to say idk why i said what i said earlier.
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Old 07-15-2006, 09:31 AM   #7
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Thats what i meant to say idk why i said what i said earlier.
That's what I thought you meant...
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Well I certainly dont see anything wrong with a kit. But that being said.... I can't actually say that I have ever used one. I have always used LME or DME with grain and chose my own hops. Started with one of the first recipes in The complete joy of homebrewing and just never saw a reason to use a kit.

Here's what I would do..... what is in this kit? Is it hopped? What kind of beer are you thiking of making? Give us these answers and we'll steer you in the right direction of some grain to steep and make sure your using a good yeast. Those are the two greatest and simpliest things you can do that will dramaticly effect in a positive way how your beer taste.

Any good book you get will have a LOT of recipes. A book like Homebrewing for dummies or The complete joy of homebrewing will give you soo many recipes good for a beginner you won't know what to do with all of them

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