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Old 02-16-2009, 02:23 PM   #1
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Has anybody tried the Ober-Easy kit from Perfect Brewing Supply? It is an extract kit for Bells Oberon. I was thinking of picking one of these up, but I wanted to get some feedback first. Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-16-2009, 03:42 PM   #2
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Its great you posted this, I actually brewed it on Saturday. I also wanted to get someone's input on what the taste is. This is the extract version so I'm sure there is a diff, but from what I can see on the internet, Bell's version is a very good beer. I have already made the Amber Ale clone from Mickey's also purchased from perfect brewing and It was great so I trust this should be good.
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Old 02-16-2009, 04:32 PM   #3
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This was something like the second kit I ever bought. It's been a long time since I had it but I remember it turned out being a very good beer. It was a little too dark for oberon and there was something about the taste being a bit different.

Knowing what I know now, I'd take a guess and say the yeast character was missing from it. If you have a chance to culture Bell's yeast from a bottle, I would use that instead of the WY1010 they provide. If you can't get Bell's yeast I'd probably just use a neutral ale yeast like WY1056, WLP001, SafAle05.

Bell's uses their house yeast for almost everything (including Oberon), and it's definitely not something like WY1010, it's more like WY1056

 
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Old 02-16-2009, 11:30 PM   #4
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If you have a chance to culture Bell's yeast from a bottle, I would use that instead of the WY1010 they provide.
I just did this. I used the recipe that is posted all over the net and used a really nice pitch I built up from a 2H bottle.

It's not close. Assuming that the recipe that has been posted all over the net is somewhat accurate, that means it's the yeast.

I would recommend trying 2565 or 3463 and possibly trying it at higher temperatures.

OR - make the kit - somebody else said it made a good beer, whether it's close to oberon or not.

 
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Old 02-17-2009, 01:02 AM   #5
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I just did this. I used the recipe that is posted all over the net and used a really nice pitch I built up from a 2H bottle.

It's not close. Assuming that the recipe that has been posted all over the net is somewhat accurate, that means it's the yeast.

I would recommend trying 2565 or 3463 and possibly trying it at higher temperatures.

OR - make the kit - somebody else said it made a good beer, whether it's close to oberon or not.
This is straying off topic from the OP's query, but I'll throw it out there anyways

I've made 3 versions of this beer so far. One with the Ober-Easy kit. One AG with a recipe I found on the net. Then the last was my own design. The last one turned out the best and most like oberon. In fact I shared it with many people that said it tasted more like the oberon from 3-4 years back before they started changing it.

Here is what I did:
10 lbs Crisp Maris Otter Malt (3.0 SRM) Grain 42.11 %
10 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 42.11 %
2 lbs Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 8.42 %
1 lbs 4.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 15L (15.0 SRM) Grain 5.26 %
8.0 oz Caravienne Malt (22.0 SRM) Grain 2.11 %
1.00 oz Saaz [4.30 %] (60 min) Hops 9.2 IBU
1.50 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %] (60 min) Hops 27.2 IBU
1.00 oz Saaz [4.30 %] (15 min) Hops 2.4 IBU
1.00 oz Saaz [4.30 %] (0 min) Hops -

This is a 10 gal recipe and I split it between 2 yeasts. One of them was with a cultured Bell's yeast and the other was with the Fat Tire yeast that Wyeast distributed.

The Bell's yeast version was awesome and was gone in no time at all

This is a beer I'll keep making since I don't live in Michigan anymore and who knows if they will ever step up their distribution.

 
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Old 02-17-2009, 01:15 AM   #6
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Its great you posted this, I actually brewed it on Saturday. I also wanted to get someone's input on what the taste is. This is the extract version so I'm sure there is a diff, but from what I can see on the internet, Bell's version is a very good beer. I have already made the Amber Ale clone from Mickey's also purchased from perfect brewing and It was great so I trust this should be good.
That was weird reading this at first b/c we just brewed the Ober-Easy kit for the first time on Saturday too. We're looking forward to it. Cheers!

 
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Old 02-17-2009, 02:38 PM   #7
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Thanks for the feedback. I put in my order last night, so hopefully I'll have it delivered in time to brew it this weekend.

 
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:24 PM   #8
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Anyone try the AHS version?

 
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Old 02-19-2009, 02:29 PM   #9
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I would like to give some props to Perfect Brewing Supply. I ordered my kit over the weekend, and it was delivered YESTERDAY (wednesday). I'm in Chicago, and apparently they have a distribution point in Wheeling. Talk about top notch!

 
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Old 02-25-2009, 05:59 PM   #10
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Hey, it didn't list them in the instructions...what are the estimated OG and FG for this kit???

 
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