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Old 06-13-2009, 03:23 AM   #1
tradclimber123
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Im about to brew this kit sunday so let me know what you think of it and any changes that need to be made. Thanks!



 
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:32 AM   #2
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Brew it as written the first time around would be my advice. I really don't like Midwest, however the one kit I bought which was a Red Hook clone came out very well. I like to tinker after a first run through of a recipe which sets your baseline.



 
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Old 06-13-2009, 05:12 AM   #3
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I brewed it as specified and it turned out really well. Most of my friends really enjoyed it and keep asking when I am going to make it again.

 
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Old 06-13-2009, 05:32 AM   #4
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I would recommend brewing it the way it comes also.

I brewed it a 2nd time and then used different hops just so I didn't have 4 cases of identical beer and it's also great. On the 2nd one I used Amarillo & Simcoe FWH, then continuously hopped 60min to 40min with Warrior for the bitter, and then 40min-0min with Amarillo & Simcoe and dry hopped with amarillo & simcoe too. It's conditioning now, but already delicious.

 
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:22 AM   #5
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I just picked up their Octane IPA kit, so I'm anxious to try it. Let us know how your Hophead turns out. I kept going back and forth between the two and I went with the Octane since they said it was their best seller. Also, I figured the higher alcohol content would balance the hops a bit better.
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Old 06-13-2009, 04:44 PM   #6
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I have also heard alot of good things about their Limited Edition Ferocious IPA kit.
I am looking to do a nice IPA for one of my next brew. Its going to be hard to decide which one!

 
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Old 06-13-2009, 06:01 PM   #7
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I brewed this about 3 months ago and loved it. I just my second batch to brew this week . Follow the instructions, Which yeast are you using? Thats the only thing that would really change this.
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Old 06-13-2009, 06:13 PM   #8
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Is it a well balanced IPA or just extremly hoppy?

 
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Old 06-13-2009, 06:14 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by impulserush View Post
I brewed this about 3 months ago and loved it. I just my second batch to brew this week . Follow the instructions, Which yeast are you using? Thats the only thing that would really change this.
The hop head or Ferocious?

 
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Old 06-13-2009, 10:48 PM   #10
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I ordered the white labs california ale so it should provide a nice clean malt



 
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