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Old 06-28-2009, 04:43 AM   #1
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I have a beer kit of "Black rock East India Pale Ale". It's the metal can type of kits where you have to add sugar and water. I'm still new to brewing using hops and extract. But I learned enough so I'm ready to take the plunge and I would like to improve the taste of this beer kit.

Do you have a recipe I can follow to improve this beer kit? Or any advice about which hops to use(I suppose flavoring hops...)? And the amount of malt extract to add instead of sugar?

 
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:07 AM   #2
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I would simply start with substituting the sugar with DME. Just doing that will definately improve your brew. Is the can pre hopped?
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Old 06-30-2009, 05:01 AM   #3
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Yes it is pre-hopped, however it doesn't say which hops there's inside already. Also, Light malt extract or dark malt extract is preferred for an IPA? And what about hops? The problems is that I have no idea what hops taste like, so it's difficult for me to choose one.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 
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Old 07-10-2009, 06:55 PM   #4
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I abandon this project. I'll experiment instead; I wonder how does it taste to brew a batch of 2 gallon using only a beer kit.

 
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Old 07-12-2009, 10:22 PM   #5
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Hi, I have one of these kits too, and I was planning on adding the sugar, but also a 1.8kg can of Amber LME, and I'm planning on adding a 15g bag of cascade finishing hops.... I know it won't be conforming to a style or anything... this will be my first experiment, so just interested to see how it goes.
As for halving the water with the kit I think that it might end up a little bitter....?

 
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