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Old 10-16-2009, 06:33 PM   #1
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What is the worst extract kit you have done so far?
The worst one that I have done was the Brewers Best Oktoberfest.
I dont know if it was the Nottingham yeast or that I tried to rush it and do it Ale style, without lagering. It almost tasted like a Hefe when it was done.


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Old 10-16-2009, 07:06 PM   #2
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Mr. Beer West Coast Pale Ale, it was my first kit. I went by the instructions and used the booster, knowing that was the worst choice, just to see what I got. It was drinkable, but it wasn't much to write home about.


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Old 10-17-2009, 01:29 AM   #3
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Midwest Oldcastle (Newcastle Clone) - It was terrible but drinkable.
I brewed Biermuncher's Newcastle clone for a friend and it was way better than the Midwest kit.
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Old 10-17-2009, 01:33 AM   #4
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did a westmalle knock-off kit from a LHBS followed directions to the T ...even after 8 months bottle conditioning it was still a rough drink....8.5% tho, only took a few
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What is the worst extract kit you have done so far?
The worst one that I have done was the Brewers Best Oktoberfest.
I dont know if it was the Nottingham yeast or that I tried to rush it and do it Ale style, without lagering. It almost tasted like a Hefe when it was done.
I have a batch of Brewers Best Oktoberfest conditioning in bottles right now... It's my first batch.. I read this and my heart sank a little.. Hope I have a better turnout than you did.
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:21 AM   #6
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What is the worst extract kit you have done so far?
The worst one that I have done was the Brewers Best Oktoberfest.
I dont know if it was the Nottingham yeast or that I tried to rush it and do it Ale style, without lagering. It almost tasted like a Hefe when it was done.
Did you control your fermentation temp? I made a pale ale that fermented at over 70 degrees and it tasted like a big ole banana/clove wheat. i have since started using a swamp cooler / wet t-shirt method.
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:42 AM   #7
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The worst? It was a True Brew wheat that I may have fermented too cool. But ya know what, it was still pretty darn good. Luckily I have not had a bad experince with any kits. Some were better than others, but none were so bad that I wouldn't brew them again. The instructions tend to suck in a lot of the ones I have done, but if you know a little bit about what you are doing it will be OK.
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Old 10-17-2009, 05:30 PM   #8
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Coopers Dark Ale kit - Using the instructions, added only 1KG of table sugar and kit yeast thats it. Still tastes green after 2 months, and has a definitive cidery TWANG. After 4 other extract kits slowly learning to use DME instead of sugar, boiling for hot break, and hopping, I still have some left which I hesitate to serve to my friends.
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Mr. Beer West Coast Pale Ale, it was my first kit. I went by the instructions and used the booster, knowing that was the worst choice, just to see what I got. It was drinkable, but it wasn't much to write home about.
Canadian Draft (Mr. Beer) pretty much same story though. It was pretty not good - tough call whether to continue trying to brew drinkable beer or not after that. Good thing I am stubborn.

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Old 10-17-2009, 06:25 PM   #10
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2nd on the cooper's dark ale. Has an off sweet taste. I made a batch 9 months ago and haven't tried one in 7, maybe i'll try one today.


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