Originally Posted by JonClayton
As a general rule these taste better than the non grain malt kits correct?
One other question.. The very first brew we made was a "true brew" kit that did not have grains. It was a "nut brown ale" and we loved it. Is anyone familiar enough with this kit to recommend a extract with grain kit that would be very similar?
That's a loaded question, much like the "What is better AG or Extract?" threads. For one thing, taste is subjective, secondly and most importantly the skill of the brewer is what makes a better tasting beer. If one does not have their process down, especially their sanitation regimen, then that is going to be a big bearing on the finished product, as is tome in fermenter, using a hydrometer, doing full boils, temp control, late extract addition, bottle conditioing, stuff like that.
A guy making a coopers kit who does a lot of the afore mentioned things correctly is ultimately going to have a better finished beer
, than is the guy who brews another type of kit, or even AG for that matter, who schluffs off sanitization, leaves the beer in the fermenter for a week without bothering to take a grav reading, doesn't control their temps during fermentation, and starts drinking the beer after a week in the keg...
I say it over and over, it's not the method (or type of brewing) but the brewer who makes great beer.