Online Brew kit providers - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Online Brew kit providers
Cool Brewing Giveaway - Supporting Membership Drive & Discount

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-27-2010, 03:57 AM   #1
Treshombres
Recipes 
 
Dec 2009
Dallas / Ft Worth
Posts: 35


Just wondering what peoples opinions are on the online brew kit ordering companies. Weve used Northern Brewer a few times and are impressed with the kits, not so much the documentation (dont really undertand their steeping instructions, steep for 20 minutes or until it reaches 172 degrees? ) But we are always looking to improve our act here and know the kit or supplies have to be spot on also. Anyone else have any favorites?



 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2010, 06:06 AM   #2
gtpro
Recipes 
 
Nov 2009
Manchester, NH
Posts: 508
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


order your ingedients from whoever gives you the lowest price, take your instructions from www.homebrewtalk.com


__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by wildwest450 View Post
I call panicky pete on you.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2010, 08:07 AM   #3
Poindexter
 
Poindexter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2007
interior Alaska
Posts: 1,195
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts


Barley is pretty much barley. What you want to do is buy/ order from a busy shop so you get fresh stuff. Freshness matters, even on a really big beer you plan to cellar for a year.

While you are fooling with steeping is a great time to learn to run a partial mash. Instead of wondering about 172F, try to hold your steeping grains at 155F for an hour.

It won't make any difference at all right now, your steeped grain beer will be the same; but once you can do it, "steep" all your specialty grains with a pound or so of basic USA 2 row pale malt and see if your finished beer doesn't get you favors of the Biblical kind.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2010, 02:56 PM   #4
jturie
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
Valley Forge, PA
Posts: 343
Liked 6 Times on 5 Posts


Both NB and Midwest sell good kits, and a lot of folks here like Austin Homebrew Supplies (AHS). My only problem with the Midwest kits is that they add priming sugar, which I don't need (I keg). The AHS website gives you a ton of flexibility when ordering kits, but I like the user feedback/ratings that the NB and Midwest sites provide. I don't think you could go wrong with any of the three.

NB's steeping instructions basically tell you to stick 2.5 gallons of cold water on the stove, turn on the heat, and drop in the grains to steep until the water gets to 170. I prefer to heat my water to about 160, then drop in the grain bag and let it steep at that temp for 30 minutes. You can save time by doing the steeping in 1 gal of water while the other 1.5 gallons are being heated to boiling in your main brew pot.
__________________
Primary 1: Empty
Primary 2: Empty

Keg 1: Rye IPA
Keg 2: Rye IPA
Keg 3: Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
Keg 4: Empty

On Deck: Lemon Line Hefe, Saison, SNPA Clone

"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer." -- Frank Zappa

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2010, 04:15 PM   #5
IceFisherChris
Recipes 
 
Mar 2009
Menomonie, WI
Posts: 476
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


I prefer Northern Brewer because they put together their own kits, and I think it's their own recipes. I really enjoyed all of the kits I have gotten from them. I have brewed a couple of the "mass produced" kits like Brewers Best and True Brew. I wasn't really impressed with either one. You should consider Austin Homebrew.. Very close to you and they have an awesome reputation around here. I haven't done any of their kits, but their reputation says it all.

NB's instructions for steeping grains means: Either steep in ~150 degree water for 20 minutes, or you can just throw them then the water and let them sit until your water heats up to 170. I think the end result of steeping is always the same, as long as you don't get too hot.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2010, 04:21 PM   #6
RedGlass
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
Boston, MA
Posts: 214
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by gtpro View Post
order your ingedients from whoever gives you the lowest price, take your instructions from www.homebrewtalk.com
Couldn't have said it better myself.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2010, 01:33 PM   #7
Treshombres
Recipes 
 
Dec 2009
Dallas / Ft Worth
Posts: 35

Thanks for all the feed back, really helps us novices!!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2010, 02:12 PM   #8
152Sumo
Recipes 
 
Feb 2010
Cary, NC
Posts: 173
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


I just ordered an ingredient kit from Austin Homebrew. I really like their website and ordering options. They have tons of ingredient kits that will probably keep my lazy a** from ever venturing into recipe creation. I would definitely reccomend them, especially to someone in TX.
__________________
Rhino Face Brewing

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2010, 02:37 PM   #9
D_Struct
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Lufkin, TX
Posts: 312

I couldn't be happier with my experiences with Austin Homebrew. Quick to fill orders, excellent customer service and the $7.99 flat-rate shipping is great.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2010, 03:47 PM   #10
kingmatt
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Souderton, PA
Posts: 757
Liked 44 Times on 34 Posts


Do you have a local homebrew supply store in your area? Mine makes their own kits (also ships them) and I like supporting a local business whenever I can. I don't mind paying a little more to keep them in business.



 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I made a Brew Log online!! stevenryals Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 07-21-2009 03:20 PM
Online brew shop Bruiz54 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 05-20-2008 01:50 AM
Favorite online brew store. jcarson83 Recipes/Ingredients 10 06-28-2006 05:58 PM
Good online brew store Vgonman General Beer Discussion 1 08-13-2005 02:06 PM


Forum Jump