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Old 06-29-2010, 02:34 AM   #1
Dec 2009
Superior WI
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Has anyone had the trouble I have had with Midwest Supplies Extract Kits? I have tried several kits from midwest supplies the happy holiday ale, Belgian wit and a couple others and they all end up tasting the same or they don't turn out the way that I would expect them to. Has anyone had any issues like this? It is beginning to get a little frustrating because of the way they turn out. I almost don't want to try another kit because of the fear of how it will turn out. It doesn't even taste like a homebrew or a beer in general.

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Old 06-29-2010, 03:31 AM   #2
Mar 2010
Two Harbors, MN
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Hey Brad, I've used alot of midwests kits and nearly everyone has beed exellent. I have brewed their Liberty cream ale, smooth nut brown ale, hophead double IPA, Swartzwalds black lager, Irish stout, big river brown ale, oatmeal stout, porter, and a couple meads. all were good. can't say any tasted like the others. try fermenting at a cooler temperature.

I prefered stouts and brown ales in the past but the Hophead double IPA, Liberty cream ale and Black lager are by far my favorite brews.

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Old 06-29-2010, 06:57 AM   #3
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am drinking the liberty cream ale from midwest.. tastes great!

I have the lemon coriander weiss kit waiting to be brewed on thursday. midwest is great! takes literally one day to ship to my house.
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:19 AM   #4
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Why don't you post a little more about your process and I'm sure someone can chime in and make suggestions on things you can change or improve to get your brew tasting better.

I've tasted quite a few Midwest kits too: Cream Stout, Cologne Kolsch, Aussie Light Ale, etc. and they were all very tasty.

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Old 06-29-2010, 11:45 AM   #5
Mar 2010
Peoria, Illinois
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I've used midwest kits without problems. Two things to consider. 1) yeast makes a big difference, if you just use the muntons that comes with the kit instead of the liquid, you'll have a yeast factor as I know that specific yeast needs months (two to three) in the bottle to floculate out and really take some yeasty flavor out of the brew. That could be your issue if you've just been using the dry yeast. 2) How long are you conditioning your beer before you drink it? Drinking green beer will cause it to taste different than properly bottled and conditioned beer. Read Revvy's blog entry on "Of Patience and Bottle Conditioning" to get an idea of good practices. If you're drinking it after only a week or two in the bottle, try letting it sit around for a few more weeks before giving it a try and you'll be amazed at the change.

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Old 06-29-2010, 12:34 PM   #6
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I'm going to blame "operator error," and suggest that you post your brewing/sanitzation process. More than likely, like Kammee said, you're not giveing the beers enough time. Either in the fermenter or in the bottle.
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Old 06-29-2010, 02:14 PM   #7
Mar 2010
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I've brewed 4 or 5 kits from them and all have turned out fantastic. In fact I've brewed their "Hank's Hefeweizen" a few times. Guys in my home brew club love it and can't tell it's an extract.

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Old 06-29-2010, 02:27 PM   #8
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It's been years for me, but I used to get kits from Midwest and they were never a problem. Its a strange concept, quite frankly, to blame the "kit" because the kit is nothing more than a combination of the bulk ingredients they all carry anyway. The malt is just regular Briess malt or extract measured and bagged, the speciality grains are the normal grains, the hops the normal hop pellets. There is nothing in the "kit" that is some sort of unique ingredient that you wouldn't normally get from buying the ingredients seperate.

I second the motion, detail your process and I bet the wise brewers here can help improve it.

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Old 06-29-2010, 02:48 PM   #9
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I like their kits. The only thing I wish I could change is using dry extract instead of the liquid.

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Old 06-29-2010, 02:54 PM   #10
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I used close to ten kits from them and never had problems. The only problems I had with their kits was when I used Muntons yeast. That yeast has a weird flavor which I dont like. I used leftover Muntons yeast on AHS Wheat stout and could taste it in it as well. MW Hank's Hefe is amazing and I will be ordering from them some day.
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