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Old 01-24-2011, 08:12 PM   #1
Jan 2011
Greenwood, IN
Posts: 13

Has anyone tried these kits or have any input on how good they are?

Thanks for the help.

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Old 01-26-2011, 05:03 PM   #2
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Feb 2010
Posts: 42

Hey BMURDA - saw your post after doing a search. I made the regular MW steam ale and it was great. With my wine cooler fermentation chamber, I'm equipped to make ales but never lagers. So brewing a hybrid is (for now) the closest I can get.

The fermentation lasted a much longer time with lager yeast vs ale. I was able to get my fermentation chamber down to high 50s / low 60s so I think that helped it ferment all the way out. Don't know off the top of my head what the FG was but I hit the recipe numbers.

Ended with a very crisp and quaffable beer. It was so good that I ordered the Honey Steam out of curiosity - brewing that soon so I'll let you know :-). I've been reading that the honey shouldn't be more than 10% of the fermentable sugar to avoid a hooch taste, but with Midwest the ratio is 3lbs honey to 6lbs malt. So ... we'll see!

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Old 02-22-2012, 05:44 PM   #3
Apr 2010
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Just finished brewing this, may be my new favorite...I had an extra pound of honey though..It is incredibly clean finishing beer...perfect for spring.

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Old 05-06-2012, 07:40 PM   #4
Mar 2012
Ukiah, CA
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Just tasted Midwest's California Steam (LME) after brewing it in March. I kept the temps down to between 52 and 62, took about 10-12 days for fermentation. It has a very pronounced hop linger at the end that makes it almost like an IPA. Which is surprising since it only uses 1 oz of Northern Brewer. So it's got me scratching my head. I think it greatly benefits from 1-2 weeks refrigeration. But it's a solid recipe and a good spring/summer drinker. OG 1.044, FG 1.012

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