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Old 02-02-2011, 12:28 AM   #1
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I am a beginner brewer....I got a kit for Xmas and made 2 different brews:

True Brew - Nut Brown Ale
True Brew - Red Ale

Both came out great with color, head but the problem is there is VERY LITTLE taste. I like full body beers.

They have very little hop flavor and any flavor. Please HELP...am I not steeping enough? did I add to much water? Is the KIT just not good?

Thank and ANY advice is welcome....


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Old 02-02-2011, 12:35 AM   #2
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Sounds like just need to add more hops and malt next time. Did you create the recipes yourself or were they pre-made recipe kits?


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Old 02-02-2011, 12:41 AM   #3
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There are plenty of things you can do. Go to your LHBS and buy more hops and malt. Also, to increase body in your beers, I'd suggest using Carapils. Carapils helps add a thicker body to your beer. If you are doing extract brews, steeping a half pound or pound of carapils mixed with crystal 10 grains will help add more sugars to your beer.

Good luck!
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:08 AM   #4
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do you like and generally drink this style of beer.? The characteristics of those beers can vary alot between differnt brands, read the descriptions or reveiws and you can find out what your looking for better. I may be wrong but i think these types may be generally light to medium bodied.carapils, oats are good or more crystal malt.
chapter 20 in John Palmers How to Brew explains it.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:34 AM   #5
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another thing to think of...
how long did you let these beers age/ bottle condition? If the beer is too young/green, to me it tastes thin and watery. You said that you got a kit for christmas - only 5 weeks ago. Most people would ferment a beer for 3 or 4 weeks, then let it sit in the bottle for at least 3 weeks before drinking.

I know it's hard, but try giving it more time... unless it's already all gone
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any other insights to your recipe would help
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Really these kits are just a starter. My first batch was a canned extract kit. My LHBS recommended two cans. Then I did a couple boxed kits. They tasted okay, but like you said they were weak and lacked body and were low on hops.

After that I started making up my own recipes. Now that you have gotten started, suck them down like session beers and put some beer in those buckets.
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It was a pre-made kit, True Brew
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Thank you I followed the kit 48-72 hrs to ferment, sit in Carbode for 3 days, then bottle and let sit for 3 weeks
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Sounds like just need to add more hops and malt next time. Did you create the recipes yourself or were they pre-made recipe kits?
This was a kit...followed the directions


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