I have been ordering kits from AHS to get a feel of the styles I can make. I'm tempted to buy the NB honey brown ale kit, but I'm not so sure about their instructions. Here's the link:
1) It says to steep the grains in 2.5 gallons until it reaches 170 or for 20 mins then add extract and heat to boiling - Since I don't think the steeping temp makes much of a difference and they're trying to accommodate those with smaller pots, I will probably just heat 2 gallons to 155, turn off the heat and steep 25 mins then add another gallon of water to boil and add extract and boil (as the AHS kits advise you to do). So 3 gallons partial. I can't do a full boil but 3 gallons is no problem.
2) Here's the thing that really bugs me - It says to add the honey at the end of the boil then cool. Doesn't this increase the risk of an infection? Wouldn't it be safer to add in during the last 10-20 mins? I'm guessing they're trying to keep keep the color of brew lighter (since LME darkens everything a bit).
I also wouldn't just cool to 100 degrees F as the instructions suggest. It seems a bit crazy to pour hot wort into my glass carboy. I try to get my wort to around 78 and top off with room temp water.