I picked up an English Bitter kit because it is my sisters favorite style. Looking through the kit I noticed that it has a good bit of Amber DME. I haven't had good luck with Amber extract and was thinking about switching it to Light DME. Is there anything that I should consider that I might not be?
Actually I guess it was LME, but I have only made two batches of beer that I thought were bad and both had Amber LME as part of the recipe. Every other batch I have made has not had Amber LME and they have all been really good. Both batches that I have used Amber LME with have been much darker than I would have liked as well.
Actually I hate to do this, but I have another question. The kit has 2 oz of fuggles hops (4.5% alpha) The instructions have a 60 minute boil with an oz for 50 min and an ounce for 25 min. The kit claims 32-35 ibus, but beersmith says I'm only going to get 22-23. I have plenty of extra hops, and am thinking about adding more.