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Old 09-08-2012, 06:11 PM   #11
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I am a "midnight" brewer. Only time to do it is when the baby is asleep. I pay for it the next day when he wakes up 7am, but its worth it. I think I'll try out Austin first. Any suggestions for the first kit that you made and turned out great? I can only brew ales at this point in time...


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Old 09-08-2012, 07:31 PM   #12
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Honestly, this was the first kit that I brewed. It turned out amazingly well, I've actually brewed it a few times since, and I now have an all grain version of the recipe in my BeerSmith. Really, it depends on what you like to drink. Like I said before, get a kit that's a style that you prefer, maybe even your favorite style of beer.


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Old 09-08-2012, 10:59 PM   #13
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"it depends on what you like to drink" Yes, this. Just pick a style you like. I did the Alaskan Amber clone from Austin and it was really nice. Not super hoppy, or overly heavy. Just a nice balanced amber. Everyone that tried it loved it.
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"it depends on what you like to drink" Yes, this. Just pick a style you like. I did the Alaskan Amber clone from Austin and it was really nice. Not super hoppy, or overly heavy. Just a nice balanced amber. Everyone that tried it loved it.
Yeah, it's really that easy. Just pick one that's a style you know you'll drink a lot of, and make it a kit that's not advanced, like a straight forward ale, and brew it. Even though I brew a lot of my own creations now, I still do a good number of kits, and they're always good. I've learned a few tricks along the way that help me get a really nice extract beer, and the kits I brew are just as delicious as the all grain beers I design myself. We're drinking on a batch of Liberty Cream Ale (which I added a dry hop addition to) right now and loving it and I have a batch of Ferocious (Surly Furious clone) that's just coming along in bottles. Both of those are Midwest extract w/grains kits that I did as is, except I added the LME after flameout instead of before the boil.
Just pick something you like, brew it, follow the basics of proper brewing and you'll be happy with your beer.
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As a complete noob, I liked the little charts that Midwest puts in their catalogue...makes it easy to find homebrews that suit your tastes. Northern has some really nice kits, but not a lot of information on each. Austin has a HUGE list, and once you understand AA's, IBU's, OG/FG/ABV and such, picking from their lists are easy (plus they have a massive stock of clone beers). Also, once you start doing recipes instead of kits, Austin allows you to order what you need, instead of bulk grains. Saves $ and hastles of measuring them yourself. Down side: Midwest's shipping is a bit pricey, where Austin is really pretty fair. Northern is about in the middle from where I live. Haven't worked with the others...
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Northern brewer and midwest have done right by me
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If i order kits or basic equipment i go Austin because there shipping is the cheapest for me. But i usually order over 100$ worth of stuff and get the 4.99 flat rate. I been meaning to try More Beer also cause i have heard if you order over 59$ its free shipping. If i need certain grains for a crazy recipe i go Northern Brewer they have a huge selection of grains. I have never been unhappy with Austin or Northern Brewer as far as freshness goes.


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