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Old 11-28-2012, 01:40 AM   #1
Erich8
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Hey guys, my 3rd batch has completed fermentation and I am gonna dry hop here in about 4 days and then let it sit for another week and then bottle it up. Did a FG reading on it today and its about done and is tasting and smelling great. Obviously this frees up my fermenting bucket and I would like to get another batch going ASAP. The beer that is in there currently is a Sierra Nevada Celebration clone, so for my next batch I want to try something darker.

I am leaning toward an Irish Stout, Oatmeal Stout, or even a Chocolate Stout. But I am obviously up for more suggestions. If you wouldn't mind posting links to your suggestions that would be great, I will more than likely be ordering it tomorrow so I should have the kit right before my current batch finishes up. And also please let me know about your experience with the kits you suggest. Thanks Guess I should also add that its gonna be a 5 gal batch.

 
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:51 AM   #2
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Hefeweizen's are always a good bet. One of my favorite beers. If you want a less known German beer, you can go with a Kolsch style... don't know how popular those kits are though. I probably should have let a vet answer this one...

 
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:40 AM   #3
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This one looks good: http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/r...ty-grains.html

Rebel Rye Porter

Since you are only 3 batches in, I'm guessing you do extract.
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:16 AM   #4
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If u have a lhbs u could always stop in there. They always have recipes on hand and can steer u in the right direction

 
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:55 AM   #5
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http://www.midwestsupplies.com/irish-stout.html

I brewed this kit for my second batch. It is bottle conditioning now, but it tasted very very good before I bottled.

 
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:55 AM   #6
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This one looks good: http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/r...ty-grains.html

Rebel Rye Porter

Since you are only 3 batches in, I'm guessing you do extract.
That is correct! Sorry if my description was kind of vague as far as what kit I needed.

 
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:56 AM   #7
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http://www.midwestsupplies.com/irish-stout.html

I brewed this kit for my second batch. It is bottle conditioning now, but it tasted very very good before I bottled.
Did you get any of the roasted barley, caramel, and chocolate notes when you tasted it??

 
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:44 PM   #8
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Stouts are very forgiving, as the heavier body covers alot of mistakes. You really can't go wrong with any variation of a stout kit.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:23 AM   #9
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Did you get any of the roasted barley, caramel, and chocolate notes when you tasted it??
Definitely. It tasted like a good stout. It is very Guinness-like, but I didn't get the right color I wanted, so I used some Sinamar to darken it up a bit when I bottled.

 
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:36 AM   #10
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Well I ended up going with the Brewer's Best Irish Stout. Picked it up from my LHBS today. I looked online at some reviews and it had some good ones. I honestly didn't want to wait for the kit to get shipped as I have a fermentation bucket free right now. It's boiling right now, so hopefully it turns out great Thanks for all the replies everyone.

 
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