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Yes, the helpful HBS staff helped you every step of the way. You just have to brew it. 2 11.76%
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:19 PM   #1
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Kit or not a kit?

A little while back SWMBO facilitated my first beer, a Brooklyn Brew Shop IPA kit. I was surprised and pleased to see no extracts inside. All grain baby! So, I brewed the beer. My friends and I (and SWMBO) happily consumed the beer. Now I have equiptment from that kit that I can reuse (racking cane, carboy, blowoff tube, etc.)

For Christmas, my inlaws bought me a gift cert. to Weak Knee brewshop (thank you once again if you are reading, Weak Knee). I let the gentleman know that this would be only my second beer, but that I was thinking of making a stout. He and I perused a book called "Classic Styles" and found a recipe that looked promising. He ground my mixture of grains in proportion according to the recipe and put it all in one airtight plastic bag. All other ingredients he pulled out according to the recipe and put on the counter to be rung up.

When I brew this beer, am I technically brewing a kit again?

There will be no moral to this story, just curiosity.


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Old 01-09-2013, 03:40 PM   #2
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It's all semantics. I'd say since it wasn't something that the shop had already put together and you picked the recipie out of a book then no it isn't a kit. Your just brewings someone else's recipie. Even when I do my own recipies all the grains get put in the same bag, so that has nothing to do with it.

When I re-brew one of the recipies that I originally got from a kit, with my own grains is it still a kit? don't really know, and don't really care, since I brewed it, it's my beer.


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Old 01-09-2013, 03:43 PM   #3
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Not a kit, just someone else's recipe. Cheers!
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:55 PM   #4
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I agree with the above replies. With a kit you know that everything you need is in the box. With a recipe you're making sure you do your due diligence to make sure you gather all the required ingredients. I suppose it's akin to the difference between buying a computer and assembling one yourself from it's component parts.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:09 PM   #5
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Yeah I concur, a kit in my mind is something pre-measured, pre-packaged and usually comes with instructions. Store owner just helped you collect the parts and prepare it.
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Since I am ornery and pretty much buck conventional wisdom.......You bought a kit
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2865 posts in a year and a half and you're only on your second brew????
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2865 posts in a year and a half and you're only on your second brew????
Second BEER. I've been making mead, apfelwein, etc. all this time.
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Ok, that's better....
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CreamyGoodness has accomplished a great feat of wisdom and answered one of the most important questions ever asked:

Is there more to life than brewing beer?

Thank You CreamyGoodness!


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