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Old 01-13-2013, 12:21 AM   #1
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Just tasted my Northern Brewer Chinook IPA. Wow, that's bitter beer!
Now I know what chinook hops do!!

 
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:45 AM   #2
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How did it turn out though? Expecting mine to be delivered tomorrow and will be brewing This week. Curious of what others think of this kit as it will be my first IPA and second batch ever.

 
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:18 AM   #3
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It turned out fine, I'm not disappointed. One of the things I'm learning as a new brewer is what to expect from different hops. That's one of the things I liked about this kit- just chinook hops, so I can get a feel for them.
The one I tried was still green, but curiosity got the better of me. I had it bottled for 2 weeks at 70f, then 2 days in the fridge.
The rest of them will hang out in my basement for another few weeks before I try another.
There was no floral or fruity aroma in the one I tried, more of a peppery bitterness. Compared to the Mr. Beers I started with, and the 5 gal. kits I've done since, this one was bigger and badder for sure.
I wonder what a few more weeks of conditioning will bring.
Good luck with yours!

 
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:16 PM   #4
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I received my kit on Monday and there was a hole in the DME bag and I ended up loosing about a quarter of the bag. NB was quick to send me a replacement that will be here tonight so i will be brewing this weekend. I was thinking of adding an additional 1/2 lb of DME to the boil so it will not go to wast and try to kick up the ABV slightly. Has anyone tried this? Will it change the flavor much? I'm new the the whole thing and would hate to mess it but I have read people add sugar and LME with no ill effects. Thanks for any and all comments.

 
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:04 PM   #5
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I brewed that many moons ago, great beer. Love the Chinook
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:43 PM   #6
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Quote:
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I received my kit on Monday and there was a hole in the DME bag and I ended up loosing about a quarter of the bag. NB was quick to send me a replacement that will be here tonight so i will be brewing this weekend. I was thinking of adding an additional 1/2 lb of DME to the boil so it will not go to wast and try to kick up the ABV slightly. Has anyone tried this? Will it change the flavor much? I'm new the the whole thing and would hate to mess it but I have read people add sugar and LME with no ill effects. Thanks for any and all comments.
Bump!!! Anyone try this? I am brewing tomorrow and was wondering others thoughts. Thanks

 
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:03 PM   #7
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An extra half pound won't do a ton in a typical 5 gallon batch. No reason not to throw it in.
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:53 PM   #8
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An extra half pound won't do a ton in a typical 5 gallon batch. No reason not to throw it in.
Thank you!!!

 
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:26 PM   #9
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I'm 1 week into my dry hop (brewed it on 23 Dec). I will more than likely bottle tomorrow and will have to wait untill the end of Jan when I get back from business trip to tast. I heard many great reviews from this kit that I had to try it. Waiting is the hardest part.

 
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:23 PM   #10
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I'm 1 week into my dry hop (brewed it on 23 Dec). I will more than likely bottle tomorrow and will have to wait untill the end of Jan when I get back from business trip to tast. I heard many great reviews from this kit that I had to try it. Waiting is the hardest part.
How long did you primary? secondary? before you did the dry hop? I would love to hear your thoughts once you taste it since you will be drinking way before me. I am looking forward to this cuz I do like Chinook:-)

 
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