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Old 02-21-2013, 09:48 PM   #1
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My first kit has not been much of a success so far. I got it at Midwest supplies. What are some other sites that people have had success at?

 
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My first kit has not been much of a success so far. I got it at Midwest supplies. What are some other sites that people have had success at?
Norther brewer, Austin homebrew supply.

What Midwest kit did you brew and why was it not a success, they are known for having great kits and a very large variety!
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Austin Hombrew Supply and Northern Brewers.

 
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:00 PM   #4
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I got an Irish stout. It's still fermenting, but it just doesn't seem to be going well. After 11 days the gravity readings have gone from 1.05 to 1.03, and apparently the late hops addition in the directions is not such a good idea for stouts.

 
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:07 PM   #5
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Try boomchugalug. They have some of the best kits out there. Northern brewer is also the good ol stand by.

 
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I got an Irish stout. It's still fermenting, but it just doesn't seem to be going well. After 11 days the gravity readings have gone from 1.05 to 1.03, and apparently the late hops addition in the directions is not such a good idea for stouts.
Can't say it's the kit but could be the process. What yeast? Did you aerate well? What temperature is it fermenting? Have you tried to rouse the yeast and possibly warm up the vessel? Did you make a starter or rehydrate the yeast?

Midwest is known for great kits and fresh ingredients. When I started brewing before going all grain I brewed at least a dozen different kits from them and they all were good beers. As my process improved so did the beer!
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I love adventures in homebrewing (homebrewing.org), but I am biased because the are my LHBS.

 
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My first kit was a pale ale and I was very happy it was not infected and astounded that it tasted great. I didn't take gravity readings and had no idea what a late hops addition was.

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Can't say it's the kit but could be the process. What yeast? Did you aerate well? What temperature is it fermenting? Have you tried to rouse the yeast and possibly warm up the vessel? Did you make a starter or rehydrate the yeast?
Muntons dry yeast (came with the kit). I dumped the wort between buckets about 6-7 times. Fermenting at 69-70 F. I don't know how to rouse yeast. I rehydrated the yeast.

 
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Muntons dry yeast (came with the kit). I dumped the wort between buckets about 6-7 times. Fermenting at 69-70 F. I don't know how to rouse yeast. I rehydrated the yeast.
Are you reading the hydrometer correctly? Did you correct for temperature? Did you calibrate it to be sure it reads 1.000 in water at 60F?

To rouse the yeast simply agitate the vessel gently to get things mixed up a bit
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