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Old 08-28-2013, 01:14 AM   #1
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As the title states: Which surly all grain clone recipe should I brew next? Northern brewer has all grain kits for bender, furious, cynic, and bitter.

To preface this a little bit, I've actually not been able to get my hands on anything from surly yet, so I'm going into this kind of blind. My gut is leaning towards bender, but please let me know any experiences you've had with either the clone kits or the originals. I'm looking to brew first week of September and have it ready for consumption around Halloween or a little after that if it still tastes green. Tasting notes and experiences with these kits would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance hbt'ers!
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:22 AM   #2
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I've brewed the bitter kit twice, and have adapted their recipe and purchased the same grain cheaper elsewhere about 4 times. It's actually my favorite beer. I try to keep this one bottled if I can.

With the buy 2 all grain kits, get one free deal that NB had a couple months ago, I bought the Cynic kit. I just bottled it last Sunday. The taste tests I had racking to secondary, and on bottling day, were fantastic. I really can't wait for this one to age a bit in the bottle.

So far I have to say that I'm extremely impressed with the two of them. I live in Florida, so fat chance I'll ever get to try a real Surly beer, but if either of these two beers are even close to what you can buy up north, I'd almost consider moving.

 
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:36 AM   #3
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I'm gonna do the Furious & Bender kits in the near future if that helps.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:43 AM   #4
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I've recently had my first taste of both Bender and Cynic. Bender is good, dark, hoppy with a slight coffee taste. Cynic I liked more ( not a coffee drinker) lighter in color and taste. I did pick up a little bit of an apricot as well. Cheers!

 
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:15 AM   #5
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Good advice thus far. Sounds like bender will make a nice early winter brew....
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:48 PM   #6
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Also, if I do go the bender route I'm considering making the full 5 gallons and then splitting it into two 2.5G batches at secondary and adding coffee to the one. I've seen a lot of people do it and it's supposedly great.

 
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:15 AM   #7
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Cynic. Just saying.

 
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:48 PM   #8
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Ordered 2 Cynic kits, and 2 Bitter kits last night.

I cooled a couple of the Cynics earlier this week - and drank them, and all I can say is what a great beer. It's ready to go, but I'm going to give it at least 1 more week in the bottle before I start drinking it. Can hardly wait.

 
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Ordered 2 Cynic kits, and 2 Bitter kits last night.

I cooled a couple of the Cynics earlier this week - and drank them, and all I can say is what a great beer. It's ready to go, but I'm going to give it at least 1 more week in the bottle before I start drinking it. Can hardly wait.

I'm torn between cynic and bender!
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:52 PM   #10
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I've made the Bitter and I have another kit on hand. Its probably the best beer I've ever made.
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