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Old 10-29-2007, 09:49 PM   #1
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Does anyone know the difference between these kits, and other kits which simply have an "extract" option?

The Gold Seal kits note that they are especially designed for beginners (that's me), but the only difference that is easily discernable is that there is no option to select a type of yeast.

Does anyone else know what, if any, differences there are?

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Old 10-29-2007, 10:34 PM   #2
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We should send them an email because I've wondered the same thing. Odd that they don't describe the differences.

I assumed like you, its that you have no option to change anything. It's exact to what the recipe calls for, instead of giving you the option to change yeasts or make it a mini-mash..etc
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Old 10-29-2007, 10:40 PM   #3
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Especially designed for beginners = ....

It makes it impossible for you to accidently select a lager yeast!

IDK.
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Old 10-29-2007, 11:12 PM   #4
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I have done two types of kits from AHS. The gold seal is a little more for the beginner. It only comes with dry yeast and the one I got had a beer kit add pack. I have both instructions right here and those are the only differences I see. Both have steeping grains. The other kit are the type found here

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/index....ath=178_452_42

I like these more than the gold seal. They aren't any harder to make the gold seal is just more mistake proof.
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Old 10-29-2007, 11:48 PM   #5
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I think the gold seal kits come with a dry yeast and a yeast activator. They want to make sure beginners, like me, get a good ferment on their first beers.

I posted a pic of the kit I just made this weekend, here's a link to it:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=42627


www.austinhomebrew.com makes some great kits. My SNPA is smelling great in the primary right now.
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:12 AM   #6
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I had been wondering about this myself. Got a trappist dubell gold seal kit on the way along with a carboy so I'll know latter this week.

 
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Old 10-30-2007, 03:34 AM   #7
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Is the alcohol booster pack just dextrose?

 
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Old 10-30-2007, 03:40 AM   #8
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Ok I have done 6 or 7 AHS kits... 5 extract options and 2 mini mashes. The mini mashes turn out a lot better and are in no way any harder to do. I wish I started off doing the mini mash kits. If you can keep water at 155 for 45 min and then boil water for 60 min then you can do a mini mash. Peace

 
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Old 10-30-2007, 03:48 AM   #9
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Ok I have done 6 or 7 AHS kits... 5 extract options and 2 mini mashes. The mini mashes turn out a lot better and are in no way any harder to do. I wish I started off doing the mini mash kits. If you can keep water at 155 for 45 min and then boil water for 60 min then you can do a mini mash. Peace
I was only planning to do partial boils in a 5 gallon pot...could I do a mini-mash using such a small kettle? Sorry if that is ignorant...

 
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Old 10-30-2007, 03:50 AM   #10
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No not at all..... good question....They want you to do a 2.5 gal. boil .....however I always do a full boil because I think the beer turns out better...but 2.5 gal will work fine


 
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