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Old 12-17-2005, 01:53 AM   #1
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My little brother sent my a Jon Bull IPA Beer kit today. I have never brewed a beer kit before. Reading the instructions it seems that it is very simple. I am more worried if it will be worth the time and energy. Opinions anyone?
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Old 12-17-2005, 02:21 AM   #2
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Never brewed from a kit; everyone I ever talked to said it wasn't the way to brew (maybe it's a machismo thing). I guess it couldn't hurt, but maybe there some things you could add (specialty grains, etc) if the kit is really basic. Consult your local HBS. (If you do decide to go ahead with it, please post your results as I think I smell some kits under the tree for me this year).

 
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Old 12-17-2005, 02:55 AM   #3
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Yes it will be worth it, You can make good beer from extract kits, better than served in a lot of pubs.
Forget all the rubbish in the books that say you must boil kit extract. If it's a good kit and it says no boil then don't boil it. You'll drive if all the hop aroma.
It takes about half hour to brew some kits so it's well worth the effort. If your water from the tap is not so clever I'd use bottled water or boil it and let it cool. John Bull make good kits. I'm drinking a porter at present and it's definatley much better than the standard brewery slop servered around here.
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Old 12-17-2005, 03:09 AM   #4
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Only real complaint with John Bull kits is they make 2-1/2 to 3 gallons instead of 5. Sometimes simple fits the bill with a short or no boil kit. Really, anything you brew should turn out better than the standard grocery store beers.

 
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Old 12-17-2005, 03:16 AM   #5
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Only real complaint with John Bull kits is they make 2-1/2 to 3 gallons instead of 5. Sometimes simple fits the bill with a short or no boil kit. Really, anything you brew should turn out better than the standard grocery store beers.
The ones we get here make 5 uk gallons (6 us gallons)

The .9kg one require .9kg of LME or DME.
Some of the kits are supplied complete bar the water.
It may be worth buying a fresh sachet of dried yeast or at least have a spare ready if you need to repitch.
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Old 12-17-2005, 03:47 AM   #6
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Thanks for the input guys. I think that I will go ahead and make it. I also just noticed that it has expired. It says to use before March of 2005.
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Old 12-17-2005, 06:57 AM   #7
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I agree with Orfy, I've made several Brewers Best kits and most of them have come out pretty dang tasty. Probably the worst thing about them is the dry yeast instead of liquid. As long as they have actual hops or hops pellets instead of having them mixed in the DME you should be in good shape.
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Old 12-17-2005, 09:02 AM   #8
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I agree with Orfy, I've made several Brewers Best kits and most of them have come out pretty dang tasty. Probably the worst thing about them is the dry yeast instead of liquid. As long as they have actual hops or hops pellets instead of having them mixed in the DME you should be in good shape.
Depending if it's a "Masterclass" or not it'll be a brewers wort reduce with whole hops all ready used so it's "ready to go" if it's a cheaper kits, it'll probably use hop extract. But either way, they are all ready added.

As for out of date, the older the extract the darker it gets but that's not a problem and the hop aroma may be lost, but It's still gonna be good.

If you like a hopy drink, you could allways add a little yourself.
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Old 12-17-2005, 10:39 PM   #9
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Brew it, expired or not...you will be pleasantly suprized!

 
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Old 12-17-2005, 11:01 PM   #10
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Fortunately, expiration dates on beer extract are unlike milk. If stored properly it can go for years past that time. I think it would be worthwhile to add whole or pellet hops to enhance the brew.

 
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