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Old 11-05-2007, 03:06 AM   #1
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When I first started brewing, I definitely followed and used kits. While OK, I found them too......formula. Not very adventurous.

So, with my background as a chef, I worked to learn quickly what did what to produce what end result. Since then I love looking at other's recipes, especially if it is a new style of beer, but I'm constantly reading into it to see what I would like to make a beer more to my liking. But more then likely I am just writing it out myself.

So, after about 3 or 4 kits, I went solo.

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Old 11-05-2007, 03:31 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by bruscar
after about 3 or 4 kits, I went solo.
Ironically, I'm the exact opposite.

I began with a kit and hated the results, so I began going with my own recipes and buying individual ingredients to make ones I see here...

It got so expensive with such little benefit that I've been brewing kits again for the last few sessions.

Mainly, I'm brewing kits because I can expect, in some way shape and form, the end result. With that in mind. I'm using the kits to pinpoint what I like in terms of style and in terms of specific ingredients.
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Old 11-05-2007, 03:32 AM   #3
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I used the kit that came with the equipment that SWMBO got me, ordered one extract kit from Williams Brewing, and have been researching recipes ever since.
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Old 11-05-2007, 03:44 AM   #4
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My first beer was a kit, after that AG and no kits since.

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Old 11-05-2007, 03:45 AM   #5
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I brewed one kit, and that was because it was free.

One of my better brews too, I must say.

However, it's just too boring to me if I can't spend the week before hand researching and pinpointing my recipe.

This upcoming Saturday will be only the second time I'm brewing something that I didn't create.

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Old 11-05-2007, 03:45 AM   #6
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People start with kits? j/k

Though I'm a total noob, from my reading I kinda figured I'd just start with a few clone recipes from beers that I like. That way, I can modify a given recipe slightly, and gain an appreciation for how those modifications change the end product. Just like learning to cook, starting with a proven recipe is the way to go, but boxed mac-n-cheese isn't going to help you learn much beyond how to boil noodles.

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Old 11-05-2007, 05:38 AM   #7
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I started with Mr. Beer - did that for about a year - after that I started with five gallon batches but I always just followed recipies and bought the ingredients at the LHBS

My LHBS doesn't sell kits and since I live in Hawaii buying the kits online are cost prohibitive

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Old 11-05-2007, 06:30 AM   #8
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I started AG with my own recipe. But the more fermenters I get, the harder it is to keep them full. So I've got a couple kits to brew in between AG sessions now, since the time it takes is less than half.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:03 AM   #9
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I did only a few kits (maybe 3 or 4) before i came up with my Blood Ale. After that, I pretty much made my own recipes. I still brew clones and some kits but I usually end up changing the recipe a bit.
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Old 11-05-2007, 12:15 PM   #10
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I did one batch of the Mr. Beer thing.

Then, when I really got into brewing I just used recipes off the net and tweaked them a bit myself. It just seemed more interesting to me that way and like I had more control over the product.
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