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Old 01-10-2014, 01:33 PM   #11
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I am starting to thing that these "incomplete" kits are going to be the same cost as a Isbrewers best kit that has everything. I was thinking I could brew a bunch of beer for $25! Is that even possible?


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Old 01-10-2014, 01:38 PM   #12
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I've gotten PM kits from Midwest for $25-$28 with premium dry yeast (usually US-05) that are pretty darn good.


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Old 01-10-2014, 01:47 PM   #13
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can you put a link to any specific kits in the forum or no?
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:02 PM   #14
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Here in Nova Scotia I can get a canned kit and ingredients for a total of 26$ (Canned kit 18$ -- 1.5 lbs malt extract, 1.5lbs liquid glucose and a little packet of aroma hops 8$). The cheapest partial mash kit I purchased locally is 30$ with most costing in the mid 30's.

In my opinion the canned kits are cheaper and very quick but if you wanna pay a few bucks more and put in a little extra time I find the partial mash kits can produce a little better beer. I tend to brew a few can kits and then toss a boxed kit in the rotation.

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Old 01-10-2014, 02:18 PM   #15
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So far I have done 3 brews, 4th coming tomorrow afternoon. I did a Festabrew pre-made wort (not really a brew, just dump wort and toss some yeast on top), a Rogue Brutal IPA clone, the Brewer's Best Belgian tripel (currently fermenting) and tomorrow is the Brewer's Best Rye Pale Ale.

I do like quality beer but I am willing to sacrifice some quality for quantity once in a while. I wouldn't stop making partial mash kits though
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Not all PM kits are expensive. Here's a couple from Midwest;
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/parti...light-ale.html
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/parti...-beer-kit.html
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/parti...d-ale-kit.html
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/partial-mash-cascade-pale-ale-kit.html
Of course you'll have to pay shipping. And other yeast choices. But still a good deal for 5 gallons of good beer.
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:30 AM   #17
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Years ago my father only used canned kits with regular old grocery store sugar and was never disappointed with the results. I have only done kits to this point with no complaints. They make the perfect entry level brew and are very easy to start modifying. Doing something as simple as using DME instead of sugar for more body, swapping out the included yeast (I have seen some of which don't say clearly on the packet what they are) for known strains, or adding a few hops. With these slight changes you can see what works for you and your style thus giving you something to work from when you start with custom batches.

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Old 01-19-2014, 08:33 AM   #18
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I have only used Coopers because it was what I was introduced to. Ok, granted, I've only ever done 2. Coopers Pilsner, and Coopers IPA. The Pilsner I did the way my friend told me to (no boiling just putting it all together) and it actually turned out pretty darn good. I did it all with 1.25kg of Light Malt Extract, no DME or dextrose, just dextrose at the end to bottle.

My IPA I boiled the Light Malt only and added the canned wort to it after. So far, I'm letting it ferment an extra week.

Honestly, I'd rather do it this way because it's 1. cheaper, 2. easier, 3. cleaner, 4. just as fun.

 
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:53 PM   #19
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I've brewed the coopers IPA can 3 times. First time with the can only and table sugar. It came out Ok, very light body though. Second time with the can and some 3# light DME. It had more body and a fresher flavor. 3rd time with 3# DME and cascade hops for flavoring. 3rd time was the best but by the time you add the extra ingredients you can just buy DME, hops and yeast, and make your own style that tastes better for less money IMO.


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Old 01-21-2014, 03:19 PM   #20
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Thanks to whomever started this forum, it has been insightful to me! I have a few Coopers cans to use, Irish Stout. Looking forward to brewing!



 
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