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Old 07-19-2008, 08:19 PM   #1
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I am looking for my first Home Brew.
I want to start with either AustinHomeBrew.com's 1554 Clone or a brewer's best beer kit I can get here in town. The brewer's best beer kit is about $10 cheaper, so it may be better suited for a first brew BUT I want to brew something I know that I will like.

I don't like strong bittering hops
I do love a strong hop aroma

I don't like most pale ales, or light bodied beer (exception: blonde double-bocks & maibocks).
I prefer medium/full bodied beer, with caramel(and/or)toast/biscuit/chocolate flavour(s), in that order.

the local brew shop has: red ale, scotch ale, english brown ale, traditional european bock, american nut brown ale

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so what do you reccomend?

stick it out and wait for the 1554 clone to arrive
or go ahead and start with one of the Brewer's Best kits listed above (which one?)


 
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Old 07-19-2008, 08:53 PM   #2
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Maybe an American Wheat? You've kinda stumped me there. Just hold off on the bittering hops in the beer that you brew and you'll be fine : )
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:45 PM   #3
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:51 PM   #4
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I'd wait for the 1554. AHS has really good kits with great instructions. The clones are always good and this beer is dark enough to hide some mistakes. I've never been a huge fan of the Brewer's Best kits. Never know how long they have been there or what conditions they were stored in and don't taste all that great.

 
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:16 AM   #5
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Just my 2cents but the BB red ale kit was one of the best that I brewed. Everyone that tried it loved it. Easy to start with, good directions, simple and a good product when it is done. But like I said just my 2c.



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Old 07-22-2008, 01:55 AM   #6
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I don't think I've ever brewed a BB kit I didn't' like. Go for it and be ready to make the 1554 when it shows.
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Old 07-22-2008, 02:03 AM   #7
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I started with Brewer's Best kits...

I found each of my beer form them to be too sweet. So, if you use them I'd recommend buying a little extra of whatever bittering hops are in the recipe and adding them to your boil.
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:59 AM   #8
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Thanks for the input guys

 
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:42 PM   #9
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Kind of late now (sorry, I just saw this), but I've made many of the Brewer's Best kits. They are easy to make and true to style, and not highly hopped or bitter. If you like those styles, then you'd be fine with those kits.

You have me stumped on what kind of style you'd like (I never heard of a lighter bodied blonde dopplebock or maibock), so I don't have any specific recommendations, but if you like Newcastle you'd be fine with the English Brown ale kit. It's pretty light bodied, like Newcastle.

 
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:54 PM   #10
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You have me stumped on what kind of style you'd like (I never heard of a lighter bodied blonde dopplebock<edit: Double-Bock> or maibock), so I don't have any specific recommendations, but if you like Newcastle you'd be fine with the English Brown ale kit. It's pretty light bodied, like Newcastle.
I am probably describing the Blonde Double-Bock/MaiBock beer wrong. They are lighter in colour and are crisp (like a pale-ale, unlike a stout) but still have lots of flavour, so maybe they are a light coloured, medium bodied beer?

Anywhoo.. thanks for the help. I will probably get a Brewers Best Kit, so I can start tomorrow, and then order for my second batch.

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as a side note, I think I just had a bad beer. I dumped it down the sink. It was a new belgium mothership wort (wheat beer). It was cloudy and had smelled like dishwater left in the sink all weekend, or leftovers in the fridge gone moldy. -this was my first wheat beer (that I can remember) and was rather dissappointing.. I hope all wheat beer does not taste like that.

 
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