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Old 09-05-2008, 06:25 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I am getting ready to brew a few ales for the Holidays. I came across Williams Brewing and was wondering if anyone has brewed using their kits before.

I have been generally unhappy with Brewers Best and True Brew so I was thinking of trying a mail order. . .

I am not really ready to my own reciped yet so I would like to stick with a kit.

Thanks for any advice.

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Old 09-05-2008, 07:11 PM   #2
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Haven't tried brewers best but I highly suggest homebrewheaven. Try the West Coast Blonde or Diamond Knot IPA.

 
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:16 PM   #3
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The one downfall with the Williams kits is that they do not specify what ingredients are in the kit. I did their amarillo ale which came out pretty good, but none of the hops or malt are labeled. I guess they like to keep their recipes a secret.
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:24 PM   #4
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I don't have any experience with William's Brewing, but I have brewed kits from Austin Homebrew Supply, MoreBeer, and Seven Bridges; all of them turned out great.
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:27 PM   #5
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I'm not a huge fan of Williams. As mentioned they don't tell you what is in the kit and they are a bit pricey. I'd recommend the kits from Austin Home Brew or Northern Brewer; I had great success with both when I was starting out and both have great customer service.
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:37 PM   #6
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I can't imagine not getting the complete recipe with the kit. Austin Homebrew is a bit vague on their website, but they give you the full ingredient list with the instructions. I wish they wouldn't pre-mix the grain, but it is nice that they pre-bag it for you.
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:54 PM   #7
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+1 for Austin Homebrew kits. Many of their kits have won numerous awards. Their raspberry chocolate stout kit is awesome, I haven't brewed it yet but I *need* to.
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:54 PM   #8
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I can't imagine not getting the complete recipe with the kit. Austin Homebrew is a bit vague on their website, but they give you the full ingredient list with the instructions. I wish they wouldn't pre-mix the grain, but it is nice that they pre-bag it for you.
I believe you could specify
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Old 09-08-2008, 03:40 PM   #9
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Thanks Guys!

I think I will give AHS a shot. They actually have a really good deal right now that if you order two of their classic series kits, you get free shipping.

 
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Old 09-08-2008, 06:19 PM   #10
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I also started with Williams, but once I started making my own recipes I realized that not knowing a kit's recipe didn't teach me anything.
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