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Old 12-08-2008, 07:10 PM   #1
Apr 2007
State College Pa
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I was curious for those extract brewers who have ever used the late john bull extracts, what they would use now? I used john bull light for a scottish ale I made last winter. I really liked how i turned out. Since John Bull went out of buis I am wondering what extract would best emulate that. I often use northern brewers extracts for other beers. Any suggestions...?

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Old 12-08-2008, 07:16 PM   #2
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I wouldn't worry about it, I'd just use the extra light DME for everything, and get all your color and flavor from specialty grains. Brewing Classic Styles by Zainascheff & Palmer has tons of great recipes---one for each BJCP substyle, to be exact---and they're all extract recipes by default. I highly recommend it.
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Old 12-08-2008, 07:23 PM   #3
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I would switch to Coopers. They are really good kits. They are the only canned kits made by an actual brewery.

Now might be a good time to switch to making it from scratch. It is not that much harder if you buy an extract kit.


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Old 12-08-2008, 07:46 PM   #4
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The thing about John Bull is that it never actually fermented down as dry as most other extracts, I imagine you can use the other extracts and substitute some steeping grains in for the residual sweetness.
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:23 PM   #5
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laglander (sp?) is known for not fermenting down as dry as well, but I haven't seen any of that stuff around in a bit either.
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Old 12-09-2008, 01:27 PM   #6
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when did they go out of business? That sucks

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