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Old 12-19-2008, 12:04 AM   #1
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Default Survey: What's the best kit?

Since kits may be all that's available once I start sailing I want to get familiar with them and learn to doctor them of course. So I'd like to try one just to see how it turns out before I mess with them.

From your experience what's the best kit out there? If I knew how to post a survey I would. To reflect the differing tastes in beer I think there should be 3 categories:

Best light kit (lager/mexican/pilsner)


Best medium kit (most ales, ambers, reds)


Best dark kit (everything dark)


Based on opinions I'll buy my first kit to try. Then I'll start messing with them mightily.

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Old 12-19-2008, 12:12 AM   #2
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William's Brewing India Pale Ale. Put it in your medium kit category. It's one you won't have to tinker with, and that's one of the blessings; easy as she goes. Think of us sea-loving land-locked work-a-day schlubs when you drink it.

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Old 12-19-2008, 12:15 AM   #3
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My fav so far is the Belgian White from Austin Homebrew, which I added some chamomile to for added complexity. Their generic Koelsch is also very good, but a bit finicky as far as temperature control is concerned. Both are fairly light and refreshing beers.

My sample size for darker beers is pretty small still. I am thinking of making a Belgian Dark Strong akin to Chimay Blue soon. I haven't been too happy with the Amber Ale kits I have tried, and I don't like porters/stouts.
Austin Homebrew will always be my first stop when looking for beer kits. If they don't have what I want, I start looking at Northern Brewer, Midwest Supplies and the local shop.

P.S.: I almost always mini-mash, so your mileage may vary with extract/steeping grain kits.
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:15 AM   #4
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If you're talking about just starting out, then I think the best kit is of a style of beer you like. I started with an Irish Red, and am enjoying it immensely.
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Old 12-19-2008, 03:32 AM   #5
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One of my first kits was the Irish Red Ale from midwestsupplies.com. Every time I brew SWMBO asks me when i'm gonna do the Red again...
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Old 12-19-2008, 03:44 AM   #6
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I remember being pretty happy with MoreBeer's Irish Red Ale when i was brewing kits.

of course, i always say why not just start with a simple recipe instead of a kit? it helps to learn brewing when you know exactly what's going into it
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Old 12-19-2008, 04:00 AM   #7
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If you go to the Austin Homebrew site (and register (it's free)), they have user ratings of all their kits. I think the highest rated is their Belgian white. If you like that style, you can't go wrong with that. It's easy to make.

I've made 4 batches, but the only one I've consumed thus far is their Blue Moon clone, which is excellent also.
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Old 12-19-2008, 11:51 AM   #8
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i tried Cooper's Mexican cerveza and it was fine. Still have some bottles that are a couple months old, and they're getting better when they age (I "lager" them in my basement)
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My first beer, and my only kit, was the Brewer's Best Altbier kit. It was deeeelicious.
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B3 Irish Red is probably my most favorite kit yet. The hops are right up front but it finishes creamy and malty. It came out quite dark for a red but it doesn't taste roasted.


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