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Old 01-23-2009, 07:26 PM   #1
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im going to do this kit tomorrow. it contains:


3.3lbs muntons hopped malt extract
3.3lbs muntons light malt extract
4oz melanoidin malt grain
1oz hop pellets
1 pack muntons ale yeast

it says to steep grains for 30 minutes, 30 minute boil for roughly half the hop pellets, 2-3 minute boil for the rest of the hops.

any recommendations on improving this kit with the current ingredients plus maybe some spices? i dont want to have to go back to the lhbs for hops or anything, im just looking for something to help make this beer stand out a little.


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Old 01-24-2009, 02:08 AM   #2
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nobody has any ideas? not even add a teaspoon of cinnamon or nutmeg or anything like that?


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Old 01-24-2009, 02:11 AM   #3
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If you want to brew a spice beer, then buy a spice beer kit. I wouldn't mess with a kit that was designed to make a tasty beer.
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Old 01-24-2009, 02:38 AM   #4
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If you want to brew a spice beer, then buy a spice beer kit. I wouldn't mess with a kit that was designed to make a tasty beer.
im not necessarily looking to do a spice beer, just thought maybe there was something out there that could help make a kit a little better. those where just something i though of, im just thinking of trying something a little different but dont have the experience to make up my own recipe yet.
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Old 01-24-2009, 02:39 AM   #5
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this was my first brew i made. it came out real well. dont add anything to it. enjoy it for what it is, trust me!
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:40 PM   #6
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I have this kit too. As soon as I can locate and procure me a brewpot I'll commence my first batch. Let us know how it turns out.

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its fermenting right now, ill let you know in about 6 weeks!
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:26 PM   #8
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That was the second kit I brewed. You won't be let down with leaving it as is.

When I first started brewing, I wanted to do all kinds of crazy things. Really, my best beers have been very simple (KISS).
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Old 02-20-2009, 11:20 PM   #9
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I also did this brew for my first batch started 31 Dec 2008 - excellent as is and I will do it again in a few days :0) I like the red ales I must admit. I thought it took a longer time to carbonate then I expected - over 3 weeks before it formed good head.
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mine went to bottle last week, have to wait a little longer before i find out how good it is!


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