Best brand of homebrew kit?

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Wingeezer
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Re: Best brand of homebrew kit?

Post by Wingeezer » 6 years ago

pubspearliespints wrote:Hey Wing, have you tried the Pilsner? I'm looking for a decent summer glugger and my all grain pilsners are too precious with all the fuss and lagering that they entail. What's your take?
thx

Can't say I've tried a Pilsner. I have made Blonde Ale and Cream Ale from OBK all-grain kits and they were good for summer quaffing!.

OBK now have a "Lawnmower Light Ale" available, and currently on sale. It is just made from base malt - forget what hops, Saaz maybe?

My son in law, who is a dedicated runner and likes to watch his weight, just got me to order one (he has a kegerator and I brew for him!) I prefer somewhat heavier brews myself!

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Re: Best brand of homebrew kit?

Post by pocketjr » 6 years ago

Mr Beer. Got a kit on sale over 2 years ago, now I have 3. My LHBS has started carrying the refills now, which makes it even better. I also have the Coopers kit, but there is not as much variety. When I want to make larger batches of the Mr Beer I just double the recipe and use my Coopers kit for it.

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Re: Best brand of homebrew kit?

Post by SunyJim » 6 years ago

I like the coopers kits
suggest going to www.coopers.com.au for how to use the kits.
***Can and Kilo of sugar not recommended***
usually at least 500g malt extract, maybe some dex make for a great batch.
***don't boil the contents of the can***
Using a more specific strain of yeast for the style makes it even better.

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Re: Best brand of homebrew kit?

Post by pocketjr » 6 years ago

SunyJim wrote:I like the coopers kits
suggest going to www.coopers.com.au for how to use the kits.
***Can and Kilo of sugar not recommended***
usually at least 500g malt extract, maybe some dex make for a great batch.
***don't boil the contents of the can***
Using a more specific strain of yeast for the style makes it even better.

I'm actually about to make a recipe I found on the Mr Beer site, using Coopers extracts. Apparently since Coopers bought Mr Beer the similarly named extracts are actually the same in the can.

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Re: Best brand of homebrew kit?

Post by SeanGodd » 5 years ago

Has anyone tried the Brewer Best kits? If so how did you like them??
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Re: Best brand of homebrew kit?

Post by joconn » 5 years ago

What about Brewers Spring? I`m considering trying one. Any opinions?

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Re: Best brand of homebrew kit?

Post by DonkeyPuncher » 5 years ago

If you use the "can and kilo" style of beer, I find the Brew Canada ones are good. but the Brew House American lager is spot on to a "Budweiser" type beer ( it ferments like a freight train when using spring water) if you want to keep it simple, you can use 6lbs of pilsen LME or 3lbs of light and 3 lbs of pilsen DME, and 1 OZ of Saaz or Hallertauer on a 60 minute boil, with US05, they will give you about 4-5% ABV. I usually add about 1/2 lb of dextrose, and get 5.5 ABV. and you'll get a much better beer than a "can and Kilo" kit.

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Re: Best brand of homebrew kit?

Post by gzussturbo » 5 years ago

My first brew ever was a Baron's Premium kit, which was an Amber Ale and it turned out great by following the instructions that came with it word for word.
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Re: Best brand of homebrew kit?

Post by elreplica » 4 years ago

I've tried the Brewers Best Imperial Blonde Ale and it was spectacular. I just finished cooking a Continental Pilsner from BB and it will be lagered and bottled rather than kegged. Brewhouse kits are quick and tasty, Festa ones reliable and great. I now have access to a brewsmith who can clone anything Brewers Best puts out at nearly half the price without the frills, ie - grain bags, caps, fancy packaging etc. I tried the Brewers Spring draft and wouldn't recommend it.

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Re: Best brand of homebrew kit?

Post by Chicco » 4 years ago

have worked with munton's, cooper's and festa...so far all great and simple kits. starting to play around with them too by adding DME's and other flavourings to somewhat personalize em.

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