What's your favourite brew kit?

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  1. Mar 22, 2019 #1

    gazzza123

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    Ok let's keep this simple... Nothing to do with personal tastes etc...

    I wanna know if you had just one last brew kit left in you, which one would you do?

    And maybe a little explanation of why..?

    The most popular choice will more than likely be my next brew!

    Thanks chaps!
     
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    Not got a lot of experience but the Youngs AIPA seems a safe bet. Think the hoppiness disguises any off flavours and seems a hit with any who have tried mine.
     
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    AG now but I agree with Horners ....not unless we disagree then I'd go with Coopers stout.
     
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    Been impressed with all the Wilko kits I've done so far. But I personally think that steering clear of lager type beers if you aren't really lagering the beer and using the right yeasts.
     
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    A stout is a very sound bet, kit-wise, especially. I had a lot of good beers from a Cooper's Stout, a Wilko Velvet Stout and 1kg of cane sugar, brewed to 27L in the Coopers fermenter, with the Krausen Collar. The yeast that comes with the Coopers kits is a brewing yeast that is OK at 20C plus house temperatures that come with central heating. The downside on brewing a stout this way is that you really appreciate the Collar, as this gets you out of the trouble that a load of dark beer on SWMBO's pale carpet might lead to.
     
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    How can anyone answer this avoiding personal tastes? Confused.
     
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    Young's American IPA is extremely good....

    Have now gone to All grain - so never tried any of their others to my shame !
     
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    Another vote for....... Young's American IPA

    Just bought another one to brew along with the Red India Ale and Amber Ale from the same range as I've yet to try these. What I have tried from this range is the Oaked Rum Ale, the Mocha Porter, and the Pale Ale, all very good and a close second to the IPA. The other kit I really liked that I'm going to have to do a repeat brew of is the Tiny Rebel Cwtch (Muntons)
     
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    abdij - doubled up.
     
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    So far, Brewferm Ould Bruin.

    Coopers Stout was also surprisingly good for a 1-can kit. Started out a bit too harsh in roastiness but a few months later it’s very nice.

    I also enjoyed Razorback IPA but it needs drinking quickly - the hops faded over time and left a slightly bland beer.

    I have a Brewferm Gallia and Christmas conditioning that I hope they’ll be as good as the Bruin.

    Going to try a Young’s IPA and Cwtch based on the recommendations. Will also try the St Peters Honey Porter as I really liked the commercial bottle I tried. So my votes may change...
     
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    I did kits for 20 years or more in the 80's & 90's
    After trying a quite number of different kits that I never really liked the taste of, I finally found one that I liked.
    Settled on it, and stuck with it for almost 15 years.

    Muntons Gold - Old English.
     
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    Toohey's Extra Dry lager. Made it once, 5 years ago, and thought it was pretty close to the original. Would make it again out of curiosity.

    The Youngs AAA and IPA are very good but they take ages to mature. 3 months, if memory serves. Balls to that! I can make an IPA that's even better in 2 weeks.
     
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    Coopers Irish Stout has been my favourite so far, out of the 4 kits I've made.
     
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    I have been using Google to search this forum and see which kits get the most mentions. I know this is not very scientific, but...

    site:thehomebrewforum.co.uk wherry 2,200 hits
    site:thehomebrewforum.co.uk peters 684 hits
    site:thehomebrewforum.co.uk Coopers AND IPA 1,550 hits
    site:thehomebrewforum.co.uk Coopers AND lager 1,940 hits
    site:thehomebrewforum.co.uk muntons 1,510 hits
    site:thehomebrewforum.co.uk festival AND stag 329 hits

    Any other kits you want me to search for? Or just do a search and post here. Google search operators frequently stop working as Google like to use AI to glean what you are searching for. The old '+' operator hasn't worked for years!
     
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    Wherry is my go to session beer, it's a good pint but not as good as some of the Young's American range.
     
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    Ok some good insight but no clear winner!

    Thinking the youngs AIPA looks popular so that might well be up next... Currently got a youngs APA conditioning so have to see how that ends up first.
     
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    I would heartily recommend any kit brewer to have a look at this site:

    https://www.muntonshomebrew.com/

    Muntons make most of the kits made in the UK. Coopers kits come from South Australia, specifically the small region that is suitable for agriculture.

    This does not make kits bad, I made enough of them myself before going down the now more common AG road, but it may help to explain the sort of "muchness" that they may seem to bring, after a while.
     

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