Best Brew kits?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by beerbully, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. beerbully

    beerbully Feb 2, 2009 New Jersey

    New to home brewing and wanted to get some feedback on people's experience with brew kits....used brewers best porter for my first batch..........still in the bottle...hopefully ready next weekend.......tried brewer's best imperial pale ale today, not sure what to expect from this one. Would be great if they would compare the recipe to a commercial beer........anyway if anyone has used a beer kit and can compare it to a similar tasting commercial beer that would be great....thanks...any input is appreciated
     
  2. kjyost

    kjyost May 4, 2008 Manitoba (Canada)

    Generally Brewer's Best kits have ingredients of questionable age (hops & yeast at room temperature, unless the LHBS has taken them out, LME of unknown age).

    It would be best to buy a kit from a reputable seller that has high turnover such as Midwest, Northern Brewer, Morebeer, Austin Homebrew, etc...
     
  3. beerbully

    beerbully Feb 2, 2009 New Jersey

    You buy these online?.............My local brew shop only carries brewers best
     
  4. kjyost

    kjyost May 4, 2008 Manitoba (Canada)

    Yes, google any of those names and find kits that are quite fresh.

    Personally, I would only buy from an online seller that shows you their recipe... Be aware what grains need mashing, and which ones don't.
     
  5. beerbully

    beerbully Feb 2, 2009 New Jersey

    Thanks, do you have any recipes that you would recommend?
     
  6. Ejayz

    Ejayz May 15, 2011 Iowa

    I have done kits from 3 suppliers the kits from Midwest and Northern Brewer are superior to the kits from brewers best. Northern brewer really sticks out with some of there offerings. If you order a kit from northern you will not be disappointed by there selection or quality of product.
     
  7. beerbully

    beerbully Feb 2, 2009 New Jersey

    Thanks............I'll check 'em out........any northern brewer recipes that you would recommend?
     
  8. jmich24

    jmich24 Jan 28, 2010 Michigan

    Northern Brewer, there all good, depends on the style you'd like to brew. They also list recipes, ingredients and have user reviews. Good luck.
     
  9. MackayClanBrewin

    MackayClanBrewin Mar 20, 2011 Texas

    Northern Brewer kits are the best i have ever used. You can't go wrong with true flat rate shipping. BM me if you want any suggestions on specific kits. I've brewed alot of em.
     
  10. Spider889

    Spider889 Mar 24, 2010 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    The only kit I ever bought and brewed was the Northern Brewer Black IPA. It was exceptionally good considering it was my first ever beer. I did add an extra oz of hops to the bill though which turned out to be a good decision because it was very malty (which I like to see in a black IPA).
     
  11. taternutt

    taternutt Mar 11, 2012

    i found sometime the best beer kit is the ones where you come up with your own recipie. a great place to start to do this is a software program called beersmith2 it starts with a 21 day free trial the can purchase full program after. after you come up with a recipie you can find a local brew shop to or there ar a few on line companys that you can give them the recipie and the only charge you for the amount of ingridiants and mail you your kit. this way dont have to worry about how long kit has been sitting around. So go to beersmith.com
     
  12. haddon

    haddon Jul 13, 2009 Kentucky

    I have brewed lots of great kits from Austin Homebrew. Since you mentioned finding kits that are compared to commercial styles... they have a section of dozens of kits that are clones of commercial beers.

    check it out here
     
  13. Fitzmke

    Fitzmke Dec 27, 2011 Texas

    Stay away from brewers best! Personally I have had nothing but good luck with northern brewer kits.
     
  14. Fitzmke

    Fitzmke Dec 27, 2011 Texas

    Try the patersbier kit. Super easy and super tasty.
     
  15. Ejayz

    Ejayz May 15, 2011 Iowa

    I am doing the Surly Cynic partial mash kit right now. I racked it to the secondary last night and took a sample. I was shocked at how good it was for only being a week old. So I would recommend any of there pro series kits. Also they having Brewing TV on There site which is a great resource because they brew all of there kits and review them.
     
  16. SeaSparrow

    SeaSparrow Sep 4, 2010 Texas

    Northern Brewer, Morebeer, and Austin Homebrew are all places I have used before. I trend to Austin as I am in Texas, but my Northern Brewer email today said their kits are 15% off right now. They have great kits!
     
  17. Mattey

    Mattey May 28, 2013 South Carolina

    I know this thread is old but Jasper's has a great list of super ingredients. Free shipping never hurt either.
     
  18. zrbeer1579

    zrbeer1579 Dec 3, 2012 Illinois

    I asked in another thread about Brewer's Best. Looks like I'll go with Northern Brewer.
     
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