I like dark brews that aren’t too hoppy. So with that said, if I took photos of each brew they would look like a dark brew. From this point on I will take photos to go with reviews. I do prefer the ingredients and kits purchased at MidwestSupplies. com vs the local home-brew supply store. The beer just tastes better and the kits work as promised. My husband did brew a few more kits, but I can’t remember what they were.
1# lesson that we have learned – check to make sure fermentation is finished prior to bottling. We had one batch that was bottled too soon. With that batch, every lid that was popped caused a huge mess. The whole bottle turned into foam. I used most of those beers as crock pot liquid filler.
2# lesson that we have learned – ingredients do matter. Make sure local brew store has ‘fresh’ supplies before buying and check for online suppliers. I personally like Midwest Supplies because the brews have been good and customer service is also good. They were able to answer my questions when I needed help.
Would I Brew Again? Yes
Brew Date: Dec 2014
I bought this brew kit from Midwest Supplies.com on a 1 for 2 special during the Christmas Shopping Season. The web site and brew directions said that this brew needed to age much longer than we aged it prior to drinking. We were out of home-brew and broke into this stash 2 weeks after bottling. It tastes great. Our kit turned out to have a lower carbonation than the others we made. I don’t know if this is due to the fact that our house is colder during the winter OR if the kit needs to sit longer. Either way, I love this beer. It’s has a pleasant spice flavor without drinking the whole spice rack taste. It’s dark and smooth. YUM. Thankfully, we just started drinking this brew. I hope it last a good long time.
Pumpkin Spice Ale Kit (sold at local home-brew store)
Would I Brew Again? Not from Local Brew Store / Try our own Brew Next Fall
Brew Date: Oct 2014
I bought this brew kit from the local brew store. Our first batch of yeast didn’t start the process in the cartboy as it was supposed to. So we bought another pack of yeast and added it. The brew was ok. I don’t know if it was just the fact that I KNEW that there was 2 packs of yeast in it or if the flavor was off, but it tasted yeasty to me. We hope to try our own recipe next fall that will include roasting pumpkins and making our own ‘kit’.
Xingu Black Beer (My #1 Choice)
Would I Brew Again? YES! Please!
Brew Date: May 2014
My husband bought a beer brewing recipe book called “Clone Brews / Recipes for 200 Commercial Beers“. Using the “Xingu Black Beer” recipe, I purchased all the ingredients from Midwestsupplies.com and gave them to my husband for his birthday. He brewed this beer up and wow was it good. The ingredients cost more than the normal kits we buy, but it was worth it. It tasted a lot like a store-bought verity but fresher and a more full-bodied flavor. It was dark and smooth.
White House Honey Ale Beer Kit (sold at local home-brew store)
Would I Brew Again? Maybe
Brew Date: Early 2014
My husband picked up this kit locally and as I remember correctly, it was another simple brew kit. This kit was brewed over a year ago and didn’t last long after the carbonation period. It was long enough ago that I don’t remember details about this brew. It was probably good.
Would I Brew Again? Yes
Brew Date: Dec 2013
This Kit from MidwestSupplies.com was an excellent choice for a first time brewer. It was easy. The kit acted like it was supposed to. It carbonated quickly and it was good. The flavor was a little sweet and not bitter. This kit proved 5 gallons of liquid comfort during the first few months we lived in Colorado.