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No boil kits
« on: February 07, 2018, 08:32:01 AM »
Whats everyone's take on No boil kits? e.g. Munton's
Whats been the outcome?
Good, bad?
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Re: No boil kits
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2018, 05:23:54 PM »
The general rule of thumb is no-boils are not a good idea.  Even when I bought those years ago, I still boiled them for at least 10-15 min.

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Re: No boil kits
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2018, 06:00:39 PM »
I made a few of those kits some years back, with pretty decent results. I augmented with a little extra boiled DME+water (as the kit directions usually suggest, anyhow). I wouldn't recommend going with any of the lighter colored brews--the stouts, porters, and browns will be a little more robust to off-flavors. I would also suggest picking up an extra package of yeast, as the provided mystery yeast may or may not have been stored well in the long run.

In any case, the kits are good for a quick-and-easy brew. Sure, you can get better results with more complex kits, but the no-boil packages are decent for what they are.
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Re: No boil kits
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2018, 06:05:14 PM »
I agree with Andy.  They're generally not bad and very easy.
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Re: No boil kits
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2018, 07:04:06 PM »
I brewed the Mr Beer Light beer kit as a lager, and while it was no award-winner it wasn't a bad beer. I did heat it to maybe 160 or so to help dissolve the extract, and added 1/2 ounce of Tettnang as a "Flameout" addition. There are simple ways to freshen up these kits if you really want to.
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Re: No boil kits
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2018, 07:15:27 PM »
I brewed the Mr Beer Light beer kit as a lager, and while it was no award-winner it wasn't a bad beer. I did heat it to maybe 160 or so to help dissolve the extract, and added 1/2 ounce of Tettnang as a "Flameout" addition. There are simple ways to freshen up these kits if you really want to.

If it brings more young folks into the hobby, then great.  I do a couple extract brews per year, to brew at friends houses as a group and have a reason to gather and enjoy each other’s company.  A quick and easy brew day works great in that setting.  No boil might be further than I’d go, though cider is no boil, so I won’t say never.
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