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I'd like to try a couple of Craft Refills. Has anyone tried the following:

 

Northwest Pale Ale - Is that like a Sierra Nevada? Use US-05?

Churchill's Nut Brown Ale - More Samuel Smith than New Castle? Use S-04 or Nottingham?

 

Thanks and suggestions always appreciated.

 

 

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I've not brewed the Northwest "straight up", but I've brewed two of the recipes that use it, American Burleywine and Santa Rita Pale Ale and both are great.

 

I have brewed the Churchill's "straight up" but it's still conditioning.  I'll be trying my first one mid-December.

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I've made the Churchill Nut Brown - and I thought it was very good without additions. I used the MB yeast but US-04 would be a good choice too. I just reordered the Churchill's craft refill, and as soon as my basement cools down to mid 60's I'll start brewing.

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I made the Churchills using Mr B yeast that came with it. I noted it tasted fine at bottling, later my feeling is that I preferred browns a little sweeter. But that can easily be fixed with a little lactose if desired.

 

If you like dark rich ales, brewing the Porter HME with a Robust LME and a Smooth LME is a good one.

 

I made the Santa Rita, it was good but not the same as Sierra Nevada.

 

The Northwest by itself for me needs more hop aroma. Easily fixed with dry hop.

 

I liked the Long Play IPA. made straight up.

 

I have not made the Bewitched for a while but for me it was too malty although my daughter liked it..

 

 

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, Nickfixit said:

I made the Churchills using Mr B yeast that came with it. I noted it tasted fine at bottling, later my feeling is that I preferred browns a little sweeter. But that can easily be fixed with a little lactose if desired.

 

If you like dark rich ales, brewing the Porter HME with a Robust LME and a Smooth LME is a good one.

 

I made the Santa Rita, it was good but not the same as Sierra Nevada.

 

The Northwest by itself for me needs more hop aroma. Easily fixed with dry hop.

 

I liked the Long Play IPA. made straight up.

 

I have not made the Bewitched for a while but for me it was too malty although my daughter liked it..

 

 

 

 

 

I like your porter idea.

 

I had been toying with the idea of doing the porter but using 2 cans to up the flavor. May also steep a 2-4 ounces of a dark grain. The possibilities are endless.

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I have made it these ways:

HME +  8 oz Golden Light DME

HME + 1x Robust + can blackberries - did not like this.

HME + Pale LME and 2 TBS vanilla extract, was OK once vanilla smoothed out - not a big fan.

HME + 2 Robust + 2 cups oatmeal steeped in bag - Douible Deluxe Oatmeal Porter - very nice

HME + Robust + Smooth + 4 TBS Maltodextrin - good brew.

HME, 1x Robust, 1xSmooth LMEs, 1/4 cup lactose, 1/2 oz EKG 5 min boil, 20 min steep 160 deg 1 oz choc and 1 oz pale choc grains. - Millk Choc Porter - very nice

 

Also look at the Baltic Porter - it is now a good buy if on sale @ $21. It comes out well.  Same cost as Porter with only one Robust. but with strength of HME + 3 Robust. Plus you get a fancy yeast. Also it will be a little more bitter than if you make  the 1 regular + 2 or 3 malts. So you save on hops too. If you want it sweeter, add 2-4 oz lactose - cheap enough.

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I just ordered the Baltic Porter, the S-04 version, the Santa Rita kit, Churchill's Nut Brown Ale and a pack of S-04 for the Churchill's. I was hoping for a Black Friday sale, but no such luck. 

 

Thanks for all of the feedback.

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On 18/11/2017 at 1:49 PM, Bassman said:

I'd like to try a couple of Craft Refills. Has anyone tried the following:

 

Northwest Pale Ale - Is that like a Sierra Nevada? Use US-05?

Churchill's Nut Brown Ale - More Samuel Smith than New Castle? Use S-04 or Nottingham?

 

Thanks and suggestions always appreciated.

 

 

I have brewed the Diablo IPA straight up, and it's really good. I wouldn't recommend the Mexican cerveza straight up as I found it was quite 'cidery'. Only after about 3 months of conditioning was it just ok. The NW IPA, was also pretty good straight up but it also needs a fair bit of conditioning (2 months or so minimum)

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