Thank you for this. This is an excellent recap and you share my desire to try it correctly the first time and then experiment. How do you know what you did if you didn't know what the base recipe was? Anyway - I have brewed two batches of Canadian Lager and one of the Golden Lager. The Canadian Lager were both brewed as per the instructions. The first batch was really metallic upon first taste (2 weeks brewing, 2 weeks conditioning). I then decided to let it condition for a couple more weeks and tried it again. Better, but still not great. Since then I have let it condition for another month, some in the fridge and some warm. It is better, but I still can't drink it by itself (my test of whether a beer is OK or not - can I drink the entire bottle without eating something with it to dilute the taste). The second batch was considerably better. I added booster this time which seemed to mellow it out some. Not the best beer I have made, but drinkable. What is frustrating is that it wants to be a good beer. I like the idea of what the flavor and color is trying to be, but it is just off a bit. Both batches were done using the yeast included - I didn't get the message about the yeast being the culprit until later. Since then I have purchased fresh yeast that I will be using in the future. The Golden Lager is still in the bottle. I will have my first taste this week. I did use the new yeast for this one and added booster. In this case, I tried adding the mix to the hot water/booster mix which was clearly a mistake as it clumped up pretty badly. I filtered out the clumps and gave it a shot in the LBK. All in all I am looking forward to trying it. We'll see how it goes.