This is an absolutely great kit, I purchased the mini-mash kit. I brewed it according to the instructions. I used the recommended White Labs yeast on this one, and let ferment for almost 3 weeks. Toast up a pound of unsweetened coconut, just as the instructions say. I toasted my coconut in two 8oz batches on a cookie sheet with absorbant parchment paper under it. This helps absorb the oils from the coconut. The instructions are perfect 315 degrees for 15 minutes - the coconut will be golden brown. Add this to the secondary, then I also added 4oz. of Cocoa Nibs (Peru was the style) that I had prepared 24 hours prior by soaking in some light rum (40% alcohol). I let this secondary for about 1.5 weeks, until some of the coconut began to settle into the mixture instead of floating. I have entered this one into 3 beer competitions, and the BJCP judges really like it. The only comment is that it needs a bit more body, so next time I'll add some speciality grains to achieve the goal. Definitely brewing again. I won 2nd place in the Porter style at a competition in Raleigh, NC.
Reviewed by: Old Site Reviewer from United States.