Tex- Have you tried ordering from that website I linked earlier? The one located in Austin? Shipping rates within the same state are almost always less than $10. I just ordered my Irish Red kit from a store located near Detroit; shipping was only $7.38 and it arrived in two business days.
The Austin site is very good. THe shipping was like 7 bucks, but it has tax since it's in Texas, which brought it up to about the shipping cost of northern brewer.
No Life: You have a kegging system? I may have questions for you; I'm probably headed that route. I just can't get enough bottles for my brewing needs. I need a stout, a pale ale, and a Heffenwyser (the German wheat beer). I only have about 100 bottles. Morebeers had me a little disappointed: they don't have the bottle tree I need in stock, nor the yeast nutrient to make starters.
You're right about the taste, Terrence, I've had beers since Friday from my first batch. Each day, is better than the last. I have guiness, bass, and IPA, but my home made ale just makes my mouth water. I didn't think it was gonna be this good. Fellas if you haven't tried home brewing, you don't know what you're missing.
Incidentally, my friends are saying my first ale wasn't as strong as it should be. I think it has to do with the yeast stalling out to early. Mine seems to ferment about 5 days and stop; basically, the nut brown is clearing/aging in the primary. I think I'm gonna bottle on Sunday. I think a 2 quart starter would help with this.