On another thread I cannot find we talked about my brewing kits by boiling the hops for the recommended times in just water and the steeped grains. My last kit was NBs Brickwarmer ale. I basically followed the instructions with two exceptions. First I added a pound of table sugar to the boil in the last 15 or so just to dissolve it and bring it back to a boil. It gives it a little boost and lightens it slightly. Then after the last hop addition, turn off the heat and add all of the extract. Lastly just check to make sure the temp is over 170° and it was easily.
I primed the keg with a bag of priming sugar I for got to subtract from one of the three kits I bought. Just tapped it a while ago and it is fine. No question about the hops without any sugars during the boil. Not really upfront, the style isn’t hoppy but noticeable.
Oh, one other major change. I used Kveik yeast due my lack of a good way to ferment anywhere near the temp I would like. I have read comments that it has a citrus flavor but the kit comes with sweet orange peel so I can’t tell if the yeast contributes to that or not.
BTW the beer never got cold. Fermented warm, conditioned warm and the keg is outside on our lanai (Florida speak for screened in porch) where it is 80° running through my jockey box. I’ll try to post a pic later in the day when we pour pints not a small sample.