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Old 17-10-2012, 04:27 PM   #1
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Put this on today after it was recommend to me by my local homebrew shop as having a lot of hop flavour which is what I'm after.

Brewed to instructions:

Mixed 500g dextrose with boiled water
Emptied the two pouches of malt extract into the fermenter (these annoy me it take ages to get everything out)
Topped up to 23l and pitched yeast
Going to leave this 6-7 days then add the hops sachet and rack after 14 days.

Will post back with results in a month.
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Old 18-10-2012, 11:20 AM   #2
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Fermentation has started almost as vigourously as a coopers stout foam everywhere!
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:09 AM   #3
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Put this one in the FV on 25th October: my first brew with a fermentation mat and an STC-1000 to keep the temperature in the range 21*C +/- 0.5. Took the first sample yesterday and it's down to 1.010ish so will probably keg it some time this week. A quick sip from the sample jar was very positive: not as bitter as I was expecting from some comments I've read and bags of interesting hop flavour - a very promising start. I will post back once it's conditioned but so far it's coming along very nicely indeed...

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Old 26-11-2012, 10:42 AM   #4
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Mine has been fermenting for 15 days now! with no real signs of slowing down.
I put the hops in at day 5 & I'm worried it'll be over hopped?
I'm guessing it's not quite warm enough, I've got a heat belt on it.
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Old 16-12-2012, 02:05 PM   #5
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I've got this one going in the FV at the moment, still bubbling away 7 days into the primary. I added the hop pellets Friday night and it smelled fantastic today. I hope it stops at 10 days, as per instructions and I can bottle it Wednesday. I'm supposed to be going back to see family for 10 days over Christmas from Friday and I can't leave it for that long. That being said it's stayed at a steady 22 degrees so the fermentation shouldn't be slow.
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I've tried 3 bottles now & pretty impressed
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I'll have to wait until the end of January for this . I'm going to have to get a quick, cheap brew on in the mean time to keep me going methinks.
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I've just finished bottling it. The little sample I tried was incredibly hoppy, too much so but I reckon it will mellow nicely over the next 5 weeks before I crack one open properly.
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After 2 weeks in the bottle I had a sneaky one the other night. It's clearing nicely but the sediment isn't yet very stuck to the bottom. It's a little lighter on the body compared to the sample I tried before I bought the kit. I reckon I can attribute this and slightly low OG to me not being able to get all the extract out of the pouches. I immersed them in hot water for a good 20 minutes and still the extract was like cold treacle and stuck to the inside. They're a pain in the arse compared to cans for getting everything out of as they're not really stable enough to pour hot water into to get the remainder out. Let's not forget the cans are also recyclable while the pouches aren't.
The only reason I can see for these pouches is to maybe lower production costs, but surely practicality and recyclability should out-wieigh this. When making a premium kit, the packaging should at least be on par with cheaper kits, even the Wilkinson kits come in cans.

Rant over, back to the beer. While a little lighter than I'd like the malt profile is still nice and the hops are mellowing nicely. Another 2 weeks in the cold should have this beer getting pretty good.
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I've never had a problem with the pouches. I sit them in nearly boiling water for ten minutes or so, turning them & squishing them a couple of times. The malt comes out nicely & any remainder can be squeezed out between the rim of the fv & your hand negating the need to rinse them with hot water.
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