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Old 29-06-2012, 11:45 AM   #1
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Brewed this up last night; been wanting to try a Belgian kit for a while now.
This Brewferm Pils kit gives you the option of making either 12 or 20 litres; well, my PV only has gallons on it so bearing in mind that I wasn't going to brew 2.64 gallons precisely, I knocked it up to 3 gallons and added a wee bit extra as it was just under its SG (1042)

3oz soft brown sugar
8oz medium spraymalt
aprox. half tin of Lyles Golden Syrup

OG was roughly 1048 now. Yeast was activated in warm water then pitched at 20 degrees.
Very light colour in the sample jar so looking good.
PV lid was bulging within minutes; can already see a nice big old fermentation ring after 15 hours.

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Old 04-07-2012, 08:16 PM   #2
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I made this kit nearly 2 years ago, it has 2 recepies, one which requires sugar, and the other requires no extra fermentables, but makes about half as much.

Sadly at that point I wasnt writing everything down. From memory I made it up just shy of 40 pints, and used candy sugar and the supplied yeast.

I think I bottled some and the rest I put in a king keg. The kegged version was never really that nice, I think the temps were too high and it had a bit of a tang so I tipped it eventually.

The bottles took an age to condition, probably around 6-8 months, by the time it had done, I had drank most of the bottles through samples. The last few were lovely.

I will be making this kit again, but next time making the smaller batch and adding no fermentables as I can imagine it will be lovely.


As I said it must be 18 months ago at least that this was made, I gave one bottle to someone and it is still sitting in their fridge, if its still there by August I will claim it back and provide an update!!

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Old 06-07-2012, 08:46 PM   #3
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Hey BrewDan,

Thanks for the info - think i'll have to make candy sugar at some point soon!
To be honest, I want to get this out of my PV and into secondary asap - purely so i can start my next brew!

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After 12 days in PV, i dropped this into secondary FV this evening with no fuss; noticeable banana aroma coming off of it. I was tempted to dryhop but resisted - want to see what it tastes like and whether or not it's worth doing again before I tweak too much!

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FINALLY got around to bottling the lager tonight; had a wee snifftee of it - it's been about 3 weeks since I dropped it from PV to FV but it tastes quite strong/syrupy. Even before I primed it, it was already clear.

Here's a pic of what got bottled about halfway:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/79088431@N07/7646419682/in/photostream


Here's a pic of the hydrometer reading - i make it about 1.014. From what i've read, the longer you leave this lager, the stronger it gets so fingers crossed...

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Hi All,

About a month ago i made a batch using this kit.
Very briefly: 20L with 1kg of dextrose. 12d for first fermentation (20C). Then I bottled my beer using dextrose for priming. Bottles were left for 7d in 20C.
Then finally put my bottles in cold room (7.5-10C).

Initial color was amber.
After first week tried first bottle. Can't say that color changed. Very nice taste, good head. The only problem is yeasty smell. I could not even smell hops.
After second week tried again. Color became lighter, but still not yellow as on label. Taste is good. But again yeasty smell. Not so much as last time, but still exist.

I understand that this might be just my impatience, as manual tells you need to wait for 6-8 weeks.

Did I do somethng wrong with my beer?

I would appreciate your help. Thanks.

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Old 29-01-2013, 02:21 PM   #7
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i made this beer during my early days, follwed instructions w brewing sugar but does take an age to mature, but boy was it worth it! best plan is to get another kit on the go thats ready quick like a wheat or a stout- think the malt millers selling some intersting extract kits for wheats... bit pricy though when u add in the yeast and hop required
http://themaltmiller.co.uk/index.php?_a ... ductId=435

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Old 03-02-2013, 09:33 PM   #8
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Hi All,

OK, after 3 weeks of my beer conditioning in cold room (7.5-10C) i tried one more bottle.

And i can say that taste significantly improved. Yeasty smell is almost gone. Instead of it there is nice smell of hop.
Color is still not yellow, more close to amber. But this is no issue to me.

So, just to reply to my original question - patience, patience and patience )))).

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I bought this kit and this is my first brew. Could you please explain what are differences between 12L and 20L recipes? Will 12L be stronger or not? And will 12L variation be carbonized enough, if it says not to add priming sugar? Thanks!

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I bought this kit and this is my first brew. Could you please explain what are differences between 12L and 20L recipes? Will 12L be stronger or not? And will 12L variation be carbonized enough, if it says not to add priming sugar? Thanks!
Hi Jabberwok, unfortunately i am not so experienced in homebrew. But from my point of view having 12L instead of 20L may result in more quality beer.

As far as I understand all this process: Beer kit is just a can of hopped malt extract, which contains basic sugars and "other stuff". Sugars will be processed by yeasts into alcohol, "other stuff" will not be processed by yeasts and will give your beer taste, body, flavour and so on.

When you make 20L batch you have to use additional sugar to have your beer of necessary gravity (however it is recommended not to use table sugar).
After fermentation you will get beer with certain value of alcohol, but without full body.

In case of 12L batch you need to add nothing. This will result probably in the same gravity beer. But after fermentation you will get less alcohol but more body.

That is how do I understand this process. And you need to decide what do you expect from your beer.

But I have one concern regarding 12L batches - hops. I personally do not like strongly hopped beer. And level of hops in 12L batch will be significantly bigger that in 20L batch (just a guess).
But from the other side I can't predict how hopped will be your 12L batch. It may be fine for you.

I hope you will find this info useful.
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