The HomeBrew Forum > Beer Brewing Talk > Beer Kit Reviews > Way to Amarillo extract kit review



Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 20-08-2012, 09:46 AM   #1
darrellm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Near Malvern
Posts: 385
Default Re: Way to Amarillo extract kit review

Having brewed up quite a few 1 and 2 can kits, I was keen to try to move onto the next stage and ordered one of the Extract kits from BrewUK, Way To Amarillo (http://www.brewuk.co.uk/store/beerkits/brewextract/amarillo-recipe-pack.html), based soley on the number of favourable reviews. The kit comprised of dried malt extract, Amarillo hops and yeast. Have seen comments that these kits are expensive, but they're about the same as a decent 2-can kit, and you get exactly what you need to make the specific brew....plus home brew shops need to make a profit, or else they wouln't be in business and we'd had far less choice.

Anyway, had to get a bigger stock pot off eBay: 15L, you could get away with smaller, as the boil volume is only 6L or so, to which you add cold water. I did the boil then cooled the pan down in a few sinkfuls of cold water, strained it into the FV, and by the time I'd made up the volume with cold water it was a perfect 24C, so ready to pitch the yeast. OG came out around 1052 Here's some pics:



Re-hydrated and pitched the yeast, it was off within 7 hours, and 14 days later it was down to 1010, so half bottled and half kegged it. Had a sneakly sample and it's gorgeous, a really hoppy light-coloured ale, right up my street. They refer to it an American Pale Ale. Now the long wait begins for it to clear and mature a bit.

Although I've been very happy with most of the 2-can kits, IMHO they tend to be malty rather than hoppy, moving to extract gives you the opportunity to make a really hoppy brew. Very happy with this kit already and planning to do others, especially as they do clones of some of the popular pub beers: Theakston Old Peculiar and Exmoor Gold next.

Would encourage kits brewers to give Extract brewing a go, didn't take that much longer than a normal kit brew and the results really do seem to be a step up. Forum sponsor also does Extract kits (http://www.thehomebrewcompany.co.uk/ext ... c-164.html), with these you have to buy the malt extract separately.

Will report back when I have the first proper sample.



__________________

Conditioning: Brewferms - Abbey, Diabolo, Oud Vlaams Bruin; Coopers Dark with extra-hopping
Drinking: Marstons Pedigree (extract), Coopers Stout, Citra (extract), Old Peculier (extract)

darrellm is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 20-08-2012, 11:12 AM   #2
Pearlfisher
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Upton Upon Severn
Posts: 841
Default Re: Way to Amarillo extract kit review

Quote:
Originally Posted by darrellm
The kit comprised of dried malt extract, Amarillo hops and yeast. Have seen comments that these kits are expensive, but they're about the same as a decent 2-can kit, and you get exactly what you need to make the specific brew.

Waiting to try my first attempt at extact which will be ready to keg next weekend.

Looking at the ingredients of your kit , the same could be bought from our sponsors to make 2 x 23L batches for about £36 , a saving of almost £7 a brew.


__________________

The World's just fallen out of my bottom!

Pearlfisher is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 21-08-2012, 10:51 AM   #3
jobby
Senior Member
 
jobby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: isle of wight
Posts: 147
Default Re: Way to Amarillo extract kit review

made this 3 weeks ago and now waiting for it to mature in the keg, i also did the london pride extract and its soooo much better than any of the kits ive done, well worth moving on from kits to extract then on to a/g which i have just done.

jobby is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 29-08-2012, 06:24 PM   #4
darrellm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Near Malvern
Posts: 385
Default Re: Way to Amarillo extract kit review

So here it is:


Half bottled, half kegged 10 days ago, and it's cleared already. This is gorgeous: light, hoppy, bags and bags of flavour, no "homebrew" taste whatsoever. I'm sure it'll only get better with age, but at this rate it isn't going to last long. Only criticism is strength, I wouldn't normally drink a 6% beer that often but this is so moorish Of 16 brews so far, this equal no.1 (along with the Pops Homebrew / Foresters range of kits), and confirmation that Extract brewing really is a step up in terms of quality (although I still consider Wherry and a few others very fine kits).

May have to follow Pearlfishers advice and get the raw ingredients next time at £7 a brew cheaper, definately one to brew again. Awaiting arrivel of BrewUK's Old Peculiar clone, so we'll see how that turns out

__________________

Conditioning: Brewferms - Abbey, Diabolo, Oud Vlaams Bruin; Coopers Dark with extra-hopping
Drinking: Marstons Pedigree (extract), Coopers Stout, Citra (extract), Old Peculier (extract)

darrellm is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Newest Threads