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Old 28-02-2013, 03:14 PM   #1
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I picked this up for £16 a few weeks back. Its an all malt, 2 can kit with no extra sugar giving an ABV of approximately 4%.I made it up as per instructions 9 days ago to 23 litres with an OG of 1.042. I did a hydrometer test last night showing the gravity to have dropped to 1.012 giving an ABV of 4% which you would think is bang on. However there was still some activity after the shaking of carrying it downstairs to test, so I'm going to leave til the weekend to see if the gravity drops any more. My initial thoughts are very positive though. The beer smells excellent with a floral English hop aroma already very prominent. If it tastes any where near as good as it smells then what is already a bargin for £16 might turn into the best £16 I've spent.

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Old 01-03-2013, 04:44 AM   #2
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First post on this forum, so firstly, Hi..! Been homebrewing about 2 years, and just purchased this golden ale kit yesterday. Moving House so funds are tight, so this was a bargain that I couldn't miss! Looking forward to trying it as from what I've read, it seems pretty good.

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I kegged this yesterday and drank the sample in the test jar. Though young it's already very drinkable, light, refreshing and hoppy. I can't wait to have a pint out of it in a week or two.

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I kegged this yesterday and drank the sample in the test jar. Though young it's already very drinkable, light, refreshing and hoppy. I can't wait to have a pint out of it in a week or two.
hi DamageCase...
this kit sounds great.. .
im going to pick one of these up 2moro...
and mabe start it onthe weekend ....

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I bottled mine up on Sunday after transferring it to a clean FV and seeing no activity. It had an SG of 1014 so it may have had a little way to go and, with the addition of sugar had produced a significant yeast residue at the bottom of each bottle. It's clearing quite nicely, all laid out on a table in my kitchen and being held at 18C, it'll go into the garage in another week or so. I'm managing to keep my hands off it by having a ready supply of Cooper's Stout to drink although I did quaff the sample jar, very nice it was too! I'm hoping it will clear properly once its been in the cold - it looks on target to do so.
From the 1043 original gravity and the 1014 final gravity, I calculate it's at about 3.8% ABV but after conditioning, I'm guessing it'll be about 4%.

Got a two can wherry on the go now and debating starting a stout I got with a job lot of brewing equipment from ebay.

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hi damagecase... .

i got my wilko golden ale 2day...
but im wondering if it would be better...

if i put a beerkit enhancer in with it
whats the thoughts on this ....

or is it best as tis ....

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I would suggest you do it straight first then you can work out if you like it enough to want to play with it or not. The way mine is going I don't think I'm going to want to mess with it at all

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I would suggest you do it straight first then you can work out if you like it enough to want to play with it or not. The way mine is going I don't think I'm going to want to mess with it at all
thanks DamageCase... .
well thats good enough for me then...
thanks for that ....

when i do it this weekend ...
ill do it as it says ....

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Started this brew today, made up to 23l. Treated the water I use with a campden tablet (I have found this really helps improve the final taste) smells great. Looks darker than what I was expecting though. Still, the proof is in the taste, just a good 5 weeks away!

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It does look pretty dark in the FV but pours a lovely golden colour. I tested my keg for pressure by pouring a bit and it's a lovely colour.

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