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Old 08-01-2014, 08:10 PM   #1
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:15 PM   #2
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Hi All


Started this kit at the beginning of December

Looks to be promising - and from what I have read about all other Festival kits I should not be surprised


Its now conditioning in the barrel and will update the topic once its being drunk
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Old 19-01-2014, 11:57 AM   #3
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Just started drinking this - even though it is still a little young


Nice rich darkish ale - decent strength too

Good amount of hops both in flavour and nose


Am sure this will continue improving as it goes
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Old 27-01-2014, 01:42 PM   #4
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Default Re: Festival old Suffolk strong Ale

Just put mine on yesterday. Airlock was active after about 6 hours which is a record in my books. I've found these festival kits to be among the best I've brewed, but they do take a long time in the FV.

How long was yours in for?
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Old 28-01-2014, 09:14 AM   #5
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Hi Maffa

I left mine in the PV for 2 weeks then moved it to the FV for another 2 weeks then barrelled

Have left in now since end Nov-ish

Still think it needs a few more weeks conditioning - nothing wrong with it now but think it will improve further
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Old 28-01-2014, 10:04 AM   #6
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I did mine pretty much as per the instructions, 5 days, added the hops, then left it for another 9 days, which gave me a nice healthy 6.2% abv. I bottled it on the 18/11/13, and it's gradually getting better, definitely one for the long haul. I do love these Festival kit's though, always make a nice drop of beer!
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Old 28-01-2014, 05:51 PM   #7
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I think this is one for me to add to list of brews-to-do, so please keep the post updated with it as it progresses.

The photos of the kit look like it uses foil pouches instead of the usual cans for the malt extract. If that is correct, is it hard to get all of the contents out of the pouch?

I usually rinse my cans with the boiling water to make sure i leave nothing behind, but I cant imagine doing that with a pouch without burning myself and spilling it all over the floor...!
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The photos of the kit look like it uses foil pouches instead of the usual cans for the malt extract. If that is correct, is it hard to get all of the contents out of the pouch?
It is correct, although the shape of the pouches mean they stand up relatively easily and can thus be filled with hot water, albeit more carefully than you would with cans!
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The photos of the kit look like it uses foil pouches instead of the usual cans for the malt extract. If that is correct, is it hard to get all of the contents out of the pouch?
It is correct, although the shape of the pouches mean they stand up relatively easily and can thus be filled with hot water, albeit more carefully than you would with cans!
agreed, its not ideal but doable. I've scolded a few fingers making Festival kits, but no pain no gain
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Just put the empty bag inside a saucepan, then fill. The saucepan will support the bag when it is full. Just make sure the saucepan is a reasonably snug fit round the bag.
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