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Old 04-10-2014, 10:58 PM   #1
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Brewed 7/07/14 John Bull traditional English. Brewed short to about 19l and pitched at 22 degrees. Og 1052/1054 making it 5.6% to 5.9%. Brewed with 500g medium spay malt and 500g brewing sugar. Taste at brew, rich, sweet malty with a bitter aftertaste. Lovely! Taste test at 16/08/14. Rich red colour with good white creamy head. First one I tried was a small bottle and over carbonated which mixed the sludge with the beer...threw it away. Second is this one. Taste is quite strong at first like a barley wine..with an iron/metallic but also hoppy and malty turning later into a sweetish malty flavour..warming. A nice beer this but not a session beer!

Update at 5/10/11 beer head, white creamy but not long lasting, falling to white bubbles on surface so not flat. Colour dark brown/red and very clear. Smells like a strong winter ale malty/nutty not massive amount of aroma. Taste, strong barley wine/ale, slightly bitter at first and sour with medium depth but that bitterness of strong ales follows to the back the mouth and after drinking. One for those winter nights in front of a fire!
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Lesinge, can you tell me what your fg was?

I have one of these nearly ready for bottling. Activity seems to have ceased but the reading is still at 1012 which seems a bit high for a finished fermentation.
OG was 1052 which seems a trifle low as I added and extra 750g malt and dextrose in addition to a kilo of BKE and brewed slightly short to 21l.
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Lesinge, can you tell me what your fg was?

I have one of these nearly ready for bottling. Activity seems to have ceased but the reading is still at 1012 which seems a bit high for a finished fermentation.
OG was 1052 which seems a trifle low as I added and extra 750g malt and dextrose in addition to a kilo of BKE and brewed slightly short to 21l.
Just checked..my FG was also 1012 which was steady so that was when I bottled it.
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Thanks Lesinge. In that case I'll bottle over the weekend.
It's odd but I could find out almost nothing about this kit, your thread is one of the very few google hits, so I'll post my verdict here after it's conditioned.
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I like this kit, I have 2 more to do when I get some work finished on the upstairs.

I made one with 1kg brew sugar, 125ml honey, brewed 23ltrs went from 1060 to 1010 then was bottled with a tea spoon of white granulated sugar. Left for 5weeks in a warm cupboard, first bottle drank............ Didn't touch the sides, was great. Lovely dark blood red colour creamy head.

Deffo a top 5 beer kit for me.

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Scaff, are you sure your OG was 1060 and not 1050? Obviously no offence intended, just that I added way more fermentables than you did (1750g) and my og was only 1052..
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I'm drinking one now. It was my first brew so a couple of mistakes. First was I used untreated tap water and I didn't take the OG. FG was under 1010. I also followed the instructions so only brewed for a week and it seems to me like its only 2-3% abv. I think The unusual bit is I cant use brewers sugar as I have a food intolerance to maize. Instead I used cane sugar. I had my first drink 2 weeks after bottling and it and it wasn't great but had a few over Christmas. Its now over a month old and is a lot nicer although it could use more body and some hops. I may make it again but if I do I will use malt extract, add some hops and let it ferment for a couple of weeks.
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I may make it again but if I do I will use malt extract, add some hops and let it ferment for a couple of weeks.
All good ideas.
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Bottled mine yesterday. Had the obligatory taster and I have to say I agree at this stage 100% with Lesinge; he describes the taste perfectly. Barley wine was the first thought that came to me.
I'll post back here in a couple of months when I've tried a ripe one.
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I just bottled this kit (40 bottles) but I added 500g spraymalt- medium, and 500g demerera and 100g challenger hops near the end. all fermented on the heating tray for near two weeks and now im waiting. im very excited. how long might it take? two weeks anyone? ps, I know I added a lot of hops.
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