Register Now!
The HomeBrew Forum > Beer Brewing Talk > Beer Kit Brewing Discussion. > Kit Tweaking. How to customise and improve upon a basic kit

Help Support The Homebrew Forum by donating using the link above or becoming a Supporting Member.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 27-03-2017, 01:37 PM   #1
MyQul
Chairman of the Bored
THBF_MODERATOR.png
 
MyQul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Royal Hamlet of Peckham. London.
Posts: 12,714
Liked 4398 Times on 3331 Posts
Likes Given: 4623

Default Kit Tweaking. How to customise and improve upon a basic kit

So you've made a few kits as per the instructions but now you want to take things a step further. Here are a few threads and links on how to do just that (If anyone wants to write a comprehensive kit tweeking guide, please feel free )

http://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/sh...t=69466&page=1

http://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/sh...ad.php?t=68067

http://store.coopers.com.au/brewing-info/recipes.html

http://www.aussiehomebrewing.com/Cus...zeCoopers.html
__________________

"For a quart of ale is a dish for a king" - William Shakespeare







MyQul is offline  
5
People Like This 
Reply With Quote
Old 27-03-2017, 09:53 PM   #2
Global33
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 124
Liked 23 Times on 20 Posts
Likes Given: 139

Default

A great resource! Should we ask further questions here or keep posting on the original threads?
Global33 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 28-03-2017, 02:28 PM   #3
Chippy_Tea
THBF_ADMIN.png
 
Chippy_Tea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: South Cumbria.
Posts: 19,755
Liked 3718 Times on 2939 Posts
Likes Given: 4487

Default

@MyQul has not locked the thread so ask away.
__________________
.
Supermarket Juice Wine Recipes and W.O.W - here - http://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/sh...ad.php?t=49462
.
Forum Member Map - if you would like to be added please visit this thread - http://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/sh...ad.php?t=67013
Chippy_Tea is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 28-03-2017, 07:00 PM   #4
Global33
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 124
Liked 23 Times on 20 Posts
Likes Given: 139

Default

Some questions then as this one is now the sticky...

What exactly is in the main bag of a beer kit?

I've ordered 4 kits and 1.5kg of LME to enhance the flavor of the final beer. If I want to add ABV to final brew how do I work out how many grams of sugar for each percentage point on a 40 pint brew?

I've also ordered some hop pellets. Is the normal way of pimping a kit to get just dry hop or is there any benefit of making a hop tea as well to get flavour as well as aroma?
Global33 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 30-03-2017, 11:34 AM   #5
Tanzanite
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 902
Liked 404 Times on 315 Posts
Likes Given: 347

Default

if i used two youngs 1.5kg scottish heavy kits together and brewed to 30 ltrs what would the ABV be ???
Tanzanite is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 30-03-2017, 11:40 AM   #6
Godsdog
Senior Member
 
Godsdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Near Walsall west midlands
Posts: 2,068
Liked 717 Times on 506 Posts
Likes Given: 375

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tanzanite View Post
if i used two youngs 1.5kg scottish heavy kits together and brewed to 30 ltrs what would the ABV be ???
Without knowing OG and FG you are pizzing in the wind
Godsdog is offline  
Druncan Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 30-03-2017, 11:56 AM   #7
Tanzanite
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 902
Liked 404 Times on 315 Posts
Likes Given: 347

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Godsdog View Post
Without knowing OG and FG you are pizzing in the wind
thought so. i think with a 500g bag of spray malt it should be in the 5% to 5.2% dont want it any higher 4.5% is fine by me
Tanzanite is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 30-03-2017, 12:22 PM   #8
terrym
Member
 
terrym's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: North Sussex
Posts: 3,147
Liked 1602 Times on 1158 Posts
Likes Given: 703

Default

@Tanzanite
I use this calculator and find it is quite accurate for LME, DME and sugar additions. AG brewers may find it less so because they are subject to mashing efficiencies.
Beer Recipe Calculator - Brewer's Friend
I would play with it to find out roughly what you want to achieve. It will be accurate for OG , but will only give a rough guide on FG due to all sorts of variables including the kit yeast itself.
By example, your 2 x 1.5kg kits in 30 litres will give an OG of about 1.029 and a target FG of about 1.007 and ABV of about 2.88%. Brew to 20litres and that becomes, 1.044/1.011/4.31.
__________________
Patience is the Friend of the Homebrewer
terrym is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 30-03-2017, 12:31 PM   #9
dps51
Senior Member
 
dps51's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: iver bucks
Posts: 650
Liked 156 Times on 115 Posts
Likes Given: 156

Default

I would change the grain I use also the hops look at other flavors I could add
mash time and temperature also boil time
but I'm still learning so what would I know about how to tweak a brew
just try and error in my cass
__________________
not brewing beer any more
but still here to help where I can
dps51 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 30-03-2017, 01:13 PM   #10
Tanzanite
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 902
Liked 404 Times on 315 Posts
Likes Given: 347

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by terrym View Post
@Tanzanite
I use this calculator and find it is quite accurate for LME, DME and sugar additions. AG brewers may find it less so because they are subject to mashing efficiencies.
Beer Recipe Calculator - Brewer's Friend
I would play with it to find out roughly what you want to achieve. It will be accurate for OG , but will only give a rough guide on FG due to all sorts of variables including the kit yeast itself.
By example, your 2 x 1.5kg kits in 30 litres will give an OG of about 1.029 and a target FG of about 1.007 and ABV of about 2.88%. Brew to 20litres and that becomes, 1.044/1.011/4.31.
great tool that mate very handy indeed
Tanzanite is offline  
terrym Likes This 
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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Any suggested tweaking? Irish Wine & Cider Recipes 4 12-07-2016 05:07 AM
How much would it cost to basic a basic Kegerator? Simmoart General Beer Brewing Equipment Discussion 1 12-04-2015 11:41 AM
suggestions for tweaking a basic lager kit helluvatractor General Beer Brewing Discussion 6 26-05-2014 06:55 PM
a basic question from a basic novice....strength cheagavara General Beer Brewing Discussion 4 19-11-2012 10:07 PM
Tweaking kits tooker General Beer Brewing Discussion 3 09-04-2010 12:46 PM

Newest Threads