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  1. Redsnapper

    Very out of date kits

    Well time for an update....This was bottled on 03/02 so 12 days ago so time for a test.This has quite a dark colour as was predicted but its clear, nicely carbonated, nice head and lacing on the glass.A strong tasting beer (ABV wise) , quite malty and with a sweet undertone.Actually could drink...
  2. Redsnapper

    Very out of date kits

    Ok Bottled this yesterday.Got 42 x 500ml out of it after clearing up nicely in the bottling bucket for 8 days.So Brewday to bottle in 24 days.FG 1.014 so it’s about 4.59%.It tastes quite malty and is pretty dark with a nice hint of sweetness. It probably hasn’t brewed out quite as well as it...
  3. Redsnapper

    Very out of date kits

    Update : this has been on the go since the 10th and after a fairly vigorous initial fermentation has calmed down a lot.Just bubbling intermittently now.Cleaning up I suspect. Just dry hopped with 25g EKG pellets.Currently at 1.014 and will rack it on Friday which is 14 days.I am not sure if it...
  4. Redsnapper

    Very out of date kits

    Cheers I got fed up and dry pitched it at 20C it seems fine and is going gently just now.Thanks for the advice.
  5. Redsnapper

    Advice on my next kit brew

    Done the Old Suffolk twice great results both times.Good step up from the Woodfordes kits.Dry hop pellets and priming sugar etc.As a strong beer ( came out about 6.0% ) it did benefit from a few months bottle conditioning.Last few bottles fantastic.I would give it at least 2 months in the...
  6. Redsnapper

    Very out of date kits

    This brew is wrapped in a blanket with a brew mat and is still at 18C I am keener to pitch at 20C.So my mind is turning to rehydrating my Gervin yeast which is from Wilko so a Nottingham as I understand it.However my thermometer is for the round file!! Any suggestions as to how long boiled...
  7. Redsnapper

    Very out of date kits

    Hey Folks well this one is ready to be pitched later.Couple of schoolboy errors as I was rattling on so it is a bit cold at 18C will pitch later at 20C and the little grommet for holding my airlock fell through into my brew as I fitted said airlock!!! Sanitising another.... but the first one was...
  8. Redsnapper

    Very out of date kits

    Thanks for the responses Unfortunately I have no brewing sugar so will have to use the Spraymalt should add body.I have done loads of kits and dry hopping but never a hop tea whilst brewing up.Because the kit is so old I figured what the hell!!I will dry hop with the remaining Goldings (20)g and...
  9. Redsnapper

    Very out of date kits

    Thanks Guys I am sanitising now for IPA and Spraymalt plus my 1st hop tea.30g Goldings in a sock I boiled earlier steeping in a litre of preboiled water.Its a green mess do I need to boil it before chucking in FV or are hops sterile??
  10. Redsnapper

    Very out of date kits

    Hey all, I know there are plenty of threads on this already but I think this may be some kinda record and these are Betterbrew Pouches. Under a spare bed were : BetterBrew Irish Stout 2.1KG BBE 06/15 and a Briess CBW Porter 1.5KG BBE 11/15 obviously bought together. And a BetterBrew IPA 2.1KG...
  11. Redsnapper

    Easy Beer Brew Kit Recommendations

    I quickly moved on from one can kits to just about every kit made by Festival.Very comprehensive kits and if you are patient all produce good results.If you like hoppy IPA the Razorback IPA is a go to kit for many kit brewers.Plus Young’s American series kits are really good too. I am not...
  12. Redsnapper

    Best Three you have ever done

    Festival Razorback IPA,Young’s American Oaked Rum Ale, and recently a Mangrove Jack’s special Edition Red IPA.
  13. Redsnapper

    Dry Hopping

    Try a Festival Kit,they come with a syphon bag which fits over well.....yer syphon, to stop this problem,as all their kits come with hop pellets.Works great,and I boil em up afterwards and again before I re-use them.Dunno if you can buy them from anywhere.Worth a try tho.
  14. Redsnapper

    Bourbon Oak Chips

    Hi fella's,I think this will work fine and should impart a nice oak hint to this beer.The Old Suffolk is one of my favourite brews and the addition of "oak" would be interesting.I tend to dry hop mine by adding the hop pellets after about nine days as I don't like my beer too hoppy.The advantage...
  15. Redsnapper

    getting good head?

    I find that a CALPOL syringe works really well for this as it has a flat end which you can rest on the bottom of the glass.I use a jug and smallish glasses for my beer.Never fails to create a nice creamy head. Another method is to carefully pour your beer into a plastic measuring jug like those...
  16. Redsnapper

    Newbie with Woodfordes Headcracker

    Hi, Dave as I mentioned with my first reply I haven't done a Headcracker but did scoff a Wherry.It did take about six weeks in the bottle to get really nice.But some were sampled each week for quality control purposes ;). Why not check out the A-Z of beer kit reviews elsewhere on the forum,as...
  17. Redsnapper

    Newbie with Woodfordes Headcracker

    Yep you can as mick says.The advantage of a little bottler gizmo is that it fills up the bottle from the bottom so avoiding any splashing or bubbling,nothing worse than having to wait for each bottle to settle properly when bottling.Takes ages.A cheap and indispensable bit of kit,which helps...
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    Festival Kits & Yeast

    Youngs American Oaked Rum Ale mmm................errr.........all gone!! Must update my profile here!!Quite a strong rum flavour with a great aroma from the oak chips.I like quite dark malty ales,this is more like an amber ale with the above flavours.The only kit in my opinion to come near a...
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    Best Beer Kits you have brewed

    Hi all, I have been brewing kits for just over a year now and everything has been quite drinkable especially if left for long enough....mebbe I have been lucky!! Of single can or pouch kits I rate Betterbrew. Did a BB IPA with 1.5 kg of Coopers LME. This was really nice. Also a BB Irish...
  20. Redsnapper

    Festival Kits & Yeast

    I would get in touch with Ritchies by e-mail.I had a no brewing sugar in my Pilgrims hope which should have had either 200g or 500g I forget which it was now.They sent me some by return post toute suite!! Cheaper that way too.So get the Razorback on and I bet your yeast will arrive before you...
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