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  1. May 30, 2018 #1

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    B&m are selling kits for 7.99 each but they're only for 10 litres. Has anybody given these a go? Can i pad them out with anything to make them 25 litres for my fermentation bucket?
     
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    Padding them out will make the beer really watery.

    You could get two and make 20l batch.
     
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    Interesting to know B&M have started stocking homebrew stuff. I don’t do kits but if they sell FVs etc it might be worth a look.
     
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    I was in a B&M yesterday and saw the bottles, FV (10 litre I think) and such like but did not notice any kits. There was a box that said you could make beer but pretty sure it said it was ready within 24 hours....
     
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    That’s handy - I’ve been thinking about doing a small batch sour/lambic for ages but have been put off by the price of demi johns for what is effectively a one-off project.

    24 hours - magic beer!
     
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    Worth a look at their website, 12 brown 500cc swingtop bottles for under£10 seems ok. And the beer kits look like a rebranded Mangrove Jack box.
    Pity they don't sell grain :cheers7:
     
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    Just been on the website, looks like it’s The Range” stuff rebranded. FV, thermometer, syphon and sanitiser for a tenner looks decent value.

    Edit - just been on the B&M and The Range websites and it looks like the same stuff but cheaper. Swing top bottles £9.99 compared to £12.99 in the Range, FV starter kit £9.99 compared to £19.99 (although athe Range version has a plastic paddle which the B&M one doesn’t seem to). Kits seem the same but half the size - £7.99 for 10L compared to £17.99 for 20L so still cheaper to get 2 B&M kits than 1 from The Range.
     
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    Anyone know if the wort is the same concentration as canned stuff because you get 1.4kg, almost as much as a standard can but for less than half the final amount. Need to see how much sugar they say to add. The real ale, lager and IPA are 4.2%, 4.4% and 5.6%. And it says add hops, wonder if it's an extract or dry hop.
     
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    Just bought a real ale and an American ipa.
    They're made at the same place as mangrove jack (Ellesmere Port).
    There's a nitrogen or co2 flushed pack of pellets for dry hopping in each kit. The real ale contains 900g of liquid extract and a 500g pack of dextrose to take it to its target gravity. The ipa has 1.25kg of extract plus the same 500g of dextrose as the real ale.

    Bargain for £8 I'd say

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    I went to one of my 3 local B&Ms yesterday and they had nothing so I left with only a massive bag of cat litter. If I have time this week I’ll pop to the one in Dundee City centre and see if they have anything.
     
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    My Lord
    I'll check my one this morning
    I need to fit a quick brew in to keep up with volume consumption

    Hope they have the IPA one what a steal!

    Any details on the yeast? (Guessing a 6g silver pack)
     
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    I was going to suggest adding two cans of holland barret extract but I think for this price and with the extra ingredients you may as well get two
    Like 7618 suggests
    But id only take it to 20 litres otherwise it may be a below 4% ABV and less body
     
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    No weight on the packet but it's silver foil and smaller than a standard sachet

    Cheers . Tom
     
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    Is it advisable to change the yeast for S04, and dryhop?
     
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    Dry hops are included with the real ale and American ipa. If they actually are basically the same as mangrove jack then the supplied yeast will be fine

    Cheers. Tom
     
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    I went into the range yesterday and got the 20l for 12.99

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    I presume that's not including the additional dextrose though? I know it's not mega expensive but it's included in the b&m kits

    Cheers. Tom
     
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    No it doesn't but I had some lying around so it didn't matter. I would say that if the b&m kits come with everything then it's definitely a bargain. May try then next.

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    They do indeed. Dextrose as well as the dry hops

    Cheers. Tom
     
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    This is a steal
    Bought the IPA kit as already mentioned 1.25kg extract and 500g dextrose including a 20gram pack of hops and a silver pack of yeast that I'm assuming is around 5gram which is ideal for a small batch anyway
    It must be West coast as its saying not to add above 25 c

    Now when you think wilko are selling theyre one can kits for a third more (250grams more extract to the IPA) you have to say this is great value and you'd still be a pound better'off buying an additional tin of extract from H&B

    I won't swap the yeast until I've tried it If it's like the coopers I'll be more than happy
     
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