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  1. Jul 5, 2018 #101

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    I have 2 stores near me, Hyde and Ashton-u-lyne, both had kits in but I got the last 2 IPA's at Hyde unless they restock. Plenty of the other kits left.
     
  3. Jul 9, 2018 #103

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    Decided to give this a go seems everyone is raving about it.
    Picked up an IPA kit at the big branch in Wakefield. Gone off like a rocket sat in my cellar at a constant 18c.

    If it tastes good 'raw', I'll go back and clean them out of anything they have left and get them all brewed 40l at a time and store them (benefits of having 250 bottles empty and a large cellar)
     
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    I'm bottling mine tomorrow. I did a split with one made with spraymalt, the other half the sugar. I'm using demijohns and I'm going to dilute at bottling. Man the dextrose one has a great hop flavour but real alcohol burn. It's around 4 and a bit litres. The starting gravity was 1.066 and it's at 1.012, so 7.1% before I water it.

    The two year out of date John Bull TEA I started at the same time tastes awful. It's got that semi-sour kit flavour that just screams homebrew. That might turn into cooking beer.
     
  5. Jul 10, 2018 #105

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    Tried a bottle of the tequila/lime lager I bottled just over a week ago, its amazing. Now on my 4th, this won't last long.acheers.
     
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    Does it taste like "lager" or is it simply a tasty beer?

    Cheers. Tom
     
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    Yes it tastes like lager and looks like lager but with a nice lime kick. Try it if you can get hold of a kit, at 7.99 inc brewing sugar its a bargain. I brewed mine with bottled water to 12 litres and has no homebrew taste at all.
     
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    Got an ipa on at the moment so will see how that turns out. Got a mangrove jack Helles to put on so it can be conditioning while we're on holiday :cheers7:

    Cheers Tom
     
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    Anybody know if b+m are restocking these kits or were they just a one off, don't want a wasted journey.
     
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    I picked one up on Friday, there were plenty there then, mainly bitter.
     
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    It only seems to be the B&M Local stores, not the Home ones. Basically any that sell alcohol. My local had hardly any on the shelves 2 weeks ago. Last week they had plenty.
     
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    I asked in my local B&M if they were going to continually restock these kits.
    The manager told me he had no idea. Stock arrives, they display it and sell it he said.

    Has anyone actually tasted the real ale yet? We may be missing a treat if the IPA and lager are as good as reports suggest.
     
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    I asked the same question in a local store. As you say, they don’t seem to have any idea what’s coming in.
    My missus did see some in a store in Southport. Bought the last 4 IPA on the shelves there. Good job they have a long date on them.
     
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    I mailed b&m a few weeks ago about them but never got a reply :?:

    Cheers Tom
     
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    Bottled the IPA kit tonight and the half split I did with 300g of spraymalt instead of 250g dextrose really suffered. The malt knocks the hops not quite dead, but has massively subdued them and it bares no relation to the unmodified kit. I also did another sub-split where I added gypsum to half the bottles to push the sulphate ratio into hoppytown because "I can't leave well alone" apparently.
     
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    Hi all
    Can anyone help?

    I brewed 2 packs of the ipa in my fermentor and swopped 1 bag of sugar out for a bag of medium spray malt but made a schoolboy error of making it up to 23l rather than 20l. Its been in the fermentor 10 days hops have been in 3 days. Ive been like a cat on hot tin desciding whether to add the spare bag of sugar to make up for the extra 3ls of water. Im terrified ill end up with the unfermented homebrew taste or beer weak as p!ss.
    Kind regards!
     
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    You'll be fine, I made my first one up to 12.5 litres because I misjudged the foam and it turned out fine.

    Saying that, I doubt it would do any harm dissolving the sugar in some boiling water and chucking it in once it's cooled.

    Either way, you'll be 'reet.

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    Cheers for the reassurance!

    Think im gonna leave alone rather than mess and contaminate it or kill the yeast.

    How did urs turn out or have u not tried it yet?
     
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    I made 2 versions (further up in the thread). To be honest I'm a bit annoyed they turned out so great. I generally do all grain in the grainfather but these kits were too good to pass on. I didn't realise a kit beer could taste so good and it took a fraction of the time and effort.

    The spraymalt and extra hops (simcoe) made a huge difference to the flavour of the double IPA I made but that's not to say the out of the box version wasn't a great beer either.

    Overall I'm really happy with them, can't be beaten for the price in my opinion.

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    I've just bottled my IPAs. I did two kits upto 20L and exactly as per instructions except I left in fermenter for 14 days and lobbed the hops in day 11.
    I've got high hopes for this, looks clear as a bell already, lovely aroma.
    I'll have a few bottles in a month, but hiding the rest in the shed once carbed for xmas.

    Curiosity has gotten the better of me so I'll nip to B&M tomorrow and try to get ahold of a couple of real ale kits.
    I'll be lobbing them into easy kegs once fermented.
     

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