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Hi all, I have been doing all grain since I started brewing around 6 months ago, and really enjoy the feeling of doing the whole thing yourself, however, I would like to try a few of the packaged beer kits, I know these come in 20 litres, however due to not really having space to store 40plis bottles I was hoping to stick to 5 litre, does any one know if these kits can be split, and kept in freezer or fridge, I am aware that I may need extra yeast etc, but just wondering if anyone has had experience of splitting a kit.

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Not sure about breaking them down to 5L.....but you could use one can of Coopers and brew it to 10L Im sure
 

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I have been keeping a jar of Meridian barley malt syrup for over a year in my fridge. Which leads me to conclude that if you want to split the LME, you do this best at into airtight jars, possibly heating them in the oven (70°C?) to pasteurise them, closing them, letting them cool, and then store them in the fridge.

I am planning to do this with a sachet of LME from Mangrove Jack's, it is nice to have this in stock to make small starters for propagating yeast.
 

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I have been keeping a jar of Meridian barley malt syrup for over a year in my fridge. Which leads me to conclude that if you want to split the LME, you do this best at into airtight jars, possibly heating them in the oven (70°C?) to pasteurise them, closing them, letting them cool, and then store them in the fridge.

I am planning to do this with a sachet of LME from Mangrove Jack's, it is nice to have this in stock to make small starters for propagating yeast.
That suggests that it should be ok to split then, thanks.
 

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I see that Brewferm have relaunched their beer kits. I made one years ago but can't remember if it was any good would people out there recommend them. I want to make 9l kits as well as 21l AG.
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If you get 2-can kits such as Wherry or Cwtch you can just make one tin up at a time to 10/12L, and halve the yeast. I often do this.
I take it the 2 can kits, have the same in each can then. Thanks.
 

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I see that Brewferm have relaunched their beer kits. I made one years ago but can't remember if it was any good would people out there recommend them. I want to make 9l kits as well as 21l AG.
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Ok will have a look for these kits, I prefer the smaller batches, if you don't 100%like it not as many bottles to force yourself to drink it.
 

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The brewferm kits are really great and most come in 10 - 11l kits. I would highly recommend these.
 
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Cheshire , the brewferm kits are fantastic. I have made two triples , you must age these for a year to get the best from them. I have 9ltrs for Christmas drinking. I have one more triple to do & will prime with moscavado sugar.
 

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Cheshire , the brewferm kits are fantastic. I have made two triples , you must age these for a year to get the best from them. I have 9ltrs for Christmas drinking. I have one more triple to do & will prime with moscavado sugar.

Does moscavado sugar add something different to the beer? I was under the impression that to prime, basic sugar was the way to go..

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Using Muscavado in increasing quantities in a beer will slowly change the taste profile. But then is it dark or light you are considering; the dark has more flavour? And what are you thinking of using it for. Using it in a dark beer like a stout (as I have done) will work, but in a light pale ale? And personally I only use table sugar for priming, cheap and predictable. If I want to use something to flavour the beer it goes in at the beginning.
 

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I think that is what I meant...I quoted the poster saying he was going to prime with muscovado sugar, and I couldn't imagine what that might do ( Im pretty new to this though ) I have either used table sugar or brewing sugar to prime.
 
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I was experimenting with a triple brewferm kit to see if the moscavado would impart some of its qualities into the beer whilst also priming the packaged product. Anyone else primed with this type of sugar?
 

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Hi all, I have been doing all grain since I started brewing around 6 months ago, and really enjoy the feeling of doing the whole thing yourself, however, I would like to try a few of the packaged beer kits,
Are you talking about all grain kits rather than extract? If so, I've only done one, from the Homebrew Company, and all the crushed grains come in one bag. If you wanted to split the brew you'd have to tip it all into a bucket or something and thoroughly mix it all together before splitting the grains into smaller amounts.
 
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