If it is your first time for this kit I would follow the instructions to the letter. I always do this first time on a kit - then you get a good impression of where the kit ranks in the scheme of things. If you start off with modifications then you don't know if it was your tinkering that messed things up or...Ey up chaps. first post from a new member here.
this will be my 5th brew (all from kits) and im going to follow the instructions pretty much word for word..
after reading this entire thread, i am however a little concerned it wont be as hoppy as i would like..
would anybody recommend me adding a bit extra when dry-hopping? and if so can anybody suggest a suitable amount (roughly speaking) and variety?
or should I stick to the book and stop getting ahead of myself?
Yeah i did worry i was getting ahead of myself! i'll stick to the letter with it.. first time at leastIf it is your first time for this kit I would follow the instructions to the letter. I always do this first time on a kit - then you get a good impression of where the kit ranks in the scheme of things. If you start off with modifications then you don't know if it was your tinkering that messed things up or...
I have made this kit 3 times now 1st, 2nd times I followed instructions (the kit changed a bit between 1st and 2nd - different yeast mainly) but got different results - due to the yeast imo.
Am just drinking the third version. I dropped all the included hops and used 100g Citra (30g boil for 5-minutes and in FV at start and then 70g dry hopping after 10 days in primary) I swapped the yeast for Safale US-05. The results are really excellent (I like Citra), but more like 6.7% ABV then 7.1% and totally different product from previous versions.
what was the 2nd yeast you used please? let us know how it goesFinally started this, brewed to 23 litres , 1065 OG and it's in the porch under my new heatpad and inkbird 308 controller, will give it a couple of weeks at least.
Also used 2 packets of us pale ale yeast 22g in total
How long would you say is minimum before its drinkable,I bottled this a few weeks ago after following the instructions to the letter. I'm not an IPA fan, I made it for my son but guess what? He's not getting it all :twisted:. Lovely, lovely beer.::
I now have its red brother, Bad Cat bubbling away.
That's good news mines 11 days in priming so far, I've heard this takes months to taste ok, I added an extra 25g cascade so happy with that,2 weeks in FV, 2 weeks priming and it tasted great straight away in spite of a haze below 14 deg. I had one last night for research purposes and I think the aroma has faded quite a bit, 5 weeks in total since bottling. I'll definitely add more hops next time.
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