Juicy Session IPA - Mangrove Jack's review

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  1. Sep 1, 2019 #1

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    Thanks to Give away from Brew 2 Bottle I have this kit - thank you again guys. As promised bellow is a review from brewing day. Tasting in six weeks.

    This is a pilot kit according to writing on the package, comes with additional hops for dry hopping and M44 US west coast yeast. Bew2Bottle threw in Malt Extract 1.2kg, sanitiser and carbonating drops.

    First started with heating the kit pouch (after removing hops and yeast) and malt extract in warm water to make it easier to remove it from the pouch.
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    Preparing equipment
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    Next adding the kit and malt extract to hot water
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    With cold water
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    In goes yeast
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    Gravity measurement - looks like 1.045-46 - which might be bit low, as it should achieve 4.8%.
    According to the SG table, Grapefruit IPA SG (no info for this kit there) should be 1.012 - as it might be similar it will achieve 4.46% - time will tell
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    As always with Mangrove Jacks kits, well packed, good instruction and easy to use.
    My tap water is almost 20 degrees atm and instruction says to use 3L of boiling water - I used 2.5L and it came all together to 25 degrees. It was possible influenced by warming pouches before adding to hot water - instruction doesn't direct to do that - I did, as from my experience, it makes it easier.
    I let it cool to 23 (instruction says up to 25) and than added yeast.
    It will ferment in a storage room at around 20 degrees for next 2 weeks. Planning to add hops after a week, if gravity is 1.020 or below.

    Will update this with progress. Thanks for reading, I hope you don't mind lots pictures.
     
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    I only use half the amount of boiling water - seems enough to rinse the bags/tins and thin the gloop.
     
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    Bottled my Juicy IPA yesterday that I bought as a kit same as yours, took a final gravity test (1.011) and tasted the beer, it was fantastic, so in the carbing chamber it went and into the chilling fridge in two weeks time just before I go on annual leave to Cumbria
     
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    Small updated. Been fermenting for 7 days now, gravity is at 1.018 added hops this morning.
    I tried it from test jar and it already has a slight carbonation, never had that before in pre-bottling.
    It is quite juicy, slight hint of bitterness. Still krauzen on top
    Bottling next Saturday.
     
  5. Sep 13, 2019 at 9:06 PM #5

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    Sounds promising! Picked this kit up on offer as sounded like a nice idea for a kit. Have a stout to put in over the weekend and will then be getting this on!
     
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    Sunday will be 2 weeks fermenting. Checked today and gravity is at 1.013-1.014. As Mangrove Jacks doesn't have this beer I kind of guess it is around right FG now. It does taste really nice now, after dry hopping. Sunday is bottling day and than 2 weeks of carbing. Really can't wait to drink it. I think it will be great summer/warm weather drink, bit late to the party :D
     
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    I can't wait to make this again, probably the best kit I've made
     
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    Bottled today and pour myself a bit of "test sample".

    44 bottles, mainly 500ml - there are some 330 and 660ml
    2 weeks now for carbing

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