Kentish Bitter ready

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  1. Jan 12, 2018 #1

    Welsh123

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    I´m having a great day my Dragon special Kentish bitter is ready and Ive just tapped a 5 lt keg ,and it tastes great . Whilst I´m drinking this I´m also bottling 20 Lts of Muntons Smugglers Ale. I had a taste from the test jar and wow it tastes great already lol .
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    My next brew is going to be a new one for me Woodfordes Sundew does anyone have any thoughts on this one ?
    Cheers I´m off to down a few pints of Kentish.
     
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    brewing an ekg beer atm. I'm most impressed so far. better than the usual shepherd neame fare!!!
     
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    With the Woodfordes Sundew, ditch the kit yeast. The Woodfordes yeast is notorious for sticking. Either order a yeast online, Safale SO4 or SO5 are very good, or if you got the Sundew in Wilko go back and get their Gervin Ale yeast, you can't go wrong with it.
     
  4. Jan 13, 2018 #4

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    Thanks for the heads up
     
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    Agree with the yeast comment. Dried yeasts are pretty inexpensive and give a great opportunity to change the finished beer and allow experimentation. I will start to use liquid yeast and harvest them at sometime in the future but at the moment I am playing with these different yeasts in the same beers (I am all grain) to see what they are like. Even before this though I always dumped the Muntons yeasts and changed them for something more reliable.
     
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    I get great bread out of the Muntons yeast but it does seem to stall on the second prove...only joking ;)
     
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    One question , do you put the whole 11g of SO4 in or the same weight as the yeast that is supplied ?
     
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    Put it all in. I think the big problem with Muntons yeast is theres not enough of it.
     
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    Rich is 100% on the button, chuck it all in. What you find is that the kit yeasts all come (cheap ones anyway) with 6-7g of yeast. When you buy yeast online they come in 11g packs as it should come in all kits in my opinion (Uh oh, I've stated an opinion, I'll dust of the tin helmet ;))
     
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    Well the brew is fermenting away , Ive never seen such a strong fermentation ( Ive only done 8 brew´s ) and the head of foam is about 3 inches thick.
    Now all I have to do is sit and wait , but the SO4 yeast is a success so far .
     
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    I've wanted to try this kit, but never got round to it. Let us know how it is!

    I have a question re. "Kentish ale". When I think of a "Kentish ale", I think of something light to medium in body and colour (for a bitter) with floral and honey notes to it.

    The fact I have such a specific idea of what a Kentish ale is leads me to believe it must be an actual thing, but I can't find a style guide anywhere, or even a recipe that isn't just a bitter using EKG.

    Is it a colloquialism rather than an actual style category?
     
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    The Kit was from LOVEBREWING and easy to use . I think we all associate Kentish with Beer because of the HOP´s .
    It´s well worth a try I have brewed 2 kits and if I could get it here in Spain it would be my first choice but I have to ship it from the UK so it costs me an extra 13 quid every time. As you can see I´m trying out a couple of the WOODFORDES range at the moment Admirals & Sundew.
     
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    Hi!
    Is it a Kentish Ale or an Ale of Kent? :confused1:
     
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    The aroma is reminiscent of a floral bouquet with undertones sweet citrus fruits, light spice and soft honey. The flavour is full with delicious caramel malt and biscuit malt character followed by a light spiciness coming through in the flavour followed by floral lavender and thyme.
     
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    Like what you did there!
    ...I'm a Man of Kent.
     
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    I was wondering this - I've lived in Kent most of my life and aren't aware of Kentish bitter as a particular style


    If you're east of the water, you're well out of order :laugh2:
     
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    I suppose there could be a style historically associated with Kent that isn't recorded/reflected in the BJCP style guidelines?
     
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    I do like SO4, it's on my next purchase list. I used it just before the summer temps last year on a couple of brews and got 79% and 88% attenuation but I just loved the flavour I got from it.
     
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