Mangrove Jacks Pink Grapefruit IPA Beer Kit + Free Enhancer

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  1. Feb 12, 2018 at 9:55 AM #1

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    I brewed this a few weeks ago, the thing that sold it to me were the free enhancer and the fact that it said it was in the style of "Brew Dog Elvis Juice"

    It was my first beer kit, I normally do WOW rose and red wine kits.

    The first thing that got my attention was the smell and taste of the extract in the bag - very pungent and I could definitely taste the grapefruit.

    I followed the kit to the letter and had high hopes due to the aromas coming my FV. The Fv was placed in a 42l tough tub ni my garage, temp held with an aquarium heater, its temp set to 22c - I set it to 22c as I guessed there would be some loss and wanted a brew temp of 20c.

    It took about 10 days to ferment out fully. I then took it out of the water bath and left it for 2 days to clear some before secondary fermentation. After 2 days there was still some gunk bobbling about in the brew so I took the decision to rack it and left it for another 24 hours.

    Then as opposed to bottling straight away I racked it carefully so at not to induce oxygen or dispel carbonation into another FV. I did this as on top of 130gm of table sugar that had been boiled in 150ml of water. I did this to save the mess of having to spoon sugar in or use the expensive carbonation drops and to hopefully provide a clearer brew.

    The gamble here is that its been left too long and the secondary fermentation wouldnt take place... I have done a similar thing when making prosecco from apple juice and grape juice and know that if you leave it to clear too much it wont carbonate.

    Anyway, I then bottles into coopers pets and left in my study that a constant 25c for 10 days... the bottles had firmed up nicely and were quite solid so I knew the secondary fermentation had taken place.

    It's supposed to get another week now in the cold to clear but I couldn't wait.. I put two bottles in the fridge on Friday and poured on Saturday.

    Verdict! wow! I can't believe how nice it turned out, a rich light chocolaty colour, loads of body and depth of flavour - the hop flavour really comes through and there is a mid level of bitterness provided by the grapefruit. I do like the brewdog beers, with Punk IPA being my favourite but I have enjoyed Elvis juice in the past - tbh I dont buy it much as I balk at the price for 4 tiny cans.

    I now have 37 x 500ml bottles for the princely sum of £20, it would have been more but the enhancer is given free at certain online stores at the moment.

    Really impressed by this and am going to try others in the range.

    I am going to score it 8 out of 10. Only 8 as I am a newb and don't have anything to base it on other than my taste buds.
     
  2. Feb 12, 2018 at 12:53 PM #2

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    I've been looking at this one for a while and I think you've just convinced me - this will be my next kit!

    Let us know how it matures.
     
  3. Feb 12, 2018 at 1:03 PM #3

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    it's good today - I would say jump on it before they stop givign you the free enhancer. I am going to get the american IPA before they do..

    be warned - the one I got with the enhancer is a strong brew! it comes in at 5.7 without the enhancer so i reckon its knocking on 5.8%... the ipa is 4.4% so I may brew it a bit short at 21l to get it near 5%.
     
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  4. Feb 14, 2018 at 11:04 PM #4

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    Very pleased to hear this so thanks :cheers1:

    Big fan of Elvis juice so picked this up with free enhancer after Young's AIPA changed my opinion on kits a few weeks back. However as I'm a deviant I also picked up an additional 100 g of hops as I was worried the 20g supplied was a little low. Would you say this is unnecessary, a good idea or madness?
     
  5. Feb 15, 2018 at 9:18 AM #5

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    ooh I put on the youngs last night.

    m8 - totally depends on you. If you like a tonne of hopps then go for it. You've bought it now. How many FV's you got? what about do half as the manufacturer intended and half with 50g extra hops?

    I wouldn't say it's massively hoppy, more citrusy - it's superb as it is but nothing wrong with experimenting.
     
  6. Feb 15, 2018 at 4:15 PM #6

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    Great review!
     
  7. Feb 15, 2018 at 7:26 PM #7

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    Hmm, that could be a solution! I might have to give the trial jar a sample whilst checking the gravity to see how it is. Well, would be rude not to :beer1:
     
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