Hi, I just bought one of these & being a newbie to the group can't work out how to post a question, or even introduce myself (duh) any way this seemed good value as it has a 2.5 kg bag og lme included! As yours turned out OK I'll have a go at it! CheersI Bought one of these kits in The Range and brewed a few weeks ago. I brewed to instructions with a kg of dextrose, gave it 2 weeks in the fv then bottled. A week in the airing cupboard and then 2 weeks in my nice cool outhouse.
Thought I'd crack a bottle over the weekend to see how it was getting on.
First impressions were good; a nice colour, a good pffft as I opened the bottle, poured nicely with a good head and quite a nice aroma.
It tasted ok, quite hoppy but with a definite 'homebrew taste' but that may mellow with a few more weeks conditioning. It's quite drinkable but that homebrew taste means it is well below the Wherry I did before this.
It may be one that's a good base kit to use with a brew enhancer or dme or something instead of the dextrose.
SG - 1043
ABV - 4.6%
Welcome to the forum, to post a question pick a forum from the index page then look at the top right corner and click on "Post new thread"Hi, I just bought one of these & being a newbie to the group can't work out how to post a question,
Forget about adding more sugar as the yeast will just eat it up and become even drier.I'm actually using hops they supplied as I'm relatively new to it, for some reason it foamed like mad at first then stopped altogether after a day! I tasted it & it was dry so I've been adding a little brewing sugar each day to keep it fermenting while I added the hops! It does seem like good value though (as long as it tastes good!
When I did kits I rarely changed the kit yeast, with the exception of the few Muntons kits I did where 6g of the yeast supplied is not really enough. I found that the kit yeast supplied is normally quite adequate. Whilst I accept that changing the kit yeast to another 'better' or more specialist yeast will give some improvement, if you want to noticeably improve a kit far better to spend your money by adding extra hops to freshen things up, steep some grains or add a minimash.Cheshire Cat, as I say I'm a bit new so I could do with some suggestions as to which yeast is best for different kits! I always used to use Muntons gold as it clears really well and leaves a nice firm jelly like sediment! What would you recommend for an american IPA? Cheers