What a perfect Christmas present I got from my wife... A home beer brewing kit consisting of equipment, accessories and ingedients (purchased from)! Along with the equipment, my first "kit" is called "Art Of Brewing - BITTER XXXX"
I have followed the instructions very carefully, and have just bottled the
I started the brew on Sunday 2nd Jan, and stirred the bucket once daily
until Friday 7th when I added the Hop extract and finings. The 5 litre
brewing bucket was in a dark cupboard around 23C (ranging slightly between
21 and 24)
Two days after adding the finings and the last stir, I bottled (on Sunday
I have used washed and sterylised "Wychwood Hobgoblin" bottles and put
proper crown tops on them.
I have been very careful with the temperature, using a digital weather
thermometer with Max and min memory to ensure the temperature is within
range. The bottles are in a dark cupboard and the temp fluctuates slightly
between 20C and 22C (normally around 21.4C).
So far so good. The instructions says to leave them there for 5 days then
move them to a cooler environment to clear.
I'm trying to be patient and let the process complete. It looks like the
beer is turning clear near the neck of the bottles :-)
What results should I expect?
Will it compare to beers I taste in the Rochford Beer Festival?
Does anybody have any good recommendations for my second brew?
(I usually prefer darker beer, eg porter, which to me has stronger taste
I'm thinking of buying that dark "conkerwood" kit from Art of Brewing. Has
anybody tried that one?
thanks for any feedback,
- posted 15 years ago