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Old 10-02-2012, 10:33 AM   #1
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Hi guys..

Who has tried this kit and what kinda method did you use?

I made the kit yesterday using the recommended BE1 plus an extra 500g LDME.

When I took the OG reading (1060!!!) it tastes sweet and malty yet quite bitter which I'm hoping will mellow out a bit during fermentation.

Pitched the yeast that came with the kit at 26oC and after a day the temperature is down to a cool 18oC which is ideal for Ale yeast..

The FV is wrapped in a clean blanket but what should I do if it gets colder as Winter creeps upon us in the UK? I've got a heat belt but it does get really hot to the touch so have avoided using that at all. My other brew is sat on a heat mat which is turned OFF. but when ON the brew goes up to the high 20's, not ideal. If only it was adjustable..

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Old 10-02-2012, 12:18 PM   #2
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18degC is fine, I assume that's the beer temp and not ambient temp?

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Old 10-02-2012, 03:47 PM   #3
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Yea ChillWill, that's the temperature of the beer. I don't take any notice of the instructions when it tells me to brew between 21 and 27degC after reading plenty of forums saying low temps are best for flavour development etc..

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Old 10-02-2012, 08:39 PM   #4
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I never brewed it,but I think it is supposed to have some crispness to it. And 18C is a good temp for cooper's yeast ime.
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This is my first time with the Blonde kit..A lot of people are saying it's a nice brew.. The Coopers Wheat kit which I did last week smelt amazing as I was making it..

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I tried it a couple times when I first started. First time I followed the instructions and used the supplied yeast. I do not recommend using the supplied yeast.

The second time I boiled my water for 15 minutes with an ounce of Hallertau to give it some more hop flavor. Quick chilled, then mixed it up. I subbed the coopers yeast for us-05. It turned out to be a rather drinkable brew.

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I've heard a lot of people say about using the US-05 yeast instead of what's supplied with kits.

I haven't tried adding hops or grains to kits yet as I'm new to the hobby/obsession but I will give it a bash soon enough.

I have a Tooheys Special Lager kit in the cupboard, but I've not heard great things about it. So maybe adding some carefully selected hops/grains might help give the flavour a kick..

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