Originally Posted by Tim
One more question, do I just take this grain and hop tea and use it to bring the kit up to 23 litres? And then add my yeast? BTW .. I've purchased liquid yeast as this sounds like a huge improvement. I think it's Wyeast 1028 London Ale?
If you are instructed to bring the volume up to 23 litres, then.. yes. You can add the hop/grain tea as well as any other water you need to get the full volume. Then pitch the yeast.
One word about the liquid yeast... these really work best if you make a small starter batch of beer and allow the yeast to start working/multiplying in that. This is usually done the day before you pitch it into the full batch.
Since it sounds like you are basically using concentrated, pre-hopped beer in these kits, I'm assuming you don'd have any plain old malt extract lying around to make the starter.
You could either take a little of the wort that comes with your kit, dilute a bit, and add the yeast to it to make the starter.
Or, just use the liquid yeast as-is. I did that the first time I used liquid yeast and it worked OK. But the results are better (faster ferment) if you use the primer.