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Old 09-07-2009, 11:52 AM   #1
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Default How to improve a kit beer

I've bottled my first batch of beer (kit beer) and whilst it is very drinkable, it has pretty much no body. I'm guessign that was because I used sugar to add the extra rather tan Extract.

I've rectified this for my second brew by using an all extract kit (munton's Highland Heavy). And It just looks a whole lot better, but I won't find out about the taste for some time.

In the mean time, a kit I ordered months ago has finally arrived, but it's a cheapo perfect pint kit. Since I don't hold much hope for this, I was thinking about just making up a 10 litre batch using the whole kit and sticking it in a couple of demijohns that I have laying around. Does anyone know if this will be a good idea?

I'd add DME to it, but I think it would be a waste, and since I am forced by location to use the Internet for Hombrew shopping, it would be pointless to order some extract without getting more stuff, and frankly the missus will batter me if I buy more stuff!


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Old 09-07-2009, 01:06 PM   #2
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You didn't say what kind of kit, but you could use wheat or oats to up the mouthfeel. Just go to the grocery store by the hot breakfast cereals.

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Old 09-07-2009, 01:26 PM   #3
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I would highly suggest moving to using extract recipes, I switched after one kit and its not much harder but far more rewarding. Just being able to smell the hops will make it so much more worthwhile.
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I'm hopefully going to bypass the extract phase completely, as the engineer at my work recons he can build me a decent boiler. Just have to wait and see how his reaction times are.
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AHS sells a beer add kit that does a great job (from my experience) adding body and mouthfeel to a beer. I think it's a 1# corn sugar, 1# extra light DME, 1/4# maltodextrin. I've used in a couple beers and was very happy with the outcome.
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Old 09-07-2009, 04:10 PM   #6
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I just did up a can of Cooper's Stout, but I did a partial grain with 2# of two-row and 2# of 1 minute oatmeal. The current stout I'm drinking is a little light for me, so I wanted to get a bunch of mouthfeel and additional flavour from the oats, but needed some enzyme action from the two-row.

I'll let you know in a few months how it turns out


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