Festa Brew - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Extract Brewing > Festa Brew

Thread Tools
Old 12-15-2009, 12:32 AM   #1
Nov 2009
Posts: 68

I've made 3 Festa Brew (Continental Pilser, Cream Ale and Cerveza) but I'm not happy with the result: They almost taste like Perrier water.

You can't go wrong with these kit, you only have to add yeast to it. Maybe it's because they are too young?

Will these kit will have a better taste eventually?

Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 06:00 AM   #2
malkore's Avatar
Jun 2007
Posts: 6,922
Liked 37 Times on 35 Posts

I've never heard of 'festa brew'...but maybe its a bit regional.

I would try some different kits. Any kit that has you add a pound or two of sugar is going to give you a thin beer, and pre-hopped extract kits are pretty tame on hops and bitterness.

I'd get a kit that uses nothing but liquid and/or dry malt extract, hop pellets, and some quality yeast (Danstar, Fermentis...not a 'no name' packet).
Primary: English Mild
On tap: Pale Ale, Lancelot's Wheat, English Brown Ale, Steam Beer, HoovNuts IPA
Bottled: MOAM, Braggot, Raspberry Melomel, Merlot, Apfelwein, Pyment, Sweet mead, Cabernet
Gal in 2009: 27, Gal in 2010: 34, Gal in 2011: 13, Gal in 2012: 10

Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 07:06 AM   #3
Sep 2008
American Southwest
Posts: 447
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Does Festa Brew come with the wort completely finished and at full volume? Maybe I'm thinking of another brand.

Are you saying your brew tastes clean but lacks flavor? Might the cause be over attenuation? Do you have O.G and F.G readings?
My airlock passes gas.

Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 03:43 PM   #4
Jun 2009
Ontario, Canada
Posts: 69
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts

I've been doing the Double Oatmeal Stout from them, and highly recommend it.
It reminds me of St. Ambrose.

Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 05:05 PM   #5
Jul 2008
Posts: 31
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts

FestaBrew is made by Magnotta. It's a 23L premade wort. A friend of mine has had good luck with a red ale kit, but I think it was BrewHouse.

Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 07:10 PM   #6
Jan 2009
Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 614
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

I've used FestaBrew kits before any I really like them! I've found that they produce a better quality beer than the extract recipes I've brewed; save 1 or 2.
Primary: Edwort's Apfelwein
Primary: Brewingcentres Pale Ale
Primary: Brewcraft - Cheap 'n' Shiddy Bavarian Wheat

Kegged: Brewcraft - Cheap 'n' Shiddy Bavarian Wheat
Kegged: Brewcraft - Enhanced Dutch Lager
On Tap: Brewcraft - Irish Stout

Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 07:22 PM   #7
FlyGuy's Avatar
Jan 2007
Calgary, Alberta
Posts: 3,605
Liked 181 Times on 51 Posts

The Festa Brew kits are exceptionally high quality, and if fermented correctly from a fresh kit, will taste better than nearly any extract kit out there.

It sounds to me like you overcarbed the recipe, or they could just be too young. Unless they have been in the bottle for at least 3 weeks at ROOM temperature, it is too early to tell.

If they still taste this way after 3-4 weeks, I bet they are over-carbed.

There is also a small chance that you developed a wild yeast infection and that is causing the overcarbonation and thin body/lack of flavour.

Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 10:51 PM   #8
Nov 2009
Posts: 68

Thanks for the information. It's not the first time I'm into brewing, but lately, I tried 3 Festa Brew kits.

Right now, they are all in kegs.

It does taste great, but lack in flavor. It reminds me the Bud light. No flavor at all.

Maybe it's too soon to tell, I should wait 2-3 weeks.

Or maybe I should try another kit, like Buck?

Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2009, 06:04 AM   #9
Aug 2009
Edmonton, Canada
Posts: 95
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

I can't speak for Festa Brew, but I've done two Brewhouse kits. The first was a cream ale, and it was green for quite a while. Only after about 6-7 weeks in the bottle was it very good. The second one is a light lager which I added some Apricot puree to, and that was has been conditioning for just over 4 weeks, and so far so good. Perhaps try the Brewhouse kits for your next one?

Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2009, 08:40 AM   #10
Pivot's Avatar
Apr 2009
Fredericton New Brunswick
Posts: 501
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

haha Festa Brew you must be a maritimer!!
Edit - or maybe not, haha I had only seen these things previously at the noble grape which is a maritimes homebrew chain.

My first drinkable beer was made with a festa brew brown ale kit. It was decent and all my friends thought it was fantastic.

I doubt ill ever go back to festa brew again, but i found the brown ale product to be decent. From everything I read about homebrewing It seemed that it just wasnt cutting it from what could be accomplished with a little more time and effort used.

And like most beers im fairly sure they will get better with time.
On Deck...

Dark Belgian, Hobgoblin Clone

Dark Ale

Fruit Braggot, EdWort's Apfelwein, Coffee American Stout

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
does anyone have experience with festa brew artbrewer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 44 02-09-2015 07:26 PM
New to the Home Brew; Festa Brew Wheat with Honey! SeamusMac Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 26 08-27-2013 08:54 PM
Brew Festa injen69 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 05-13-2009 10:43 PM
Festa Brew Brown Ale LS_Grimmy Extract Brewing 3 01-03-2007 05:14 PM
Festa Brew Kits indian09 General Beer Discussion 3 02-02-2006 04:51 AM

Forum Jump