I'm a newcomer to home brewing and I've recently received a gift of a home brewing starter kit, which consists of the basic bits and bobs required for extract brewing, plus a St Peter's "Golden Ale" kit:
The kit comes with simple instructions for a no-boil extract brew, and consists of two 1.5 kg tins of liquid malt extract, a packet of yeast, and a packet of "hop enhancer" which based on the label is maltodextrin combined with hop oil.
Having done some reading around here and in Palmer's "How To Brew", I don't really want to go down the "no boil" route, so I'm planning to do a partial boil for this first extract brew. I also intend to use just the extract from the St Peter's kit, and ditch the "hop enhancer" and yeast. I've ordered some new yeast and some hops from an online retailer to that end.
Unfortunately, my job is made a bit more tricky by the fact that the extract in the St Peter's kit is not labelled in any way. I know it's manufactured by Muntons, but I don't know whether the extract is hopped or not -- so I'm not sure whether to add bittering hops to the boil!
So -- does anyone have any clue as to whether the extract in the kit would be hopped? I'm imagining it probably would be, but I don't want to guess wrong! Should I be able to tell whether it's hopped based on the smell/taste of the extract once I open the can?
Any hints or suggestions welcomed :-)