In recent years Brits have fully embraced home brewing as a hobby. The trend for drinking alcohol in the UK is moving from quantity to quality, and beer drinkers in particular are focusing on taste and texture. Home brewing can produce premium tasting lager from only 67 pence per pint…
Beginner brewing kit by Kilner
Kilner makes beginner brewing kit in the form of a 40 pint pack, allowing you to make a unique lager in the comfort of your home. The kit is supplied with all the ingredients necessary for 40 pints of lager, including malt blends and yeast of commercial brewing quality, and is easy to use for home brewing beginners or more experienced hands.
While all ingredients are included, some equipment is necessary for successful home brewing. This can easily be purchased as the Kilner Complete Equipment Starter Kit, or you can go for the Kilner Complete Lager Set, a brewing kit for beginners which includes both equipment and ingredients. The Equipment Starter Kit can also be used with other Kilner home brewing kits, such as the make your own bitter, cider and wine kits.
How to use a beginner brewing kit
The process is simple and kits come with a full set of instructions. Before beginning it’s important to sterilise and rinse all your equipment. Meanwhile, place your bag of malt in hot water to soften for a quarter of an hour. The contents can then be emptied into the fermentation bucket. Stir in three litres of hot water to dissolve the malt, then top up the bucket contents to 23 litres with a hot and cold mix to result in a final temperature of 20-25C.
When the temperature is correct, add the yeast and stir in well, then use the hydrometer and trial jar to measure the starting gravity of your brew. Then cover your fermentation bucket with the lid supplied, without snapping closed so that fermentation gases can escape. Allow to ferment for eight days at between 18-24C. After this you can test your brew again, at which you should receive a reading of 1008 or lower. Repeat this process the next day to ensure the stability of the brew. If your reading is above 1008, leave the brew a few more days then retest.
Your brew should then be ready for bottling, with the addition of sugar. The sealed bottles should then be left at an ambient for seven days before being moved somewhere cool for another week. Once the lager is clear, the brew is ready to drink and enjoy!