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Brewferm: Winter Ale bobthebrewer November 7th 2020

Previously Called Christmas Ale

Excellent kit, spot on.  Five stars, no problems.  Easy brewing, decent results at the end even though it requires at least six months conditioning. The beer just gets better and better as it ages.

Woodfordes: Woodfordes Wherry Bitter philipg October 27th 2020

Very Good!

I tried Hombrewing about 30 years ago. The results were horrid enough to make me stop. I started again recently and have done 7 Wherry brews all of which were drinkable, the more recent being very good. I'm a lot more patient than I was 30 years back and have established that the following has produced really good beer:

1) throw away the instructions - they are worse than useless!

2) pitch at no more than 20 degrees

3) Primary ferment for min 3 weeks - it seems longer is better within reason (up to a few months)

4) secondary ferment (I use a barrel) min 3 weeks - it tastes a bit 'rubbery' when first moved to secondary but 3 weeks conditioning solves this

I've experimented with various water methods but found that just boiling the malt in a few pints of water to help with the dissolving and then just adding cold from the tap works for me. I use 70g sugar for the secondary.

I've had 3 or 4 consistently good beers using this method. Just started a Muntons American Pale using the same method but it looks as though it might not start although I've read that the american yeasts can take 3-4 days so will wait and see.

 

I give this a 5 because with a bit of tinkering as above I think it is a great one to start with as it is so reliable.

Morgans: Morgans Canadian Pilsner Soundguy September 24th 2020

Not bad

brewmate enh#2, W34/70 dry hopped 5 days in. 8 weeks after bottling it's not bad, no hint of hops but ok drink.

Morgans: Morgans Blue Mountain Lager Soundguy September 24th 2020

ok

used w34/70, 1kg light malt, 250g multidextrin. 6 weeks after bottle quite a good drop not an award winner but no concentrate after taste easy summer beer.

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