Tom Caxton Real Ale 26/08/2010
I bought a Tom Caxton Real Ale kit from Wilkinsons and 1kg of medium spray malt from my local homebrewing shop. I have decided to go for a full spray malt brew this time to see what difference there is to the Youngs Definitive Bitter kit, where I used half sugar and half spray malt. This kit also has a hop enhancement addition (just a small sachet of powder - no extra skills needed for this! which is always a good thing for a novice brewer).
I followed the instructions and added the liquid malt extract to the fermentation vessel (FV) before adding 4 pints of boiling water and then the 1kg bag of medium spray malt. Once this had all dissolved and well stirred the remaining balance of cold water was added along with the hop enhancer to make 40 pints (25l) at around 18C before pitching the years (a little on the cool side) but figured it would be ok. Gave the whole thing a good stir to aerate further and then tucked it up in the warmest part of the house to let the yeast do its work.
Hop enhancer (full sachet added - but can add as much as you like depending on your taste)
1kg medium spray malt
Original gravity (OG) 1039.6
Target of 40 pints at 4.0% (SG 1.010)
David Bishop, 33 year old Bradfordian, born in East Yorkshire. Garage brewer and novice blogger with grand designs to own a micro-brewery. It's early days!