I won this kit at the home brew festival - the extract kits I've brewed have mostly been wherry, though I've brewed a couple of "make your own" kits, one of which turned out quite well in the extract category.
I'm always deeply suspicious of anything with an England flag and green things in the background which look like sports fields. Mostly because I dislike those little flags people stick on their cars and have an allergy to all field sports.
I digress. Funnily enough, the kits have been the only place where I've dry hopped.
This kit is no exception - physically very similar to the make your own, it comes with a 3.4kg hopped LME pouch, brewing sugar, priming sugar, yeast and hop pellets.
I do not like LME pouches. They're a real pain to get everything out. With a can, you can wash it out with boiling water, but try doing that with a pouch. Saying that I've done my best to squeeze out the contents and I managed an OG of 1.044. If anyone beats that, I'd like to know!
Whilst the instructions say two weeks from start to finish, most my brews have fermented within 3-4 days. The instructions being "add hops when gravity drops to 1.020 or a couple of days before bottling". After a week I checked my gravity and it was 1.015, I added the hops, though really I was hoping the kit would get down to 1.008 within the week. Four days later and we've hit 1.010 so fermentation is still progressing. The beer is supposed to be 5% which means it needs to 1.006 I've literally never had a beer go that low, hence my concern too much was left in the squeezy packet.
The sample taken today shows it has a fresh hoppy flavour, a good level of bitterness and no sweetness. The kit doesn't seem to have a "homebrew" aroma and is overall, very pleasant. I'll ferment out until Sunday when I'll start the crash cool. I'd like to see if it reaches 1.006!
Looks promising. It's a shame that the packaging would put me off in a shop, saying that I'm not really an extract brewer so not exactly their market anyway. It does make me want to try a few more extract brews though.