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Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 15:41
by narmour
This kit is relatively new, as I understand it the range was only released a number of weeks ago. My LHBS manager received some samples of brewed beer from Youngs and he was very impressed. His opinion is usually held in high regard so I took his word and bought this kit.

As I have only just put it on I will post about my initial thoughts and check back in with updates as the brew progresses.

On opening the box, it is not a 2 can kit as I had initially been led to believe from the size of the box (and the cost). Inside is a foil pouch which holds the malt extract, and a bag of brewing sugar. Note the foil pouch is very hard to get the extract out of... if you heat it in boiling water it'll come out much more easily. I know for next time.

The kit comes with a 20g yeast sachet, which is considerably more than most kits, and has helped get the ferment off to a very vigorous start without the need for rehydration. It has settled down to a fairly comfortable ferment at 20 degrees and should be finished by about day 7-8.

As I dropped my hydrometer before I could get an SG, I will be unable to calculate an ABV on this one, but the kit says that it produces anything between 5.4 - 5.6%.

I will update this when the process is finished and the all important taste test is carried out.

Cheers

:hat:

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 15:58
by supersteve
What weight was the pouch? I assumed these were all 2 can kits!

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 08:38
by narmour
I'm not sure... online retailers are advertising it as having 3.6kg of "hopped malt extracts" but this may include the kilo or so of brewing additive. I will reserve judgement until the taste test but I was a little surprised when I opened it!

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 08:49
by supersteve
Surely if it says on the box that it's hopped malt extract then they can't include a KG of unhopped dried malt in that can they?

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 20:45
by LeeH
This is my next brew, it's a bit like Sierra Narvada apparently.

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 09:05
by narmour
It's fermenting like a good un now, seriously in danger of climbing out of the bucket! It has a lovely golden colour to it and a very yeasty smell. Will leave it to ferment out and bottle it next week when I get back from my trip. :cheers1:

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 09:06
by narmour
supersteve wrote:Surely if it says on the box that it's hopped malt extract then they can't include a KG of unhopped dried malt in that can they?


Sounds like you would know better than me... you're talking to a novice here.

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 18:38
by LeeH
My razorback has almost gone and my Evil Dog is ready for kegging.

Sounds like an excuse to purchase the APA tomorrow!

Are the hops in tea bags like the Evil Dog kit is?


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Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 11:21
by narmour
As far as I can see it is pellets. I haven't opened the pack yet. I'll be adding them tonight.

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 13:10
by LeeH
Yep, looks like pellets. I'm doing mine this weekend.

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 12:03
by narmour
Mine went in two days ago so will bottle tomorrow.

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 21:00
by Oldstunty
have you had a sneaky taste yet, quality control wise :whistle:

Cheers,
Jon.

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 13:31
by narmour
Managed to resist, largely due to the green slick of hops on the surface! doesn't look too appetising!

Smells great though, very citrussy. Going to bottle it at the weekend so will have a snifter then.

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 08:14
by narmour
I finally got round to bottling this at the weekend... it's fantastic. Had a sneaky snifter from the syphon and although it's still flat, it's lovely. Can't wait to get stuck into this one!!!

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:50
by narmour
Opened a few of these at a barbecue at the weekend and handed them round.. I have convinced two more of my mates to get into brewing on the back of this beer. It's really special.

Taste is a full on citrus hoppy explosion which is backed up with a light malty caramelly after taste. Carbonated nicely in just a week too. This is just my type of beer, it isn't going to last long...

:hat:

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:33
by LeeH
Yummy! Still not got around to doing mine.

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 09:01
by narmour
Get it on Lee. It'll be a cracking summer drink.

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 09:08
by LeeH
Going to do it tonight.

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 14:54
by stout les
Mines been in the FV 3 weeks today & its still bubbling slowly. went to take a hydro reading but couldn't due to it still having some krausen on top. it smells real nice, just wish it would hurry up & finish so i can get it kegged.

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 18:52
by Stevie_T
Mine was a long ferment - took 22 days to ferment out with the temperature set to 21-22degrees.
Been bottled for a couple of weeks now, already cracked a couple (couldn't resist) and it tastes great.
I've not done a side by side comparison, but it does seem very close to Sierra Nevada. Very impressed.

Just boiled my first extract brew (Summer Lightning clone), but it'll have to be good to match kits of this quality.

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 08:20
by narmour
Stevie_T wrote:Mine was a long ferment - took 22 days to ferment out with the temperature set to 21-22degrees.
Been bottled for a couple of weeks now, already cracked a couple (couldn't resist) and it tastes great.
I've not done a side by side comparison, but it does seem very close to Sierra Nevada. Very impressed.

Just boiled my first extract brew (Summer Lightning clone), but it'll have to be good to match kits of this quality.


I think it's nicer than Sierra Nevada.. I bought a couple of bottles to compare and in blind taste tests 4 out of 5 of my mates preferred the Youngs! it's a bit fruitier and more rounded than SN.

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 09:32
by LeeH
How long did you leave it conditioning?

Mine bubbling away steadily @20degC. Looks like it's going to be a slow ferment too.

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:09
by narmour
About a week after fermenting finished and another week dry hopping.

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:14
by LeeH
And it was drinkable straight away?

Re: Youngs - American Pale Ale

PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:17
by narmour
It was perfectly drinkable (although flat and room temperature) straight away, although after a week conditioning it was very tasty.

As time has passed the intense citrus hit of the hops has mellowed to create a more rounded, totally delicious beer. I'm off to get another one of these cuase I'm already half way through this batch!