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Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby supersteve » Mon Apr 07, 2014 09:58

Hi Everybody, figured I'd do this. Might help some people and some people might be able to give me advice for the future.



Ingredients

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Left some water to stand over night with half a campden tablet in.

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Sanitised bucket, spoon and water heater.

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Beautiful can extract.

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Pour that stuff in the FV

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Added with boiling water and beer enhancer.

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Top up to just over 20 Litres, gave it a serious stirring.

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Hydro reading about 1.038, expecting about 4% ABV.

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Pitched the yeast at about 23 degrees and now the waiting begins!

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Thanks for reading, any advice welcome
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby supersteve » Mon Apr 07, 2014 09:58

Racked it off -

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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby supersteve » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:00

Dry hopped this on wednesday 2 days before bottling with Target hop tea bag
I don't know much about hops so I'm interested to see what flavour this brand will bring to this beer.

Target - An English Hop, mid to high Alpha, bred from Kent Goldings with distinctive bittering qualities for English Ales and Lagers.
An excellent high alpha variety which gives good bitterness. Tends to be too harsh for aroma purposes late in the boil but has produced very good results when used as a dry hop in the cask.

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Batch primed with about 90g of sugar, 50g of brewing sugar and 40g of granulated. (I had 50g brewing sugar to use up)

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Got about 39 Bottles out of this batch, can't wait for the carbonation to begin and try it in a week or so!
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby supersteve » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:01

3 weeks in the bottle and it's tasting pretty good even if I say so myself.

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Came out more black than brown? the target hops made it taste quite smooth with a lovely light aroma.

I'd recommend this kit :thumb:

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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby charlie10910 » Thu Jul 31, 2014 08:02

just ordered two of these might do a doubler not sure yet or just as you,ve done above but without the hops just B.E :thumb:
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby supersteve » Thu Jul 31, 2014 08:35

Go for a doubler, after a while when the hop flavors mellowed out I noticed a lack of flavour. Depends how you like your beer really, it was an easy to drink sessionable ale but if you're looking for big flavour then try the doubler!
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby charlie10910 » Thu Jul 31, 2014 08:39

was thinking that myself do you think i should add the B.E i was going to brew short to 20/21 lts
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby supersteve » Thu Jul 31, 2014 08:46

Make it and top it up to where you want it and then take a gravity reading, if it's around mine 1.038/40 then you could chuck in the enhancer for a stronger brew and more body, could even top it up further and get more for your money.
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby charlie10910 » Thu Jul 31, 2014 09:17

cheers might top it a bit further im short on pet bottles only 35 free but could use the 2ltr water bottles i use for the brew to hold the extra :)
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby charlie10910 » Sat Aug 02, 2014 19:17

just done mine , two cans plus 1kg of B.E OG 1054 :) in pantry at 23c , first taste quite sweet , lets see where it finishes if it ferments fast and gets to around 1013 like the stout it,ll be around 4.5% if it gets down to the suggested 1008 then around 6.1% , will have my new fv next week so i,ll be able to rack it of to help clear it :thumb:

made up to 24l
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby supersteve » Sat Aug 02, 2014 20:24

Sounds good buddy, Keep this thread up to date when it ferments!
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby charlie10910 » Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:14

just removed the krausen collar day 3 and did a grav test sitting at 1018 so a while to go yet and didnt ferment out in 3 days like the wilkos stout :D sitting at a steady 22c , also had a cheeky taster lol bloody nice though even at this stage might even be my favorite so far :drink:
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby charlie10910 » Mon Aug 11, 2014 09:50

update , ive moved the fv to a warmer place as it seemed like it was stuck on 1017 though there was bubbles still forming on top so a day or two at a higher temp seem to have it moving again its now on 1015 , just wondering when to move it to secondary should i wait till its finished or move it now and how long in the secondary just asking as never used secondary before , cheers :)
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby charlie10910 » Sun Aug 17, 2014 13:12

bottled up this morning at 1015 so will be around 5.7% after carbing :D got 40 500ml bottles primed with half a tea spoon of sugar and into the warm , also had enough left for a sneaky pint and i must say its not half bad , id happily drink it straight away ;) but will wait a week or two before trying it again , im very happy with the way this turned out that im planning another one of these in the next week or two maybe with an extra 500g of spray malt as well as B.E and brew it to maybe 30ltrs :thumb: overall a very nice brew if you like brown ale and may of converted me from stouts lol
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby Robdob » Thu Nov 20, 2014 21:09

Just brewed mine tonight. I used 1kg brew enhancer and 300 grms of brew sugar I had left over. I'm going to dry hop in a few days with some Amarillo hops I have just for a test. Brewed to 21ltrs, was going to be 20 but I wanted to get the temp down for the yeast. SG 1.044.
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby Kermie » Sat Nov 22, 2014 16:27

We just started a new batch of this today, brewed to the 23L with just brewing sugar as the last lot we used spray malt and molasses - and I didn't like it (although my other half said it was very nice).
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby griff » Sat Nov 22, 2014 17:48

Did one of these a few weeks ago, about my 10th brew. Unfortunately this is my first failure, must have got an infection. 40 bottles of vinegar so will have to throw it away :-(

All the other Wilkos kits I've done have turned out well so this was very disappointing.

Question - should I scrap all the bottles as they may be infected or can I sanitize and reuse?
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby Robdob » Sun Nov 23, 2014 01:18

It was given some dirty bottles a while ago. I soaked them in oxy and bottle brushed them clean before Starsan'ing them. They,re In use now so you should be fine with yours.
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby griff » Sun Nov 23, 2014 13:25

Robdob wrote:It was given some dirty bottles a while ago. I soaked them in oxy and bottle brushed them clean before Starsan'ing them. They,re In use now so you should be fine with yours.


Cheers I'll try that :drink:
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby charlie10910 » Sun Nov 23, 2014 13:32

drinking my second batch of this at the moment this is my second double of this with new hydrometer its getting proper readings it came out at 7.2% and is quite sweet but getting better each time i test it now into week 7 i think also did a couple with some chilli in and tried one a few nights ago it had plenty of heat to it but not something i could drink a lot of more of a share bottle :D
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby andysbrew » Mon Dec 01, 2014 16:55

I have one of these kits bought in the Wilko sale a while back, going to brew it sometime this week hopefully, will brew to around 19-20 litres and stick a kg of Dark Spraymalt in to boost it up a bit. Fingers crossed :pray:
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby andysbrew » Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:11

Got round to putting it on last night, brewed 1 can short to 19 litres with 1 kg of Dark Spraymalt. SG of 1.044. :D
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby andysbrew » Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:51

F.G of 1.016 so probably make 4 % after secondary fermentation. It's in the barrel now conditioning. 8-)
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby D@n44 » Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:50

Hi

I did this March 2014 and was quite impressed (cracking value in the sale - £7.50!).

I have another and was wanting to add to it and thought of steeping some grain rather than using brewing sugar and maybe also dry hopping. The only issue is how much grain and what type? Also would I have to boil it as with all grain or will steeping be ok?

My 2015 will be about using more grain and getting into BIAB and finishing with kits, hopefully....
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Re: Wilkos Newkie Brown

Postby andysbrew » Mon Jan 19, 2015 16:44

Quick update.....

Had a couple of pints over the weekend and its lovely, very easy drinking ale, not overly flavoursome but a very smooth finish with a slight roasted aftertaste. Will be having a few good sessions on this. Definitely do it again. :drink: :thumb:
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