Black Rock - Lager

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Re: Black Rock - Lager

Postby Zod » Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:41

Was at The Home Brew Shop in Aldershot today and noticed this in the half-price bin. I've not been tempted to try a kit lager as yet due to most using ale yeast and true lager ones needing temperatures I can not ferment at. However, at £6.50 there's not a lot to be lost in trying this!

Was simply going to add the recommended 1kg of sugar and see what I get.

Anyone done this one before? Any advice?

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Re: Black Rock - Lager

Postby martindisorder » Wed Feb 25, 2015 13:29

I would go with dme or brew enhancer over sugar. 1 can kits are really rubbish and thin when made with sugar IMHO
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Re: Black Rock - Lager

Postby Zod » Wed Feb 25, 2015 13:45

I was worried about making it more like a pale ale with any additional malt?

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Re: Black Rock - Lager

Postby Rolfster » Wed Feb 25, 2015 22:56

Another one can lager kit?;-).
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Re: Black Rock - Lager

Postby Zod » Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:57

Rolfster wrote:Another one can lager kit?;-).


I think I'm just going to use dextrose and see what happens. It'll probably be naff, but will give me at least an idea of what to expect from lager kits using ale yeast, and if it's worth trying again in the future (for considerably more money)

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Re: Black Rock - Lager

Postby Rolfster » Fri Feb 27, 2015 00:30

1/5 of a pack of hammer of Thor? :whistle:
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Re: Black Rock - Lager

Postby sandimas » Fri Feb 27, 2015 18:05

You might be surprised, I've done lagers with ale yeasts and they've ended up pretty good - but that was with Enhancer not sugar, plus I've dry hopped with some Saaz or Hallertau, 25g or so. And leave to mature in bottles at least 3 months.

Every time I've brewed with sugar the resultant beer has been rubbish, would never do it again.
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Re: Black Rock - Lager

Postby Zod » Fri Feb 27, 2015 23:13

Duly noted!

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Re: Black Rock - Lager

Postby Zod » Thu Apr 16, 2015 21:32

put this on tonight with 500g very light spray malt and 500g dextrose. Made it to 20L instead of 23L and used Nottingham instead of the supplied yeast. Will let it sit under the stairs and hopefully it will drop to 17c for the main part of the ferment. Not expecting much but interested to try my first lager (or very pale ale) kit.

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Re: Black Rock - Lager

Postby Zod » Tue May 05, 2015 20:18

Bottled this tonight. Tasted sweet and pretty awful......but I guess warm, flat lager isn't the best of drinks. Will give it a couple of months to condition but don't have high hopes.

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Re: Black Rock - Lager

Postby Zod » Sun May 17, 2015 14:54

After two weeks I thought I would have a bottle to see how it's getting on. Yeasty smell, not as sweet now and although not a good lager it is already better than I thought it would be. Clear too. Will give it a few months and sees what happens.

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Re: Black Rock - Lager

Postby Zod » Sun May 17, 2015 15:02

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Re: Black Rock - Lager

Postby Rolfster » Sun May 17, 2015 19:59

Looks good! :thumb:
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Re: Black Rock - Lager

Postby Zod » Mon Jun 01, 2015 16:42

just under a month old and tried another. The yeasty smell has died back but still very noticeable. However, apart from that it is already quite a drinkable and passable lager. I'm really quite surprised so far.

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Re: Black Rock - Lager

Postby Zod » Mon Nov 09, 2015 08:53

mine is six months old now and has vastly improved. This is a very passable lager now and even has the wife's seal of approval as something she'd happily have instead of a commercial lager.

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