Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby matt666 » Sun Apr 26, 2015 18:36

This is part of a new range from Festival and also includes a Belgian Dubbel, Belgian Pale Ale, U.S. Steam Beer and Vienna Red Lager http://www.the-home-brew-shop.co.uk/aca ... -Kits.html

Ive done a couple of Festival kits in the past and got on well with them, they make great beer and have everything you need including hop pellets to make it more interesting.

This kit is no exception and comes with two malt pouches, 350g dextrose, some priming sugar, 10g Californian yeast and a pack of hop pellets, Pacific jade and Pacific gem.

I meant to take some pictures but the brewing process is pretty standard stuff.

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Here it is in the sample jar at 1.048, should get to 5%. The initial taste is pretty disgusting, really yeasty. I normally don't mind the first taste but this is pretty bad! Hopefully it will turn out ok and I'll keep this thread updated.
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby martindisorder » Sun Apr 26, 2015 18:44

These new festival kits are looking pretty good. I did one of there bitters and it was a lovely pint!
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby matt666 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 21:11

Krausen is currently trying to escape the FV. Think this is powerful yeast, it really smells and tastes strong.
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby sandimas » Tue Apr 28, 2015 17:38

It's advertised as a Pilsner, but does it come with a low-temp lager yeast or a normal-temp ale yeast?
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby matt666 » Wed Apr 29, 2015 14:41

sandimas wrote:It's advertised as a Pilsner, but does it come with a low-temp lager yeast or a normal-temp ale yeast?


It didn't say. I think Californian Yeast was printed on the pack. There's nothing out of the ordinary in the instructions, it says to ferment it at normal temps.
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby matt666 » Sat May 02, 2015 14:07

After about a week and a ferocious ferment it's down to 1.024. Kit says to dry hop after 5 days, I think I'll leave it at least two weeks.

It tastes a lot better now and it's quite fizzy already.
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby Partial_to_Mash » Sat May 02, 2015 21:03

So it's using a neutral ale yeast rather than a lager yeast. Like a blonde ale with Pilsner malt.
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby matt666 » Sun May 03, 2015 20:02

Partial_to_Mash wrote:So it's using a neutral ale yeast rather than a lager yeast. Like a blonde ale with Pilsner malt.


Sounds about right.
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby matt666 » Mon May 11, 2015 12:52

It was at 1.015 on the 8th so it's taking a while to get to the FG of 1.008 that the instructions claim. I dry hopped and I'll take a reading in the week, and hopefully bottle at the weekend.
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby supersteve » Mon May 11, 2015 13:23

These new kits look great, this pilsner one sounds quite nice.

Did you say the beer was fizzy while in the fermenter?
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby matt666 » Mon May 11, 2015 13:29

supersteve wrote:These new kits look great, this pilsner one sounds quite nice.

Did you say the beer was fizzy while in the fermenter?


Yes, it went off quite vigorously and the last sample was already pretty fizzy in the sample jar.
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby supersteve » Mon May 11, 2015 13:33

I've never heard of carbonation in the FV unless it's got a seal on it. But if your sample is carbonated even a little bit it will throw off your reading so make sure you make it flat before taking a reading.
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby beerlover1983 » Tue May 12, 2015 13:39

Got this kit on the go myself got a very low start gravity of 1.040 which is odd and cant account for fv calibrated hydrometer ok.

Beer is taking a while to ferment out i held off dry hopping as it was still active after 5 days.

Last reading was 1014 so hoping it drops some more or it will be on the lighter side.

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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby matt666 » Tue May 12, 2015 14:24

beerlover1983 wrote:Got this kit on the go myself got a very low start gravity of 1.040 which is odd and cant account for fv calibrated hydrometer ok.

Beer is taking a while to ferment out i held off dry hopping as it was still active after 5 days.

Last reading was 1014 so hoping it drops some more or it will be on the lighter side.


That is pretty low, was the wort mixed up well? I wouldn't worry too much about the starting gravity, as long as you put all the ingredients in and got the water volume right - there is a bag of dextrose in addition to the priming sugar? Kits are fairly standard and should produce consistent SG's.
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby beerlover1983 » Wed May 13, 2015 09:14

matt666 wrote:
beerlover1983 wrote:Got this kit on the go myself got a very low start gravity of 1.040 which is odd and cant account for fv calibrated hydrometer ok.

Beer is taking a while to ferment out i held off dry hopping as it was still active after 5 days.

Last reading was 1014 so hoping it drops some more or it will be on the lighter side.


That is pretty low, was the wort mixed up well? I wouldn't worry too much about the starting gravity, as long as you put all the ingredients in and got the water volume right - there is a bag of dextrose in addition to the priming sugar? Kits are fairly standard and should produce consistent SG's.



Yeah the irony is ive filmed it all and said in my review about and it still happend to me.I did have a bit of a bad exp with the festival razorback that i still swear blind had too much carbonation in thr weighed out bag but never got a real answer back and all the beer was overprimed despite being at fg.I tend to weigh them now to check.But expected the malt to be correct.

It will still be beer :-)

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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby Bad 'Ed » Wed May 13, 2015 12:45

Did you add in 23l rather than make it up to 23l? I did that with the first kit I ever did.

Still tasted amazing though - and to be honest, I prefer lower abv beer.

Never enough time....
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby Zod » Wed May 13, 2015 15:20

beerlover1983 wrote:
Yeah the irony is ive filmed it all and said in my review about and it still happend to me.I did have a bit of a bad exp with the festival razorback that i still swear blind had too much carbonation in thr weighed out bag but never got a real answer back and all the beer was overprimed despite being at fg.I tend to weigh them now to check.But expected the malt to be correct.

It will still be beer :-)


interesting - My Razorback was also very fizzy using the included priming sugar sachet.

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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby matt666 » Thu May 14, 2015 01:07

This kit includes 150g priming sugar which is far too much in my opinion, I reckon 50-60g is fine in a keg. For bottling it's probably about right, 3.5g to half a teaspoon x 40 bottles.
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby supersteve » Thu May 14, 2015 09:18

150g for a pilsner sounds about right but if it's a pressure barrel you won't get a pilsner carbonation anyway.
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby matt666 » Thu May 14, 2015 21:31

No. I'll get a leaky tap and a wet floor.
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby matt666 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 08:53

Well I had my first pint of it the other day, it had carbed up and cleared pretty quickly. It reminds me of a Golden Stag I did, it's a very nice hoppy pale. It probably needs another couple of weeks to reach its best, but it's a refreshing summer drink. Just not as "different" as I was expecting fromthe packaging!
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby beerlover1983 » Sat Jun 13, 2015 13:58

matt666 wrote:Well I had my first pint of it the other day, it had carbed up and cleared pretty quickly. It reminds me of a Golden Stag I did, it's a very nice hoppy pale. It probably needs another couple of weeks to reach its best, but it's a refreshing summer drink. Just not as "different" as I was expecting fromthe packaging!


I would agree with that im yet to upload my video but found it as good as golden stag.A bit bitter on the end but maybe a bit young.Mine came in nearer 4% so seasionable.Tbh they are great who for people who want a hoppy beer that doesnt taste too much like a kit.

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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby matt666 » Sun Jun 14, 2015 08:24

Yeah, had another this weekend and it's rounded out nicely. I'd recommend this kit as a nice IPA style.
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby matt666 » Sat Aug 01, 2015 15:19

I did five bottles of this and the rest in a keg. I'd say it suits the bottle much better, the increased fizz you get that lasts all the way down the glass really helps the flavour.

Plus it's easier to refrigerate in the bottle, it's been really nice at about 8 degrees in this hot weather.

It does taste a bit like a hopped lager out of the bottle, fizzy with a really nice dry finish.
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Re: Festival World Beer - New Zealand Pilsner

Postby Redbloke » Mon Nov 09, 2015 22:20

Mine's only been in the bottle for a week but I felt I should exercise quality control, so I refrigerated a couple of pints and was more than pleased with the results. This has to be one of the best kits I have made. Of course, this will improve with age, ... happy days :)
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