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Brew your own BEER, 120 pints of it including equipment & FREE Delivery £59.95 @ The online homebrew company
Brew your own BEER, 120 pints of it including equipment & FREE Delivery £59.95 @  The online homebrew company

Brew your own BEER, 120 pints of it including equipment & FREE Delivery £59.95 @ The online homebrew company

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Have been looking to start brewing my own beer for a while now and was looking to spend around the £60 to £70 mark for the equipment and enough ingredients to brew 40 pints.

Found this deal which included 2 voucher codes for 2 extra 40 pint beer kits free! This is a saving of at least £40 or more, you need to purchase in November or December to qualify.

Bought mine, got two voucher codes to use... one between 25th December 2011 and 31st March 2012 and the other anytime during June 2012. They also told me the delivery would be on the 27th of November, which was a Sunday, and it arrived on the Sunday - amazing!

If you don't fancy the beer kit you can choose a lager kit instead, all in all a cracking deal!

Update: 40 pints of beer are now fermenting happily at room temp, incredibly easy to do, happy days - burp!

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Looked into this when I was a student, Would have been a good idea.

Once youve got the kit, How much does it cost per Barrel/40 pints?

Nice Price but be wary of this company, delivery is shocking if they don't have something instock. I ordered a Kriek kit beginning of September and I still haven't received it.

If it wasn't for the free 80 pints I would of told you to buy all the kit from Wilkinsons as its cheaper.

Please also note these tubs for fermenting break easily, your better with a screw top.

ps bit annoying that you don't get the free beer kits straight away!
Edited by: "feeder16" 30th Nov 2011

nice... let is know what it tastes like. Is it lager and what % is it, or is it down to how you brew it?
Edited by: "rdtorres" 30th Nov 2011

glad to see that picture back mmmmmmm

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You can pick up the premium kits (which come with this deal) that include all the ingredients for around £20 - £22, you can also buy good kits that you just need to add sugar to for around £10 to £12.

What codes do you use to get the extra kits?

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rdtorres

nice... let is know what it tastes like. Is it lager and what % is it, or … nice... let is know what it tastes like. Is it lager and what % is it, or is it down to how you brew it?


Mine is a bitter and should come in at around 4.7%, you can brew a few pints short to get the percentage up if you want to

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tommytbone1

What codes do you use to get the extra kits?


The codes are automatically sent to you with your delivery note/invoice.

gawk

The codes are automatically sent to you with your delivery note/invoice.



yeah just noticed that, brilliant... gunna go for this. I hope the codes are for different types of brews, would be nice to try out different ones.

Thanks alot gawk

scunny

glad to see that picture back mmmmmmm


Yes indeed and lots more big jugs here oktoberfestgirls.blogspot.com/

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feeder16

Nice Price but be wary of this company, delivery is shocking if they … Nice Price but be wary of this company, delivery is shocking if they don't have something instock. I ordered a Kriek kit beginning of September and I still haven't received it.If it wasn't for the free 80 pints I would of told you to buy all the kit from Wilkinsons as its cheaper. Please also note these tubs for fermenting break easily, your better with a screw top.ps bit annoying that you don't get the free beer kits straight away!


Didn't have a problem with delivery, quiet the opposite actually.

My fermentation bin looks and feels pretty sturdy, should be hardy enough for a few brews. I'll look into a screw top once this new hobby becomes an obsession, thanks for the tip!

Great price.
Can also be used for making wine (if it comes with the airlock that is)

gawk

Didn't have a problem with delivery, quiet the opposite actually.My … Didn't have a problem with delivery, quiet the opposite actually.My fermentation bin looks and feels pretty sturdy, should be hardy enough for a few brews. I'll look into a screw top once this new hobby becomes an obsession, thanks for the tip!



Will you be barreling or bottling your beer?

All you need to get now is magic mushroom grow kit and couple of greenhouses and u ready to go

The Woodforde's Wherry is one of the best homebrew kits I've used; the taste keeps getting better with age (a few bottles got mixed in with some cider bottles and so managed to escape being drunk within the first few months). Wasn't so keen on their Nelson's Revenge though.

Got this kit last year brewing last of my wherry now. Makes a nice drop. You can also get the kit with a st. Peters golden ale but only 40 pints, not the 40 plus freebies on offer here.

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mikefellows

Will you be barreling or bottling your beer?


The kit comes with a barrel so I will be barelling, but, I'm thinking of spliting it and doing 10 or so bottles so I can see (test) the difference.

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No but you may find a good alternative in your local home brew shop.

I bottle mine - got a barrel, but bottling keeps the fizz better, and temp is easier to control. Nothing worse than a warm beer!

gawk

Didn't have a problem with delivery, quiet the opposite actually.My … Didn't have a problem with delivery, quiet the opposite actually.My fermentation bin looks and feels pretty sturdy, should be hardy enough for a few brews. I'll look into a screw top once this new hobby becomes an obsession, thanks for the tip!



Wilkinsons do a good enough screw top one for £12.50 but obviously need to buy a airlock for the top too £2

mikefellows

No but you may find a good alternative in your local home brew shop.I … No but you may find a good alternative in your local home brew shop.I bottle mine - got a barrel, but bottling keeps the fizz better, and temp is easier to control. Nothing worse than a warm beer!




Agree with this I kegged a 36 pinter St Peters and the cellar isn't quite cold enough for a chilled beer so I'm having to stick my glasses in the freezer prior to having a pint.

Only downside with bottling is the cleaning etc absolute nightmare, although slightly easier now I have a bottle tree

TimeWarp

All you need to get now is magic mushroom grow kit and couple of … All you need to get now is magic mushroom grow kit and couple of greenhouses and u ready to go



Any good deals on MM grow kits?

m1keanderson

The Woodforde's Wherry is one of the best homebrew kits I've used; the … The Woodforde's Wherry is one of the best homebrew kits I've used; the taste keeps getting better with age (a few bottles got mixed in with some cider bottles and so managed to escape being drunk within the first few months). Wasn't so keen on their Nelson's Revenge though.



Agree Wherry is very nice, so is admiral reserve. I'm on with a Christmas beer at the moment Milestones - Doner & Blitzed

hmmm I have had 2 attempts of homebrew beer, can still taste it

gemmybobs

hmmm I have had 2 attempts of homebrew beer, can still taste it



Good or bad?

I've never tasted good home brewed beer - even at beer festivals.

I'm not saying it's all bad (lots of people do it so it can't be) but I'd never spend money trying it and would rather buy something nice from the pub/shop instead...

mikefellows

Good or bad?



awful! I tried a friend too a couple of months back and that was the same as mine, really really flat and disgusting..... I don't know why I did a pirate type face next to it lol, didn't expect it to come up like that

gemmybobs

awful! I tried a friend too a couple of months back and that was the same … awful! I tried a friend too a couple of months back and that was the same as mine, really really flat and disgusting..... I don't know why I did a pirate type face next to it lol, didn't expect it to come up like that



It's definitely an acquired taste, but when it's done right, it's lovely. Got a load in the fridge and really fancy one now...

I used to brew lager for a bit years ago and it was always pretty rank - horrible tasting flat stuff with foul sediment in the bottles. I still drunk it as it was stupidly cheap and I was young, although it doesn't seem to be nearly as cheap now. However that was 20 years ago and I'm told that kits and ingredients are better these days, is that the case or will I still be disappointed?

It takes a few goes to get good at home brewing. A few years ago I was doing all-grain mash brewing, which takes pretty much a whole saturday. These days I just open the Woodfordes Wherry and be done with it — the results are just as good in my opinion. Wilkinsons in Stratford, E London stopped doing the homebrew a few years back, but I notice they’ve got a small portion of a shelf of some kit and kits again recently. No Wherry though, only the horrible beginner kits like Tom Caxton and Geordie (that’s probably why people’s first attempts at homebrew aren’t so nice — they inevitably get the cheaper kits to start off with, and they haven’t got the technique down either). I think the better modern kits are vastly improved over what they were a few decades ago.

Agree with the above. Take a bit of time to do some research before you buy a kit, and take even more time to research and read the instructions before making it.

mikefellows

It's definitely an acquired taste, but when it's done right, it's lovely. … It's definitely an acquired taste, but when it's done right, it's lovely. Got a load in the fridge and really fancy one now...


go for it, its afternoon

make wine, its much easier and nicer

gemmybobs

make wine, its much easier and nicer



Easier, theres about 97 stages to wine :-p

I was looking at this kit: brewuk.co.uk/sto…tml

Anyone know what it's like?Is it better than the one above?

Fish'n'Chips

I was looking at this kit: … I was looking at this kit: http://www.brewuk.co.uk/store/coopers-beer-starter-kit.htmlAnyone know what it's like?Is it better than the one above?



Yes its rubbish, you can buy all the individual items at Wilkinsons for cheaper!

According to the Wilkies web site...

Spoon 1.50
Wine fermenter 9
air lock 2.15
Hydrometer - £3.50
Wherry Beer Pack - 22
Beer Bottles (From Brew it Yourself) - £15 (Can just collect empties and clean them)
Adhesive Thermometer Strip - £1

Total - £54 - But beer is better than Coopers.

ps the set you suggested doesn't include sterilizer

The deal on this page is good, the beer packs alone will retail around £55



Edited by: "feeder16" 30th Nov 2011

Fish'n'Chips

I was looking at this kit: … I was looking at this kit: http://www.brewuk.co.uk/store/coopers-beer-starter-kit.htmlAnyone know what it's like?Is it better than the one above?



Not used it, but looks alright. Comes with bottles which is handy, but you can generally get these free from friends / local pubs if you can be bothered.

Looks like they do it with a few different types of beer to choose from too, I recommend the Mexican Cerveza - but most Cooper's brand stuff tastes pretty decent if you do it right.

feeder16

Yes its rubbish, you can buy all the individual items at Wilkinsons for … Yes its rubbish, you can buy all the individual items at Wilkinsons for cheaper! That lot would probably come to £20ish and a good beer pack is £20ish



You'd not get the bottles for that money in Wilkos, nor the fermentation drops, spoon, dvd, thermometer, marker, beer enhancer. I got the standard kit from Wilkos and it was £20 without all that lot.

I wouldn't say it's rubbish, personally. Is the fermenter screw top? Can't work it out from the pic, but looks pretty sturdy.

Is it worth an extra £40 though... not sure. As I said, you can get the bottles for next to nothing.
It's got a decent beer mix with it too.

Coopers ones are very good - although i've not tried the Wherry so i can't comment on better/worse.

The Deal itself looks very good though, especially as it includes 2 additional Kits & one 'premium' kit in the case of the Wherry (which retails around £20 on its own) - V.Good value for money, although as someone else said it can be done cheaper from Wilko's who's Youngs u brew Kits i spotted have an extra can of 'beer kit' in at the moment aswell - so 80pints + everything you need minus the arguably unnecessary pressure barrel for £20ish... better value IMO especially if you intend to bottle it. (Having made their own brand Bitter once i recommend it to - although i did make it with Spraymalt which makes a big difference - more on that below)

Anyway, sorry for the length of this but a couple of pointers -

1) The Kit on this deal appears to give you a pressure barrel, but no Co2 cylinders, which is curious. In simple terms you need to keep your beer under pressure after its fermented (bottles, barrel, etc) - this'll both make it fizzy (thanks to secondary fermentation) as well as keeping air in and problems like infection out. With pressure barrels, in order to get beer out you need to let some air in from the top - problem is if you just open it up and let air in to 40 pints of beer within a couple of days you'll end up with your leftover beer flat, stale and possibly infected (it'll taste sour, get scum on top, and you'll likely cry)

Pressure barrels like the one in the kit get around it by having an inlet for Co2 which is sold in small cylinders by home brew shops - pump some of that in instead of opening the top and voila - problems avoided.

2) If you do want to bottle it, you'll need a bottle capper, some caps and i'd recommend a 'little bottler' - you'll also need enough bottles - 40 pints might not sound like much but standard beer bottles aren't a full pint, and finding 40+ of them in good enough condition to use inside of the week it takes it to ferment after you've eagerly mixed everything up can be a hell of a challenge! You'll also need to rinse and sanitise all of them - this takes f*ing ages. On the other hand it does allow you to keep the beer for significantly longer, easily take it places with you, fridge a few at a time it and of course doesnt prevent you from making another brew because your barrel is still full of the last one that hasn't quite matured yet.

3) Some of the one can Kits are brilliant, but highly recommend adding Dried Spraymalt. Its effectively a powdered form of whats in the can, is pretty cheap and can dramatically change the end results of your beer from thin, watery and 'home brewed' to pretty convincing stuff.

4) Don't think all the warnings of cleanliness are unnecessary - its not QUITE as serious as some people make out, but things do have to be properly clean! Even if it didnt cost much its still pretty upsetting having to chuck 40 pints of beer down the sink.

Finally - don't skimp on cost/ingredients on your first one, sure there's steps, but as someone else said plenty of people have been put off by trying something too cheap first time round without following instructions properly. The results can be uninspiring (and in some cases embarrassing) but with a few goes you can get it down and it can be very rewarding, as well as very cheap drinking!

One of the better forums on the subject can be found here

Use the search facility for answers to any questions - good chance someones asked before! If not i've always found people on there to be friendly & very helpful.

Cheers!

mikefellows

You'd not get the bottles for that money in Wilkos, nor the fermentation … You'd not get the bottles for that money in Wilkos, nor the fermentation drops, spoon, dvd, thermometer, marker, beer enhancer. I got the standard kit from Wilkos and it was £20 without all that lot.I wouldn't say it's rubbish, personally. Is the fermenter screw top? Can't work it out from the pic, but looks pretty sturdy.Is it worth an extra £40 though... not sure. As I said, you can get the bottles for next to nothing. It's got a decent beer mix with it too.



The bottles are plastic though
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