Talk about a blast from the past. This kit was certainly a step backwards, considering I'm about to go all-grain. The instructions were really quite simple, and definitely geared towards the first-time home brewer. I found it a bit difficult to keep myself from "improving" on the directions. But I bit my tongue and followed the prescribed steps. Equipment on brew day consisted of a can opener, 3-gallon stock pot, and a large spoon.
Having said that, the resulting beer turned out quite well. Malty with good hop balance, and just a hint of "extract bite". A noticable molasses flavor compliments an overall medium body. Possibly under-attenuated, but it adds to the sweetness. If this had been my first beer, I would not have been discouraged at all.
3.68% ABV How is this calculated?
4.0 lbs Hopped liquid malt extract, as per the kit
1 packet dry ale yeast, as per the kit
1 lb sugar
Pour extract and 1 lb sugar into your sanitized fermenter.
Bring 2 gallons of water to a boil.
Add water to the fermenter, stirring to dissolve extract and sugar.
Add enough cold water to bring volume to 5 gallons.
Pitch yeast, then ferment for 2 weeks.
Transfer to secondary for 2 additional weeks.
Keg-carbonate at 8psi @ 35° for 2 weeks before serving
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