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How to Brew Your Own Beer

How to Brew Your Own Beer

This guide will get you homebrewing with your Krafty Kelly Beer Starter Kit. All equipment mentioned in this guide is included in your kit.

Getting started brewing your beer

Getting Started

  1. Clean and sterilise your fermentation bin, lid and mixing paddle with the supplied steriliser ensuring you rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  2. Remove the beer yeast sachet from the bottom of the pouch and set aside for now.
  3. Stand the pouch in hot water for 15 minutes to soften the extract.
  4. Tear open the pouch and pour the malt extract into your sterilised fermentation bin, rinse out any remains using warm water and add to the fermentation bin.
  5. Boil 3ltr of water, add to the fermenter. Add 1kg of dextrose brewing sugar or for improved results and 1kg of beer enhancer and stir until dissolved. (Do not use beer enhancer if making gluten free beer).
  6. Top up to 23ltr with cold tap water and stir well. Check liquid temperature is below 25C then add the contents of the beer yeast sachet and stir gently.
  7. Fit and airlock to the lid of the fermentation bin then secure lid to the bin, making sure the seal is air-tight. Half fill the airlock with water to protect the brew during fermentation.

Fermentation of your homebrew

Fermentation

  1. Place fermentation bin on a washable surface, is it quite normal for some foaming during the first 2 days of fermentation. Ensure it is kept at a constant warm temperature between 20-25C for at least 8 days (see below for when to bottle your beer).
  2. Good temperature control is important for beer quality and timely fermentation. Below 20C, fermentation time will be much longer than 8 days, below 15C, fermentation will stop all together. Use a heat pad if below 20C. Above 25C beer quality will be reduced (especially for lagers).

Before bottling your homebrew beer

Before Bottling Your Beer

These kits use a complex malt extract that can take longer to ferment out. Leave at least 8 days to ferment or longer if below 20C. Ensure airlock is not bubbling and that S.G reading is stable for 48 hours.

  1. After 8 days carefully check the S.G using a hydrometer, record the reading.
  2. Re-check the S.G on day 10, if the same reading (or higher) then proceed to bottling. But if the reading is lower then leave to ferment for longer and re-check the S.G every 2 days until you get the same reading. The S.G must be stable before bottling.


IMPORTANT WARNING: The S.G must be stable for 48 hours before bottling. Never bottle until fermentation is complete

 

Bottling your beer

Bottling Your Beer

Use only the PET beer bottles supplied, proper glass flip top, or crown cap beer bottles. Reject any glass bottles that have the slightest chips, cracks or imperfections.

There's two options to bottling your beer.

Option 1 - Syphon tube + Sediment trap

  1. Clean and sterilise your bottles, siphon tube, and sediment trap.
  2. Attach the sediment trap to the siphon tube and insert the sediment trap into the beer, keeping it 1-2 inches from the bottom to avoid siphoning up loose sediment.
  3. Siphon your beer into the bottles leaving 5cm (2 inches) head space in the bottle. You will need to suck on the siphon tube to get the beer flowing while also keeping the bottles at a lower level than the bucket.
  4. Before sealing the bottles add two carbonation drops per 500ml bottle.
  5. Seal the bottles then store in a warm place for 5 days then move to a cool dark place and leave until clear.

Option 2 - Bucket Tap + Siphon Tap and Tube + Pro Filler (Only usable if beer was fermented in bottling bucket)

  1. Clean and sterilise your bottles, siphon tap and tube, and pro filler.
  2. On one end of the siphon tube attach the siphon tap to the tube and insert into the bucket tap. We recommend using an elastic band or string to keep the bucket tap and siphon tap securely held together.
  3. On the other end of the siphon tube attach the pro filler.
  4. Once all taps are open the beer will begin to flow but won't come through the pro filler until it's in contact with the bottom of the bottle.
  5. Remove the filler slowly once the bottle is full.
  6. Before sealing the bottles add two carbonation drops per 500ml bottle.
  7. Seal the bottles then store in a warm place for 5 days then move to a cool dark place and leave until clear.SERVING & STORAGE

Your beer is ready to drink as soon as it's clear, but for a smoother beer leave somewhere cool and dark for an extra 2 weeks. Serve chilled. For bottled beers pour very slowly and carefully to avoid bottle sediment being transferred into your glass.

Enjoy

Enjoy your home brew

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