Oct 092011
 

Brewfirm Kriek

This kit is a belgium cherry beer.I bought this kit purely on impulse. I have never tried the bottled version of this beer but have heard off several people that it is not to be missed. This kit is expensive as it is £25 and makes 12 litres at 5.5% abv and also requires 500 grms of dextrose at £2.10 for a kilogram. This works out at a whopping £1.23 a pint. The reason for the high price is because the kit is made using 3kgs of cherries according to brewferm. The kit come with the usual packet of yeast and destructions.


Brewing.

This kit is very easy to make. with the only exception being that following the instructions you have to rehydrate the yeast. The can is heated up in some hot water and left for 10 mins, and then emptied into the sterilised fermenter. The can is then rinsed out with hot water and this is also added to the fermenter. Then add another 2 litres of hot boiled water to the fermenter and the 500grms of dextrose, mix thoroughly. The smell of cherries at this point is amazing! The fermenter is then topped up with cold/hot water to the 12 litre mark and a temperature of 20°c. To rehydrate the yeast let half a glass of boiled water cool to 25°c and add the yeast. Let this mixture sit for 10 mins then add to the fermenter, put on the lid and air lock and leave to ferment.

Once the fermentation is complete (around 10 days) batch prime with 100grms of dextrose and bottle.

Taste and conclusion.

The beer should be left for 6-8 weeks in the bottle before it is tasted. The beer when made is a red tinged copper colour and has a fruity aroma. The carbonation is good with a decent head. The taste is very nice with a sweet cherry taste which an acidic bitter after taste. This beer is strong, after one pint it started to take affect, after two I did feel a little merry. This kit is expensive, but compared to buying an off the shelf beer it is still cheap. To be honest its not really to my taste but other people who have tried it really like and enjoy it. Conclusion- expensive but a fruity gem of a beer.


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