May 172012
 

Better Brew Export Lager

I saw this kit in the homebrew shop and decided to make it as the Better Brew range from Hambleton and Bard are new to the market. There are several kits in the range which are:-
Export lager (this kit)
Yorkshire Bitter
Northern Brown Ale
Irish Stout
India Pale Ale
Czech Pilsner
Midland Mild

The makers blurb reads:-
Better Brew beer kits are made from the best liquid malt extract from several different manufacturers around the world. We have simply picked the best extract for each kit.
We have not settled for the usual “one for all” yeast strain either. We use genuine professional brewers yeast strains. So the wheat beer kit uses a genuine wheat strain, the different ales and bitters in the range contains different strains according to style and the lagers contain a particularly neutral strain.

There are no colourings at all in the Better Brew kits, neither caramel (which if used has to show on the ingredients list) nor malt colourings (which don’t need to be declared). All colour in the Better Brew range is derived from the malt itself. It won’t get any more natural than this.

The Better Brew range of kits come in DOY packaging (standing up plastic pouches) because it:
* Allows us to use different weights, so more malt in the dark ales
* Is better for handling, especially online and mail order sales
* Gives us a lower carbon footprint than using metal cans
* Gives us a lower packaging cost, so we can use more expensive raw materials

A very well balanced, medium hopped classic lager. Bitterness 18-22 EBU, colour 6-10 EBC, alcohol 4.6% ABV.



This kit cost £12.99 and I used 500grms of dextrose (£1.95 for 1Kg) and 500grms of light dry malt extract (£3.99).
The total cost of the ingredients is £18.93 which works out at 47P a pint.

The Kit was made in the usual way adding the 500grams of sugar and malt and was then left for ten days to ferment and bottled using 150grms of dextrose.See below for video of this beer being made!

Taste and Conclusion

This kit was cheap and easy to make. The blurb states that the ingredients are premium quality and it does show in the finished beer. The yeast compacted nicely at the bottom of the bottles and the beer cleared really well. There was hardly any chill haze with this beer something that you do tend to get with other kit beers.
The finished Lager was nice, crisp and clear. I found it a really enjoyable lager to drink. Conclusion – cheap and easy to make, very enjoyable lager, recommended. I must try further kits in this range.


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