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Homebrewing is much easier than you think. Here's how to make an amazing IPA in 8 simple steps.
Homebrew. It conjures up connotations of concoctions that perhaps were of questionable quality. Not any more. Nope, in the brave new world of homebrew you can make dark, unctuous stouts, light drinkable ales and, in the case of the Off The Topper (based on the cult Heady Topper New England IPA), massively flavoursome IPAs. And, it’s much, much easier than you think. Easy and, with our recipe kits, almost impossible to mess up.
This five-gallon recipe kit is an extract kit that means you don’t need nearly as much time or equipment as a full grain kit. All the ingredients come weighed out too. In fact, you’ll be able to find nearly all of it in your kitchen already. You will need a very big pot though, big enough for 3.5 gallons (13.25 litres). It comes with full instructions but here’s an outline. It’s pretty easy eh?
1. Find equipment. You’ll need something you can boil 3.5 gallons (13.25 litres), something you can ferment it (we have stainless steel kettles here) in (a food grade plastic bucket is the cheapest option) and some bottles (the flip top lids are best). 2. Heat water & steep grains. Although you’ll get 5 gallons out of it, you only need to be able to boil up 2.5 gallons to make a concentrated brew. Heat it to and then steep the weighed out grains in a bag.
3. Add syrup. Bring to the boil, remove from heat and stir in malt syrup and dried malt extract. You now have wort.
4. Add hops. Bring to the boil again and add the packets of weighed out hops when specified over an hour or so.5. Cooldown. Put the kettle in an ice bath to cool down wort.6. Add yeast. In a sanitised fermenter (such as a food-grade plastic bucket) add two gallons of cold water and then the wort and fill to 5 gallons. Add the yeast, place it somewhere warmish and watch it bubble.7. Bottle it. The flip-top bottles save you buying bottle caps and a capper, but once they are sanitised, add a bit of sugar to the bottles and fill with beer.8. Drink it! After a couple of weeks, your Off The Topper will be perfect to crack open with a few friends!
See a few of our recipe kits here.
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