Home Brewing, Winemaking and Tea
Find out the basics of Home brewing and Winemaking and the varieties of Tea available for your enjoyment through our Guide and Product Information listed above.
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Imported Homebrew Beer Kits from Mountmellick and Muntons
require less time to brew than the all grain or partial mash
homebrew kits and the end result is still a great 6 gallons of
the premium imported beer! Not 5 gallons! Search barkingside.com
for Muntons Connoisseur Export Pilsner and Mountmellick Irish
Stout or your favorite beer kit. Chances are we have them. Basic
instructions for these beer kits are as listed.
Excellent for homebrewer with young kids!!
For making Muntons and Mountmellick Beer Kits
Read entire instructions prior to start of brewing.
Always sanitize all equipment and utensils before and after use with one step cleanser or similar product and rinse with warm water.
Once the beer kit is selected, remove the yeast from underneath the cap. Heat the beer kit can in a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes before opening. Dissolve contents of the can of beer kit in a pot of hot water (approx. 1 gallon). Add 2.2 lbs (amount may vary depending on the beer style) of dried malt extract and stir to fully dissolve. Simmer for 10 - 15 minutes until dried malt extract is fully dissolved. Pour the mixture into the 6.5 gallon fermenter and add enough cold water to make up 5 or 6 US gallons, depending on the recipe used. While adding this water, stir and check with a thermometer to see if warmer or colder water is needed to achieve an optimum brewing temperature of 75°F. Any temperature between 71-85°F is suitable. However, 75°F is the ideal fermentation temperature. Now add the brewing yeast and stir for 30 seconds. It is important that the yeast is added as soon as the brew is mixed. Seal the fermenter and make airtight with the lid and airlock. (Fill the airlock half-way with clean water before attaching.) Fermentation will start in 2-4 days and will continue for approximately 7-11 days at a constant 72°F (The higher the temperature the shorter the fermentation process and vice-versa.) When the Finishing Specific Gravity is ~1.005 and/or remains steady for 2 to 3 consecutive days (or when apparent foaming recedes), your beer is ready to bottle. Be sure fermentation has finished before bottling. Once finished, your brew should have an SG of 1.005 or less. This finishing gravity may be higher if your kit has been used in a complex recipe. Unfermentable sugars will raise the final gravity.
WARNING: Bottle your beer only when fermentation has finished. Add only the correct amount of priming (corn) sugar: 1/2 teaspoon to each 12 oz bottle or 5.1 oz per 6 gallons of beer, or ¾ cup (4.25 oz.) of priming sugar per 5 gallon batch. Otherwise over-gassed bottles could explode. Crown seal and invert bottles a few times, to dissolve priming sugar. Label bottles and store upright in bottle case to mature at a temperature of approximately 72° for 7-11 days for beer to carbonate. Beer will continue to improve with further aging of 1 month at 50-55°F. The beer is now ready for your enjoyment. The beer is best when served chilled. Uncap a bottle and pour gently and continuously into your glass and leave any sediment behind.
MUNTONS - Muntons Connoisseurs Range has been formulated to brew strong beers emulating beer styles from around the world. Each Beer kit contains 1.8kg of 100% hopped malt extract - and in common with all Muntons beer kits, no cheap barley syrup is used in their manufacture. With the Connoisseurs range you will be able to experience taste sensations including Wheat Beer modelled on the best German Weizen style beers, Bock - the distinctive dark lager of Bavaria, Export Stout - a classic full-bodied hoppy stout and a wide range of other style beers. Hopped with yeast and instructions. Makes 6 gallons.
The Connoisseurs range offers the home beer-maker the chance to make premium strength beers. Excellent value!
The Muntons Premium range was developed for the original four kits in the early days of English home-brewing. Hopped with yeast and instructions. Makes 6 gallons.
Formulations for this range have purposely not been changed since they were first developed back in the early 1970's - a tremendous heritage and a proven track record.
The Premium range has been extended to include styles of beer from far reaches of the world. American Style Light, Canadian Style Beer, Scottish Style Heavy Ale, Old Ale and so on.
The Premium range allows home beer makers to experience flavors from around the world in their own homes, enjoyably and economically.
Once again the Muntons Premium range is made entirley from 100% hopped malt extract with no adjuncts. There is one notable exception to this however - the American Style Light Beer. To emulate the light delicate character of this popular beer style it was necessary to include in the kit a percentage of liquid sugar. This is the only beer kit in the extensive Muntons ranges made from anything other than 100% hopped malt extract.
MOUNTMELLICK: Mountmellick was a settlement in the fifteenth century. Situated on a narrow river called the Owenass (river of the falls) with an encampment on its banks at Irishtown. Over looking this valley with its trees and wild life was a small church called Kilmongan (Ivy Chapel), which was closed by Penal Laws in 1640. To this setting the Society of Friends (The Quakers) came in 1657 led by William Edmundson, they saw a future for this settlement and built it into a town. This town was to grow to eight thousand people. With twenty-seven industries, which included Breweries, Distillery, Woollen Mills, Cotton, Tanneries and Glass, it was a boomtown in the late nineteenth century. MOUNTMELLICK MALT EXTRACTS AND BEER KITS are made from the original recipe using finest two-row barley malts, carefully processed to produce extracts of unparalleled consistency, purity and quality.