Liquid Malt Extract

Liquid malt extract is often used to make beer at home. Some home brewers use it instead of plain corn sugar (dextrose) to add fermentables to their wort. Other home brewers use the liquid malt extract (LME) to grow yeast cultures.

Liquid Malt Extract

Liquid malt extract has several uses in home brewing.

This is a 1.3kg container of Liquid Malt Extract. It has the consistency of molasses, and is equivalent in fermentables to 1kg of fermentation sugar (dextrose). The remaining 0.3kg is water, and unfermentable solids.

Cheers!

Canadian Home Brewer

Storing Hops

Since I bought some hops to add to the pilsener I’m going to be making, I figured it would be a good idea to show you all a picture of how the hops are purchased. Then there is also the question of storing hops.

Hops pellets  in a vacuum-sealed foil package. This prevents the hops from being exposed to air, thereby slowing oxidation and deterioration of the hops.

Saaz Hops

Hops must be stored at freezing temperatures.

As a general rule, the colder you can store hops, the better. For the average home brewer, that means you’ll be storing hops in the freezer. Hope your wife doesn’t mind!

Cheers!

Canadian Home Brewer

Morgan’s Golden Saaz Pilsener Kit

Hey guys, Canadian Homebrewer here again! I went to my local home brew supply shop the other day and I purchased a couple different items.

First, I wanted to get another beer extract kit, so I shopped around. I’ve said before that I prefer Pilsner to any kind of beer, so I decided to get another pilsner. This time, though, I bought the Morgans Golden Saaz Pilsener kit. They describe it as:

Morgan's Golden Saaz Pilsener Beer Kit

A 1.3kg container of Malt Extract, and a Pilsener Home Beer Kit.

“A pale golden lager with that unique fresh saaz hop aroma. 100% malted barley specially kettled for final clarity.”

Sounds delicious! I’m going to be trying something different this time, though. I’ll be using liquid malt extract instead of dextrose. Apparently this will give the beer more body and flavour instead of just alcohol. Time will tell, I suppose! So, I purchased a 1.3kg container of LME (Liquid Malt Extract).

At the same time, I also bought a pack of Saaz Hops and a hop bag. The shopkeeper said I should notice a big improvement when adding additional hops and malt extract.

I think the next time I make beer at home I’ll try to do a partial mash, or all-grain brew.

Cheers!

Canadian Home Brewer

Update: the kit is now fermenting. Original gravity was 1.050 and should finish around 1.015 or so.

Home Brew Forum

Home Brew Forum

A Canadian home brew forum

Just wanted to let everyone know that there is a home brew forum at http://www.CanadianHomebrewers.com/

They allow you to attach images to posts, and you can buy/sell brewing equipment on their site too. That homebrew forum is a pretty handy tool for all home brewers, especially new home brewers.

I added it to my links section also, on the left of this page.

Cheers!

Coopers Draft Beer Kit

The second homebrew kit I decided to ferment was Cooper’s Draft Beer Kit. It’s basically designed to be a clone of a commerical draught beer: Like MGD Miller’s Genuine Draft, for example.

The process for making the Coopers Draft Beer kit was identical to the Coopers Pilsner: very basic instructions, and they recommended use of dextrose (corn sugar) instead of malt extract. In comparison to the pilsner, the homebrew draft beer was much more plain, and fruitier.

The coopers draft beer kit didn’t impress much, but it was easier to drink (read: better for binge-drinking) than the pilsner, albeit with much less mouthfeel, body, and flavour.

Coopers Draft Home Beer Kit

Cooper's homebrew draft beer kit is basically a clone of MGD.

On the plus side, this beer was much clearer than the pilsner that I completed before it. I attribute this to the fact that it had much longer to age and settle. I allowed this draft beer homebrew to sit in primary fermentation for 21 days, plus 5 days of carbonation. As you can see, it has a respectable head.

In closing, it’s plain, but it’s beer–just like Miller’s Genuine Draft. While I’m not a huge fan of this homebrew kit, it would be good to have around for visitors and friends who like commercial light beer.

Coopers Pilsener Homebrew Kit

I always liked to homebrew pilsener. I’m not sure what it is about pilsner in general, but I just like it.

So naturally, the first homebrew batch was a Pilsner. I decided to go with Coopers Pilsener, because I am familiar with the brand. The mixing and preparation process was very straightforward and typical of homebrewing kits. The beer turned out pretty good, but it was a bit cloudy as you can see.

Coopers Pilsener Homebrew Kit Beer

The Coopers Pilsner turned out a bit cloudy

The cloudiness is in no way the fault of the kit. The instructions said to allow it to ferment and sit for 7-10 days. I left it for 14 days, and then force carbonated it for another 5 days. I think I may have sucked up some sediment when I was transferring the beer from the primary fermentation bucket to the keg. Lesson learned!

Otherwise it tasted very good, though I think it could have benefited from racking another week or two to let it settle and age some more. Another homebrew lesson learned!

Cheers!

Getting back into Homebrewing

I first started homebrewing in college. Mostly it was because I was too poor to buy commercial beer in the quantities I needed.

After college I got a fantastic career and could afford my beer. Plus there was no need to have so much beer on hand, as I didn’t drink as much as I did when I was in school.

I’m getting back into homebrewing though. This time, it’s not about getting drunk for cheap, but rather it’s a good hobby to have. Making beer at home is a fantastic way to meet great people, brew beer at home, and learn about food and science.

I’ll be blogging about my canadian homebrew experience. The idea is to post about each kit I make, what I like, what I don’t like, and what I have come to learn about home brewing.

Cheers! (or should I say Prost?)

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