Tips on making a
Foresters beer kit

Making Foresters Arms Ales is a little different from making ordinary beer kits.


Making Foresters Arms Ales is a little different from making ordinary beer kits. The fermenting temperature needs to be higher than with a normal kit and this can be achieved with a simple heat mat. Pitching the yeast at 30ºC and placing the fermenter straight on a heat mat will ensure a temperature of 28ºC is maintained. This attention to temperature control will produce a lower finishing gravity and give a cleaner taste.

However, fermenting at 18ºC to 24ºC (as with an ordinary beer kit) will give a finishing gravity around 1-014 and will take longer. You may find that ENGLAND’S DARK SIDE and FEAR OF THE DARK SIDE kits are better with this finishing gravity as it makes them taste fuller bodied.

Before placing the muslin bags in the saucepan, we recommend breaking up the hops a little - they tend to be very tightly compressed and need to be loosened for the best results.

There are other ways in which you can change a Foresters Arms Ales beer kit to suit your palate.


Increasing the bitterness
in your beer

Just increase the initial boil time by 10 minutes before adding the aroma hops - this will give you a complete boil length of 50 minutes. With ENGLAND’S DARK SIDE and FEAR OF THE DARK SIDE kits which do not come with extra hops, just do a boil length of 50 minutes. This can be extended to 1 hour for extra bittering.

We suggest that a saucepan of 10 litres capacity is the ideal size, as the more water you boil the hops in, the better the hop flavour will be.

Increasing the alcohol
in your beer

The simplest way to do this is to make the beer up to 21 litres or 19 litres, this will give you 4.5% to 5% or 5% to 5.5% approx. But be careful as this will also increase the bitterness of your beer at the same time.


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