Wilkinsons Home Brew Range Increases

Wilkinsons Home BrewWilkinson now have their own home brew range, from their own beer kits to sugar and more, they have more than doubled the range they sell in the shops and online (www.wilko.com). The prices are good too and I’m keen to try the kits, I might start this weekend if I have enough empty bottles.

Wilkinsons Home Brew Kits

The new Wilkinsons Home Brew beer kit range (only £10 each) includes:

  • Hoppy Copper Bitter
  • Light Golden Lager
  • Sweet Newkie Brown
  • Light Delicate Pilsner
  • Refreshing Cerveza

and 3 premium ales – £22 each:

  • Golden ale
  • Real ale
  • Best bitter
I never done a cider (£14 each) but they have:
  • Apple cider
  • Forest fruits cidar
  • Pear cidar
The wine range is quite extensive and ranges from 6 bottle kits to 30 bottle kits in red, white, rose and more fruity varieties.

Overall I think this is great for my home brewing, especially with there being a Wilkos shop near me. The increase in the Wilkinsons Home Brew basics range such as sugar, bottles, caps and yeast will be really useful. You can order the same range online and either have it delivered to your door or pick up you order at the store for free.

Above  is a quick picture of the new range, it’s a poor quality picture as they were lots of people about but you can see the new kits on the shelf.

Tesco Direct for Home Brewing

The brewing season is back now the weather is better and its just in time as I’m running out of home brew. I’m looking at doing a Coopers Canadian Blonde brew with some frozen berries and some Coopers brew enhancer.

Having got the beer kit and some berries I needed the enhancer and discovered that Tesco Direct does a decent range of home brew stuff including a lot of the Coopers kits and bits that even the local home brew shop doesn’t stock.

With decent priced kits, cheap delivery and Tescos even allowing you to pick it up from your local store for free makes it a useful place to stock up on home brew.

Check out the home brew range at Tescos, its worth knowing about. I hope it isn’t a short lived run of stock!

brewer bill coventry

Brewer Bill Coventry

Popped into Coventry City Centre last weekend and made it to the market to see Brewer Bill in Coventry Market. Been there a few times now and its great to pick up brewing bits and bobs including a decent range of beer and wine kits. Its a bit easier to call in on Brewer Bill than travel out to Solihull to see Brew Genie and saves money on postage and packaging if ordering online.

To find Brew Bill it is best to enter Coventry market from the Sports Direct entrance and go into to the market through the doors on the left. Brew Bill is down the first aisle in-front of you.

I’m not sure Brewer Bill has any particular opening times, the best I could find was Coventry Market Opening times

Monday to Wednesday: 8.00am to 5.00pm
Thursday: 8.00am to 2.30pm
Friday and Saturday: 8.00am to 5.30pm

Its pretty safe to say Brewer Bill is open on Saturdays, I can’t say for sure on other days.

brewer bill coventry

Printed Cable Ties

I’m looking for some printed cable ties for a friend and would fancy some printed cable ties for keeping some of my brew kit in order, is there anywhere out there that’ll do a good price?

Got a Coopers Ginger Beer on the go at the moment, it’s not frothing up as previous batches have done but I’m sure it’ll be fine.

Currently drinking a couple of Woodfordes Ales and have Brewferm Diablo and Brewferm Kriek in secondary fermentation.

Carbonation Drops for a 500ml bottle

Youngs Beer BottlesI’ve done a Coopers Irish Stout and a Cooper Ginger Beer which I’ve bottled in 500ml bottles using Coopers Carbonation Drops. Coopers recommends 2 carbonation drops per 750ml bottle, I’ve used 1 and a half carbonation drops per 500ml bottle and it has worked well for me.

Use a knife to cup the drops in half, i tried scissors but that resulted in carbonation drops flying around the kitchen.

One bag of carbonation drops should do a 40 pint kit and you can get a bag for about £2.50.

Home Brew Coventry

Living near Coventry I’ve been struggling for a local home brew shop, Wilkos is ok for bits but the quality of kits they stock aren’t the best or the most exciting!  I had been travelling over to BrewGenie in Hall Green but wondering in Coventry’s historic market I stumbled upon Brewer Bill’s stall.  Bill stocks a good variety of kits and equipment including Brewferm and Coopers, but doesn’t have much stuff on display and is a tad more expensive than other home brew shops, but I’m happy to find a local home brew shop on my doorstep.