Wilkinson's Sweet Newkie Brown Beer Kit

Wilkinson’s Sweet Newkie Brown Beer Kit

I couldn’t resist the new Wilkinson’s beer kits, so this weekend I started the Sweet Newkie Brown Beer Kit. For only £10 they’re well worth a go. I’m not following the instructions given with the kit but I thought I would try a similar recipe to the Scotch Ale I did earlier on this year as that has worked out really well.

The instructions on the kit were really simple and straightforward with nice little diagrams, perfect for someone who is starting out. My first kit was a Youngs beer kit that was ok but the instructions weren’t clear at all, a bit of guess work was needed at some points for a complete novice. Now its much easier after doing many kits but nice to see simple instructions.

I used:

  • Sweet Newkie Brown Beer Kit
  • 500g Spray Malt Dark
  • 500g Dark Brown Sugar

Within a few hours the bubbles and froth started to appear in the bucket, I hope this is a good sign!

Scotch Ale – Using Coopers Sparkling Ale, Dark Brown Sugar and Amber Malt Extract

I started a Scotch Ale that was recommended on the Coopers home brew website. For this brew I used

  • Coopers Sparkling Ale Premium Selection – from Brew Genie
  • 500 grams Dark Brown Sugar – from Waitrose
  • Amber Malt Extract – from Brew Genie

All 3 items came in in at just over £20, not too bad if it works and makes 40 pints, about 50p a pint.

I added all the items into the clean fermentation bucket with 2 litres of hot water and mixed.

I filled the fermentation bucket up to the 21 litre mark and added the yeast that came with the kit.

Commercial yeast was recommended on the website but the yeast that comes with the kit is good enough for me.

I’ll be bottling this kit 2 weeks, will post some results up then. I have done the Sparkling Ale kit before and followed the instructions on the can, the results weren’t great as it was very flat and not sparkling, it still got drunk though!