Bulldog Beer Kit Instructions

Necessary equipment

- Food grade fermenter or bucket with airtight lid

- Airlock

- Syphon tube

- Bottles or a pressure barrel (keg) with S30 valve


A fermenter/bucket with lots of headspace is best, 27L

or more. The airlock is used to let CO2 out but no air in.

The syphon tube is used for transferring beer to bottles

(or keg), an extendable (telescopic) model is best.


Only use proper beer bottles, designed to handle the

pressure (swing top bottles, crown cap bottles or PET

beer bottles). Kegs come in many types, the best have a

float system inside so you can draw the beer sooner. The

economy models have a bottom tap and no float system

so you must wait for full clearing before drawing beer.


Optional equipment

- Hydrometer (for checking fermentation progress)

- Thermometer

- Heat tray or brew belt (if your room is too cold)

- Beer paddle (for stirring)

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Hop pellets - tweaking options

If you are happy to follow our standard recipe you don’t

need to read this section - just skip straight to START

lower down. If you like to tweak things - keep reading.

This kit contains Finishing Hop Pellets. These are not

intended to provide the main bitterness of your beer, we

have already added hops to the malt extract for this

purpose. Instead, the hop pellets are intended to add a

finishing touch of extra fresh hop flavour and aroma.

Our normal instruction tells you to add the hop pellets

half way through fermentation (see instruction 7) but

you can actually adjust the level of hop aroma by adding

the pellets at fermentation start instead (less aroma) or

just before bottling/kegging (more aroma).

For Craft Beers, always add hops near bottling.


Right, enough talking, let's get brewing!

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1) Clean all equipment with VWP or Brewsafe or other good

homebrew cleaner/steriliser.

2) Place the malt bag in hot water for 15 minutes

to soften the liquid malt extract.

3) Empty the contents of the malt bag into your

sterilised container. Rinse out any remaining

extract from the bag with hot water and add to

fermenter as well.

4) Add 3L of hot water to the container and stir the

mix until all malt has dissolved well. Make sure

not to exceed the temperature your fermenter

can stand and be especially careful with glass


Once your wort is well mixed, stir and splash

the wort vigorously for 1-2 minutes. This is

important. It oxygenates the wort which secures

a rapid start of fermentation.

5) Top up your fermenter to 23L in total using a

mix of hot and cold water so you achieve a final

liquid temperature in the range 20°C - 25°C.

Check with a thermometer that your brew is

max 25°C, then add the contents of the yeast


6) Fit a water filled airlock to your fermenter and

leave it to ferment for 8-10 days at 18°C - 24°C

ambient temperature. In cooler conditions, use a

heat pad or brew belt. Place somewhere safe in

case of leaks or frothing over.

Bulldog Brews premium beer kits contain

genuine slow fermenting varietal brewers beer

yeast which does require 8-15 days to ferment

out fully. To prevent contamination, open

fermenter as little as possible during this period.


After 4-7 days

7) After 4 days of fermentation (note: For

American Craft Beers, wait until 1-2 days before

you bottle, see instruction 8) – open hop pellet

sachet(-s) carefully and soak inner “teabag(-s)”

in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Then

add the mixture including “teabag” to the brew

and stir and splash vigorously to mix and

aerate (important!). Leave in the brew during

rest of fermentation. Adding the hop pellets late

is important for the American Craft Beers to

achieve their powerful aroma.


After 8-10 days

8) After 8-10 days of fermentation, check if your

hydrometer now shows a reading of 1008-1010

or below (1010-1012 for Triple Tykes Special

Export Ale and for Cobnar Wood Northern

Brown Ale) before proceeding to bottling/


If your reading is a little higher, then aerate the

brew by stirring and splashing vigorously for 2

minutes, then leave for a few more days, up to

two full weeks of fermentation (not unusual for

high gravity beers or the American Craft beers).

Check gravity every day and proceed when

gravity does not drop any further for two days.

Note: For American Craft Beers, add the hop

pellets (as per instruction 7) at this stage, ideally

1-2 days before you bottle your beer.


Bottling your beer

9) Syphon the beer into clean sterilised bottles, use

bottles with “swing tops”, beer bottles with

crown caps or PET beer bottles with screw caps.

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10) Add 1 level teaspoon of sugar or 2 carbonation

drops per 500ml bottle (Maxales) or 1 rounded teaspoon /

2 drops to a 750ml bottle (Coopers). Be careful not to add

too much or your bottles could explode.

11) Seal the bottles and transfer to a warm place for

at least one week for secondary fermentation.

12) After at least one week of secondary fermentation, move the bottles to a cool place until the

beer is perfectly clear (about another week).


Kegging your beer

9) Syphon the beer into a clean and sterilised S30

equipped keg (pure S30 valve, or S30 pin valve

for 8g bulbs).

10) Add 150g of sugar, seal thoroughly.

11) Leave in a warm place for at least a week for

secondary fermentation to take place, then

transfer to a cool place for clearing.


That’s it, you're done, enjoy your beer!


A final word on Hop pellets - yet another alternative

We said initially that the hop pellets are not there to add

bitterness to the beer. We already hopped the malt

extract to the right level when we manufactured the kit.

However, there is of course no such thing as the “right”

level. For more bitterness than our standard recipe, you

can use the following method:

Take approximately 3 litres of the wort (before you add

the yeast). Add this to a large saucepan with the

“teabag” of hops and boil for 30 minutes. After cooling

down, add the liquid (but not the hop bag) back to your


Only do this at the start, otherwise you will boil some

yeast as well which may produce off-flavours.

This method adds some extra bitterness, but because

you add the hops at the beginning of fermentation, you

will get a slightly weaker hop aroma than if you just add

the hop pellets half way through fermentation, or at the

end. For this reason, it is not recommended for the

American Craft Beers which need the extra aroma.

It is of course possible to combine the two methods. If

you buy a separate bag of hop pellets, you can use one

bag for bitterness and the other for aroma.


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