- Food grade fermenter or bucket with airtight lid
- 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.
- Hydrometer (for checking fermentation progress)
- Heat tray or brew belt (if your room is too cold)
- Beer paddle (for stirring)
All these items can be found at
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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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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
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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