Perfect for beginners: easy home brewing with Mangrove Jack's brewing kits
Brewing your own beer can take a lot of time. It can take as long as five hours before you even start the fermentation process. For the advanced brewer, this is part of the fun of brewing, but as a beginner, you can quickly become overwhelmed by the different brewing phases.
Mangrove Jack's malt extract brewing kits makes brewing much easier. The brewing kits in the aroma-protecting foil pouch already contain all the ingredients you need to start directly with the fermentation process of your own beer.
Mangrove Jack's brewing kits in a double foil bag contain all the ingredients you need to start fermenting your own beer right away. To ensure that all the flavours remain as fresh as possible and that the ingredients do not lose quality, the hopped malt extracts are carefully cold-filled using state-of-the-art nitrogen processes. Each double foil bag consists of two separate inner compartments. One compartment contains the best hopped malt extracts from Europe. The second contains a high-quality yeast strain that provides the desired flavours for each beer style, as well as detailed brewing instructions.
To brew your own beer, all you need in addition to a Mangrove Jack's brewing kit is a 30 litre fermentation vessel (also called a fermenter), a long stirrer and bottles of your choice to fill your beer.
Tip: Instead of buying new bottles, you can also use used bottles with a swing-top cap. Used bottles have to be cleaned properly, the best way is with Puro Oxi.
It's that easy to brew your own beer:
- Clean and disinfect your fermenter, the lid and the stirrer. The best way to do this is with Puro Oxi.
- Remove the yeast bag from the fermenter and set aside.
- Place the bag in hot water for 15 minutes to soften the extract.
- Open the foil bag and pour the malt extract into the cleaned fermentation vessel. Rinse any residue in the bag with warm water and place it in the fermentation vessel as well.
- Now add boiling water and sugar to the fermentation vessel according to the quantities indicated on the front of the bag for each type of beer. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
- Fill up with cold tap water to the final amount indicated on the front of the bag.
- Check that the temperature of the liquid is below 25°C. Only then add the contents of the yeast bag and stir.
- Attach a water seal to the lid of the fermentation vessel. Ensure that the seal is airtight. Fill half the "U" of the airlock with water to protect the brew during fermentation.
- Now just let it ferment. You will see carbon dioxide bubbles escaping from the water lock after a few hours to a day. If possible, do not move the fermentation vessel. The ideal fermentation temperature for each style of beer is indicated on the front of the bag.
- Wait 10 days or until the water seal stops bubbling. If you have a hydrometer handy, check the specific gravity (SG). The specific gravity (SG) should be equal to or less than the value indicated on the front of the bag. Once fermentation is complete, you can bottle the beer.
- Clean and disinfect the bottles and the filling device - e.g. a filling pipe or siphon - before use.
- Fill the bottles so that there is a free space of approximately 5 cm at the top of the bottle. Before you close the bottles, add Mangrove Jack's Carbonation Drops or alternatively ordinary sugar (1 lump is equivalent to 0.5 teaspoons of sugar). 1 lump or 0.5 teaspoon of sugar per 0.33L bottle / 1.5 lumps or 0.75 teaspoons of sugar per 0.5L bottle.
- Keep your beer in a warm place for at least 2 weeks before storing it in a cool, dark place to allow it to clarify. This will give you a nice clear beer.
DRINKING AND STORINGThe beer is ready to drink as soon as it is clear. Leaving the beer in a cool, dark place for at least 2 to 4 weeks longer will make the beer even tastier. Serve chilled.
Note: these instructions refer to Mangrove Jack's Traditional Series. For Mangrove Jack's Craft Series, they may vary depending on the beer style. Specific instructions are included in each bag.