Treated the Queen and Boo Boo to a day out in the Cotswolds. My ulterior motive, of course, was to check out the Hop and Vine homebrew shop in Burford. The guy in there had good chat, and although the shop was pretty small, there was a good range of equipment and kits. However, if you wanted grains, hops or yeasts, you’d probably be disappointed.
I bought a new tap for the keg that Fendog broke in the imfamous Exploding Keg incident, and, having no grain for a proper brew, I decided to buy a beer kit and get it going before Fendog got back to Oxford and reclaimed his fermenter. We’ve not done a kit beer before so I went for a trusted brand – Woodforde’s of Norfolk.
Fendog has often turned his nose up at this Norfolk company. But having examined the packaging, I can put his mind at rest. Its actually made by Muntons, just a few minutes drive from Fendog Farm in good ole Suffolk.
Keen to try something new and a bit different I went for their Barleywine kit, “Headcracker”, and got it on the go as soon as I got home. The only downside is that, being rather strong, it only makes 23 pints whereas most kits will do 40. Hope its worth it.