Here are some of the more common questions about fresh wort kits.
- How long does a wort kit take to ferment?
About the same time as any other beer. Fermentation times will depend on wort gravity, amount of yeast, yeast strain, and temperature. Expect 5 to 10 days depending on the above factors.
- What are the start and finish gravities?
For our standard wort kits the undiluted gravity is 1054, maybe a little more. At 20 litres the gravity will be about 1046. Expect a finishing gravity of 1010 – 1012.
- How long will a fresh wort kit keep for?
Our fresh wort kits have a recommended shelf life of 12 months. On the lid is a sticker with the production date.
- The drum is stamped 15 litres, but the label says 17 litres. Why?
We fill the drums to have little or no headspace. The 15 litre mark is just shy of the top of the raised band.
- What is the sediment in the bottom of the drum?
It is a mixture of hop fallout and cold break. Cold break is composed of proteins which have precipitated out of the boiled wort as it cools.
- What do I do with the empty drums?
Clean them! To be re-used or recycled the drums must be clean. I will take them back at the brewery only if they are clean, spotlessly clean. You can give them away with a free ad on Gumtree or leave them out the front will a sign. If you put them through your household recycling, mash the drums up with a sledgehammer to save space.