Monthly Archives: December 2013

Festival Premium Ale – Pilgrims Hope – Beer Kit Review

I always like it when I’m surprised by a beer kit and my first impressions of this kit have really surprised me!

I was bought this kit by some good friends for my birthday in January and I’ve finally got around to making it, on first impressions its great, the instructions are clear its well packaged and it feels to be very good quality (not something I’ve seen in most beer kits), the fact that its a full extract kit and the extract comes in sachets rather than tins really is brilliant, I hate getting all that gooey goodness out of the tin and getting it all across my kitchen!

The process is no different than with any kit except the sachets really do make getting all the syrup into the barrel much easier, much much easier…

Warm the syrup and mix with boiling water, add the included dextrose, add cold water and finally add the yeast.

After 5 days add the included hop pellets into the beer and leave for another 5 days.

I will brew this as usual with the immersion heater and will drop mid-ferment!

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Kit contents:
Malt Extract Syrup sachets
Dextrose (brewing sugar)
Brewers yeast
Hop pellets
Muslin type bag for hops
Priming sugar


The final product:

To be honest I was slightly underwhelmed by this beer, unfortunately I didn’t drop it but that shouldn’t have affected it too much it just wasn’t the flavour hit that I expected, it was a clear pleasant beer and easy to drink but not quite what I expected and I doubt I would bother with it again however the packaging etc would definitely inspire me to by another pilgrim ale kit!