What is it?
Dark Rock Brewing's Single Hop IPA is a premium partial mash kit. Everything you need to make a superb ale is included in the box (except water). Partial mash brewing is an easy process. It takes a little longer than making a standard beer kit but the results are absolutely stunning. Partial mash brewing really allows you to master your craft. It is fun and you are much more involved in the brewing process, allowing you to develop your skills. The quality of the commercial grade malt extract used in this kit.is so good it is difficult to distinguish the beer from an all grain recipe. The Simcoe Single Hop Kit is part of Dark Rock Brewing's Single Hop Range. They are designed to produce a common neutral malt base, and the flavour of one individual hop, which is added at various stages of the brewing process, The aim is to develop your skills in discerning the contribution and characteristics which specific hops give to beers. Simcoe is one of the big American hops and has become a wildly popular hop amongst craft brewers. It is described as being both fruity and earthy. It offers notes of berries, apricot, passion fruit, and citrus, but also has pronounced aromas of pine and woody earth. The flavour and aroma are quite complex and unique. Simcoe is a dual purpose hop which makes a well-rounded addition to just about any beer style. It is a great late hop addition and is very effective for dry hopping too. Simcoe hops have a fairly high alpha acid content so are very effective for bittering IPAs.
This top of the range kit will produce a beer that you can be proud of. No compromise has been made on quality and only the freshest hops and malts have been selected. The kit also includes a sachet of Pure Brew water conditioner and yeast enhancer to ensure a pure commercial taste is achieved. Starbrite finings are also included. The kit is suitable for vegans as it contains no animal-based products. The Single Hop kit produces 40 pints of beer with a target alcohol content of 5% ABV (approx)
The Dark Rock Brewing Single hop range allows you to master your craft and brew beers which really pick out the characteristics of current hop favourites. Dark Rock Partial Mash Beer kits contain only the finest quality ingredients and easy to follow step-by-step instructions. They are comprehensive and complete premium beer kits that have 3.5kg of commercial grade malt extract as a backbone. This is matched to perfectly crushed malts and the freshest hops packed in nitrogen flushed vacuum packs. The result is the highest quality beer kits ever produced!
Each Dark Rock kit is carefully researched and developed by commercial brewers with extensive knowledge and a passion for craft beers and real ales. Dark Rock Kits enable you to produce commercial quality beers, all within the comfort of your own home. Malts and hops are added at controlled stages of the brewing process to provide rich aromas and depths of flavour which are simply not possible from standard hopped malt extract kits.
What Makes the Dark Rock Partial Mash range special?
Most economy beer kits are supplied with 1.5kg of malt, or up to 1.8kg for standard kits. Many brewers now prefer to pay a little extra for boxed premium kits, which tend to include 3kg malt. The higher the malt content, the better the body and taste will be. You really do get what you pay for in this respect. Dark Rock Partial Mash kits contain a whopping 3.5kg of malt extract and that is without counting the malt grains! This puts them ahead of the pack in terms of malt content and gives the beer a massive quality advantage. Couple that with a really generous quantity of the freshest and best quality hops, and you have a beer which is pretty much impossible to beat without heading into all grain mashing territory. Even the most avid all grain aficionados supplement their stocks with Dark Rock Partial Mash beers. The reason they give is that the quality is right up there and the brewing time and complexities are greatly reduced.
What is IPA?
Pale Ale technically covers several styles of beer, including IPA's. Bottles labelled as pale ales usually air towards the lighter, brighter end of the spectrum. The term “India Pale Ale,” however, was first used in an advertisement printed in Australia’s first newspaper in 1829. Historically in the UK, ales that were pale in colour were often called “pale ale” or “bitter” interchangeably. More recently, a distinction has been made between pale ale and bitter, Some consider the method of dispensing the beer to be the decisive factor: If the beer is served on draught from a cask, it would be called a bitter; if in a bottle or carbonated keg, then it is deemed to be pale ale. Nevertheless, whether they are called bitters or pale ales, these are the traditional beers of the English pub.
"IPA” stands for India Pale Ale, a hoppy style of beer that falls under the pale ale category. Modern IPA's tend to be amber-gold beer with fruity, fresh citrus aromas. However, there are many variations on the style, including a black IPA. Double IPA's, (DIPA's) also called Imperial IPA's, are a much hoppier style of IPA's with an alcohol content above 7.5% ABV. Pale ale is a sociable beer, easy to drink with food or over the course of an evening. This easy-going style remains one of the most popular among craft beers.
Different countries make different styles of pale ale. The American pale ale was developed around 1980 and tends to be cleaner and hoppier, while British versions are more malty, buttery, aromatic, and balanced. American IPA's are normally brewed with characteristically American hops, like Cascade, Centennial, Citra, Columbus, Chinook, Simcoe, Amarillo, Warrior, and Nugget. The recent explosion of craft beer styles has been as a result of experimenting with pale ales. American brewers (who tend to dislike the name “bitter”)—make pale ales that are much more powerful and served cold. The English and American methods of brewing pale ale make an interesting contrast in basic brewing ingredients. British malt is nutty and robust, American malt is softer and crisper. Classic English hops are refined, earthy and floral; whereas American hops are juicy and powerful, bursting with citrus and pine profiles. English pale ales tend to be well balanced but Americans prefer a full hop character, with a strong aroma. And American yeast tends to be more neutral, while classic English ale yeast leaves a note of fruitiness and a faint hint of butterscotch.
The Single Hop IPA is an American style IPA which focuses on Simcoe, one of the powerful hop varieties. It produces a delicious beer with a great aroma and is suitable for keg or bottles.
- 3.5kg Premium Brewery Quality Liquid Malt Extract
- Genuine Brewer's Yeast Sachet
- Malt Grains
- Hop Pellets
- Pure Brew (water treatment and nutrient)
- Britewort clarifier
- Muslin straining bag
- Starbrite Beer Finings (Vegan-Friendly)
- Fermenter and keg ID stickers
- Full instructions
Allergy Advice: May include barley and other cereals, containing gluten
- Makes: 40 pints / 5 gallons
- ABV Approx: 5%
- Target Finishing Gravity: 1.012 (approx)
- Fermentation time: 10-14 days approx
- Conditioning time: 4 weeks minimum (it will mature further if left longer)
What equipment do you need?
Basic beer making equipment (5g fermenter, airlock, syphon tube with sediment trap, hydrometer, Suresan sanitiser, bottles or barrel). These are available under the starter kit section on this website. You will also need a stainless steel pan (15 litres minimum capacity), and a thermometer
A sachet of Pure Brew is included with this kit in order to achieve a commercial quality. Pure Brew is a professional beer enhancer. It feeds the yeast with essential nutrients, which supercharge the fermentation and support yeast development (even in limited oxygen conditions). Pure Brew also treats brewing water to eliminate problems caused by Chlorine and Chloramine (which can create a medicinal or as it is sometimes referred to, a "homebrew" taste) The condition of brewing water is critical to achieving optimum results but this important area is often overlooked. By using Pure Brew, you can effectively and easily condition brewing water, and maximise effective fermentation. We strongly recommend using Pure Brew with all of your beers to improve their quality.
The addition of beer finings will improve the final quality of your beers. Starbrite finings are included with this kit. They will help your beer to clear quickly and the sediment will be more likely to stay at the bottom of bottles or barrels. If you are using Corny Kegs then it is important to clear the beer as much as possible before kegging. Beer Finings will promote a faster and more efficient fall out of sediment and haze particles prior to kegging. Harris Starbrite is a highly effective vegan-friendly beer fining, which is rapidly becoming a firm favourite with home brewers. It is suitable for all beers.
A muslin grain bag is included with this kit. You could consider investing in a metal hop spider to upgrade your equipment. The hop spider would sit inside your boiling pan and allow you to drop hops into the pan in a controlled way. Hop Spiders allow hops to boil with more free flow space around them. They are easily cleaned and can be re-used over and over again.