What is it?
"Newkie Brown" is the iconic beer of 90's students. It is a full-bodied smooth ale with hints of caramel, banana and dried fruit. It has a smooth texture and high carbonation so is best served from bottles. The moderate hop aromas and bitterness provide some nutty notes and slight hints of oak, with a slight burst of hoppiness at the finish.
The Dark Rock Tribute to Newcastle Brown Ale is a partial mash kit that makes 40 pints of beer. This is a step up from standard kits and just under a full mash beer. You will need a large saucepan ideally holding at least 15 litres. To make this kit you will need to steep the grains and boil the hops in the saucepan. The hops are added at various stages throughout the boiling process. Hops added at the start of the boil give the beer the bitterness. Hops added at the later stages will give the beer the aroma. The Dark Rock Tribute to Newcastle Brown Ale makes 40 pints of 4.7% Brown Ale.
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.
These kits allow you to produce beers which mirror the classic commercial favourites. Quality hops, malts and yeast have been carefully selected and matched to give you the closest possible result. They are not designed to be clones since factors such as water source and yeast type will be individual to each brewery. We recommend you have fun comparing the commercial beer against your own to see how close you can get.
What makes the Dark Rock Partial Mash range so 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.
The Commercial Brewery
Newcastle Brown was launched in 1927 by Colonel Jim Porter. The brand underwent a resurgence in the late 1980s and early 1990s and went on to be one of the most widely distributed products in the UK. Brewing moved from Tadcaster in 2017 to the Heineken Brewery in the Netherlands. Newcastle Brown is perceived in the UK as a traditional drink of the northeast and has an association with the heavy industry.
Originally brewed by Newcastle Breweries, which expanded in 1960 to become Scottish & Newcastle. In 2010, brewing controversially moved from the northeast to Tadcaster in North Yorkshire. Newcastle Brown is rumoured to be the favourite drink of film star Clint Eastwood.
Allergy Advice: May include barley and other cereals, containing gluten
- Makes: 40 pints / 5 gallons
- ABV Approx: 4.7%
- 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.