A Tribute to Holdens Black Country Special – All Grain Kit

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Holden’s Black Country Special: An amber beer with a full-bodied, bitter-sweet taste from Maris Otter Malt & Fuggles hops.

Description

A Tribute to Holdens Black Country Special – All Grain Kit

Dark Rock Tribute to Holdens Black Country Special is an amber coloured beer with robust malty overtones and a bitter sweet full bodied taste. Brewed using the Finest English Maris Otter Malt and Fuggles hops this big, beautiful malty monster is an industrial strength beer at it’s best. Dark Rock Tribute to Holdens Black Country Special makes 40 pints of 5.1% ABV Black Country style Ale.

WHAT IS THE DARK ROCK TRIBUTE SERIES?

The Dark Rock Tribute series allows you to produce beers which mirror the classic commercial favourites. We carefully selected and matched quality hops, malts, and yeast to provide you with the closest possible result. Each brewery will have unique factors such as water source and yeast type; therefore, Tribute beers are not intended to be clones. We recommend you have fun by comparing the commercial beer against your own to see how close you can get.

Commercial brewers with extensive knowledge and a passion for craft beers and real ales carefully research and develop each Dark Rock kit. Dark Rock Kits enable you to produce commercial quality beers, all within the comfort of your own home. We add malts and hops at controlled stages of the brewing process to create rich aromas and depths of flavour that are not only stunning but also simply unparalleled.

WHAT MAKES THE DARK ROCK ALL-GRAIN RANGE SO SPECIAL?

Dark Rock Brewing’s All-Grain Beer Kits provide everything you need to make a superb ale.  All-grain brewing is a rewarding process, which puts you in full control of your brewing. It takes a little longer than making a standard beer kit or partial mash but the results are absolutely stunning. All-grain mash brewing is great fun and really allows you to develop the necessary skills to master your craft. We use commercial-quality malt and hops in each kit, placing a strong emphasis on freshness.

Dark Rock’s All-Grain Kits represent fantastic value too. You only buy the exact amount of ingredients you need so there is no waste. Unlike making up your own recipe you will not have leftover quantities. With all grain brewing, it is important not to keep stocks of grains and particularly hops at home for long periods. The quality deteriorates quickly. Therefore, it does not make sense to buy larger quantities of grains and hops than you actually need.

We weigh Dark Rock All-Grain Kits to precise quantities required for each brew, ensuring the freshest ingredients and excellent value. We store hops in temperature-controlled rooms and vacuum-pack them immediately upon opening. This ensures the optimum quality of your brew.

THE COMMERCIAL BREWERY:

The Holden family are proud to have been brewing traditional Black Country real ales at the Hopden Brewery site for the last 106 years, producing some of, what some would say, are the finest ales that the area has seen. Holdens have maintained their brewing process over the years, using their unique strain of yeast. This yeast, cared for and protected, forms the unique blueprint for their award-winning ales.

Holdens still use the finest Maris Otter Malts along with both Fuggles and Goldings Hops for their core cask beers and a myriad of new and daring hops in the Monthly Seasonal Beers and of course not forgetting the biggest ingredient of all, our purest Black Country water. Traditional is the word for Holdens Brewery, with a Gravity Mill, open fermentation vessels and a Copper Copper. Holden’s Brewery brews 10,368 pints each time in its original 36-barrel copper capacity.

Included in the Kit

  • 5.12Kg Malt Grains
  • Hop Pellets
  • Pure Brew (water treatment and nutrient)
  • Britewort clarifier
  • Starbrite Beer Finings (Vegan-Friendly)
  • Fermenter / keg ID sticker
  • Full instructions

Allergy Advice: Includes barley and other cereals, containing gluten

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Makes: 40 pints / 5 gallons
  • ABV Approx: 5.1%
  • Bitterness: 28 IBU
  • Colour: 12 EBC
  • Target Original Gravity: 1050 (approx)
  • Target Finishing Gravity: 1011 (approx)
  • Fermentation time: 10-14 days approx
  • Conditioning time: 4 weeks minimum (it will mature further if left longer)

INGREDIENTS

Malts: Extra Pale Maris Otter Malt, Medium Crystal Malt, Torrefied Wheat
Hops: Fuggles
Yeast: Choice of Premium Beer Yeast
Extras: Britewort, Beer Finings, Pure Brew

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 specialist equipment to make all grain beers.

The process involves three stages. The first stage is mashing. Your mash equipment will need to maintain the grains and water at a constant temperature for an hour (usually 66C). This is important as only slight variations in temperature can affect the taste of the final beer. The second part of the process is sparging. This involves rinsing the grains with water slightly hotter than the mash (77C). Finally, you will need to boil the wort for around 70 minutes and then cool it to fermentation temperature as fast as possible. From this point, the fermentation process is similar to standard kits. You can use numerous techniques and equipment styles to make full mash beers.

In the past, brewers used a floating mash tun and insulated ice box as the most basic method. Alternatively, they used a Pico style Electrim Bin. Whilst these are still available, there are now easy to use all-grain brewing systems available. The initial cost is higher but these systems are superb and allow you to achieve bang on results every time. They also cut down the time that you have to be present during the process. All grain systems are so effective that most commercial breweries use them for testing experimental recipes prior to full-blown scale-ups.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

We highly recommend the Grainfather brewing system. You can expand this system as your skills develop, to include conical temperature-controlled fermenters, sparge water heaters, and even an integrated Glycol Chiller. This ensures precise temperatures down to 4 degrees centigrade, which is useful for lager production and summer brewing. A wide range of all-grain brewing equipment is available on our website and we are always available to offer advice.

TIPS

This kit includes a sachet of Pure Brew 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 treats brewing water, eliminating problems that Chlorine and Chloramine create. These problems can result in a medicinal or “homebrew” taste.

Overlooking the condition of brewing water can impact results, even though it’s critical to achieving optimum results. 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.

You could consider investing in a metal hop spider to effectively manage hop additions into the boiling process. The hop spider would sit inside your boiler and allow you to drop hops into the boil in a controlled way. Hop Spiders allow hops to boil with more free flow space around them. You can easily clean them and re-use them over and over again. They also prevent hop sediment (known as trub) from clogging up pumping systems when using all in one brewing equipment.

Additional information

Beer strength

5.1% – 6%

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