Dark Rock Birra Italia – All Grain Kit

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Birra Italia has a moderate maltiness and body matched with a distinctive hop aroma and flavour which is provided by Columbus and Hersbrucker hops.

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Description

Dark Rock Birra Italia – All Grain Kit

Dark Rock Birra Italia - All GrainDark Rock Birra Italia has a rich gold colour. The moderate maltiness and body of this beer are matched with a distinctive hop aroma and flavour which is provided by Columbus and Hersbrucker hops. This is a smooth, refreshing, full-bodied classic Italian lager, which is best served chilled. Dark Rock Birra Italia makes 40 pints of 4,6% ABV of Italian style beer.

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.

What Is The Dark Rock World Heritage Range?

World Heritage Kits allow you to master your craft and brew beers which are close to classic styles from around the world. Iconic favourites and traditional styles sit alongside new emerging flavours from developing regions. No compromise has been made in developing the World Heritage Range. These beers are constantly being expanded as we explore the continents to find new and exciting flavours.

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 stunning.

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 Mash 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.

What’s Included?

  • 4.55Kg 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: 4.6%
  • Bitterness: 12 IBU
  • Colour: 7 EBC
  • Target Original Gravity: 1048 (approx)
  • Target Finishing Gravity: 1013 (approx)
  • Fermentation time: 10-14 days approx
  • Conditioning time: 4 weeks minimum (it will mature further if left longer)

Ingredients

Malts: Pilsner, Carapils, Flaked Barley
Hops: Columbus, Hersbrucker
Yeast: Choice of Yeast
Extras: Britewort, Starbrite 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

Weight 4.9 kg
Manufacturer

Beer strength

4.1% – 5%

Beer style

5 reviews for Dark Rock Birra Italia – All Grain Kit

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1 April 2024

Kegged a few days ago, after pressure fermentation for a week with Lallemand Diamond Lager yeast. The beer was crystal clear after using the supplied finings.

This is gorgeous already. A delicate, malty flavour, supported by a gentle bitterness.

Lager for the thinking man/woman. Medium bodied and a lovely mouthfeel will ensure that this won’t last until the summer (this was my original plan).

Time to re-order, I guess.

As a comparison, I’d say it was closet to a draught Peroni.

Congrats again to Dark Rock – You’ve nailed it.

Dirkster (verified owner)
17 November 2023

First try of this tonight and really enjoying it. Light and refreshing. Only downside is it’s too easy drinking . Another great kit. thank you

Andrea D
8 September 2022

Really had my doubts over this one but the finished product is excellent

Just needed a little patience and after 4 weeks conditioning a bright clear and refreshing pint. Well done again Dark Rock

Hooked B
17 March 2021

From the ingredients list it promises an excellent larger.

Have made 2other dark rock largers and friends said they would happily buy a few pints in a pub.

Ps worth waiting a few months to mature.

Nige
1 May 2020

Yet another fantastic kit. Not a big lager drinker and normally stick to ales, but fancied doing something different and bit refreshing, and I quite like lagers like Peroni Gran Reserva. Heard that lager brewing was the most difficult but this ended up being a breeze despite brewing when the temps outside were quite hot. Managed to keep it around 19C (uses Mangrove Jack M54 yeast), using bed sheets to cover fermenter and bottles of frozen water. Took less than a week to ferment, but left it 7 days, and then bottled it with 2 carb tabs in 500ml bottles. After another 7 days put a couple in the fridge overnight, and was amazed at how good this beer tastes. Good refreshing bite, but with a good depth of character. The rest have now been put in the fridge and are quite rapidly being polished off. Will definitely revisit, and probably one of my favorite DRB brews so far

Richmond

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