A Tribute to Old Speckled Hen – Part Grain Kit

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This has a full, smooth easy drinking flavour. Its rich amber colour and superb fruity aromas are complemented by a delicious blend of malty tastes.

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A Tribute to Old Speckled Hen – Part Grain Kit

Tribute to Old Speckled Hen - Part GrainDark Rock Tribute to Old Speckled Hen is a delicious premium bitter. It has a full, smooth drinking flavour. Its rich amber colour and superb fruity aromas are complemented by a delicious blend of malty tastes. Toffee and roast malt flavours combine with a subtle bitterness to give a balanced sweetness. The finish is refreshingly dry. This kit produces 40 pints at 4.4% ABV.

Tribute Series

These kits allow you to produce beers which mirror the classic commercial favourites. We’ve meticulously chosen and paired quality hops, malts, and yeast to provide you with the closest possible outcome. These beers intentionally avoid being clones, as individual factors like water source and yeast type will vary for each brewery. We recommend you have fun comparing the commercial beer against your own to see how close you can get.

The Commercial Brewery

Old Speckled Hen is produced by the Greene King Brewery, which was founded by Benjamin Greene in Bury St Edmunds in 1799. In 1836 Edward Greene took over the business and in 1887 it merged with Frederick William King’s brewing business to create Greene King. Greene King has grown over the years via mergers and acquisitions. It’s portfolio of businesses now includes Rayments Brewery (1961), the Magic Pub Company (1996), Hungry Horse Pub Restaurants(1996), Morland Brewery (1999), Old English Inns (2001), Morrells Brewery (2002),  a large part of the Laurel Pub Company (2004), Ridleys Brewery (2005), Belhaven Brewery (2005), Hardys and Hansons (2006), The Loch Fyne fish restaurant chain (2007), Cloverleaf (2011), Realpubs (2011), the Capital Pub Company (2011) and the Spirit Pub Company (2015).

What Makes Dark Rock Part Grain Kits So Special?

Part-grain beer kits are an excellent way to take your brewing to the next level. Brewing takes a little longer using this method, but the results are well worth it. With our friendly expert guidance, these kits are suitable for beginners as well as more experienced brewers. All you need extra is a pan and a thermometer. By adding a ‘mini-mash’ to the malt extract brewing technique, using different varieties of malt and hops, you can create more complex flavoursome beers according to your taste.

Dark Rock provides the ultimate range of part-grain kits. Our expert knowledge of brewing combined with sourcing only the finest quality ingredients means Dark Rock part grain kits will enable you to brew exceptional beer that will rival any you can buy in pubs and shops.

Dark Rock kits combine 3kg of the finest quality malt extract with a blend of premium malt grains and hops sourced by us from around the world. We believe our kits are the best on the market and feedback from our many satisfied customers backs this up.

All ingredients are bought and stored fresh and weighed into individual bags. Our hops are vacuum-packed in nitrogen-flushed foil bags to produce the maximum flavour and aromas.

Whatever your brewing experience, a part grain kit is a great choice and requires minimal investment in equipment. With such a wide range of beer styles to choose from, there is sure to be a beer for you, whether it is a tropical pale ale, a rich stout, or a refreshing pilsner.

Kit Content 

  • 3kg Brewery Quality Liquid Malt Extract
  • Premium Brewing Yeast
  • Malt Grains
  • Hop Pellets
  • Pure Brew (water treatment and nutrient)
  • Britewort clarifier
  • Muslin straining bag
  • Starbrite Beer Finings (Vegan-Friendly)
  • Fermenter / keg ID sticker
  • Full instructions

Allergy Advice: May include barley and other Cereals, containing gluten

Equipment Needed

Basic beer-making equipment:

  • 30 Litre Fermenter
  • Airlock
  • Syphon Kit
  • Hydrometer
  • Thermometer
  • Sanitiser
  • Mixing Paddle
  • Bottles or Barrel

You will also need a boiling pan (at least 15-litre capacity)


  • Makes: 40 pints / 5 gallons
  • ABV Approx: 4.4%
  • Target Finishing Gravity: 1.012 (approx)
  • Fermentation time: 7-14 days approx
  • Conditioning time: 2 weeks minimum (it will mature further if left longer)


This kit includes a sachet of Pure Brew to ensure a commercial-quality outcome. 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. This kit includes Starbrite finings. 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 before kegging. Harris Starbrite is a highly effective vegan-friendly beer fining, which is rapidly becoming a firm favourite with craft brewers. It is suitable for all beers.

This kit contains a muslin bag. 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 reused repeatedly.


Additional information

Weight 4 kg

Beer strength

4.1% – 5%

Beer style

4 reviews for A Tribute to Old Speckled Hen – Part Grain Kit

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Rated 5.0 out of 5
22 August 2023

I like the Real Speckled Hen beer so I thought I would give this tribute to Hen a try. I have to say that once the brew was completed and matured I was conveniently furloughed so had plenty of time in the garden to drink my Brew. It has a real malty / toffee flavour and is smooth to drink, . ‘Clucking’ good beer.

Rated 5.0 out of 5
22 August 2023

As a fan of old speckled hen had to try this and I’m very glad I did, the beer is a lovely colour quiet malty with a lovely taste which goes down very well! The keg is nearly empty but have a few bottles in reserve, highly recommend.

Rated 5.0 out of 5
22 August 2023

Did the Pepsi challenge with two friends. Between the three of us we could hardly tell the difference to the shop bought. I found the commercial bottle a little dryer, but all agreed the kit version was the better of the two. Colour wise my brew was a lot darker but who cares !. Was really surprised how close it is to the real thing, almost exact.

Rated 5.0 out of 5
22 August 2023

Easy to brew nice flavours



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