What Is It?
Simcoe 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 kit produces 40 pints of delicious pale ale at 4.6% ABV.
The Dark Rock SMASH (single malt and single hop) Series kits 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. This will allow you to master your craft and to develop your taste for the finest hops sourced from around the world.
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 a whopping 3.5kg 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.
- 3.5kg 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 and keg ID stickers
- Full instructions
Allergy Advice: May include barley and other Cereals, containing gluten
Basic beer making equipment:
- 30 Litre Fermenter
- Syphon Kit
- Mixing Paddle
- Bottles or Barrel
You will also need a boiling pan (at least 15-litre capacity)
- Makes: 40 pints / 5 gallons
- ABV Approx: 4.6%
- Target Finishing Gravity: 1.010 (approx)
- Fermentation time: 7-14 days approx
- Conditioning time: 2 weeks minimum (it will mature further if left longer)
A sachet of Pure Brew is included with this kit 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 is 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 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.
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 reused over and over again.
Each Dark Rock kit is carefully researched and developed by commercial brewers with extensive knowledge and a passion for craft beers and real ales. New styles are always pilot tested by craft brewers before being released into the market. 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. This is the reason many brewers are moving from malt extract kits to part grain kits. It is difficult to distinguish Dark Rock part grain beers from all grain ales, and the brewing process is much faster and less complicated.