Golden ales from Kits

Golden Ales from kits

Summer ales from kits

A glass of summer ale

It might not yet be summer, indeed as I write it’s not even spring and yet and yet, I’m starting to think about what I want to drink during the summer months. I’m sure I am not the only one either.

For those new to brewing and worried about what to brew with a kit, don’t fret, help is at hand and here is run down of some golden ale kits to help get the summer drinking off to a good start.

The following is an extract from Brewing Britain.

St Peters Golden Ale

The St Peter’s kits can be a little hit and miss, but the Golden Ale kit is by far one of the best that they make. Unlike a lot of kits, you really don’t have to tinker with it to make a decent pint either, although as with most instructions it is still a little optimistic with the time. I’d wait at least a month before drinking it.

It’s a two extract tin kit. The kit contains two tins of extract, which brings it into the premium kit range, but it can often be found on offer and you don’t have to buy any extras like spray malt or brewing sugar. The hops provided in a sachet add a smooth, floral spice ideal for a Golden Ale quaffed in the summer months. The other bonus of this kit is that the beer it emulates is readily available in bottles, so you can at least try it before you brew it and work out for yourself if it is worth the effort for yourself!

As with most kits the yeast provided (I believe) is muntons gold will have many kit beers tasting the same. When making a golden ale, Chris white from White labs suggest using WLP080 Cream Ale Yeast Blend or a kolsch yeast instead.

Festival Golden Stag Summer Ale

This is at the very high-end of the kit market, but it is worth it. The difference here, especially compared to some of the one-tin kits, is immense. Hop pellets are supplied for dry-hopping, along with a hop-straining bag, a bag of dextrose, two bags of liquid malt extract, priming sugar, and the yeast provided is a specially selected strain rather than (as was) a generic and nondescript ‘Ale’ yeast. The use of Cascade and Columbus hops means that you get a real hit of fruit. Expect grapefruit, herbal and earthy flavours to come through.

Coopers Canadian Blonde and Black Rock Pilsner Blonde

Both these Blonde kit beers that are worth a brew day, and both are from Oceania. Coopers Canadian Blonde and Black Rock Pilsner Blonde from New Zealand. Each will benefit from an addition of 500g of spray malt. Blonde being a Belgium Belgian style, an addition of some Belgium Belgian hops will certainly add something to the final product. In this case I’d suggest a dry-hop addition of 25g Saaz after the beer has been fermenting for 12 days – unless your beer is fermenting very slowly, as dry hops shouldn’t be added for longer than a week. If using the yeast provided you may have to be patient, as it is known to be sluggish.

See St Peters golden ale above for other yeast suggestions.

Andy Hamilton

Brewer, forager, broadcaster, spaceman occasional liar

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5 Responses

  1. Richard Denning says:

    I discovered golden ales last summer. St Peters was a really good kit to make.

  2. Richard Denning says:

    I simply followed instructions. It was good a couple of weeks after bottling but did improve over the summer

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