Tom Caxton Beer Kit Instructions
Gather Your Equipment
Before you begin making your Tom Caxton Beer Kit, you'll need to gather some basic home brewing equipment.
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Brewing Instructions 40 Pints
- Stand the can in hot water for 5 minutes to soften the contents, then start boiling 3.5 litres of water.
- Open the can and pour the contents into your cleaned and sterilised fermenter.
- Add the boiling water to the fermenter.
- Add 1kg of sugar (preferably brewing sugar).
- Thoroughly mix the contents with a sterilised brewing paddle to dissolve the sugar and malt extract.
- Add 19 litres of cold water to bring the volume up to 23 litres (5 UK gallons)
- Leave to stand until temperature reaches 18-21°C.
- Give it another good stir (this process is called aeration) and sprinkle the yeast supplied.
- Cover the fermenter and place it in a warm area at 18-21°C and leave it to ferment.
- Fermentation will be complete when bubbles have ceased to rise (4-6 days) or when your hydrometer reading is constant for 3 days.
- Syphon the beer into strong bottles or a pressure barrel, being careful not to disturb the yeast sediment.
- Add half a teaspoon of sugar per pint to each bottle (or a maximum of 85 grams 23L pressure barrel).
- Cap and seal the bottles and pressure barrel and stand in a warm place for two days.
- Finally move the bottles or barrel to a cool place for 14 days, or until the beer is clear, before drinking.
To brew 36 UK pints
Follow the same instructions as above except for the following steps:
- Use 3 litres of boiling water for step 1.
- Add 17 litres of cold water for step 6.
Always sterilise all equipment before use. (We recommend VWP steriliser)
Ensure that the fermentation has finished before bottling - you don't want any Molotov cocktails in the kitchen.
It is good practice to take hydrometer readings as this will clarify if there is a stuck fermentation or not.
When serving your beer, be careful not to disturb the sediment at the bottom of the bottle.