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.

You'll need a fermenting vessel, such as a plastic fermenter or glass carboy, along with a stopper and airlock.

You'll also need a thermometer, hydrometer, and siphoning equipment.

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Brewing Instructions 40 Pints

  1. Stand the can in hot water for 5 minutes to soften the contents, then start boiling 3.5 litres of water.
  2. Open the can and pour the contents into your cleaned and sterilised fermenter.
  3. Add the boiling water to the fermenter.
  4. Add 1kg of sugar (preferably brewing sugar).
  5. Thoroughly mix the contents with a sterilised brewing paddle to dissolve the sugar and malt extract.
  6. Add 19 litres of cold water to bring the volume up to 23 litres (5 UK gallons)
  7. Leave to stand until temperature reaches 18-21°C.
  8. Give it another good stir (this process is called aeration) and sprinkle the yeast supplied.
  9. Cover the fermenter and place it in a warm area at 18-21°C and leave it to ferment.
  10. Fermentation will be complete when bubbles have ceased to rise (4-6 days) or when your hydrometer reading is constant for 3 days.
  11. Syphon the beer into strong bottles or a pressure barrel, being careful not to disturb the yeast sediment.
  12. Add half a teaspoon of sugar per pint to each bottle (or a maximum of 85 grams 23L pressure barrel).
  13. Cap and seal the bottles and pressure barrel and stand in a warm place for two days.
  14. 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.

Homebrewing Hints

Always sterilise all equipment before use. (We recommend VWP steriliser)

In the colder months of the year, the use of a heat pad or immersion heater will help to keep an even temperature.

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. 

Only use pressure bottles, we recommend plastic beer bottles for beginners or you can go for beer bottles/swing tops.

When serving your beer, be careful not to disturb the sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Your beer will take longer to clear in a pressure barrel you can speed this process up using beer finings.

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