This is where the fun starts. While there’s nothing wrong with making kits, and a lot of people are happy to stick to kits, there’s something more satisfying with following a recipe, whether it’s your own or a ‘clone brew’. It can be tweaked to your own liking.

At the same time, because you are still using extract, there is more margin for error than in the full mash method. Because you are not adding a Kilo of sugar to boost it, you will end up with a fuller tasting beer.

Adding hops to boiling wort

Brewing using Dry Malt Extract and speciality grains is a really simple and flexible method for making great beers tailored to your own tastes. This article presents an illustrated guide for a method of brewing using Dry Malt Extract with specialty grains and pellet hops. It's not a complex procedure, and the example recipe illustrated here is a simple one, but it is a method that works well and has developed over several brews where mistakes were made and lessons learnt, so it works for more complex recipes too.

Take the bits you think are good, add bits you think are missing, and tweak constantly until you find a method that suits you best! Above all, have fun experimenting with your ingredients and creating the beers you want!

p1000517.jpgWhy brew on a small scale? Surely more beer is better?

Well there are many reasons to try it out. Many people have small kitchens and don’t have the space for a full brew. Five gallons is a lot of beer if you don’t have people to drink it all. Also for experiments you can’t beat brewing up a small batch. If something goes wrong you don’t have to chuck so much beer which is good when you start brewing. It’s good for trying out lots of different beer styles. It’s not great brewing up 5 gallons of Belgium Wit only to discover you don’t like it. If you’re like me and not strong it saves you lifting heavy pots full of hot wort!

I decided to give it a go.