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Rick & Carol



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Location: Drefach Llanybydder, Ceredigion

PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:53 am    Post subject: dark beer advice please  Reply with quote

We're going to have a crack at brewing our first beer soon. Favorite beer currently is Wychwood brewery's Hobgoblin. A lovely dark chocolaty beer. Any suggestions for a beer kit that might be somewhat similar please.
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12Bore



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Location: Paddling in the Mersey

PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nowt to do with Bodger, but Cooper's kits seem to fair reasonably well,
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Home-Brew...ts-Coopers-Homebrew/dp/B002LDOUT6
Also available from places other than Amazon...
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perlogalism



Joined: 02 Feb 2015
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Location: Welshpool way

PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use BrewUK : http://www.brewuk.co.uk/

Good descriptions and reviews too. Sorry I can't advise on a Hobgoblin tastealike as I only make Woodfordes Wherry  
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mikky



Joined: 15 Dec 2016
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Location: Scotland

PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:35 pm    Post subject: Hya Rick and Carol! Reply with quote

Yes, ''hobbo'--(hobgoblin)--is a firm favourite with me!
There's a wide range of Scottish ales, sold in Tesco's UK wide, ''old jock ale'', Macewan's ''champion''--(7.5%!)--and i don't know if you like stout, or oatmeal stout, but 'belhaven' also do an array of dark ales to stoutish type beers too, as well as the usual lagers and bitters.
I have just started a 'simply' beer kit this afternoon, called 'simply stout'.
The 'simply' range come in pouches or bags, containing all you need to make 40 pints of decent ale.
They do lager's, light ales, best bitters, dark ales and of course their stout range too.
Other notable beers would be woodfords wherry, skull cracker, brains, the innes&gunn range of oak barrel based beers, often ex-rum or whiskey barrels.....NICE!
I hope that's of use to you, there are many more out there to try, i'm doing my best to get around to them all!!
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samuria



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Location: norwich

PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wilko do a good selection...

http://www.wilko.com/homebrew/cid..._sort=sys_price&esp_order=asc
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mikky



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Location: Scotland

PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:49 pm    Post subject: The 'Simply' range of beer's. Reply with quote

This is in reply to a comment i made on 18/12/2016.
I made a Richies Simply Stout on the above date.
I am very pleased with the result of this brew, and i will be conditioning it further out side in the garage from today.
I added a few extra fuggles dry hops, and crushed up some extra roasted barley, the taste is brilliant, with added strength due to reducing the 40 pints to 30.
I will defineately be buying this 'simply' range again, a bitter is next methinks!

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